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Category Archives: Fundraising
April 5, 2016
Fundraising is a great way for schools, sports teams, or church groups to raise money for themselves or their causes. Often, fundraisers start out strong with lots of sales and enthusiasm from youth sellers, but then the stamina wears down, and kids/sellers become uninterested and don’t end up earning as much money as they ultimately could have. To circumvent that fundraising lull, we’ve made this list of tips to keep sellers motivated until the full sale ends, making your group more money for your cause and giving your kids a self-esteem boost!
- Incentives and Prizes: Give sellers a good reason to continue selling by offering prizes, goodies, and other treats when they meet their selling goal, or if they sell the most in the group. Positive reinforcement is an excellent way to keep kids involved. If they feel like they are doing well, they will continue! We offer a variety of prizes. Be sure to check them out for your group!
- Friendly competition: It makes sales a little more fun when there is an element of competition to them. By giving the top sellers a small prize, it will motivate everyone to try and sell the most they can, in hopes of “winning”.
- Record Progress: It can be helpful to have your sellers record their daily sales and progress in some benchmark way. That way they can see how they are doing from day to day. When they look at their sales as a daily reminder, they are more likely to sell every day, so that they can raise their benchmark scores.
- Parents: It can be very beneficial for kids to have parents helping them. If they feel like they are selling alone, they are more likely to get bored, and sell less towards the end. Whereas parents can be a great motivator, and keep their children selling until the end of the fundraiser to teach them how to follow through on a commitment.
- Importance: Before sales begin, it can be helpful to explain just how important fundraisers are, and why they are selling. If you account for the importance of the sales, as well as what you are raising money for, kids will be more likely to keep that in mind as they try to reach their sales goals.
- Make note of your cause: As previously stated, telling kids what they are raising money for is a great way of keeping them motivated. Especially if it is for a cause that means a lot to them, it can significantly encourage them to put effort into their fundraiser.
- Ask for the Sale: It is important to teach your sellers how to ask customers properly to make a purchase. Sellers should concisely explain what they are fundraising for and what group/organization they represent. Then follow up with what items they are selling, the cost, and ask if this customer would like contribute. When the seller(s) feel confident about what they are saying, they are more likely to keep at it, even if some customers don’t make a purchase.
- Set goals: It would be a great plan to have each seller set a personal sales goal, as well as have the entire group set an overall sales goal. This way, each child can set a goal and work towards it. Then the group goal will most likely be met as well. Try offering an incentive if the group goal is met, such as a party, or treat for everyone as a bonus motivation.
Fundraising and sales can be involved with a group. Hopefully, this list of ideas and motivators can help you and your group with your next fundraiser! Keep them in mind, and sell sell sell!
November 11, 2015
How do you select the best fundraiser for your group? Do you base your decision on profit percentage, the type of item to sell, what cause you are working for, how many sellers you have, or simply base it off what you like? There are so many ways to go about selecting a fundraiser it can seem overwhelming or even difficult to choose what item to sell. We’ve gone through and outlined all the high points on how to select the best fundraiser for you.
Choosing a fundraiser based on the profit margin is probably the first thing that comes to mind when fundraiser shopping. We stock a variety of profit points for you to choose from, all at varying selling price points. While higher profit is always a good thing, be sure to consider everything else about a particular fundraiser. You can quickly determine how much each seller needs to raise with this simple formula: “Your profit amount” divided by “number of sellers” = “amount each student needs to make.”
From there, you can take a look at each cases’ profit and determine your course of action for the type of fundraiser and the quantity.
- Determine your profit goal so as to figure out how much each seller needs to make in profit.
- $2 fundraisers bring you more profit in fewer sales than typical $1 fundraisers.
- Take your timeline into consideration. How quickly do sales need to be made?
CAUSE & LOCATION
Considering where you will be selling and even what your group is might play a part in your decision-making process. If your primary source of sales will be a table or stand, you might consider having several case varieties for the optimum section. If youth sellers are in charge of selling a case each, you can order the same fundraising variety for everyone since you will have a wider market spread.
