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Category Archives: Candy Fundraisers
October 6, 2016
My dad would take a box of chocolate bars to set at the front counter at his work when I was a kid and our school was doing its annual chocolate fundraiser. Customers waiting to get their cars repaired were happy to pay a dollar for a chocolate bar to help out a local school rather than grabbing something from the shop’s vending machine, and in a week the whole box would be gone.
--Janet B. - Old Fashion Candy customer
Fundraising opportunities are all around us. Think of all the people that you, your family, and your organization members encounter over the course of a week.
Teaching students to be aware of the opportunities around them is important in getting the most out of your fundraiser. Here are some tips that will help students be more effective and get in the right mindset:
Tell customers about how close you are to reaching your goal!
Let customers know that you need to sell 50 and you’ve already sold 40. Many people may be ready to buy more because they want to help you out in a big way.
Make phone calls and go door-to-door.
Emails are very likely to be deleted. You will get more attention with face to face interactions. Be sure to explain to kids the many reasons that people may say no because contacting customers directly might be intimidating, and rejection is hard for children to deal with.
Parents and children should always be aware of safety precautions while fundraising. Share this link or print the flyer to be passed out:
Give a Q&A sheet to kids.
Give kids answers to common questions they may be asked while fundraising such as “How long will I have to wait?”, “Do I have to pay now?”, “This is specifically what we are fundraising for: _____”
Divide territory among students.
Make sure that students are not overlapping territory and visiting the same places multiple times.
Bring fundraising material with you to give to people while out and about.
Dentist Offices, Gas Stations, Work, Church – Any place you or a student can run into new people is a good place to get your message out.
Old Fashion Candy offers fundraising brochures that can be sent to you for FREE.
Keep good records.
So much time can be saved and problems avoided by solid record keeping of the details of your fundraiser.
Old Fashion Candy has a collection of free tools that you can use for your fundraiser:
You can share the link with your fundraising team or print copies to pass out.
Remind donors they can give directly.
Donors can give directly to the organization with a check if they don’t want to buy something they may not need. Getting your organization the funds that it needs is most important.
Using these tips should help your fundraiser get started on the right foot, students will keep motivated when they see how well the fundraiser is going. Good luck and happy fundraising!
Give us a call, and we’ll be ready to get you started: 1-800-500-1234
September 8, 2016
A fundraiser is most likely to succeed when participants feel a sense of unity and group pride.
How good does it feel to be a member of a winning team? When a fundraiser is going well and meeting its goals, participants enjoy the feeling of making progress and doing good work.
A fundraiser executed well helps an organization earn the funds it needs while giving members a surge of positivity and sense of unity. Old Fashion Candy has been aiding fundraisers across the country for 40 years and shares these insights into what successful campaigns have in common.
1 - Prize Value
Offbeat prizes can provide incentive to kids as well while being low cost or free. Think about a principal wearing pajamas to school or students getting to tape their teacher to a wall.
Prizes of higher value can get students to sell more. Giving away more than one high value prize for top sellers may incentivize even more competition. Old Fashion Candy offers FREE prizes to customers. Click here to learn more!
2 - Tease the Fundraiser
Think about the fundraiser like a marketing campaign leading up to a big film. Hang a poster to get students’ attention and make them interested in the fundraiser and possibility of the top prize.
3 - Let People Know the Sale Item Works Well as a Gift
Buyers will be likely to buy more if they are thinking of the item as a gift. Check out our selection of brochure fundraisers that make perfect gifts!
4- Set Goals for Each Student
When a student reaches a goal give him or her recognition. Put his name on a board for everyone to see.
5 - Quick and Easy Selling Items
Items that are easy to sell like candy or snacks can make money in a small amount of time. Many of our fundraisers such as the Supreme Selection® Fundraiser are made up exclusively of low-cost, quick selling items. If the fundraiser needs to begin soon, Old Fashion Candy ships most items within 24 hours. Check out Candy and Snacks page.
6 - Timing
Often people start fundraisers at Christmas, but there are other times of the year that can be very profitable. Spring is a good time for sales. Think of snacks before the Superbowl. Many Old Fashion Candy customers find success in Fall, and it is an especially busy season for the company.
7 - Parent Awards
PTO could award top contributing parents with special seats at school event or a reserved parking spot.
8 - Children Involvement is Important
Buyers feel invested in children and want to help. There are often better results in selling if a student sells in person.
9 - Success Breeds Success
When a fundraiser is successful people will be more likely to want to participate in future fundraisers. Let people know the size of your fundraiser’s success and how much it helped your organization.
10 - Long Term Plans
If you have a long term goal, schedule out multiple sales. For instance, you could have a candy sale followed by a candle sale or donation dot fundraiser.
March 15, 2016
It's PROM TIME! That means it's time to break out the decorations, formal attire, and some fundraising. Maybe you're 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 that can help boost your spring school fundraising:
ASK ME TO PROM ROSES
- 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!