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Category Archives: Fundraising
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.
April 28, 2015
Maybe it is the end of the school year for you, your group trip is fast approaching, or you need that last little push of profit. Whatever the reason, you may be in a rush to get in that last minute fundraiser. Have no fear! Not only do our orders ship out within 24 hours of ordering but we've got years of experience helping fundraising coordinators like yourself plan and get the most out of their last minute sales. Here are a few of our best tips for getting the most out of your last minute fundraiser:
Choose a Fundraiser With the Highest Profit
Going for the highest profit can be a good starting point to get the most out of each sale when you are in a time crunch. We have a large selection of items with up to 50% profit or higher, some of which are listed below, but also be sure to take the selling price into consideration. For example, our LED Flashlights are at 50% profit as are our $1 Chocolate Lover's Bars, but you make more per individual sale on the flashlights. Knowing how much profit you need to make within your time frame can help you to determine what price point would work best.
⁃ Donation Dots® 87% profit
⁃ Large Chocolate Lover's Bars 60% profit
⁃ LED Pocket Flashlights 50% profit
Choose A Top Seller
Selecting a known top selling fundraiser is another great way to make fast sales and quick profit. If you've had fundraisers in the past, you may have an idea of what you've had the most success with. If you are new to fundraising or not sure where to start, we've listed some of our top selling varieties below as a starting point. Do a little scouting around to see if there are any other fundraisers happening at the same time you will be holding yours. See what those groups are/will be selling, that way you do not inadvertently put yourself in a sales competition and oversaturate your customer base with the same items.
⁃ Supreme Selection®
⁃ $1 Chocolate Bars
⁃ Monster Variety
Making your fundraiser known to as many people as possible can only lead to more sales. Put up flyers at your organization/school/church, etc. You can also put sales flyers on the outside of your sellers' boxes, which you can download and print for free from our Tools section here. If you have a stationary setup at an event, make large poster signs to put up around you to attract customers and passersby.
Broaden Your Customer Base
Supplement your individual sales with a group sale at an event. School/group sporting events, recitals, competitions, anything where there are spectators is a great opportunity to tap into for sales. If you plan to be set up all day or multiple days, have sellers sign up for time slots and rotate out. You can also contact local businesses and see if you can set up a table outside during weekend or prime traffic hours.