Making it simpler and easier – Collect for Anything by GroupTogether

Making collecting funds from a group easier and simpler

This post is sponsored by GroupTogether. 

You might remember that last year I shared with you a great new Australian company called GroupTogether. GroupTogether is a start up founded by two mums who wanted an easy way to take the hassle and waste out of giving group gifts. They also wanted a way to make it easy for gift givers to include a philanthropic element, so when the created the GroupTogether platform they included an option to donate a portion of the gift funds to a charity that you can choose when you set up the collection, an idea I really love.

I have successfully used their service a number of times now, collecting for coaches, teachers and friend’s gifts. What I liked most about the service as both a contributor and an organiser, is how easy it is to use and how you can cut down on clutter and wastage, by buying one large present or experience without going crazy collecting or handing over the funds.

For a teacher last year, we organised a subscription to an Art Magazine, that not only gave her a monthly hard copy of the magazine, but also provided the school with free access to the online version as well.

Not just for gifts – Collect for Anything

Since GroupTogether started though, they have realised their service can help in more ways than just buying gifts. Being mums of many kids themselves, they know about the many and varied types of cash collections you are involved in as a parent and now you can use their Collect for Anything option to collect for things like:

  • Sports team registrations
  • Uniform payments
  • Walkathon etc sponsorship for the kids
  • Bus hire for traveling sports teams
  • Pizza / Pie nights etc

Regardless of what you are collecting for there are always the issues of:

  • letting everyone know how much they need to pay and when it is due
  • getting the money in the right hands – not having it lost or left in the kids bags
  • the awkward follow up when people haven’t paid
  • the delays caused by the chasing up that has to happen
  • someone having to physically collect and hold the cash
  • how much time can be lost on collecting for very simple needs

Then there are other not so kid related stuff that I can see GroupTogether being a great way to collect funds for:

  • Collecting money to buy tickets for sporting events or concerts
  • Footy tipping competitions – there is always someone who never hands over the cash!
  • Morning tea club – a great way to be able to buy healthier snacks for the office at a cheaper price, where everyone contributes.
  • Book groups – means you can collect funds and buy books in bulk, but no one has to hand over all the cash out of their own pocker.
  • Bulk discount shopping – where you pool together to buy items that are much cheaper in bulk, but where you don’t want to have to buy 5kg of almond flour for yourself.
  • Party host collection – some people have great houses to have parties at, but this can mean they are the ones left with the biggest outlay. You can make a collection so the host has cash upfront and isn’t stuck with the bill.

GroupTogether is free to setup and super easy to use. There is a small fee for each contribution and the organiser chooses whether to absorb the cost or add it on like a service fee. The fee is 3% for bank transfers, 4% for MC/Visa, 5% for Paypal or international credit cards.

So if you were for example collecting for futsal uniforms that cost $35 per kit, the fee would only be $1.40 if you were paying by Visa.  For me the ease of the process and the time it saves me is definitely worth it. You or the organiser, add the emails of the people involved in the collection, then GroupTogether does the rest. They send out the invitation with the links to make payment easy, they send out the reminders, then once the deadline passes, they transfer the money to your nominated account – how easy is that!

GroupTogether Book giveaway

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Marta who won the fab book collection!

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The team at GroupTogether not only want to make collecting funds easier for you, but they want to give one reader of Planning With Kids three excellent books that will also help make life simpler and easier for you.

The book pack valued at over $50 includes Destination Simple – Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlary , Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying By Marie Kondo.

To enter simply leave a comment below (if you are reading via email, you will find the comments section here) letting me know how you would use GroupTogether to collect funds.

Terms and conditions

  • To enter you must leave your answer in the comments section of this post.
  • The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
  • The winner will be notified via email. You must have a valid email address to enter. If no response is received with 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
  • The give away will close Thursday 13th April 2017.
  • The winner will be chosen by Planning With Kids based on creativity and you can only enter once.
  • Please see full terms and conditions here.

Comments

  1. Marta says

    Hi Nic,

    Just read about this again today. It is a great idea to use GroupTogether to collect money for birthday gift for my friends group (ladies & mum’s group). We have a bi-monthly catch up where everyone will contribute money to buy a birthday present for someone’s birthday in the group. Also we normally collect money from everyone & will make a draw, and the person’s whose name was drawn will get the money that time & she can use it for whatever she wants. This will save time & all the hassle of bringing cash & reminding & collecting money from everyone.

