How to start a Scrip/T.R.I.P. gift certificate
The best place to begin is to organize a committee of parents with a vision
for the idea. Having support from the administration of the
school is important. Once the committee is set up the following steps need
to take place:
- Decide how program will be offered (order forms / envelopes / cash-n-carry).
Will you use the proceeds for tuition reimbursement or some other need in
Establish policies and procedures. Remember - you are handling OPM (other
Set up bank account (we recommend it be separate from the school or
- Select and purchase computer software for your program. [ MANNAger
Publicize and 'market' your program to your families, an intensive job at
first, but also an ongoing task.
Set the date to receive the first order from your families. Orders are usually
accepted at the school office.
Then each week:
Gather all orders, tally each family and what they ordered from each store.
Calculate the dollar totals for each store and call or fax your order to
Deposit your family's checks into the bank, write check(s) for your order
and take them to where the certificates are to be delivered. Some brokers
are set up to use electronic funds transfer.
After receiving your order it is important to check math and verify serial
numbers. Put certificates back into the same envelope in which the family
ordered from. This way they can see what they ordered.
Send out new envelopes or order forms for the next weeks order.
And twice (or three times or four times) each year:
Send statements to the families (they can be mailed from the school office
with the tuition statement), and pay the tuition reimbursement earnings to
the school in the name of the participating families who have earned it.
Make any necessary changes in your program, and continue with publicity.
how your school will offer the program
You can use any all of these systems - whatever works best with your school,
church, or non-profit organization.
Tuition reimbursement - Many schools take the profits and apply it as a
reimbursement on family tuition. Some split the discount (i.e. 1/2 for the
family and 1/2 for the school), and some pass on most of the profit keeping
only a small percentage (usually 1%) for program expenses. Others keep
all profit for the school.
Order Forms or Envelope System - Some brokers may supply you with pre-printed
order envelopes which list the stores they offer. Others do not, and you
will have to design and print order forms. You distribute them to your
school/church families and give them a specific day and time the orders have
to be in. The families specify the dollar amount wanted for each store and
include a check for the total amount order. After receiving all your order
envelopes or forms you tally up the total amounts for each store and call
in or fax your order to the broker(s).
Cash and Carry - Some schools are able to carry an inventory of various
certificates. They may get the funds for the initial purchase from their
school board, PTA or a supporting church. Some offer the sale of certificates
on certain days and some offer every day. This can be used by itself or in
addition to the envelope / order form system.
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