- No minimum order makes it easy to order a few cases of several fundraisers for maximum sales variety.
- All varieties come in convenient and sturdy carry cases.
- If possible, make individual sales as well as a larger group table set up at an event or busy location to maximize exposure and sales.
No matter what group/organization you are with, chances are you will not be the only one fundraising. If you cannot schedule your fundraiser so as not to be competing for sales with other groups, there are several ways to help you stand out and ensure you make as many sales as possible. Select products that your competition is not selling, that way you do not oversaturate your selling market with the same items and risk losing out on sales.
- Try to coordinate your fundraiser not to overlap with other fundraisers.
- If there are other fundraisers at the same time as yours, choose a fundraising product different from what others are selling.
- Provide variety in pricing. With no minimum order, you could sell items at several price points to increase your sales and profit opportunity
Relying on previous fundraising experience is always a good thing to do, or at least keep in mind. Maybe you’ve consistently sold the same item, and it is always done phenomenal, or maybe you want to try something new.
- Draw on what has been successful for you in past fundraisers. Keep what has worked and try something new for things that didn’t work as well as you would have liked.
- If you’ve typically done $1 fundraisers, change it up and try a $2 or premium fundraiser.
- Don’t be afraid of new. You can apply your experience to new situations or products and be extremely successful.
There’s no right or wrong way to determine what fundraiser to go with, but doing a little research can go a long way in reaching your profit goal. Whether you are an experienced fundraising manager or brand new to running one, our experts are here to answer questions, help you select a fundraiser based on your situation, or take orders 800-500-1234.
September 8, 2015
Happy new school year everyone! By now you are at least a few days, if not a few weeks, into the new semester. The kids have settled in, a good routine is going, and it is time to start thinking ahead (if you have not already). If fundraising is in your future, or you see the need to raise an extra bit of cash for supplies, trips, etc. then you've come to the right place! We would like to introduce some of the "new kids" on the fundraising block to you:
Brand new cases have popped up in our shop this year, full of new products.
Making big waves is the Pouch Variety. Super large, shareable, AND resealable snack pouches full of candy favorites like Butterfinger® Bites and Skittles® . This variety brings you a premium profit of $45 per case so you'll be the biggest and best fundraiser around! Another top profit making newbie is the Chocolate Collection Variety. Each case is full of premium chocolate treats like caramels and covered nuts.
A super unique variety is the Cotton Candy. Each bag is filled with a fluffy pink and blue spun treat that is pulled straight from your favorite carnival.
The Nut Variety has bags of deliciously salty and sweet nut assortments. From butter toffee peanuts, cashews, and chocolate covered peanuts, it is a great snack alternative fundraiser to make you stand out.
The Cracker Variety is sure to make waves. The ever popular Keebler® snack crackers fill this case with four different sandwich varieties.
Custom Engraved Key Chain Flashlights shine brightly with high profit to you. A whopping $72 per case profit is what you make! Have up to 32 characters of text engraved on your flashlights - personalize with school, group, or club names, anything you want! Flashlights come in an assortment of colors per case and are in an easy carry tub.
NEW INDIVIDUAL ITEMS
There are some new items being added to our cases this year to change things up and give you even more variety in your sales.
- Sour Punch® Watermelon bits $1 variety: Supreme Selection®, A Plus Variety
- Dove Chocolate Bar: Supreme Selection®, Dynamic Candy, All Star Candy
- Black Forest Gummy: Supreme Selection®
- Golden Grahams Cereal Bar: Smart Variety
Both of our brochure order takers are back with new looks and new items.
Both of these brochures are completely free to order for your sellers, so it costs you nothing up front to get started. You only pay for what you sell and make 50% profit on every sale in the process!
If you have any questions regarding any of these new fundraisers or fundraising, in general, please give us a call at 800-500-1234. Our no pressure, friendly fundraising experts are happy to assist you in your quest to raise money for your cause.