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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most commonly asked questions we encounter about our sneaker drive program.

  • What is a sneaker drive fundraiser?

    A sneaker drive fundraiser is a fun and easy way to raise money by collecting used and new sneakers.

  • Does it cost anything to start a sneaker drive fundraiser campaign?

    Starting a sneaker drive fundraiser campaign with GotSneakers is 100% free.

  • How do I sign up to get started?

    Fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page and you’ll be redirected to the registration page to complete your signup. If you don’t complete the sign up form on the registration page, don’t worry, you’ll receive an email from us in 24 hours with more information about our program and a link to the registration page so you can sign up then.

  • How long should I run my sneaker drive?

    All sneaker drive campaigns with GotSneakers are automatically set up for 12-months.

  • Can I end or extend my sneaker drive?

    Yes. You’ll be notified by email before your anniversary date and will be given an opportunity to renew your sneaker drive campaign. To end your campaign, opt out of any GotSneakers support email notifications.

  • What types of footwear does GotSneakers accept?

    GotSneakers accepts all styles of footwear, including new, gently used, used, and unwearable shoes, sneakers, rubber soccer cleats, and rubber baseball cleats. GotSneakers compensates $1.00 for every pair of wearable sneaker, wearable rubber soccer cleat, and wearable rubber baseball cleat, and $0.10 per pair for all other styles and conditions of footwear.

  • Is GotSneakers a for-profit or non-profit organization?

    GotSneakers is a for-profit, for-cause social enterprise.

  • What happens to the footwear after it’s received by GotSneakers?

    All footwear is counted and sorted at our headquarters in Miami, FL. It is categorized based on size, style, and condition and subsequently packed for distribution around the world, primarily to micro-enterprises in impoverished countries such as Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ukraine.

  • Do I need to collect a certain number of sneakers?

    No, there are no quantity requirements; however, a GotSneakers shipping bag holds approximately 25-30 pair of sneakers. We ask that you wait to ship your collection until you have at least one full bag of sneakers.

  • What percent of sneakers are typically “unwearable”?

    Approximately 12% of GotSneakers collections are categorized as unwearable footwear. Unwearable footwear is usually recycled into new products such as tracks, playgrounds, and other athletic surfaces. You will earn $0.10 per pair for this category.

  • What types of organizations does GotSneakers work with?

    GotSneakers works with individuals and both for-profit and non-profit organizations across the United States from a wide variety of industries. A few of our most common industry partners are Education, Health Care, Health & Fitness, Not For Profit, Recreation & Community, Religious, and Retail. We also work with Individual Contributors who are looking to raise money for themselves or another individual.

  • Can I set up a multi-site campaign?

    Yes, GotSneakers encourages multi-site collections. Typically, multiple locations and community partnerships collect larger amounts of sneakers.

  • What condition should the sneakers be in?

    To earn the maximum $1.00 per pair, the sneakers need to be in wearable condition. If the sneakers are not in wearable condition, you will earn $0.10 per pair.

  • Do you accept single shoes?

    No. We do not accept single shoes.

  • What happens if I don’t reach my sneaker collection goal?

    Sneaker Collection Goals are used for motivation and a sense of ownership. There is no penalty for not achieving your campaign goal.

  • Can individuals participate in a sneaker drive fundraiser or is the program only for organizations?

    Yes, individuals are encouraged to participate in a sneaker drive fundraiser.

  • How can I locate the nearest drop off location?

    Send an email with your request to support@gotsneakers.com and we will reply with the nearest location.

  • Can I raise money on behalf of a charity?

    Yes, absolutely. We encourage fundraising for all types of charities.

  • Can I raise money for myself?

    Yes.

  • Can I select the country that I want the sneakers shipped to?

    No, not at this time. We are looking into different ways to incorporate this feature into our program in the future.

  • What does GotSneakers do with shoes that are not wearable?