  2. Sally Nicolson says

    Love the idea of group together!!! I’m totally going to try this for our next preschool event!!! Love to read those books too, I know my clutter and to-do lists take up much needed space in my mind…I’d like it back thanks!!

  3. Caroline says

    Awesome! I’ve used GroupTogether a few times. It saves all the embarrassment of chasing people. It’s a pleasure. I specially like that it does the reminding and tracking for you and then sends it to you in one go.

  4. Veronica McAlister says

    Sounds absolutely wonderful (as I sit here in my car waiting for school pickups trying to collate my life!)

  5. Vee says

    What a great idea can’t wait to use group together!!! And all those books look like a great read can’t wait to get into them too. Keep up the great work Planning with Kids!!!

  6. Allyson Hodgson says

    I would love to use GroupTogether for organising teacher presents at the end of the year as I am the Parent rep for my twin boys Year 1 classes (they are in different ones) so this would make my job much easier. I also love the idea of a donation being included in the gift! I have no doubt that i would find many more reasons to use this company as I increasingly become involved as a coordinator of groups.

  7. Kerry says

    I love hearing about new businesses where people have seen a gap and filled it! This would be great for teacher presents – totally avoiding the awkward ‘pay up’ conversation. I also never have cash on me so another big tick.

  8. Sarah says

    I would use GroupTogether to organise gifts for my children’s teachers. I would also use it at my workplace (a school) to organise birthday gifts for colleagues.

  9. Renata says

    I can’t wait to use GroupTogether. I’m head of the school fair this year and this will be a great tool to use to take the stress out of organising yet another aspect of such a big event. Love that mamma’s created it as well. Great effort.

  10. Benjamine says

    Fantastic idea, I would use group together for all my funding needs at home, work and school: Need to organise a present for Husband’s 40th from friends and family: GroupTogether; MIL birthday no one wants to be bothered: GroupTogether; colleague going away gift: GroupTogether; Christmas charity christmas presents collection: GroupTogether; teacher birthday, Christmas and birthday presents: GroupTogether; Class parent present: GroupTogether; teacher assistant goes to woop woop for community projet: GroupTogether; Sporting coach and team manager thank you present: GroupTogether and most importantly kids birthday parties presents: GroupTogether. It would make me very happy to get the books ; )

  11. Jo Stuart says

    What a wonderful idea! There’s nothing worse than being the organiser and getting left short! This would make people feel much more able to organise group things with a cost involved :-) I know it would help simplify my life with kinder, school and my new business which is a team thing! Thanks for sharing with us :-)

  12. Ellen Griffin says

    I have to say, this is a rather nifty idea! I’m afraid my idea is a little less altruistic… in my dreams my husband, after I’d alerted him to this great system, would use GroupTogether as a way to organise me some sensational present for my upcoming birthday, making it easy for all my far-flung family members and friends to chip in. A girl can dream, can’t she?!

  13. Sarah Smith says

    I would definitely use GroupTogether for every birthday in my family as well as Mother & Fathers day presents on behalf of my siblings.
    My brother still owes me $50 from last Mothers Day so this would definitely come in handy!!!

  14. Caroline says

    GroupTogether would be great for family birthdays and teacher present collections, would also be great for collecting money for charitable causes.

  15. Hadassah says

    This could be used like a “wedding registry” so that the married couple could use the funds exactly as they wish….the bridesmaid or groomsman could set it up for them….it could even fund the cost of the wedding, you could then make the wedding as big as you liked and not need to worry about having to reduce the invite list if the cost is too high for the budget. That way your mum and or mil won’t be upset that an old family friend or beloved uncle whom you’ve never met can attend :-). These books sound like a good read, I am loving learning about ways to improve the organisational flow of my life. Thanks :-)

  16. Kate says

    Fantastic idea! I would use Group Together for our office Secret Squirrel collections. We usually have around a dozen a year (new baby, engagement, significant birthday, team member leaving) and it is always so difficult to get everyone to contribute on time. Group Together sounds like it would make awkward reminders a thing of the past!

  17. sonya says

    I’d use GroupTogether to collect money for a gift for our school’s crossing lady, who is retiring soon after 18 years on the job!

