OLY Swimming's Mandatory Fundraising Program

The best way to keep fees down as pool costs rise is to do fundraising.  OLY has one of the easiest programs for this and it keeps getting easier.  The team offers both Raise Right (formally known as SCRIP) and grocery fundraising options.  You can choose to participate in either one of them or both.

Each family is expected to earn at least $75 in percentages of Raise Right/Grocery purchases for OLY from April 1st – March 31st using some combination of grocery and/or Raise Right fundraising (this amount is prorated for new families joining mid-season).  If you earn more than $75, you will begin earning refunds.  OLY will keep half and you will receive half.  These refunds will be issued once per year, at the end of the short course season and will be credited to your account. You can indicate that you would like to donate all earnings above $75 back to OLY if you wish.

Please note if you fail to earn the entire $75, you will be billed for the balance not earned at the end of the season. (April 1 invoice)

Here are your fundraising options:

Raise Right (formally known as SCRIP):  

This program allows you to purchase gift cards from a large pool of vendors (Barnes and Noble, Kohl’s and Panera just to name a few).  The rebate you receive depends upon the individual vendor, but it is clearly indicated on the website. Raise Right order dates will be clearly identified on the team calendar.

Payment for Raise Right purchases will be processed via online payment. Cash and checks are not accepted.

If you are not a current Raise Right member :

  1. Go to www.raiseright.com
  2. You will see a blue box on the right hand side that says "Sign Up!”.
  3. You will see Join An Existing Program.
  4. Enter our enrollment code.  It is 7CABL4B65832 
  5. Enter your personal information as prompted and accept the terms of use at the bottom of the page
  6. Then click Join
  7. Setup payment as directed on the website

Please contact the Fundraising Coordinator if you have any questions at [email protected].  Or, if you are having trouble with logging onto the Raise Right website you can contact them directly at 1-800-727-4715 (option 3).


Busch’s (Grocery):


OLY participates in the Busch’s “Cash for Education” program (which includes other non-profit organizations such as ours) to meet the annual $75 fundraising requirement per family.  Anytime you shop at Busch’s you simply have to swipe your MyWay key tag or provide your phone number and a percentage of your purchase will count toward your fundraising. If you exceed your fundraising obligation, OLY will split the overage 50/50 with you (unless you’d like to donate it to OLY.)

IF you do NOT have a Busch’s MY WAY card you need to register for one:

1.      Go to Buschs.com

2.      Click on Busch’s MyWay in the upper right corner

3.      Scroll down to Join MyWay

4.      Complete MyWay information and click sign up

PLEASE NOTE:  Once you’re a MyWay member you MUST connect it to “CASH FOR EDUCATION” and designate OLY.

1.      Log-in to the MyWay account you created

2.      Under Hello, (your name) scroll down to CASH FOR EDUCATION

3.      Dropdown to select Oakland Live Y’ers

4.      Check the “Add to Future Quarters box and click ADD” (contributions are reported quarterly) 

IF you have a Busch’s MY WAY card all you need to do is connect it to “CASH FOR EDUCATION” and designate OLY.

1.      Log-in to your MyWay account

2.      Under Hello, (your name) scroll down to CASH FOR EDUCATION

3.      Dropdown to select Oakland Live Y’ers

4.      Check the “Add to Future Quarters box and click ADD” (contributions are reported quarterly)

For your convenience, your family may participate in BUSCH’S and/or SCRIP to meet your fundraising obligation.

Busch’s reporting schedule for reporting rewards is as follows:

Purchases Made


1/1 – 3/31


4/1 – 6/30

7/ 31

7/1 – 9/31

10/ 30

10/1 – 12/31


Because of this reporting schedule, purchases must be made by 12/31 in order for them to count towards your annual fundraising requirement.  Purchases made after 12/31 will be credited to the following year.


Kroger - Unfortunately, due to changes in their program, you can no longer earn credit towards your fundraising requirement using Kroger.  They will donate to the team if you sign up and use your card, but the team will be unable to credit your account in any way.  If you'd still like to help the team out, just make sure you card it annually registered to 82964-Oakland Live Y'ers. 

Step by step instructions:

Go to http://www.kroger.com/mykroger/pages/community_rewards.aspx and Click Michigan.  Then:

Click “Re-enroll” if you were registered in the program last year.

1.       Put in your e-mail

2.       Put in your password -(If you forgot the password you set up please go thru the “Forgot you password”)

3.       Find your organization by typing in your organization’s NPO number ( 82964 - Oakland Live Y'ers)

4.       Click the “Select Your Organization

5.       Click the” Save Changes


Click “Enroll” If you have never been a part of Kroger Community Rewards.com, Kroger.com or registered with the scan bar method last year.

