I've been doing youth ministry for awhile now. There is one thing that has been almost inescapable for me. Fundraising. I've worked with many different fundraising companies; Peel2Save, Finish Line Car Wash, World's Finest, and many others. I have never ran into a group who is as dishonest and out to rip off a church organization as I have found in 180 Fundraising and their Spirit Card fundraiser.
A little background. I have typically used Peel2Save for our fundraiser cards, reason being; that the cards you do not sell you can send back in. But I was contacted by 180 and liked the fact that the cards would have our logo and schedule on them. Our youth committee even liked the idea because with Peel2Save it is a one use coupon, with the Spirit Cards they are a reusable coupon.
So I contacted them about the cards. We agreed on 200 Cards with 100 Free (under a promotion they were running at the time). I was then told I had to sign a contract to hold our spot and then I would be contacted by the financial side at a time I would decide. I picked two weeks later as it would give me enough time to get the financial info they needed. So thinking every thing was on the up and up I signed the contact, with out reading it. My mistake.
The contract that they submitted to me did not what so ever, match up with the verbal agreement I had with the seller. It was for 300 Cards with 100 Free. So there is a automatic $2000 difference in what I agreed to. I find this out today and try to cancel the fundraiser. I'm then informed that I cannot do that without paying 1/2 of what we would owe them at the end of the fundraiser, some $3000. Of course their reasoning was it was my fault that I did not read the contract. They are correct it was my fault for not reading the contract but it was also their fault for not making the contract out to be for our verbal agreement, and also my misleading me into thinking this was just to hold a spot not the be all end all contract. I was finally able after having a very heated argument with the sales rep to get them to issue a new contract for the original amount, only after I was made to feel like a fool by their customer service department.
If you are a youth minister and you are looking to do the best fundraiser card that you can do, avoid this group at all costs. Use Peel2Save and get your cards through them. They are honest and work hard with church folks to pull off the best fundraiser possible.