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Fundraising and Blue Bag Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! Search our list of over 2,000 participating nonprofits, log in to your account, and donate funds from your available account balance.

Simply log in to your account online and select the “Donate to a Fundraiser” link to see a list of participating nonprofits currently raising funds through BottleDrop.

Nonprofits that have been approved as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the IRS can apply for a fundraising account. This includes schools and churches.

Most often, if you are using your own tax ID number, we require an IRS Determination Letter verifying your organization is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). This document should list your nonprofit organization’s nine-digit tax ID number and current mailing address.

If your group is under the umbrella of a larger organization’s nonprofit tax ID number, such as a church, school club, or youth group, we will need the umbrella organization’s IRS determination letter and a letter on their official letterhead granting your specific group usage of the tax ID number. The letter should also state the organization name the checks should be made out to as well as the mailing address to which the checks will be mailed. View a sample format for this letter.

Schools and churches are often able to submit a W-9 in place of an IRS determination letter along with letterhead from the church or school authorizing the specific group to use their tax-exempt status.

Visit our list of common non-profits and their documentation requirements.

We will deduct a one-time $25 administrative fee from your first check request. Bags cost $2.00 for a roll of ten bags and a $0.40 processing fee is applied to each bag returned.

For bags dropped at partner retailers, the $0.40 processing is paid for by the store, and not charged to the fundraising account.

Fundraisers can drop off up to 10 Blue Bags each day without an appointment. Appointments can be made for any of our Redemption Centers. Appointments can be scheduled for Monday through Saturday, 9am – 2pm. Appointments must be made at least a week in advance. We cannot accommodate week-of requests. To schedule an appointment, you can call 503-542-2847 or email fundraisers@bottledropcenters.com. In your request, please state the name of your organization, date, time and the Redemption Center location where you wish to schedule your appointment.

Please call (503) 542-5252 for assistance or reset your password online.

To access the money in your BottleDrop Give account, you will need to sign in to the account and click on the “Request a Check” tab. Please review your mailing address, select the amount you would like to withdraw from your account, and submit your request. Checks are processed and mailed within 10-15 business days.

Fundraiser Blue Bags can be purchased online and picked up at any BottleDrop Redemption Center. Each roll contains ten bags and costs $2.00. Up to 10 rolls may be purchased at one time. Simply sign in to your fundraiser account and click the “Purchase Supplies” tab. You can use a credit or debit card to purchase bags or use account funds if available. You MUST purchase bags online before picking them up at a BottleDrop Redemption Center. Blue Bags cannot be paid for at BottleDrop Redemption Centers.

To prevent unauthorized people from purchasing Blue Bags with your fundraising account.

You can purchase up to 10 rolls of bags at a time (100 bags total). If you need more than 100 bags, please email fundraisers@bottledropcenters.com to see if arrangements can be made for a bulk order.

Your purchased Blue Bag credits are valid at any BottleDrop Redemption Center until collected. If one location runs out of inventory, the remainder of your order can be picked up at a different location or at a later time.

Blue Bags can be dropped off at any BottleDrop or partner retailer. Check our Locations Finder to find a drop location. BottleDrop Give accounts are allowed to drop 10 Blue Bags total per day. If you have more than 10 bags to drop, please email fundraisers@bottledropcenters.com to schedule an appointment at one of our Redemption Centers. Appointments must be made at least one week in advance. Up to 50 Blue Bags may be dropped per appointment.

For information on the IRS tax-exemption process, visit the IRS’s website.

For account security, all account changes must be stated on your organization’s official letterhead. Typical account changes include updating contact information or changing contact person(s) on the account. View a sample format for this letter.

For mailing address updates, we ask that you submit documentation from the IRS showing that your address has been officially updated in addition to the letter on your organization’s letterhead requesting the change.

All account change requests can be emailed to fundraisers@bottledropcenters.com. Scanned PDF format is preferred.

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