1.       “ Sign up today” (to the right)

2.       Enter your zip code and click “Search

3.       Click on the arrow to display the list of stores in your zip code and highlight your  preferred store

4.       Enter in your email and password

5.       Click “Next

6.       Key in you Kroger Plus Card Number (If it says that this card has already been used, please call the number on the back of your card)

7.       Enter the security code (from the box above it)

8.       Enter in your contact information.

9.       Click on “next

10.   Verify that your account information is correct.  Check box for agreement of the terms and conditions and click “complete information

11.   Kroger will send an email that you entered earlier in the process. (this can take up to 10 minutes)

12.   Open the email that Kroger sent. Read the email and either click on the link within the email or copy and paste it into your browser.

13.   Sign in: click on the “Click here “button and then type in your email and password.

14.    Under Kroger Community Rewards Section at right, click “Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information.”

15.   Find your organization by typing in your organization’s NPO number ( 82964  - Oakland Live Y'ers)

16.   Click on the organization name that you want.  Please make sure that you click on the circle to the left of your organization so that it becomes highlighted.

17.   Click on “Save Changes

18.   Scroll over the page and make sure all information is accurate


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q :  Can I use a combination of grocery and Raise Right fundraising to meet my commitment?

A :  Yes!  Here’s an example:

Grocery :

You receive a $37.50 rebate for your spending at Busch's.

Raise Right:

$500 to Home Depot (3%) - $15 to OLY

$25 AMC card (7%) and $40 Max and Erma’s (16%) - $8.15 to your commitment.

Best Buy cards - 8 cards at $25 each (2%) - $4 to your commitment.

Build A Bear for your niece - $50 (8%) - $4 to your commitment.

Bass Pro for you husband - $50 (9%) - $4.50 more.

Pre-paid phone card - $20 (15%) - $3 more.

Blockbuster Cards - 5 - $6 single game rental cards - (15%) - $4.50

Total :

$80.65.  You’ve met your commitment.  OLY will keep the $7 (under min for rebate)

Q :  How do I get my Raise Right cards?

A :  It is your responsibility to pick up your cards.  No cards will be sent home with swimmers unless you request it. Once they are given to a swimmer they are no longer OLY’s responsibility.  You will be notified when they are in and available for pick up.

Q:   How long are the cards good for?

A :  It depends on the card.  Busch’s card is good forever.  For Raise Right each retailer has different restrictions and expiration dates.  Please review the list of retailers on the Great Lakes Raise Right site to see what restrictions might apply to those you wish to purchase gift certificates from.  Most retailers do not allow you to apply gift certificates to credit cards for payment, however, Kohl’s does allow you to do just that.  Again, please refer to the retailer list.

Q:  How can I increase my earnings?

A:   Have family members or friends register their cards for OLY (Michigan/Ohio only).  Ask friends and relatives to order from Raise Right.  Just make sure to give the scrip coordinator ([email protected]) their names so you get the credit.  Ask them to help support your swimmer by buying gift cards/certificates.  Especially around the holidays, graduation, etc…

Q:   What about graduating Seniors/College?

A:   When your senior graduates after short course you are no longer required to participate in the grocery/Raise Right program.  If you choose to participate we appreciate your contribution to OLY.

Q :  What about swimmers not swimming SUMMER?

A:   The program is designed to be a year-round program.  If your swimmer takes the summer session off, your annual commitment remains the same and we appreciate your participation.

Q :  What about Swimmers missing a season (SC or LC)?

A :  If your swimmer does not swim a season, please continue to participate if you plan to return to the team for the following season.  Any amount earned will be applied towards your annual commitment.  If your swimmer does not come back for the next season (2 in a row) you will not receive a refund, but we appreciate any contribution made to OLY through this program.

Q :  What about swimmers leaving OLY during a season (SC or LC)?

A:   If your swimmer leaves OLY during a season you will not receive a refund.


Q : What is the fundraising requirement if I join the team mid season?

A : A NEW OLY family’s fundraising requirement may be pro-rated for the first year based on the date your swimmer joined the team.  Listed below are the pro-rated fundraising requirements for NEW families broken down by join date: 

                        Join Date                    Pro-Rated Amount*

                        4/1 - 8/31                     $75

                        9/1 – 11/30                  $50

                        12/1 – 1/31                  $25

                        2/1 – 3/31                    $0

* Returning families are responsible for the total fundraising requirement of $75.00 every year thereafter.