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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.
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.
March 20, 2015
One of the things we enjoy doing most is answering your fundraising questions. Whether it is 1 or 100 questions, we are happy to answer all inquiries on anything fundraising. We can even assist you in setting up a fundraiser, but if you only have questions, no worries - our no-hassle fundraising experts are here for you. Below we've assembled some of our most frequently asked questions that come through our call center and online outlets:
What is a case?
A case is the overall box/container that holds your items. You can find how many pieces are in each case on the product page for every variety we carry. In most cases, it is just one carrying box. Each case is meant for a single seller, so you would order the same number of cases that you have sellers.
Is there a minimum order?
There is none. You can order one case or as many as you need for your group size. The profit charts on the variety product pages show increments, but these are for information only, not to suggest that these amounts are the only order sizes.
How do the prizes work?
You earn prize points based on the amount of fundraising products you order from Old Fashion Candy. Typically, each case is worth one prize point, and prize points are listed on each product page. Prize points are automatically accumulated as you order so you can use them after each, individual fundraiser or save them up from multiple orders. Once each invoice has been paid in full, you will be mailed a letter notifying you of how many prize points you have earned. Prizes are listed in categories organized by number of prize points, which you can view here. To cash in your prize points you can call 1-800-500-1234 or visit us online here.
How do the Smart Snacks in School Rules affect my school fundraiser?
Candy and snacks can still be sold in schools by following the regulations, which you can find more information of here. We also offer the Smart Variety and the Choice Variety where every item meets all USDA standards to be sold on campus, during school hours. For other alternatives, our brochure and product fundraisers are also all safe to sell at school and have no restrictions against them.
Do I have to pay upfront?
We have a 30 day billing available. Most schools in the public school system have already been pre-approved with us. Some schools do require their teachers to use purchase orders. You may want to check with your bookkeeper prior to ordering, to see if this is a requirement of your school or state. For all other schools, groups or individuals, you may be approved for the 30 day billing. Contact us at 1-800-500-1234 or when ordering online select the 30-day bill option. If you select this option, we may need additional information from you to see if you qualify. We accept other forms of payment including credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. If you call in your order, you can also send in a check or money order or pay with a check by phone.
Do you accept returns?
We only accept unopened cases of non-food items that are in good condition. Food items are not accepted for return. You should call in advance to arrange your return. Additional inspection and restocking fees of $2.00 per case will be applied to all returned merchandise.
If you've got questions, please give us a call at 1-800-500-1234 or ask us on Facebook. Our fundraising experts are happy to answer any and all inquiries you have regarding the fundraising process, as well as our products.