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How does group size play a part in my fundraiser?

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Whether you have 10 people/kids in your group or 100, the number of participants you have should be taken into consideration when planning a fundraiser. Divide your goal by the number of participants you will have in order to see approximately how much each person will have to sell in order to reach your goal. Keep in mind, not everyone in your group may participate unless it is mandatory and some people will sell a lot of items, while others will sell only a few.

Once you have your average sale number, take a look at how much profit you will make on a fundraiser. Items with a higher selling price will need fewer items sold per person in order to reach your goal. Timeframe can also play a part in your fundraising scheme. For advice on *how long to run your fundraiser see our other blog post. Be sure to allot some time, around or a little past half way in your timeframe, to bring all of your participants together and assess how everyone is doing. At this time it may be a good idea to redistribute items to those who are selling more of a particular item or have access to a larger selling audience.

If you've managed a fundraiser before, try to find out how many people participated in it last time, what your timeframe was, and how much profit you brought in. From that you'll be able to gauge the average sale per person (take the profit and divide it by the number of people selling) and if you were able to make enough in that amount of time. If so then keep on keepin' on! If not, simply adjust your figures by lengthening your timeframe or looking at fundraising options that bring in a bigger profit.

Large or small, your group can set an obtainable goal to reach within your timeframe. Since we have no minimum order on our fundraisers you can order a few cases just to get started and see how things go. Plus, most orders ship in 24 hours or less, so if you run out you can reorder and restock quickly.

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FREE Download & Print Fundraising Signs!

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Download these snazzy pdfs and either type your groups name into the blank space using Adobe Reader/Acrobat or hand write it in after printing off. Perfect for attaching to the inside of your fundraising boxes or on displays and tables when your group is fundraising at an event.

Download $1 Fundraising Sign
Download $2 Fundraising Sign

HOW TO TYPE IN YOUR GROUP'S NAME ON THE PDF:
1. Download the pdf to your desktop
2. Open the pdf in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat
3. Click in the blank space in the center and type in your copy. You can adjust the the size of the font yourself via the
text formatting menu.
4. Print out and display as you see fit! NOTE: most printers will not print borderless so you can either print it out on a larger sheet of paper to cut out or select "scale to fit" from your print menu to fit the sign to your paper and not cut off any of the graphics (if the option is available, make sure it is scaled proportionally so as not to distort any of the graphics).

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Q/A #1: How long should my fundraiser run?

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Generally we recommend an average selling period of 2 weeks, including weekends, but the real question is how much of a timeframe do you have? If you have time on your side, this will allow you to do a larger or even multiple small fundraisers to meet your goals. Doing multiple fundraisers that are spaced out allow you to capitalize on selling several different products at different price points while not hounding your customers. Just make sure you allow a fair amount of time between fundraisers if you are advertising to the same group of people. Also, keep in mind that at Old Fashion Candy we have no minimum order so you can always start out with a conservative order to see how things go and then amp it up accordingly.

Seasonal fundraisers should be started 2-4 weeks prior to the holiday depending upon your timeframe for when your customers would like their products. If they are order place based fundraisers (such as our Celestial Candles or Excite), they typically have a 2-3 week turnaround to get your order. For our Christmas Old Fashion Candy Orders we ask that you turn in by November 20 so you get it in plenty of time before break. If you choose to sell a seasonal snack or candy fundraiser that is cash-on-sale, one to two weeks leadings up to the holiday is more than sufficient (make sure to check on ship time around the busy season).

No matter what fundraiser you choose or your schedule, allow time for late orders to be turned in after your deadline date. While you may have a set turn in by date, inevitably you will have some late arrivals and it is better to have scheduled in a bit of extra time than to be scrambling at the end.

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