The conference sessions were not as useful or interesting as I had hoped, but for many the AFP Conference is a great way to push your professional development into high gear. I spent the majority of my day at the AFP International Conference in the Market-Place learning about and interacting with new products and technology for the Fundraising sector. There were some things that I am so excited about that I am already suggesting them to my clients. Join me as I highlight the top five products I found at this year’s AFP International Conference.
#2 - Union & Fifth
Union & Fifth is a really great idea to earn easy money for your organization and the funds can be collected throughout the year. Union & Fifth is an online fashion reseller of high end clothing, shoes, and handbags. Think brands like Hermes, Longchamp, and Free People. You can find a full list of brands on their website. Ask your donors to clean out their closet at the end of the season and send their donations to Union & Fifth. Union & Fifth will send your organization 10-15 pre-addressed, pre-paid shipping bags in which to put your donors’ garments, shoes, and handbags. You can give these bags and labels to your board members or the parents at your school. After sending the clothing to Union & Fifth, they will photograph, authenticate, list and sell your items on their website. Items that don't fit their criteria will be donated. And, once an item sells, Union & Fifth passes on 75% of the sale price to the charity of the donor's choice, and donors receive a tax writeoff for 100% of the sale price.
I particularly like Union & Fifth because we all need to clean out our closets from time to time. This way, your donors can refresh their closets while donating to your organization. You can even partner with a closet organizer or stylist to help your donors update their style while being confident that the proceeds from the sales will go directly to your organization.
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