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  • Cold Weather Fundraising

    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!

  • Fundraising Made Easy

    When selecting a fundraiser to do, we know there are many claims out there about "easy fundraising." At Old Fashion Candy, it is not just a claim it is one of our cornerstones. We've crafted, researched and refined not only our products but our business to better suit the needs of fundraising individuals and groups. We offer you fundraisers that can make you the most money as well as be a stress-free and easy going experience.

    Throughout our 44 years in business, we've helped schools and groups all across the United States successfully meet or exceed their goals. We work with our customers to learn what is popular and sells the best. We do not just refine our varieties or offerings here and there; we are ALWAYS striving to give you the hottest selling items first and fast.

    For our candy and snacks, we search the market to find quality products that provide a value to our customers and not some item that is inflated in price. Our selling prices are competitive and reasonable so you will not have to worry about missing sales or profit. Many of our varieties come packed into handy carrying boxes that keep the product safe and intact and are ready to pass out to your sellers. While candy remains the #1 fundraiser, we know that some groups are looking to fundraise with something different or are not able to sell food related items. Enter in our product fundraising items like candles, Donation Dots, key rings and more!

    We have no minimum order on anything, and our case sizes are smaller than most competitors. Because of this you can order a single case to try a fundraiser or several to stock your entire group. No matter your quantity of sellers, we can outfit with them the items they need to meet goals. All orders ship directly from our warehouse and most within 24 hours so you can receive your order in 1-5 business days depending upon your location.

    We also make paying for your fundraiser convenient and easy. We offer several payment methods including a 30 day billing so you can get your product and pay us later.

    Let us prove to you how we offer the easiest fundraisers on the market. Our valued customers can attest to our quality of product and service:

    Katrina V: "I ordered small at first to try the quality of the product, its ability to sell and if I could trust the company's claims in their marketing/advertising. This is the most honest program I have seen and used. You order and pay. They ship fast. You sell. Done. Love it. ORDERING AGAIN NOW THAT I KNOW IT IS SAFE TO DO SO! People are buying a product they like and can afford 'on the spot' and know they are supporting a cause because it gives them a feeling of giving while they are receiving."

    Rebecca O: "No one at my school was using Old Fashion Candy, and my yearbook club wanted to do something that no one else was doing. Our first fundraiser sold out within a week, and everyone was asking where and how we got this new product. I told them about the catalog I received in the mail and how easy it was to use. Now, it seems like most of the clubs on campus are using OFC for their  school fundraisers."

    You can read more of our customer testimonials on our review page here.

  • Successful School Fundraisers

    Whether you are a seasoned fundraising veteran, new to the fundraising game or anywhere in between there are always tips you find out by doing or from others on how to make your fundraiser go smoothly. We've assembled some tips and tricks for having stress-free and successful school fundraisers.

     

    PLAN IN ADVANCE

    Whether you're a few months or weeks out from a fundraiser or need to start one immediately, asking yourself the following will put you off on the right foot for starting your fundraiser:

     

    When do I need to have my goal money in hand?

    There is probably a set date you will need your profit by, say to pay for activity fees, group travel, supplies that will need to be ordered, etc. Once you have selected your date you can work backwards to plan an appropriate schedule. A typical fundraiser, usually, runs 2-3 weeks. A cash and carry fundraiser is where the customer gives you money immediately for the product you are selling. With this type of fundraiser, you can run your fundraiser up to your deadline day since you have your product in hand. With an order based fundraiser like our Celestial Candles or Excite Your Snacktime brochures, you'll need to factor in if you will be collecting money upon customer's placing their order or if you will collect money upon delivery of their order. If you choose to collect it upon delivery, you should account for order delivery time to the customer. We recommend collecting the money when a customer places their order.

     

    If you are using your earned profit to purchase items then, you may need to consider the order period or shipping of those items. You may find that this impacts your timeline. Most our cash and carry fundraisers ship from our warehouse in 24 hours so you will have your product in 2-5 business days. With order based fundraisers, you will receive your product within two weeks.

     

    Do I need volunteers?

    Depending upon the size of your fundraiser, length of time, and other scheduling factors you may want to consider adding some volunteers. Start early by sending out flyers with your fundraising information, purpose, goal, and timeframe. You may also want to include your contact information if you are asking for assistance with setup, order taking, organizing an event, etc. Many hands make light work and having the sellers themselves; family, friends, co-workers, etc. all working together can help alleviate stress on the fundraising planner and make things go smoothly. If you are holding after school hours fundraisers, it may be helpful to have a sign up sheet for your group to select spots and take turns manning the fundraising station.

     

    TYPE OF FUNDRAISER

    There are two types of fundraisers: cash and carry and order takers. With cash and carry fundraisers you purchase all products up front and exchange money for the product during the sale. The majority of our fundraisers, including our candy and snack varieties, are this type of fundraiser.

     

    Order takers are the second type of fundraiser and where our Celestial Candles and Excite Your Snacktime brochures come into play. Once you have brochures in hand, your sellers collect orders from customers, you place your product order as a group and then later deliver products to your customers. Our order taking fundraisers are great because you don't have to purchase any product up front, and the brochures are all free. Once you've collected all the individual orders from your group, place your total product order with us and pay for only the items you've sold. When your items come in, be sure to schedule a bit of time to sort out the sales from each of your sellers. Provide them with a copy of their order form so they know to whom to deliver the product.

     

    WHERE TO SELL

    If you are doing food based fundraising, consider not just selling during school hours, but at events too. See if you can set up a snack table at sporting events, a small concessions area at musical productions, or even host a movie night complete with snack bar. Working your school fundraisers into activities that are already drawing people in is a fast and easy way to make sales with minimal effort.

    If you are fundraising at an event, be sure to have posters or signs around your table or selling area. Signs that state "fundraising for (your group here)" and even your selling price point are helpful in pulling patrons in. Chances are also high that you'll make more sales having signs since people will be more apt to purchase something that they know is helping a good cause. To help get you started we have some pre-designed sign templates you can fill your groups name in on here: $1 signs or $2 signs.

    As always, our friendly fundraising experts are on hand to assist you with any and all of your fundraising questions. If you need a little help or a lot, we are happy to assist you in picking and planning out  school fundraisers that are fast, easy and profitable.

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