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Change Making Change Opens Enrollment to Smaller Non-Profits to Help Boost Local Fundraising Capabilities

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 -- Change Making Change Fund, (CMC) a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children around the world through the collection of pocket change, today announced it is opening its administrative capabilities for collecting and processing small change to all non-profit organizations conducting fundraising campaigns. Any legitimate charity, ranging from little league teams to social services organizations, can now partner with Change Making Change and utilize the power of convenient Coinstar® kiosks to collect and count coin donations, freeing up valuable volunteer time and extending the reach of a fundraising activity within its community.

"Hundreds of local organizations have found a coin drive to be an effective fundraising mechanism, but one of the obstacles is the daunting task of physically counting the money at the end of the event," noted Rich Stillman, founder and executive director, Change Making Change. "We are now able to take that headache out of the equation. By using CMC to process donated coins through Coinstar kiosks, any organization can quickly and cost-effectively see the results of its fundraising effort without wasting valuable volunteer time. It's just another way that Change Making Change can make a difference in communities across the nation."

To participate, a 501(c)(3) non-profit anywhere in the United States simply signs up with Change Making Change, identifies the individual Coinstar kiosks in its immediate locale where coin donations will be accepted, establishes a timeframe for its coin drive and promotes the fundraiser to its audience. Change Making Change will then tally and process the donations, sending a grant check to the recipient organization at the conclusion of the event (minus a 10 percent fee to cover Coinstar coin processing charges and defray CMC expenses).

Organizations interested in taking advantage of Change Making Change's new local partnership program should send an email introduction to [email protected].

Change Making Change also partners with larger US and international charities and today announced that it would support one each month in 2013, dedicating all donations during that month (other than those designated for local coin drives) to each respective charity. In February, the recipient will be the Chikumbuso Women & Orphans Project in Zambia; the money will be used to further the grassroots organization's efforts to provide education for children and adult training and community building activities for vulnerable women in Ng'ombe.

About Change Making Change

Seattle-based Change Making Change Fund (CMC) is founded on the belief that many people giving small amounts of money can do as much good as a few people giving large sums of money. Anyone can get involved by bringing a handful of spare change to a Coinstar kiosk and selecting CMC as the recipient. To learn how Change Making Change is helping small donations make a big difference for international and domestic charities, visit us at www.cmcfund.org, follow on Twitter @CMCfund or find us on Facebook.

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