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  • How to Select the Best Fundraiser

    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?

    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.

  • Get the Most Out of A Last Minute Fundraiser

    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.

  • Kick Off Your Fundraiser With Flair and Fun

    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.

    The Introduction

    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

    The Fundraiser

    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)

    The Launch

    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.

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