How does it work?
GCS provide charities with a new, unique, and fun way to raise money. You are the fundraising experts, while we specialize in everything from logistics to sorting & counting currency to repatriation and international freight.
Foreign currency can be collected using coin boxes, employee drives, and just about any other method you can think of. We arrange for the currency to be transported to our facility, where it is sorted with the value returned back to you at no cost! You’ll never receive an invoice from us.
Not Just Charities
Many businesses partner with GCS to take advantage of our unique services.
Businesses & Transit
We partner with organizations that handle large quantities of cash such as banks, armored car companies, transit organizations, and retail. Foreign currency has no value sitting where it is, collecting dust.
Working with GCS will allow you to realize the lost value of foreign currency. We also do this at no cost, so it is a win-win – you get rid of the foreign currency that is taking up space AND you get paid for it!
Airlines & Airports
GCS currently supports in-flight collection initiatives from 4 different airlines in North America. We have the ability and knowledge to get an airline program “off the ground” and make it successful.
A foreign currency program gives airports the opportunity to collect leftover travel money that passengers are willing to donate in support of their charitable initiatives.
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Why Is Foreign Currency effective?
Most charities accept donations in cash; why not accept other currencies as well? A small shift in perspective can lead to loads more fundraising dollars.
Better Together As ONE (Movement)
GCS is proud to have partnered with Better Together As ONE to create fundraising activities that help charities and local small businesses across Ontario.
UNICEF USA - Change For Good
UNICEF USA has partnered with GCS in support of their Change for Good program, helping to improve the lives of children around the world.
durham Children's Aid Foundation
Durham Children's Aid Foundation and GCS have come together to improve the lives of children and youth via the Currency For Kids program.
We have a globe here. When our customers walk in feel free to put in whatever you can to donate. We'll convert it and help feed people in Georgetown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! We arrange for the coin to arrive our facilities, sort it, and take a small percentage to cover our fees. The vast majority goes back to the charities and businesses we support. It’s free to start a foreign currency collection program. We don’t succeed unless you do.
It’s estimated that there is approximately $57 worth of foreign currency per person (that’s $2-3 Billion worth in Canada alone). Foreign currency fundraising is not well known in North America. Because of this, any charity that utilizes it will be able to fundraise significant funds. There is a huge opportunity waiting for people to take advantage!
Foreign currency fundraising has not made its way to North America yet. This is good for you because it means there’s lots of latent potential. In the U.K., virtually every charity has a foreign currency component to their fundraising effort.
If it is or was money, it has value. Sometimes you may collect coins or banknotes which are outmoded or otherwise unable to be repatriated. In these situations, GCS processes and repatriates it to make sure you get the full value for every single currency that gets donated.
No. As we are not a currency exchange, we cannot buy or sell currency. But, if you would like to donate it to a charity, we can definitely help you with that!
we Want to work with you!
Give us a call or shoot us an email. GCS has worked with many charities like yours and has achieved fundraising success.