NORTH SALT LAKE, UT—June 15, 2018— In 2015, Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid joined forces with buildOn to raise money to build schools in developing countries. With the support of tens of thousands of customers, the retail franchises have far surpassed initial fundraising goals. This year alone, 56 combined Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores raised an estimated $90,699 for buildOn. Participating customers have funded the construction of schools in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Haiti, Nepal, Malawi, and Nicaragua.
The funds are possible thanks to semi-annual Charity Fill-A-Bag events unique to the retail franchises. “We had this question of what to do with all the items we aren’t able to buy,” explained Shauna Sloan, President of Kid to Kid. “We pay cash to our customers for their best items, but if something has a small issue, we have a really hard time selling it. So we asked our customers if they would be willing to donate the items we couldn’t buy, and many of them jumped on board.”
For a flat donation of $15 per bag, savvy shoppers fill their bags with as many specially-marked items as they can fit, and 100 percent of the donation goes to buildOn. These events are held twice a year, so customers can check with their local store for details on the next sale. To create an ongoing impact, stores also offer customers the option to forgo a plastic bag in exchange for a five-cent donation to buildOn.
The non-profit estimates that there is a student dropping out of high school every 35 seconds. And in many places around the world, students do not even enjoy the opportunity to get to high school.
“We sought an organization that made a lasting, tangible difference, and buildOn does just that,” said Scott Sloan, co-founder of Uptown Cheapskate. “Community members recycle items they no longer need, our franchise locations convert that donation to cash through our Charity Fill-A-Bag event, and buildOn uses that money to transform under-served communities by providing lasting education opportunities for their children.”
About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate
Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. For young adults, Uptown Cheapskate buys and sells new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.
Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate are both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising. For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.basecampfranchising.com.
At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. BuildOn works in partnership with the ministry of education in each country and the local village to provide the new schools. Villagers work alongside skilled buildOn project supervisors and engineers to construct their school. The village must also agree to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 700 schools worldwide, with more than 92,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit www.buildon.org.