Penny Drives Assist Terrorist Attack Victims and Families

Contact: Mark Weller/Peter Mirijanian
September 24, 2001
(800) 561-7909/(202) 429-4017

Americans for Common Cents (ACC) extends its deepest sympathies to those who were directly affected by the September 11 attacks and joins our fellow Americans in the pursuit of a future where similar atrocities are not possible here or elsewhere.

Thousands of individuals, families, and support organizations will need significant help in these sad and difficult times.  As families and schools look for ways to make donations to fund special resources and personnel, ACC wants to remind the public of the power of the penny.  Large individual gifts still account for a large portion of the dollars raised by the nation's philanthropies.  But at many nonprofits, monies generated from small fundraising drives are important as well.

One way the public and students can contribute to the relief effort is through penny harvests that motivate numbers of citizens to make small donations that add up to big dollars.  Schools, and students in particular, have historically utilized penny drives to fuel fundraising for various needs, ranging from community feeding assistance programs to computers and field trips.

To this end, ACC has drafted a "Penny Fundraising Handbook" ( that can guide adults and students on how they can conduct their own coin drive, including the collecting of pennies and turning them into greenbacks.  Below are Internet links from The New York Times and an online site that provide a sampling of organizations offering assistance and information about where to make donations earned through penny harvests.

ACC encourages individuals to conduct a penny harvest of their own, turn the coins into dollars, and then donate the money to a charity assisting the terrorist attack victims.  Individually, pennies may not seem like much.  But, taken together, they make a critical difference for organizations dedicated to serving the needs of our nation and its people.

ACC is a broad-based coalition of business, charitable, and numismatic organizations dedicated to keeping the penny.  The coalition was formed in 1990 in response to Congressional threats to eliminate the one-cent coin.


President's Day - A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies

President's Day gives us the chance - at least once a year - to recognize Abraham Lincoln's immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily.

President Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents. "It's not just that the front of the penny has had Lincoln's image since 1909, it's what Lincoln did for our nation," Weller added "He possessed all the qualities we want in a president -- the ability to unite a divided nation, honesty, strength, and humility," Weller concluded.

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Special Announcement!

Pennies for Pasta and Pennies for Patients

These are run by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its local chapters as part of its renamed Student Series program:

For more information, you should call your local Chapter which may be found by going to the Society's website at:

Please note Americans for Common Cents does not get actively engaged in any fundraising activities.

Collapse of the zinc market means the penny is cheaper to make; saves taxpayers!

A collapse in metals prices means U.S. coins, including the penny, are less expensive to make. The penny has reached its lowest cost in seven years. Each 1-cent coin, made almost entirely of zinc, now costs the taxpayer much less to produce and its likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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More than Two-Thirds of Americans Still Favor Keeping the Penny

Recent Poll Shows Increasing Penny Support and Concern About Price Increases If Penny Is Eliminated

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) continues to show overwhelming and increasing support for the penny by the American public. 68% of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, representing a slight increase since the last poll in 2012.

"These results confirm the strong and unwavering support the penny continues to receive from Americans," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of ACC. Weller's group includes more than 50 organizations that support continued production of the penny.

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