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Fundraise with BottleDrop

Raise money for your nonprofit organization by collecting beverage containers with an Oregon refund value.

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Two Ways to Drop Donated Containers

Depending on your strategy, qualified nonprofits can return donated bottles and cans in two ways. If you are an individual who wants to contribute to a participating nonprofit, learn about donating through your BottleDrop account.

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    High-Volume Container Drop

    This option is best-suited for organizations hosting a large can and bottle drive event and anticipate collecting several thousand containers in just a few hours or days. Containers must be presorted by material type and dropped off at one of our processing plants. Learn more about High-Volume Container Drops.

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    BottleDrop Give Blue Bags

    BottleDrop Give is a long-term, sustainable way to raise funds for your nonprofit. You just sign up, distribute Blue Bags with a barcoded bag tag to your supporters. Then, they fill Blue Bags with empty containers and drop them off at any BottleDrop location at their convenience. We count the containers and you get the refund value. Learn more about BottleDrop Give.

BottleDrop Give in Action

With the cost of a college education prohibitive for many hardworking students, Patty N., director of Barlow High School‘s (Gresham) College and Career Center, set out to show students there’s value in the work they’re doing.

  • $766K
    Amount raised by nonprofits in 2018.
  • $40K
    Total raised by our most active fundraiser.
  • 785
    Online donations from BottleDrop account holders in 2018.

How To Raise Funds with BottleDrop Give Blue Bags

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    Apply

    Complete the online application and provide a copy of your IRS determination letter stating your status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. See an example determination letter.

    Applications can take up to 10 business days to process. Approved fundraisers will receive an email with instructions for getting started.

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    Get Blue Bags

    Once approved, order Blue Bags via your online account and pick them up at any BottleDrop Redemption Center. A staff member will locate your account and provide you with bags and barcoded bag tags that will be used to identify your bags when you drop them off. Note: Blue Bags must be ordered through your online account.

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    Distribute Bags and Mobilize Supporters

    Place a barcoded bag tag on each Blue Bag, then distribute Blue Bags with tags to your supporters. Plastic, aluminum, and glass can all go in the same bag. No need to sort!

    Your supporters can bring full bags back to you or drop them directly at a BottleDrop. The barcoded tag on the Blue Bags will open the secure Drop Door at any BottleDrop location. Up to 10 Blue Bags can be dropped each day without an appointment. With advance notice, you can schedule an appointment to drop off up to 50 bags at one time.

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    Collect Funds

    Monitor your account online and watch your balance grow as your supporters turn in bags! When you’re ready to withdraw some or all of your balance, simply sign in to your account online and request a check. Checks will be addressed and mailed directly to the organization. A one-time, $25 administrative fee will be deducted from your first check request.

Working with BottleDrop Give has been an absolute treat. SnowCap relies on the generosity of the community and all the money that is raised ensures that we can keep our shopping-style food pantry stocked with nutritious food for families and individuals in East Multnomah County that need a little extra help.

— Nate Larson, Volunteer Coordinator at SnowCap Community Charities
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Featured Frequently Asked Questions

Most often, we require an IRS Determination Letter verifying your organization is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). See example IRS Determination Letter. This document should list your nine-digit tax ID number. Depending on your specific nonprofit, the documentation requirements might be different. Learn more on our application page.

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

Fundraisers can drop off up to 10 bags each day without an appointment. We can schedule an appointment to drop up to 50 bags provided we have at least one week’s notice. Call (503) 542-5252 to request an appointment.

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

To access the money in a BottleDrop Give account, you will need to sign in to the account and request a check. Checks are processed and mailed within 10-15 business days.

Fundraiser Blue Bags can be purchased online in rolls of 10 and picked up at any BottleDrop Redemption Center. Simply sign into your fundraiser account at BottleDropCenters.com 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 in person at a Customer Service Center.

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 require more than 100 bags, please call in advance to make arrangements for pickup.

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.

Yes. Up to 10 Blue Bags can be dropped at any BottleDrop. Please make an appointment to drop more than 10 bags at a time. Blue Bags are only available for pick up at our Redemption Centers.

Only charities that have been approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the IRS. This includes schools and churches.

Please review our Give Terms and Conditions.

Ready to Fundraise?

Apply for a BottleDrop Give account today!

Apply for a BottleDrop Give Account

Get in touch

Have questions about fundraising with BottleDrop Give?

Contact the BottleDrop Give Program

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BottleDrop Give

Support Team

Contact us for any questions related to setting up a new Give account and for any questions or concerns related to an existing Give account.