Shoes for a Good Cause

The story of Shoes With Heart begins in Southern California with Angeline Young and Rose Pirio who founded the company. It became that state’s leading shoe drive fundraising business. In early 2016, Funds2Orgs, the largest shoe drive fundraising company in North America, acquired Shoes With Heart.

Shoes With Heart had an excellent reputation within the Southern California borders, and as Funds2Orgs exponentially grew, it became clear that individuals and families needed support, as well as community organizations, for their unique needs. It was at that point that the team understood we would work toward helping a different niche with their needs. Our partners have included:

Families in need of funds for medical expenses.

Adoptive families looking to raise money for adoption costs.

People in need of service animals, such as dogs, including military veterans.

Community groups, particularly the small ones on the front lines trying to make their part of the world a better place, such as food banks, women and children’s shelters and homeless organizations.

Shoes With Heart provides our partners with everything they need for what often turns out to be a unique fundraiser because of the compelling story about a family, cause or community need. We’ve seen many of our partners end up talking about their stories and their shoe drive fundraiser in the local news. Our team knows how to work to support the efforts of people, families, and communities that have a cause that can open many hearts.

We’ve had many of our partners come to us because they needed to raise funds and were too embarrassed to ask for money from their friends or families. We’ve also had local community organizations want to raise funds for their causes and help spread the word in a way that is unique so they can differentiate themselves from the other organizations in the area.

Shoes With Heart helps you raise money for your family needs, medical expenses, service animal, adoption or local food pantry, women and children’s shelter or homeless organization in a creative way. When you collect gently worn, used and new shoes, the following is what happens.

Raise Funds

You raise funds you need without asking anyone for money. Instead, you ask your supporters and community for shoes and Shoes With Heart issues you a check. The more shoes you collect, the higher the amount of the check.

Social Responsibility

More than 600 million shoes are disposed of annually in ways that are harmful to the environment and health. A shoe drive fundraiser helps you and your community to repurpose the shoes––give them a new life––in developing nations.

Social Change

If you’re wondering what happens to the shoes you collect, here’s the answer: The shoes are consolidated with thousands of others and shipped to developing nations. Micro-entrepreneurs (small business owners) then sell the footwear in their local communities for a profit. Remember, in many developing countries, because of systemic poverty, millions of families have limited work opportunities.

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