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January 25, 2016
If you need to raise money for a group or cause, fundraisers are an excellent way to reach your goal and promote teamwork and fun. Candy and snack fundraisers are perfect for school events, sports teams, church events and anywhere groups of people gather. If you’re heading a fundraiser or part of a fundraising committee, we can help you in several ways to plan it out as well as ensure it runs smoothly. Although fundraisers are great, they can sometimes be a little intimidating, especially if you’ve never planned one before or are working with a large group. Have no fear! Old Fashion Candy can help you every step of the way. As a jumping off point, we’ve assembled these great tips to help you out!
- Establish a Goal
- Figure out what your group’s expenses will be.
- Determine the number of people selling.
- Set an amount that each seller will be required to meet.
- Organize Help
- Ask other responsible adults/co-workers to help you plan.
- Maintain a list of sellers (it is helpful to assign a person to maintain the list) you can use our record sheet here, and copy it as many times as necessary for your number of sellers.
- Assign someone to be responsible for collecting all of the money.
- When and How to Sell
- Call 1-800-500-1234 for help choosing a product. Our representatives are more than helpful, as well as qualified to make sure you choose the fundraiser that will bring you the very best profit.
- Set a start and stop date for your fundraiser. Two weeks is typically an ideal time frame to use when selling.
- Send a flyer home to the parents stating the times and dates for your sale, as well as what items they will be selling. Let them know the selling price of each item and how many pieces are in each case.
- Advertise your sale by putting up posters and sending emails to people who may be interested in buying your items.
- Motivate your sellers with our free prizes.
- When Product is Delivered
- Count the number of cases or items received and check this with the enclosed packing slip listing the products you ordered. Please notify us within 72 hours of product delivery to receive credit for any damaged of missing items.
- Review the safety tips with all sellers. Get the safety tips here.
- End of Sale
- Collect all the money from your sellers, and record this on your record sheet. Check your record sheet to make sure all of the money is turned in.
- Send in the payment due for your order. The rest is your profit!
- Order your free prize!
With these helpful tips, you can easily have a fruitful and profitable fundraiser. Whether it's your first time planning a fundraiser, or you’re a profit-making pro, having a guide such as this one can help you become more organized and less stressed during the fundraising process. Now get out there and plan a great fundraiser and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-500-1234 or message us on our live chat.
December 1, 2015
Holiday Fundraising Wraps
The holidays are here! With a chill in the air and that warm festive winter feeling, it’s the perfect time of year to jumpstart holiday sales and make a better profit with your fundraising.
Add holiday cheer to your products and create more profit opportunity with our free printable holiday wraps! We’ve created three new designs for you to download and use on your winter items that are sure to boost sales. Each design includes a $1 chocolate bar design, $2 chocolate bar design, and a tag design that can be tied to any item with just a little ribbon or even some tape. Get creative and use the tags for more than just lollipops, some examples would be using ribbon or yarn to tie the tags to crackers, pretzel rods, or even jerky.
There are many ways to create a better profit, or make a better buying experience for your customers with the bar wraps for the winter months. Make a festive fundraising table with each of your bars wrapped in a different design. Set up a spot with pens and markers and allow customers to write their messages on the “to and from” section on the back of the bars, and then wrap the candies themselves. Or even personally wrap each item in your cases for holiday themed sales on the go! If you decide to have a table setup, try to organize the products well so that customers can make easy choices. Clearly list prices so there is no confusion. Try to have a variety of product on the table to have more buying options. Make signs to promote the holidays, or decorate your table with holiday cheer!
If you decide to make sales easier for on the go, decorate bags or boxes in holiday themes to carry your products in, or organize different candy varieties by using a different holiday wrap design for each new product. You can download our holiday sales sign here as a quick way to add some cheer and information.
Great selling points also come with this time of year. Promote sales and products by advertising cheerful ways to use them. Use the decorated candy to sell for holiday candy grams for schools or sports teams, decorate candy to sell for stocking stuffers, or even just for a small personalized gift to show someone you are thinking about them this holiday season. There are lots of ways to show appreciation for someone this time of year. See what you can come up with by getting creative!
If you're looking for a cheerful and festive fundraiser this winter, call 1-800-500-1234 and one of out friendly fundraising experts would be glad to assist you with selecting a sweet and cheerful profit maker before the end of this year!
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.