Fundraising, Donations, and Scrip

Scrip is the Easiest Fundraiser of ALL!

What is scrip?

Scrip is a term that means “substitute money”. When you purchase scrip, you’re purchasing negotiable gift certificates and prepaid cards that are used just like cash. You can use scrip to purchase everyday expenses like food, clothing, and other essentials, and with every purchase, you earn revenue for Congregation Emanu El.

How scrip generates revenue for Congregation Emanu El

Our supplier acts on behalf of temples, schools and other non profit organizations to purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Congregation Emanu El buys the scrip at a discount, and re-sells the certificates to families like yours for full face value. The discount from two to fifteen percent or more – is our revenue.

Scrip is “shopping cart fundraising”

Scrip is a popular fundraiser because families don’t have to sell anything. Our congregants produce revenue by making regular household purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with scrip. Check out the link at the bottome of this page, there is something for everyone on your list!

Think, think, think…

  • Don’t know if your neighbor prefers Dark Chocolates or Nut & Chews….get them a See’s Gift Certificate…they can pick just what they want! Be sure to get some for you too!
  • Teenagers love, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Krikorian Movie Tickets, plus all the clothing retailers like American Eagle Outfitters, Kohl’s, Gap, Banana Republic and Macy’s just to name a few…they won’t roll their eyes at you and they won’t return it.
  • For the younger ones…do your shopping with scrip at Toys R Us (brand new store in Redlands), Build-A-Bear, J.C. Penney’s and more…
  • For the ladies …Sephora, See’s (again, never can go wrong with Chocolate!), Bed, Bath & Beyond, Spa Finder Certificate (ahh!), Williams-Sonoma, Dream Dinners, Kay’s Jewelers … you get the idea…
  • For the guys…Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, Eddie Bauer, Land’s End, Big 5, Bass Pro Shops, Sports Authority…they will love it!
  • Co-workers, family and friends would appreciate gift cards from the many restaurants that are available.
  • And don’t forget the grocery stores (Stater’s, Vons, Albertsons, Gerrard’s) to get all your latke and brisket ingredients.
  • If you have any questions, please ask!

Think SCRIP! Buy it, Use it!

Scrip can be purchased through the temple office or using the website.

How does it work? By signing up at, you can choose the scrip cards you want from the latest list. Your scrip cards will be delivered to the Temple office once a week. Many retailers allow ScripNow which lets you print out your scrip from your own printer, instantly! Not only that, but many cards can be reloaded instantly online.

With the PrestoPay program at, you can pay for scrip with a deduction from your checking account easily and securely. A 15¢ fee applies to each transaction no matter how much scrip you purchase.

 Click here for a list of scrip cards available at the temple office.

Interested in learning more about the online scrip program? Here are some links that will help you get set up:

pdf Getting Started with

pdf List of Retailers who accept ScripNow

pdf List of Retailers who will accept PrestoPay

pdf List of Retailers who will allow cards to be reloaded

Making a Donation to Congregation Emanu El

Your contributions to our synagogue are always greatly appreciated! For your convenience, we have made it possible to download the donation form online. Please mail this form to the temple with your check enclosed. Of course, you are still welcome to call the temple office to make your donations.

Thank you so much for your generosity!