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January 30, 2015
Make More Money
When coming up with candy fundraising varieties for you, we keep two key things in mind: quality and profit. The whole goal of fundraising is to make more money for your group and we want to help you maximize the money you raise. You can view profit margins for every item we offer on our website on each product page. We stock many fundraisers that bring you up to 50% profit including lollipops, snacks, candy varieties, brochure fundraisers and many other items. We also have OVER 50% profit items such as our large chocolate bars and Donation Dots® cards.
Be a Successful Fundraiser
Our goal is to help you be a successful fundraiser and get you to your goal! We strive to make every fundraiser as easy as possible by making your ordering process hassle free, your selling process simple and quick, and raking in that profit faster than ever. We have fundraising experts ready to answer your questions about what fundraiser to choose and how to best meet your goals. Our blog is a great resource for tips and ideas and the Tools section has downloadable and printable total sheets and other items to make your fundraiser fun and exciting.
Less Work For You
We've streamlined the fundraising process to make less work for you. You can place your order online, fax it or call in. If you call in, one of our fundraising experts can help you pick out a fundraiser and the quantity you'll need. We have a range of fundraisers to choose from so you can stand out in the crowd and have a range of selling prices so you can get items based on your customer market. Our assortments are delivered, ready to hand out to your sellers in handy carrying cases. Reorders are easy with saved previous orders in your online account, and we have no minimum order so you can order as many as you need.
Top Name Brands
We fill our cases with only top name brand products, so you never miss out on a sale. Popular products such as Reese's®, Kit Kat®, M&M's®, and more, bring you recognition and familiarity when making sales. Add to that, our selection of $1 and $2 varieties in most brands to widen your fundraising choices even more. We organize each variety to maximize selection, assortment, and quality.
Ships in 24 Hours
Most of our orders ship within 24 hours of ordering, and many go out the same day. Our quick shipping means you get started raising money faster. All products are shipped directly from our facility via UPS and are delivered 2 to 5 days after shipping.
By ordering fundraisers through Old Fashion Candy, you automatically build points toward free prizes. Each case/card has a prize point value and automatically accumulate as you purchase fundraisers. We will send you a letter notifying you how many prize points you have earned. You can also call 1-800-500-1234 and speak with one of our customer service team members.
You can use your prize points right away or save them up to cash in for larger items. You can use your prizes as rewards to top sellers, class/group gifts or even to auction off at a raffle to earn more money for your cause. Prizes are listed by point quantity, and you can see all of our prizes here on our website.
No matter your selling group size, profit goal or experience with fundraising, we are here to help you succeed! Please call us at 1-800-500-1234 or reach out to us on our Facebook page with any questions or to get started on your best fundraiser yet!
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.
November 21, 2014
The chillier it gets outside; the more people move inside. Use this to your advantage when planning your next fundraiser. Inside events give you great access to a stream of people in a condensed area, meaning they are far more likely to pass your way while attending.
Events or happenings in your area that you could fundraise at:
- Craft fairs - schools, churches, and community centers most often hold these in November and December
- Holiday plays, musicals, or recitals - schools, performance centers, auditoriums
- Movie nights
- Trivia nights
- Shopping malls
- Holiday activities - light displays, Santa dinners
If you are connected to any of these events or venues then, you may be able to fundraise at the events for free. If not, try reaching out and explaining your cause. It doesn't hurt to ask, and they may be accommodating once they hear your cause.
What fundraising products sell best this time of year? The answer can be based on the event. Item's like our $1 Chocolate Bars, $2 Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Pretzel Rods, lollipops, key chains and lanyards all make not only great moment of snacks, but also great stocking stuffers. Items like these may work best at local fairs and holiday activities. Quick treat time items like our Supreme Selection, Snack Variety, and School Store will likely have higher sales at events like movie and trivia nights or performances where food is allowed. But, get creative with your fundraising offerings! We have no minimum order on any of our products so, for example, you can order a case of chocolate bars and a case of our Supreme Selection to have the best of both worlds! Providing a variety is always a good thing.
You can further spice up your indoor fundraising with our printable lollipop tags, that you can download here. You can tie these to lollipops, pretzel rods or even chocolate bars with ribbons (see our previous blog post here for more on holiday fundraising).
If you're looking to start a fundraiser, give us a call at 1-800-500-1234 to place an order or to speak with one of our fundraising experts who will help you select a fundraiser fit for your group!