The Powell River Money Society is a member of the Powell River Chamber of Commerce
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The Chamber accepts PR$ at their regular lunch meetings.

Non-Profits: How to get people to buy PR$ from you

One way to convert the PR$ that are donated to you, to CN$, is to ask your members, visitors, volunteers, staff, board members and the general public to buy them from you. To do that successfully, you need to do three things:

  1. Let them know you want them to do it
  2. Explain to them why they should do it
  3. Tell them how to do it

Let Them Know

  • Email to mailing list (see below for example text)
  • Entry in newsletter
  • Ask directly at meetings, board meetings, events
  • Info-box on posters and flyers
  • Sign or poster at your location

Explain Why They Should

Basically, they can support you at no out-of-pocket cost to them. They give you CN$, you give them the same amount back in PR$, and they can spend the PR$ at participating businesses. For people who simply want to use PR$, that’s all they need to know, but some people will want to know more about the underlying details: for them, you can use this article:

Powell River Dollars: How They Work

Also available for printing as a PDF 

How They Can Do It

You have a number of options for the actual mechanics of the exchange. These include:

  • PR$ float at your office or physical location in charge of your staff
  • Simple honour-system jar at your office where people put in CN$ and take out PR$
  • Sales table, or roving PR$ seller, at an event
  • PR Money Society Cash Points (though that puts you in competition with all the other non-profits on our list)

Sample Text

Here is some sample request text you can edit and use:

Dear (volunteers, board members, etc)

(our organization) is a part of the Powell River Dollar program. That means we receive donations of PR$ from local businesses to help us in our work. While we can use some PR$ by spending them directly with local businesses, many of our expenses can only be paid in CN$, so we need to convert PR$ to CN$ – and that’s where you come in.

You can support us by buying PR$ from us using CN$. Each PR$ costs one CN$, they trade 1 for 1. Then, you can spend those PR$ at local businesses, so there’s no net cost to you.  The list of participating businesses is here:
http://powellrivermoney.ca/powell-river-dollar/i-will-if-you-will-businesses/

Here’s how you can buy PR$ from us:

  • (insert your specific details here – at the office, at community events, contact a specific person, etc)
  • At the PR$ Cash Point at CMG Printing, 4691 Marine Ave, Tuesday to Saturday
  • At the PR Money Society mobile Cash Point at community events such as the Winter and Open Air markets, Seedy Saturday, etc.

You can read more about the PR$ on the website at

http://powellrivermoney.ca

For information about buying PR$ from (our organisation), please contact (details)