Generations of marching band members have fundraised for their programs by selling candy bars, magazine subscriptions or goods such as wrapping paper. However, these products are often time-consuming to sell. Now, thanks to the introduction of an online platform called FundUpping, there’s a new way to raise money for your program.

FundUpping partners with various businesses, including 1-800-PetMeds, and Road Runner Sports, which have agreed to donate a portion of sales back to an organization’s cause. Your marching ensemble simply signs up with FundUpping and creates a specialized page linking to these partner websites. Whenever a shopper buys something, the retailer donates a percentage of the final purchase cost to your group.

Travis Dent started the company because he saw the effort his parents put into his fundraisers when he was a child. “The amount of time put in never really was worth the money the fundraisers got,” he says.

Here lies the value of FundUpping, which offers a higher percentage of the actual purchase than other fundraising platforms, Dent says. For example, PetMeds donates up to 10% of all sales to the cause.

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Emily Moneymaker

Emily Moneymaker is a graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning and Development and a minor in marketing. She has played trumpet for more than 12 years. She marched in the USC Trojan Marching Band and served as the organization's recruitment manager.