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This year we've raised so far - $5930.23
From July 2014 we've raised - $231622.70
Help us raise more — without spending any extra!



Generously supported by our store partners The Kootenay Co-Op and Save-On Foods

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Dates for 2022 - 2023:

Change deadline Pick up day
September 13th 2022 September 21st 2022
October 11th 2022 October 19th 2022
November 8th 2022 November 16th 2022
December 6th 2022 December 14th 2022
Winter Break Winter Break
January 3rd 2023 January 11th 2023
January 31st 2023 February 8th 2023
February 28th 2023 March 8th 2023
Spring Break Spring Break
April 4th 2023 April 12th 2023
May 2nd 2023 May 10th 2023
May 30th 2023 June 7th 2023

ALL SCHOOL SUPPORT AND ENHANCEMENT

The Nelson Waldorf School Parent Council runs this school-wide grocery card fundraiser to help classes raise money for their activities (like class trips or class play support) and to raise money for all school support and enhancement, such as playgrounds and buildings maintenance and improvement, teachers professional development and tuition assistance. Your grocery card order helps keep the Nelson Waldorf School vibrant and diverse. If you would like to donate to the school directly and receive a tax receipt:
click here to donate through CanadaHelps.org.

How we raise money from your groceries

When you purchase a grocery card through the Nelson Waldorf Parent Council, the store donates 8% of the card value to us. So on each $100 card you buy, we make $8...

We raise money and it doesn’t cost you a cent – the money comes out of the store’s pocket.

Frequently Asked Questions

The funds are being distributed between the classes (50%), all school support and enhancement (45%) and Parent Council (5%). The Parent Council amount will cover administrative costs for this fundraiser as well as fund other projects that benefit the whole school.

All of the profits will be held and managed by the Parent Council until it is donated to the school or distributed to an individual class.

We are currently selling cards from the Kootenay Co-Op and Save-On Foods. Once this fundraiser is established, we may approach other stores.

You can pay by direct debit or credit card.

However because of the fees associated with using a credit card, we do not receive the full amount of what you are charged. This means your order raises less money than the same order paid with by direct debit.

But that doesn’t mean it’s always better to pay with debit. If paying by credit card allows you to make a larger order, then credit card is better. The larger the order, the more money is raised.

Regardless of your method of payment, you will be charged 2 business days before your cards are available.

If there is a problem with your payment, we will contact you. Credit card orders can be retried – or you may bring cash to pick-up. Debit orders cannot be retried and can only be picked up with cash.

Cards can be picked up at the Nelson Waldorf School or mailed to you.

We will email you at the beginning of the week to remind you that cards will be ready for pick up on Wednesday.

If you choose to have your cards mailed, they will be mailed on Wednesday following your charge date. We will also email you to remind you they are coming. Generally, cards have been arriving in Thursday’s mail for people in Nelson.

You can pick up your cards on the Wednesday following your charge dates (which depends on whether you have ordered bi-weekly or monthly). You will receive an email a few days before reminding you of the pickup day.

We will be at the bottom of the main stairs between 8 – 8.30am and 2.30 – 3pm under the grocery cards banner.

Yep. Just let us know who the other authorized person is by putting their name in the box that appears when you select ‘pick up’ on the order form.

To put in an order or to order extra cards you have until Tuesday midnight the week before the next pick-up-Wednesday. If you can't order now (while we process orders), you will be able to make changes again from the next pick-up Wednesday until the following order deadline.

You can change an existing order with this form. You have until Tuesday midnight the week before the next pick-up-Wednesday to change your order. Please note that you can't change your order while orders are being processed. “If you can't order now (while we process orders), you will be able to make changes again from the next pick-up Wednesday until the following order deadline.

You can change an existing order with this form. You have until Tuesday midnight the week before the next pick-up-Wednesday to change your order. Please note that you can't change your order while orders are being processed. If you can't cancel order now (while we process orders), you will be able to make changes again from the next pick-up Wednesday until the following order deadline.

Your order is good for the whole school year. We’ll take a break over the summer holidays - so you’ll get no cards in July and August. With the start of the new school year your order will resume automatically with the amounts you’ve ordered - so you’ll get your ordered cards again in September.

Because we receive such a small amount for each card sold, the best way to raise money is to have recurring orders.

However, most classes do have cards available for cash purchases – and those sales support that particular class. Please check with your class grocery cards person to buy cash cards from her/him! Also, Parent Council has cards available for cash purchases on pick-up days. However, these sales will not be tracked for class accounts. Instead, all of the proceeds from these sales will go to all school support and enhancement and Parent Council.

Your class teacher and class rep can request money from us when it’s needed. Requests can be made using this form. Completed forms can be left at the School office or handed to one of the Grocery Card fairies (at pick-up-Wednesday).

Because this fundraiser requires a larger amount of cash to float each purchase of cards, all the money raised will be held by the Parent Council and used for that purpose until the class needs it.

You can see how much each class has raised on the main tracking page - or by clicking the class link on your account page.

No. This is one way that your class can raise money. We've set up the system - now it's up to your class as to how much you raise based on orders connected to your class. So sign up! Sign up friends and family! Or buy cards for cash and send people to your Class Grocery Cards Rep!

You can increase the funds in your class accounts by

  • Increasing your current orders
  • Buying grocery cards for cash from your Class Grocery Cards Rep
  • Sending people to your Class Grocery Cards Rep for cash purchases
  • Encouraging more families in your class to participate
  • Signing up friends, neighbours and family to support your class

You can make a one-time-order and designate your child’s class as the beneficiary. Sign up here

You can buy cards for cash from your class grocery cards rep. The proceeds of those cards will benefit your child’s class.

You can sign up other people to buy grocery cards (friends, neighbours, family members) and ask them to designate your child’s class as the beneficiary.

Parent Council will have some cards available for cash purchase on pick-up Wednesdays. These sales will benefit all school support and enhancement – but they won’t be tracked for class accounts.

Sure. You can donate directly to this program and have the funds divided between the all school support and enhancement program and class accounts.

Or you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Nelson Waldorf School – click here to donate through CanadaHelps.org.

You will not get a tax receipt for the money raised with this fundraiser. The Nelson Waldorf Parent Council is not a registered charity.

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Got another question? We've got answers

We'd love to hear from you.

If you have a question or a concern about your order, you can reach us at grocerycards{AT}nelsonwaldorf.org or use the form below.

We will get back to you as soon as possible – usually the same day, but definitely within two business days.

Please do not phone the Nelson Waldorf School unless it has been much longer than that. This fundraiser is being run by the Parent Council, not the school administration.

Thanks for your understanding.