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Old Fashion Candy
March 20, 2015
One of the things we enjoy doing most is answering your fundraising questions. Whether it is 1 or 100 questions, we are happy to answer all inquiries on anything fundraising. We can even assist you in setting up a fundraiser, but if you only have questions, no worries - our no-hassle fundraising experts are here for you. Below we've assembled some of our most frequently asked questions that come through our call center and online outlets:
What is a case?
A case is the overall box/container that holds your items. You can find how many pieces are in each case on the product page for every variety we carry. In most cases, it is just one carrying box. Each case is meant for a single seller, so you would order the same number of cases that you have sellers.
Is there a minimum order?
There is none. You can order one case or as many as you need for your group size. The profit charts on the variety product pages show increments, but these are for information only, not to suggest that these amounts are the only order sizes.
How do the prizes work?
You earn prize points based on the amount of fundraising products you order from Old Fashion Candy. Typically, each case is worth one prize point, and prize points are listed on each product page. Prize points are automatically accumulated as you order so you can use them after each, individual fundraiser or save them up from multiple orders. Once each invoice has been paid in full, you will be mailed a letter notifying you of how many prize points you have earned. Prizes are listed in categories organized by number of prize points, which you can view here. To cash in your prize points you can call 1-800-500-1234 or visit us online here.
How do the Smart Snacks in School Rules affect my school fundraiser?
Candy and snacks can still be sold in schools by following the regulations, which you can find more information of here. We also offer the Smart Variety and the Choice Variety where every item meets all USDA standards to be sold on campus, during school hours. For other alternatives, our brochure and product fundraisers are also all safe to sell at school and have no restrictions against them.
Do I have to pay upfront?
We have a 30 day billing available. Most schools in the public school system have already been pre-approved with us. Some schools do require their teachers to use purchase orders. You may want to check with your bookkeeper prior to ordering, to see if this is a requirement of your school or state. For all other schools, groups or individuals, you may be approved for the 30 day billing. Contact us at 1-800-500-1234 or when ordering online select the 30-day bill option. If you select this option, we may need additional information from you to see if you qualify. We accept other forms of payment including credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. If you call in your order, you can also send in a check or money order or pay with a check by phone.
Do you accept returns?
We only accept unopened cases of non-food items that are in good condition. Food items are not accepted for return. You should call in advance to arrange your return. Additional inspection and restocking fees of $2.00 per case will be applied to all returned merchandise.
If you've got questions, please give us a call at 1-800-500-1234 or ask us on Facebook. Our fundraising experts are happy to answer any and all inquiries you have regarding the fundraising process, as well as our products.
March 3, 2015
Here is an easy prom fundraising idea. This is from a previous blog post. We received many success stories from our customers, so we wanted to share it with you again.
It is PROM TIME! That means it is time to break out the decorations, formal attire, and some fundraising. Maybe you are head of the prom committee or need to do some springtime fundraising for a class trip or something, using prom as a basis for your fundraiser can really pay off. Here's a handy idea with our chocolate roses that can help boost your spring school fundraising:
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- Download our printable sheet here of "will you go to prom with me" cards.
- Print out and cut apart cards (6 cards per 8.5x11 sheet, so you have no waste!). You can use any color paper but if you have card stock or a thicker paper your cards will hold up better.
- Hole punch each card in the middle at the top and using ribbon, tie one card onto each rose. If you choose to, you can punch two holes close to each other so your card will sit more centered on the candy stick.
- The giver can write their potential prom date's name at the top and sign their name at the bottom on the dotted lines.
Now, you/your group can either pre-tie on all cards and ribbons to the rose or if you have a table setup, leave them loose and only tie them on as they are purchased. This way makes it easier for people to write their names on the cards. If you have a table set up, having pens on hand will also be helpful for purchasers to write their names on the tags.
If you use curling ribbon, you can curl the ends of the ribbons after they are tied to add some fun or simply tie it into a classic bow. Use your school colors, prom colors or just a bright and fun variety! Either way, your fundraiser is sure to be the hit of the school and not only bring in money for your cause but also spread some prom cheer!
February 12, 2015
In our previous blog post, we described how to end your fundraiser on a high note (read here), this time let's discuss how to kick off your fundraiser. Starting a fundraiser is an exciting time, and getting all of your sellers and participants involved and hyped about it is a great way to start off successfully.
When first announcing to your group that you will be doing a fundraiser, make it a fun announcement with energy and excitement. Be sure to inform your group what you will be fundraising for (because more than likely it is something that will benefit them). If you know at this time, reveal what you will be selling. Send out informative sheets or emails to parents so they know what will be happening as their service might be needed at some point. Include information such as:
• what you will be selling
• what fundraiser is for and your goal profit
• the start date of the fundraiser
• the end date that all money/orders/product need to be turned in by
• your contact information should questions arise
When selecting a fundraiser, you as the fundraising host can pick what the group will sell or you can put it to a vote. Pick 2 or 3 fundraisers you are deciding between and put them to a vote with your group to choose the winner. It is a great way to make the sellers feel a part of the decision process and take ownership of what they will be doing. When choosing a fundraiser, there are a few things to keep in mind:
• Candy is the #1 choice for fundraising (view candy fundraisers)
• Brochure fundraisers require no money to get started. Collect orders and only pay for what you sell (view brochure fundraisers)
• Smart Snack fundraising for selling at school during school hours
• Non-food fundraisers (key chains, lanyards, Donation Dots)
• Classic lollipop fundraisers have the lowest selling price (view lollipops)
Here is where you can really amp up the excitement about your group holding a fundraiser. Have a small launch party where small snacks are served or even hang up a few decorations. Start a countdown on a blackboard or using sheets of poster board. Write "# of days left to reach our goal" and each day someone can erase or rip off the number. This way everyone will always know how much time they have left to sell and when they will need to bring all orders/money/product back in. If you've ordered fundraising cases, announce and bring each seller up to present them with their case like it is a prize.
If you are collecting money from sellers on a daily basis, create a goal board similar to the countdown board as described above. This will allow you to fill in the amount progressively, the group has raised and how close you are to meeting your set goal.
This is also a great time to have sellers make signs to attach to their cases or to hang up at selling tables, on school walls, anywhere you can advertise your fundraiser. You can download our ready made signs here and fill in your groups information. Getting your group involved and taking ownership is a great way to not only help them succeed individually, but to collaboratively encourage each other and be excited about working towards a goal.
Throughout The Fundraiser
No matter how long your fundraiser runs, keep energy up. If you notice individuals struggling, find out what they are hung up on and offer advice, tips or even pair them up with someone who can assist them in selling. Give your entire group confidence with encouraging announcements and tips to keep spirits high.
Showing you are excited about fundraising is a great way to get and keep your group motivated. Positive reinforcement and encouragement go a long way.