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Easter Fundraising

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If you're planning on a springtime fundraiser, why not coordinate it with the Easter holiday? Matching fundraisers up with holidays are a great way to up potential sales because it provides your buyers with not only a treat, but a treat they can use/give for the holidays.

To help make the best holiday & fundraiser parings, think about what your potential customers might need or something that they might normally pick up at a local store that you could provide to them. Items such as our lollipops or milk chocolate roses are great Easter fundraisers because they're little unique treats people could include in Easter baskets or give as small gifts to those during the holiday. If you have signs attached to your boxes or a table, why not make another sign that says "GREAT FOR" and then make a short bullet point list of ideas to help spark a sale.

Doing holiday fundraisers gets your audience with two key purchasing points:
1. They are helping a great cause - YOURS!
2. Not only are they getting an item in return but can also serve as a gift or item that they would otherwise purchase elsewhere

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Q/A #5: What Are Prize Points & How Do They Work?

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Any time you sell Old Fashion Candy Fundraisers you automatically earn prize points. Prize points are given on a per case basis (for example 1 prize point per case) and the amount of points can differ for each fundraiser. Once your invoice has been paid in full you will be mailed a letter notifying you of how many prize points you have earned and are able to redeem for free prizes.

Prizes are grouped in categories of total points, the lowest starting at 30 points. You can browse our entire selection of redeemable prizes here as well as cash in your prize points online.

You do not have to use the points all at once. You can save some or all of them and bank them. If a person does not order with us again and they are not used, they will stay on your account for two years and expire at the end. However, if  you consistently order with us the points will remain on your account indefinitely.

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Q/A #3: Take Order Fundraisers or Items In-Hand Fundraisers?

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While we have a multitude of different fundraising products, fundraisers can essentially be broken down into two categories: Order takers and Items in-hand.

So which fundraiser would work best for you? Well let’s look at what goes into each one:

ORDER TAKERS
Order takers, or pre-sell fundraisers, will typically have a higher selling price for items as well as the items themselves will usually be of a higher quality. At Old Fashion Candy our order takers include our Celestial Candles  and Excite Your Snacktime brochures. Order taking fundraisers are great because they require no upfront cost, meaning you don't have to purchase any product, you only buy what you sell. This is one of the reasons the products are of a higher price so you are able to offer premium products to your customers without fear of being left with unsold merchandise. The higher selling price for these products also means each individual is capable of generating more dollars sold per person (which can come in handy if each individual of a group needs to bring in a certain amount of money in order to meet your goal). As the name suggests you will have to have your participants take orders, so name, delivery information and product quantities should be recorded on the back of the brochure. You can collect money when they place their order so you can save an extra step as well as avoid any customers not taking their merchandise, or do payment upon delivery. Once the order taking period is over, have your group turn in their forms to you to tally up and place your entire product order at one time. Once the product is shipped to you, arrangements will need to be made for participants to pick up their merchandise and distribute them to their customers as well as collect money (if they didn't collect it up front). If you are working with a group of younger fundraising participants you'll probably want to send a schedule home for parents that outline order sheet turn in date, merchandise pick up day/time and collected money due by dates.

ITEMS IN-HAND
Items in-hand, or cash and carry fundraisers, are the primary type of fundraiser we at Old Fashion Candy offer. With this type of fundraiser you order your product (or cases) up front and there are two ways to pay:
1. We offer 30 days payment so you can sell your product and then turn in only the amount you owe us.
2. Pay for it up front and then all the money you make, you keep.

Then distribute out the product to your participants for them to sell. When they sell they collect money on the spot and in turn that money goes directly to your group so the profit exchange is immediate. However, keep in mind that this means each participant will have to carry the product with them in order to make the sales. Make participants aware on how to store and transport the product so as not to damage or destroy it - especially if you are selling candy products in the summer heat.

No matter which fundraiser your group goes with it is helpful to review with all participants (and possibly parents of participants) due dates as well as how to collect and store money until the turn in date and delivery practices.

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