An Evanston entrepreneur has launched a new coupon book designed to raise money for local non-profits while also generating increased sales for local businesses.

An Evanston entrepreneur has launched a new coupon book designed to raise money for local non-profits while also generating increased sales for local businesses.

Mindy Wallis says her Positive Sum coupon book is now available through about a half dozen school PTAs — including ones at Lincoln and Washington elementary schools.

The book, which includes discount coupons from 85 local businesses, is also available during business hours at four non-profit organizations — the Boocoo Cultural Center at 1823 Church St., the Evanston History Center at 225 Greenwood St., the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian at 3001 Central St. and Ten Thousand Villages at 719 Main St.

The organizations selling the book net $10 from each sale of the $20 book, and buyers get coupons that provide discounts at a wide range of local businesses — from Lemoi Hardware to the Light Opera Works.

Wallis says that in several cases buyers can make back the price of the book using a single coupon. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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3 Comments

  1. Positive Sum – Everyone Wins!

    Congratulations to Mindy Wallis! I’m excited that she’s brought this idea to life. Not only does it do good, but if she’s successful here and rolls it out to other communities she might create another sustainable business that Evanston can be proud of. I hope that everyone that supports Evanston will purchase this coupon book.

  2. Feel Good Fundraising

     I’ve bought one already.  I am so excited to feel good about writing a check that supports our children and our community at the same time (while saving me a buck  or two when I shop with coupons that I actually want).  Thank you, Mindy!

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