Holiday Give

Register by November 14!

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This holiday season, BottleDrop Give is contributing up to $65,000 to our Blue Bag Fundraisers through our 5th Annual Holiday Give, a combination of matching funds raised and social media prizes. Read below for full details.

How to Participate

  1. Register your nonprofit to participate in Holiday Give.
  2. Raise funds for your BottleDrop Give account by dropping your Blue Bags at any bag drop location and encouraging online donations from BottleDrop Green Bag accounts to receive a 20% match from BottleDrop Give on funds raised from November 15 – December 1. We’ll be distributing up to $60,000 in matching funds!
  3. Post great social media content for a chance to win a prize in our social media contest, “The 12 Days of Give-mas.” From December 1 – 12, we’ll be giving away $5,000 in prizes to 50 lucky nonprofits!

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  • October 14 – November 14: Register your nonprofit for Holiday Give
  • November 15 – December 1: Raise funds for your nonprofit to be eligible for 20% match
  • November 15 – December 12: Post on social media for a chance to win a prize
  • December 1 – 12: “The 12 Days of Give-mas” takes place; winners will be notified on their posts
  • By December 30: Receive 20% match deposited directly to your BottleDrop Give account

Details on the 20% Match

  • Only currently active BottleDrop Give Blue Bag Fundraisers are eligible to participate.
  • To participate, Fundraisers must register by November 14, 2021. No exceptions will be made.
  • Only funds raised November 15 – December 1 are eligible for matching, not funds previously raised and held in BottleDrop Give accounts prior to November 15, 2021.
  • Fundraisers must adhere to all Give Terms & Conditions or matching for that Fundraiser will be void. Please be sure to familiarize yourself and your supporters with these.
  • BottleDrop will contribute up to $60,000 in matching funds during the matching period. Bags and donations will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis until December 1 or when overall cap is met, whichever occurs first.
  • Fundraisers must follow daily bag limits. If daily bag limits are not followed, all matching for that Fundraiser will be void. As a reminder, daily bags limits are as follows:
    • Fundraisers may drop up to 10 Blue Bags total per day without an appointment.
    • Fundraisers may drop up to 50 Blue Bags total per day with an appointment.
  • Fundraisers may schedule up to 2 appointments (1 per week) during the match period. Appointments will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance.
  • Funds raised during match period, up to an individual cap of $2,000 per Fundraiser, will receive a 20% match, for a maximum of $400 in matching funds from BottleDrop per Fundraiser.

How did we come up with the $2,000 match cap?

We calculated how many bags could be dropped during the 17-day match period and then compared it with data from our 2020 Holiday Give campaign. Our reasoning is listed below:

  • Estimated Amount Raised from Blue Bags:
    • The maximum number of bags allowed to be dropped during the match period is 250 bags with 2 pre-scheduled appointments.
      • 10 bags allowed per day x 15 days = 150 bags
      • 50 bags allowed per appointment day x 2 days = 100 bags
    • The average value of a Blue Bag dropped during Holiday Give 2020 was $6.88.
      • 250 Blue Bags x $6.88 = $1,720
    • Estimated Amount Raised from Online Donations:
      • The average online donation made during Holiday Give 2020 was $39.79.
      • Fundraisers are not limited to the number of online donations they may receive from Green Bag accounts during the match period, but they are included in the $2,000 individual Fundraiser cap.
    • Formula Totals:
      • $1,720 in Blue Bags + $39.79 in online donations = $1,759.79 total raised
      • We rounded this up to a $2,000 cap per Fundraiser, in case your bag values and online donations are above average.
      • $2,000 raised x 20% = potential $400 in matching funds from BottleDrop Give

Details on “The 12 Days of Give-mas” Social Media Contest

In honor of the Bottle Bill’s 50th anniversary, we’ll be giving away 50 prizes of $100 each over a period of 12 days. To participate in the social media contest, Fundraisers must register for Holiday Give, publicly post content on social media, and post(s) must clearly identify the nonprofit organization.

Content must be posted between November 15 – December 12 and the post should include the following:

  • Photo/video of your nonprofit (staff, volunteer, beneficiary, etc.) with at least one Blue Bag
  • How people can help support your nonprofit with Oregon beverage containers
  • How you have used or plan to use funds generated from recycling with BottleDrop

Content must be posted with the hashtags #HolidayGive2021 and #BottleDropGive and tag @oregonbottledrop (Instagram & Facebook) or @ORBottleDrop (Twitter). Posts can be made by the nonprofit page or by individual supporters as long as it follows all the requirements above.

From December 1 – 12, we’ll select 50 lucky winners to receive a $100 prize each. Winners will be notified on their posts and prize funds will be distributed to the nonprofit’s BottleDrop Give account the same day. Participants agree to allow their content, such as photos, videos, or text, to be used and shared by BottleDrop for promotional purposes.

Thank You

Thank you for participating in the BottleDrop Give Blue Bag program. We appreciate the 3,000+ Oregon nonprofits who fundraise with us to support all the incredible work you do across our beautiful state. Please be considerate of our staff and mindful of other nonprofits while participating in this campaign – we’re all in this together! Remember to register by November 14 and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to making this our biggest and best Holiday Give ever!