Ka-Ching! Upper Valley Co-op's Pennies for Change Rounds Up Real Dollars
Oct 26, 2016 04:44PM
● By Kirsten Gehlbach
Before, with the plastic coin-box system at the register, the donation was estimated at $100 each month.
When customers donate their change to community partners by rounding up their order to the next dollar, it adds up—from what was $100 a month to over $15,000 in June, and that number keeps rising! Pennies for Change works.
Of the funds collected each month, 60 percent goes to food access partners: LISTEN Community Services, Upper Valley Haven, and Willing Hands. The remaining 40 percent is divided between two other community partners. These change on a monthly basis. Community partners are assigned as a 30 percent or 10 percent partner based on annual revenue, number of employees, and the ratio of funds used for administrative purposes. Partners for 2016 have received $73,666.46 in donations so far!
For example, in June, $15,167.20 was raised and 20% or $3,033.44 went to LISTEN Community Services. Upper Valley Haven at 20% received $3,033.44. Willing Hands (20%) received $3,033.44. Child and Family Services of NH (30%) got $4,550.16, and the League of NH Craftsmen (10%) received $1516.72.
In July the donations increased to $16,821.77, in August to $17,771.14, and in September to $23,906.35. Pennies do make a difference when you round them up for Upper Valley charitable organizations.
As of September, food access partners LISTEN Community Services, Upper Valley Haven, and Willing Hands had received $14,733.29, with more pennies to add through the end of the year.
Community charitable organizations received the following amounts:
League of NH Craftsmen = $1516.72
Headrest = $5,046.53
Vital Communities = $1,682.18
Twin Pines Housing Trust = $5,331.34
Mascoma Valley Health Initiative = $1,777.11
Good Neighbor/Red Logan = $7,171.90
Opera North = $2,390.64
More pennies will go to the community if you round up for:
October: Wise, Ottauquechee Health Foundation
November: Women’s Health Resource Center, Watson Upper Valley Dog Park Supporters
December: Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Upper Valley Humane Society.
To apply for the program, charitable organizations may go to:
Round up for good. Pennies make change.