Vote With Your Dollars
Rutter’s offers several charitable programs each year throughout our service area. These program dollars, along with Rutter’s corporate charitable contributions, are used to help local charities with specific needs or projects. We let our customers decide which charities receive the funding. The fundraising monies are distributed in order based on customer votes, total dollars, and project requested dollars. In 2017, we were able to fully fund the projects of the top 3 winners. What will 2018 bring?
How Vote With Your Dollars Works
How to for customers:
The Vote With Your Dollars program allows Rutter’s VIP customers to choose which local charity they will support through their purchases at any Rutter’s location. During the program time period, currently April 1, 2018 thru October 31, 2018, every dollar an individual spends using their VIP account, at the pump or inside the store, counts as a vote for the charity they have selected.
To select a charity, simply login to your VIP account using the Rutter’s Mobile App or online at ruttersrewards.com. Then select the ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ tab to see this year’s list of participating charities. Organizations request funding for a specific capital project. For instance, new equipment, special project funding (like backpacks for schools), or to grant wishes. You can browse the charity’s requests by selecting that charity and reading their request information. Once you select your favorite charity, click the ‘Support selected charity’ button. You can watch your charity’s progress throughout the program by visiting rutters.com and selecting ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ from the ‘Community’ menu.
How to for companies/charities:
To apply to be included in the Vote With Your Dollars program, an organization must meet the following criteria:
- 501(c)3 tax exempt business status required
- Request must be used for a capital project, assets, or other large purchase; may not be used for operating expenses
- Must be a local charity or local brand of the national charity
The application deadline for the 2018 program is currently closed, but organizations are encouraged to fill out the form for the 2019 program. To apply, please complete the online application form with the appropriate documentation. Applications to participate in the 2019 Vote With Your Dollars program will be accepted through March 1, 2019.
Rutter’s Donation Committee will select the participating organizations from the total group of applicants. The organizations selected will have from April 1, 2019 thru October 31, 2019 to collect the most votes to win the funding.
How Does My Organization Get Votes?
The more people that vote for your organization and make purchases at Rutter’s using their VIP card, the more votes you receive. The organizations with the most votes get their projects funding. So get the word out!
How? Hang posters at your facility and events, create handouts for distribution at events, and send letters or emails to your current members and donors. We’ve created a sample poster and letter for you to use:
It’s easy for your supporters to sign-up. Simply grab a VIP card from any Rutter’s location and register online at ruttersrewards.com. After registration, have them follow the steps outlined above or in the materials provided.
Already a VIP member? Go online or to the Rutter’s app and follow the steps above or in the materials provided to select your charity. The more people that vote for your organization and swipe their card or enter VIP credentials when making purchases at Rutter’s, the more money you could raise for your organization. It’s that easy!
2017 Vote With Your Dollars Recipients
Our 2018 Participants
- Adams County SPCA
- American Red Cross
- Children’s Aid Society
- Easterseals Western & Central PA
- Garver YMCA GymCatz Gymnastics Program
- Leg Up Farm
- Make-A-Wish Greater PA & WV
- New Birth of Freedom Council, Boy Scouts of America
- New Hope Ministries, Inc.
- Redneck Outlaws Inc.
- York County Food Bank
- York Habitat for Humanity