What is the fundraising program?
We make fundraising easy! We ask all families to participate in the purchase of Grocery Gift Cards. The reason this fundraising program is so great is because it doesn’t cost you a penny. You don’t have to sell anything, you don’t have to buy chocolates, magazines or other silly things that you don’t want or need. Instead, you purchase grocery gift cards from the Club and use them to purchase your groceries at the grocery stores. All you have to do is eat!
How much do I have to buy?
NEW FOR 17-18 SEASON:
We no longer have minimum fundraising requirements for CanSkate families. However, we do hope you will support the LSC by voluntarily purchasing grocery gift cards to use for the purchase of your groceries.
There are no minimum fundraising requirements for CanPowerSkate families.
Minimum fundraising commitments for STARSkate, SynchroSkate and AdultSkate families are based on the highest-level registered skater in the family. This is a per family commitment, not a per skater commitment. For example, if you have one child registered in Group STARSkate and one child registered in Private Lesson STARSkate you are required to fulfill the commitment for a Private Lesson skating family only.
The commitments are as follows:
We require each family whose highest-level skater is registered in PRIVATE LESSON STARSkate to purchase a minimum of $2000 of grocery gift cards over the course of the season. A $200.00 cheque dated February 28, 2018 is required at registration and will be destroyed if the required fundraising commitment is fulfilled.
We require each family whose highest-level skater is registered in GROUP STARSkate to purchase a minimum of $1500 of grocery gift cards over the course of the season. A $200.00 cheque dated February 28, 2018 is required at registration and will be destroyed if the required fundraising commitment is fulfilled.
We require each family whose ONLY skater is registered in SynchroSkate only or ADULT CanSkate only or ADULT STARSkate only to contribute 5 hours of volunteering over the course of the season AND purchase $500 in grocery gift cards OR contribute 10 hours of volunteering over the course of the season and purchase no grocery gift cards. One $100.00 cheque dated February 28, 2018 is required at registration and will be destroyed if the required combined volunteer/fund raising commitment is fulfilled.
How is this a fundraiser?
The grocery store chains give the Lethbridge Skating Club a kickback for buying grocery gift cards in large quantities.
How do the cards work?
The gift cards come in denominations of $25, $50 and $100. You can buy as many or as few as you like at a time. When you use the cards at the store to purchase groceries any remaining balance stays on the card for you to use for your next purchase.
What stores can I use the cards at?
Safeway, Sobeys, Save on Foods and Superstore. They can be used all over Canada.
Are there other advantages to the grocery card fundraising program?
Yes! Some people give the grocery cards as gifts at Christmas; others use them to give to their older children instead of cash. And, if you choose to do so, you can sell the grocery gift cards you purchase from the Club to friends and family and work towards earning credit you can put towards next year’s registration fees. The LSC will give families a credit of 3% of the grocery cards purchased in excess of the required commitment amount for the current Fall-Winter season. Credit will be posted to Uplifter accounts at the end of the season in the form of a gift certificate which can be applied to any future LSC invoice. Credits must be used within 12 months of the end of the season in which it was accumulated. Credits are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. CanSkate families can begin to earn a 3% credit on any purchase of grocery gift cards in excess of $1000.
How does the LSC track my purchases and what happens if I choose not to participate?
Each time you purchase grocery gift cards the seller records the amount and your name. The Club keeps track of how much each family has purchased. When you have purchased your commitment, your guarantee fundraising cheque is destroyed. If you choose to opt out and not fulfill your fundraising commitment, your cheque will be cashed. You have until March 31st, 2018 to fulfill your grocery card purchases.
STARSkate, SynchroSkate and AdultSkate families: Please complete the Volunteer and Fundraising Commitment Form and submit with your two guarantee cheques to the Lethbridge Skating Club office on the first day of skating.