    Unwearable footwear is usually recycled into new products such as tracks, playgrounds, and other athletic surfaces.

  • Does GotSneakers issue a tax receipt?

    No. GotSneakers is a for-profit, for-cause company and cannot issue tax receipts.

  • How soon can I start a sneaker drive?

    Your sneaker drive will begin on the start date that you select when filling out the Sign Up Form.

  • Are cleats acceptable?

    Yes, rubber soccer cleats and rubber baseball cleats are acceptable and will receive credit for $1.00 per pair if they are in wearable condition.

  • What type of marketing materials does GotSneakers provide?

    GotSneakers provides one free starter kit per location. The Starter Kit includes 10 shipping bags with pre-labeled and pre-paid shipping labels, and 10 zip ties to safely secure each bag. GotSneakers will also provide a digital welcome package via email, which includes downloadable marketing content for email and social media, footwear guidelines, compensation guidelines, and shipping instructions.

  • Does GotSneakers provide customer support?

    Yes, GotSneakers provides 24/7 support by email and phone. If you have questions, email support@gotsneakers.com.

  • Does GotSneakers accept canvas style footwear?

    Yes. GotSneakers will accept canvas footwear. Converse All Stars will qualify for $1.00 per pair if they are in wearable condition. All other brands of canvas shoes will qualify for $0.10 per pair.

Shipping Questions

  • How do I ship my sneakers back to GotSneakers?

    Please see our simple GotSneakers Shipping Instructions for your shipping convenience. For further assistance, email us at ship@gotsneakers.com.

  • Do I have to pay for shipping?

    No, all shipping is FREE! GotSneakers provides pre-labeled and pre-paid shipping labels with all sneaker collection bags.

  • What happens when I run out of collection bags?

    Email ship@gotsneakers.com with your request for more bags. Please include your account name, shipping address, and your anticipated collection quantity so we can determine how many bags you need.

  • How many pairs of sneakers fit into each bag?

    Approximately 25-30 pair of adult sneakers fit into each bag. If you have smaller kids sneakers, you will be able to pack more into each bag. We kindly ask that you don’t ship bags back to us with less than 20 pairs.

  • What should I do with unused bags?

    Please do not ship any unused bags to GotSneakers. If you have unused bags, we kindly ask that you continue collecting until you have a full bag to ship. If you are finished with your campaign and you want to send any unused bags to GotSneakers, please place all unused bags into a full bag with sneakers so GotSneakers is not charged for shipping empty materials.

  • How often should I ship my sneakers?

    You can ship your collected sneakers as often as you would like as long as your bags are full. Feel free to ship one bag at a time or all of your bags at once, whatever is most convenient for you.

  • How long does it take for GotSneakers to receive the sneakers?

    Shipments are typically received within three to five business days from the date they are shipped.

  • How do I know my sneakers have been delivered?

    GotSneakers will send a Payment and Summary email with your sneaker collection results on the first of every month with the previous month’s shipment arrivals letting you know what was received and how much money was earned. You can also track each of your shipments by inputing your tracking number from each shipping label into UPS’s Online Tracking System.

Payment Questions

  • How much do I earn for every pair of sneakers collected?

    You will earn $1.00 per pair for wearable sneakers, wearable rubber soccer cleats, and wearable rubber baseball cleats that we receive from your collection.

  • Does GotSneakers pay for other types of footwear? If so, how much?

    Yes, in addition to compensating $1.00 per pair for wearable sneakers, wearable rubber soccer cleats, and wearable rubber baseball cleats, GotSneakers pays $0.10 per pair for all unwearable sneakers and $0.10 per pair for all other styles and conditions of footwear.

  • When will I receive payment after I ship my sneakers?

    You will receive payment in the form of an e-check on the first business day of every month for all shipment arrivals that were received and processed during the previous month.

Let’s get started!

Complete the contact form below to get started with your sneaker drive.

We’re looking forward to working with you!

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