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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.
January 23, 2015
Whenever you kick-start a fundraiser, it starts out with a bang and lots of excitement and energy but can end with little but relief at the end. Make wrapping up your fundraiser just as exciting as the launch.
Encourage the involvement and hard work with rewards. Create a goal chart at the start of your fundraiser and every few days have a seller color in what your group is up to in sales. It will help keep the momentum going and keep your group encouraged by showing their progress and achievement. You can also give small awards to all of the sellers and/or an award to top sellers or other types of prize winners. Remember you earn prize points on every case you purchase from Old Fashion Candy. You can see our complete prize selection here.
Just like holding a launch party to get your group jazzed up, why not throw a wrap party to end things on a high note! Have a pizza or ice cream party for your group to reward all of their hard work. If you are having a school-wide fundraiser, hold a wrap-up assembly for everyone. During this time, announce any of your top sellers and prize winners. Be sure to announce what you'll do with the money raised. Taking photos during these events can be good to put in letters or emails for volunteers or parents.
Gratitude - thank parents and volunteers
Don't forget about parents, teachers or other volunteers who helped you on your fundraising journey. Especially if you are working with younger children or are having product that needs delivering, parents or other adults will likely be doing most of the work. Volunteers feel extra commitment and excitement when their contributions are appreciated and recognized. Thank them during your end of fundraiser celebration by having sellers give them a round of applause. You could also mention them in signs or letters/emails you send out following the close of the fundraiser.
Keep your fundraiser light-hearted throughout. Know that everyone is working towards the same goal and that you'll likely need these volunteer's help again during another fundraiser. Ask those involved their opinion on how things went to see what went well and what could use improving for next time. Get any tips from them that may be helpful to share with other volunteers.
If you keep your fundraiser light-hearted, fun, and organized from start to finish then you will be sure to maintain excitement and drive for all those involved.
September 9, 2014
Smart Snacks in School is a new initiative by the USDA to promote healthier food options to children while in school. These new regulations not only affect the products sold in vending machines and cafeterias but also fundraisers that are held during school hours and on school property.
Old Fashion Candy supports and encourages this new snacking program and we are here to help you meet and understand the new rules set by the USDA. In this post, as well as on our website, we've outline some of the key facts and links for the Smart Snacks in School program:
FACT 1: Food based fundraisers that are sold during school hours must adhere to the guidelines set by the USDA Smart Snacks in School. In compliance with this program, Old Fashion Candy has developed the Smart Variety in which all items meet the nutritional guidelines. Detailed specifics on these nutrition guidelines can be found on the USDA's site.
FACT 2: Fundraising activities that take place outside of school do not need to adhere to the nutrition standards. This means that normal candy and snack fundraisers can be sold anytime, off school grounds by individuals or groups. The nutrition standards only apply to items sold during school hours.
FACT 3: The selling of candy or snacks on school grounds can be done 30 minutes after the end of the school day and runs until midnight. This means any food item can be sold at concession stands, athletic events, musical/theater concerts, dance/cheer competitions, etc. Even if you are a school-sponsored or affiliated group, fundraising that takes place after school hours is not affected by these guidelines and you are free to select a fundraiser of your choosing.
FACT 4: All Old Fashion Candy fundraising boxes come sealed shut, so sales don't take place until they are intended too. This prevents the unintended selling of candy or snack fundraisers during school hours.
FACT 5: Individual states have the ability to occasionally allow a school-sponsored fundraiser that sells candy or snacks during the school day, without having to meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition regulations. Find out more information on getting your school's candy or snack fundraiser approved by your state here.
FACT 6: If you are an individual or group not affiliated with a school you do not need to adhere to any guidelines, unless you are selling on school grounds during school hours.
At Old Fashion Candy we also offer several alternative school fundraising ideas that are not food related, such as our Celestial Candles, key chains, Donation Dots, lanyards and more. It is our mission to provide you with a variety of fundraisers to choose from that will meet your group's needs by raising top profit, with quality name brand items and will adhere to a variety of selling situations and fundraising audience.
If you have questions about the Smart Snacks in School program and how it applies to your fundraiser, please give us a call at 800-500-1234. We are happy to provide you with any information as well as help you select and run a fundraiser that is specific to your needs and goals.