A novel approach: Stayton High booster uses credit card fees as fundraiser

July, 2016 Posted in Business

By Mary Owen

A referral program will allow local businesses an opportunity to effortlessly raise funds for new turf and other projects for Stayton High School’s football program.

In April, Electronic Payments of Oregon, a family-owned and operated merchant services provider in Salem, offered to donate a percentage of processing fees from credit and debit card purchases at local businesses to the Stayton High Athletic Booster Club’s GIFT (Grounds Improvement Fundraising Team) program.

“This is a referral-based program,” said Jed Leeper, owner of EPO and SHS’s assistant head football coach, defensive coordinator and fundraising coordinator for the football program. “Once EPO receives a referral, we will meet with the business to go over their current plan, match the fees they are paying, and when they sign up, they will be supporters of the EPO-Gift Partnership program for as long as they are with us.”

Leeper said several businesses have already signed up for the program, which gives back 50 percent of what EPO earns each month to the school.

“We could raise up to $2,000 a month or more,” said Leeper, who hopes to leave a large footprint in the SHS GIFT fundraising effort. “Now a business can see the fees go to work for their community.” However, Leeper said businesses do not have to be in Stayton to help SHS.

“This is an easy way to raise some funds from fees businesses are already paying anyway,” he added. “It’s pretty simple. The more referrals, the more money GIFT will receive. The hope is that when GIFT launches its next project, there will already be money available to give them a head start financially to complete the project.”

Leeper said the best part of the program is that card fees already paid by the business will help improve the high school and the community.

“We currently have several businesses making the move to this program as they see the benefits it holds for future Eagles in the Stayton community,” he said. “It will grow! I call it a marathon, not a sprint.”

Spokesperson Randy Forrette said the new partnership between EPO and the SHS Booster Club’s GIFT committee will provide consistent sustainable funding for Stayton High School athletics.

“Already, the money raised by this partnership is a significant portion of the total needed to provide our area athletes with this ‘state of the art’ playing surface,” Forrette said. “Once the turf project is complete, the monthly income from our EPO partnership will allow the boosters to consider the next major athletic grounds improvement projects.”

Forrette pointed out that EPO has quickly become one of the SHS Booster Club’s largest supporters. EPO was a major part of the club’s record-setting annual auction this year, he added.

“They have purchased a large amount of advertising at the school, and most importantly, Jed and his family are quick to step up and donate their time to improve our community school and our athletic teams,” Forrette said. “This is a great company and a great family!”

Forrette said EPO’s fundraising opportunity is also great.

“The best part about this whole program is that it doesn’t cost our area businesses anything!” he said. “Once they sign up with Electronic Payments of Oregon, a portion of the expenses they already pay for will go directly to Stayton High School athletics. EPO will meet or beat any deal they already have with their current merchant services. We hope that every business excepting credit cards in Lyons, Sublimity and Stayton will want to participate in this program and support their local school.”

For more information call Leeper at Electronic Payments of Oregon, 971-701-6426.

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