The Super Coat Fund was started because folks should never have to choose between things like food and medication versus staying safe from the cold. Coats for larger bodies are both expensive and hard to find. We use our knowledge of plus size clothing and where to find it, as well as our resources to get the most coats we can for folks who need them in the Twin Cities metro area. We prioritize BIPOC and folks who wear the largest sizes.
Questions about applying or donating? Check out our FAQ
We’ll be giving out stipends this year again! Our hope is to give out $75 stipends again. Because we didn’t have any swaps this year, including a virtual swap, we are starting from $0. We need extra help with donations this year. Please donate and share if you’re able!
We are aiming to beat our 2020 record by raising $2,000 this year!
We have surpassed our goal AND our stretch goal! but we’re still taking donations and applications! See more info below.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Applicants chosen will be contacted to confirm their payment handle (paypal, cashapp, or venmo) and must confirm by November 23rd. All payments will be made on or by November 25th.
Donate between November 7th to November 21st and be entered for a drawing! We have one $100 gift card to The Rose Academy of Burlesque, and five gift cards to Cake Plus-Size Resale! Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by November 28th and will have 48 hours to respond.
Donate any amount and be entered to win one of these prizes
- (1) $100 gift card to Rose Academy of Burlesque + $50 gift card to Cake Plus-Size Resale
- (1) $100 gift card to Cake Plus-Size Resale
- (3) one $50 gift card to Cake Plus-Size Resale
PayPal is preferred for donations, but we also accept Venmo and CashApp! Please put a cold or winter themed emoji in your note :)
Venmo: @hannahisdead | CashApp $hannahisdead
As of 11/25/21 we have 45 coat requests. Please help us keep up the momentum!
Current total: $3430
Q: Are you still accepting donations?
A: Yes! We’ll keep accepting donations until Nov 21 (which means you can still enter to win our giveaways). We may do another big push if we get a significant amount of new coat requests.
Q: Can I still apply?
A: Yes! Apply until Nov 21!
Q: What happens if you have more donations than coat requests?
A: people who need coats will get larger stipends! The $75 goal is the minimum. Larger stipends can help buy people better coats, or other winter gear like hats/gloves/boots
as of 11/14/21
Previous Super Coat Fund Results
As it is for most organizations, COVID-19 made us change the way we did things last year. Instead of purchasing coats for folks and having them try them on, we planned to give as many folks as possible $75 stipends to fully fund or supplement the purchase of the coat of their choice, with the goal of reaching 15 coats.
In the end, we achieved our stretch goal to fund 25 coat stipends, and were able to give the 21 people who applied $90 each.
Without in person-swaps which we use to fund the Super Coat Fund, and without businesses being able to contribute donations in the same way, we set out to fundraise the new old-fashion way (aka: social media and the internet). With our Virtual Swap, we were able to generate funds for the Super Coat Fund and raise awareness. Using social media, working with Cake Plus-Size Resale for their birthday weekend fundraiser, and networking, we were able to raise $1891.42 for the Super Coat Fund, which is a new funding record.
The Super Coat Fund is usually able to buy coats between $55 and $65 per coat by shopping sales and we meet with folks to find a coat that works best for them and deliver coats all around the Twin Cities.
Our first year we were able to purchase and donate 19 coats using surplus Big Fat Super Swap and Inbetweenie Super Swap Funds, and a donation from Cake Plus-Size Resale’s Small Business Saturday.
We were able to purchase 31 coats and were donated 3 brand new coats to give to local plus size folks in the Twin Cities with donations gathered at the Big Fat and Inbetweenie Super Swaps, donations from Cake Plus-Size Resale’s Small Business Saturday, and direct donations from folks. Our 2019 goal was 25 coats. We raised about $1600.