What is Scrip?
Scrip is fundraising gift cards and are the same gift cards you would normally purchase from a retailer at your local retail stores, and they work the same way. You'll find cards you can use at grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, home improvement stores and at almost any business that accepts gift cards. Virtually anywhere you shop will accept some form of Scrip.
How does Scrip work?
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish purchases gift cards at a discounted amount and sells these cards at full face value. Our school and parish families purchase these gift cards for the full face value for places where they plan to shop and use scrip cards instead of cash or credit. The difference of the face value and the discount purchase percentage is the scrip fundraising profit – money earned on every dollar spent using scrip gift cards.
Where do I buy Scrip?
There are many different options available to buy Scrip to support St. Johns Catholic Parish:
- A wide variety of gift cards are on-hand, available to buy at the school or parish office or before and after all weekend masses. Stop by the school, parish office or church to purchase your scrip (cash and checks accepted as payment). Print out the SCRIP ORDER FORM for a list of available scrip.
- Get a King Soopers Reloadable Card. Make just an initial purchase of a $10 King Soopers gift card through the St. Johns scrip program. Reload additional funds on that gift card at the store for any amount up to $500 and St. Johns Parish receives a rebate check from King Soopers for 5% of every amount reloaded to that gift card. Get more details about the King Soopers Reloadable Card.
- Through our national vendor, Great Lakes Scrip, you can place an order on-line where gift cards for over 500 vendors are available.
- You must first set up an account at "ShopWithScrip.com". To do so:
Contact our scrip coordinator via email to get an enrollment code, then
Visit ShopWithScrip.com and register using the enrollment code provided by the scrip coordinator
After placing your on-line order, print a copy to submit with your payment and your order will be ready for pick-up within 10 days (your order will be available immediatley if you request an eCard).
Additionally, scrip is available to buy in the form of an eCard or eGift delivered to your email account through the ScripNow program.
NEW: Sign up for PrestoPay to pay for scrip, eCard, eGift or to reload a gift card using your bank debit card ($.15 fee charged for each order and additional fees may apply, read terms and conditions on the gl.scrip website).
How does the school tuition rebate work?
Every school family needs to participate in the scrip program.
Every time a gift card is purchased through the St. Johns scrip program by a school family, a percentage of that fundraising profit is calculated as a tuition credit. For example, a $100 Safeway card with a 5% profit would earn $5 with 50% ($2.50) of this profit accumulating as a credit. This credit is posted to your school family account on a quarterly basis for the school year beginning July 1st through June 30th of the following year. Receive even more tuition credit by getting your family and friends to buy scrip in your name.
Frequently Asked Questions
Don't hesitate to ask us any questions not addressed here.
Can my King Soopers reloadable gift card be reloaded at the fuel center?
Yes, just go to the window of the gas kiosk and it can be reloaded with check, cash or credit card before fueling.
How safe are scrip/gift cards?
Gift cards are the same as cash, so your identity is safeguarded with the use of a scrip/gift card.
Can gift cards be used to pay department store bills?
Only Kohl's allows you to use the fundraising gift card you get through St. Johns Parish to pay your Kohl's charge at the store.
When will reloadable Safeway gift cards be available?
The reloadable Safeway gift card program has restrictions that would lower the profit percentage available to St. Johns if we were to implement reloadable cards and not meet a minimum sales volume, so at this time we will continue selling Safeway scrip in the $100, $25 and $10 denominations at the current 5% profit.
How can I check the balance of my gift card?
On the back of most gift cards is a toll free number to call to check your balance. You'll need to have the card number available. Some stores allow you to check balances on-line. You would need to register on that store's site and obtain a user ID and password to access your card balance online.
Can gift cards be used to make online purchases?
Yes, most merchants allow you to use a gift card to pay for your online purchases, just by entering the card number. Some of these merchants include Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Target, Land's End, Walmart, Staples.
Are some of the gift cards good at more than one store or restaurant?
Many of the scrip/gift cards are through national chains. That means that one gift card is valid at a multiple of different stores/restaurants and can be used anywhere in the country. So you can purchase a gift card and send it as a gift to someone in another state.
Why can't I use a credit card to buy scrip?
St. Johns as the merchant would have to pay a credit card fee on each transaction of up to 3%, practically eliminating any profit made through the scrip fundraising program.
Who do I contact if I have a question about the scrip program?
The St. Johns Scrip Coordinator is Tara Kirkpatrick and she may be contacted by email at TKirkpatrick@saintjohns.net.