ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Apr 3, 2013) - Wayne Elsey, Founder and former CEO of the charitable organization Soles4Souls and current CEO of Wayne Elsey Enterprises, today announced the launch of Funds2Orgs. The new company will help U.S. nonprofits raise funds by holding events that collect gently used or discarded items such as shoes, clothing, purses, mattresses, cell phones and other electronic goods. Participating nonprofits are paid for what they collect and the articles are then distributed to support and sustain micro-enterprise ventures by low-income entrepreneurs in disadvantaged countries.
"I am very excited to launch Funds2Orgs because my experience over the past few years of working with charitable organizations has shown that the overwhelming majority of the more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S. are unable to sustain the revenues they need to carry out their mission. Compounding the problem for many nonprofits is the fact that fundraising can be a very arduous and time consuming process. Funds2Orgs provides turnkey solutions to create powerful events that engage volunteers and produce guaranteed revenue for the organizations that partner with us. Additional benefits of our business model are that we create and/or sustain micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs in developing nations and dramatically reduce the impact of post-consumer waste in our nation's landfills. This initiative is a triple win," stated Elsey.
Through Funds2Orgs, nonprofits are provided, at no charge, the tools they need to create a successful fundraising event. "We help organizations create their own branded events and we give ongoing consulting, marketing, public relations and event support materials like collection boxes, and even coordinate, handle, and pay for the shipping of collected goods. The Funds2Orgs' business model removes the financial risk of event based fundraising while making it as easy as possible to generate vitally needed funds for our partner organizations. Once we have picked up collected goods from a designated pick-up location, we issue a check to the participating nonprofit for the shoes, clothes and handbags and other items collected," Elsey continued.
Hundreds have already explored the Funds2Orgs concepts and are kicking off fundraising collection drives during the month of April in many cities around the country. Visit http://funds2orgs.com/ to learn more.
About Wayne Elsey Enterprises:
Wayne Elsey Enterprises (WEE) works with nonprofit and for profit organizations on strategy, branding and development. Its 3 divisions are strategic, educational and fundraising. The Strategic Division consults with organizations to strengthen identity and drive success. The 2nd division, 501(c)(3) University, is an online educational site designed to give nonprofit leaders access to best practices, expert and peer recommendations, and knowledge of current trends to help their organizations succeed. The 3rd division, Funds2Orgs, is a social enterprise that offers 3 compelling advantages: Provides U.S. nonprofits the ability to raise funds through creative programs that engage and deliver; Creates and sustains micro-enterprise opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs in developing nations; and dramatically reduces the impact of post-consumer waste by recycling, reusing and repurposing items that would otherwise end up in our nation's landfills. For more information visit http://www.wayneelsey.com/.
About Wayne Elsey:
Wayne Elsey is the Founder and former CEO of Soles4Souls, author of the book Almost Isn't Good Enough, and current Founder & CEO of Wayne Elsey Enterprises. Elsey started working in the footwear industry at the age of 15 and was promoted to numerous manufacturing, managerial, sales and marketing positions. From 1999 to 2004, Elsey served as President/CEO of FSI. During that time, FSI grew over 400 percent in revenue. In 2005, Elsey was named President of Kodiak-Terra USA where he served until becoming Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls(S4S) in 2007. Under his guidance, Soles4Souls became one of the top 1% of nonprofit organizations in the United States in just 4 years offering an innovative new model for global charity work today. To date, S4S has distributed over 19 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries to victims of natural disasters and abject poverty.