  18. Judith p. says

    My gran is turning 90 in November and I’d use GroupTogether to get all the extended families to contribute so we can buy her a holiday in Cape Tribulation, her bucket-list destination!

  19. Carlyb says

    awesome idea – I would use it for friends 40th birthdays coming up – so much easier than chasing people.

  20. Samantha Boyle says

    I love the idea of GroupTogether, such a simple, practical concept that really will save lots of time, effort and money!!!! I can’t stop thinking about all the different uses for it…
    I’m just about to start organising my SIL’s engagement present, which I know will save me hassling my in laws who are terrible at remembering to pay.
    Teacher presents for childcare (I am the parent rep) and also at childcare, I am in charge of fund raising, so it would be perfect for that.
    At work it will be really helpful as we are a team of about 60 people, who are based out at various clients, so this would be excellent for organising leaving, baby gifts etc. I know this will help significantly and mean we will actually get a lot more money from the team.
    My other thought was my book club! We actually by the books at the beginning of the year, to save costs and this would be a great way of streamlining that process! And better than before is actually on our list for next year! (And I have been wanting to buy Marie kondo’ book for ages!) so that would save me twice!!!!!
    Thanks for all your advice, I love your blog and find your tips invaluable and scarily a lot of the time, perfectly timed to match the craziness that is our life!!!

  21. Deb says

    After organising group gifts for teachers a few times – this concept is fabulous! Less work for the organising person!

    Oh and I LOVE the fact that you can choose to donate to an organisation as part of the process! Awesome! Will definitely use this!

  22. Deborah W says

    These books all look amazing. I would love them!

    How would I use GroupTogether? To take the hassle out of nagging all my siblings for their contributions to group presents for wedding presents, gifts for our parents etc. I am “the organised one” and our family are scattered far and wide, so it is always me buying the gifts. To give my siblings credit, everybody does always pay up… eventually… but it can take a few reminders!!

    Also teacher and coach end-of-year gifts, workmate leaving presents (have had a few of those lately), actually there are so many situations where GroupTogether would be so handy and useful!

  23. Zoe says

    I manage my daughter’s netball team and will definitely keep this in mind. Collecting cash for carnivals, coaches present and end of year trophies can be a real headache. Plus I just hate the hassle of cash. Carrying around a collection envelope where everyone seems to pay you in loose change isn’t fun!

  24. Lauren Lesser says

    With 3 kids at primary school & high school doing netball, gymnastics,musical theatre and sailing and me returning to work I seriously need anything which makes life easier! I live helping out & his year I am going to be team manager for a netball team so collecting money for coach’s gift and get togethers would be made much easier

  25. Rebecca says

    This website is so much easier than trying to deal with all the coins lost down the sides of the couch or money from pants pockets left in the laundry!!!

    It would also help keep many school mum relationships in tack :)

    What a brilliant idea.

  26. Sharni says

    I like this idea for a girls weekend away me and my friends from all over Aus are organising! I am definitely going to set up so we can collect money for accommodation!

  27. says

    I would use group together to save for a mums weekend away. It would be a great chance for me and my friends from all over Wollongong, Brisbane and Yeppoon to catch up x

  28. Bec Marsh says

    I love the idea of using GroupTogether for special occasions like hen’s or bucks nights, big birthdays or wedding anniversaries. Such an ingenious idea. Love it!!

  29. K.Carey says

    This would be great for birthday/Christmas/wedding gifts. I am all for practical gifts of cash or a voucher and this would make organising this so simple!

  30. Tamara Lamb says

    With everyone so busy now days, fundraising tends to be placed on the side burner. There’s the ideas, chasing people, time and effort to raise not much. This is a much quicker, simpler and easier way of making sure your school group, Mums group, sports club, etc get their much needed fundraising achieved. I would use this for our local school to raise funds towards indigenous learning. Thank you.

  31. Laura Scriven says

    Perfect to collect all the school mum’s City2Surf entries so we can enter as team to support one another!

  32. Melanie says

    This is such a simple and effective idea! I am always the “organiser” that also ends up drowning in spreadsheets and receipts and invariably out of pocket!

    What a Godsend this will be for gifts for Teachers, coaches and even milestone birthdays for family members and friends.

    Can’t wait to familiarize myself with it!

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