SCRIP / Gift Card Program

Scrip/Gift Cards is a “painless” way to raise funds for Stella Maris Academy.
Support our school by ordering Scrip/Gift Cards today.

Dear Families,

The SCRIP program sells gift cards from grocery and retail stores, gas stations, restaurants and other businesses. SMA earns anywhere from 1% to 15% per gift card.

 It is EASY to participate—It just takes some planning:

Incorporate SCRIP cards into your monthly budget for food, clothing, gas, etc.
Fill out an order form and attach cash or a check written to SMA.
Bring it to the front office during regular office hours.
Drop off the form for processing later, or pick up available cards right away.

Ordering Scrip/Gift Cards is easy as 1-2-3!

  1. View the list of available gift cards:
  2. Order Scrip Gift cards online: (contact school office for enrollment code)

What is Scrip?

Scrip is a term that means “substitute money.”

When SMA families purchase scrip, they’re purchasing negotiable gift cards that are used just like cash. The scrip is issued by the national and local retailers where many  families already shop. These merchants want to support non-profit organizations, and in return, ask you to support them by shopping with scrip at their stores. SMA families can use scrip to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials. Every purchase earns revenue for SMA!

How scrip generates revenue for SMA.

The Great Lakes Scrip center acts on behalf of churches, schools and other non-profit organizations to purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Your organization buys the scrip from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a discount, and re-sells the cards to your organization members for full face value. The bulk of the discount – from two to fifteen percent or more – is retained by your organization as revenue.

Scrip is “shopping cart fundraising.”

The reason for the effectiveness of scrip is simple: families generate revenue through purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with scrip. An organization of 150 families easily spends between one and two million dollars per year on food, clothing and other essentials. If these families use scrip for these purchases, they can raise as much as $40,000 to $80,000 per year for their organization –without spending an additional penny.

Retailers like Scrip, too.

Families who purchase scrip certificates actively support the retailers who participate in this program. The reason is simple… they know that buying from a scrip participating retailer provides a steady source of revenue for their church, school, or non-profit organization.