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  • Q/A #3: Take Order Fundraisers or Items In-Hand Fundraisers?

    While we have a multitude of different fundraising products, fundraisers can essentially be broken down into two categories: Order takers and Items in-hand.

    So which fundraiser would work best for you? Well let’s look at what goes into each one:

    ORDER TAKERS

    Order takers, or pre-sell fundraisers, will typically have a higher selling price for items as well as the items themselves will usually be of a higher quality. At Old Fashion Candy our order takers include our Celestial Candles  and Excite Your Snacktime brochures. Order taking fundraisers are great because they require no upfront cost, meaning you don't have to purchase any product, you only buy what you sell. This is one of the reasons the products are of a higher price so you are able to offer premium products to your customers without fear of being left with unsold merchandise. The higher selling price for these products also means each individual is capable of generating more dollars sold per person (which can come in handy if each individual of a group needs to bring in a certain amount of money in order to meet your goal). As the name suggests you will have to have your participants take orders, so name, delivery information and product quantities should be recorded on the back of the brochure. You can collect money when they place their order so you can save an extra step as well as avoid any customers not taking their merchandise, or do payment upon delivery. Once the order taking period is over, have your group turn in their forms to you to tally up and place your entire product order at one time. Once the product is shipped to you, arrangements will need to be made for participants to pick up their merchandise and distribute them to their customers as well as collect money (if they didn't collect it up front). If you are working with a group of younger fundraising participants you'll probably want to send a schedule home for parents that outline order sheet turn in date, merchandise pick up day/time and collected money due by dates.

    ITEMS IN-HAND

    Items in-hand, or cash and carry fundraisers, are the primary type of fundraiser we at Old Fashion Candy offer. With this type of fundraiser you order your product (or cases) up front and there are two ways to pay:

    1. We offer 30 days payment so you can sell your product and then turn in only the amount you owe us.
    2. Pay for it up front and then all the money you make, you keep.

    Then distribute out the product to your participants for them to sell. When they sell they collect money on the spot and in turn that money goes directly to your group so the profit exchange is immediate. However, keep in mind that this means each participant will have to carry the product with them in order to make the sales. Make participants aware on how to store and transport the product so as not to damage or destroy it - especially if you are selling candy products in the summer heat.

    No matter which fundraiser your group goes with it is helpful to review with all participants (and possibly parents of participants) due dates as well as how to collect and store money until the turn in date and delivery practices.

  • Fundraising with lollipops

    Lollipops are classic school fundraisers for many reasons. They come in a variety of flavors, their selling price is low, they are able to withstand the elements and easy to transport to name just a few. While pretty much any lollipop is good for year round sales, some shapes are better sellers at certain times of the year:

    Valentines Day:

    Sweet Lips, Sour Lips and Sweet Hearts are great sellers. Our brand new Chocolate Rose pops make a great addition to this group and are a twist on the classic lollipop.

    Summer Time:

    Star lollipops can be patriotic and twister pops are a bright and unique compliment to carefree fun.

    Autumn Time:

    Caramel Apple pops bring in the tastes of fall - reminiscent of apple picking, warm cider and sweet pie

    Not to be left behind, Blow Pop Fundraisers are a name brand head turner that are two treats in one (sucker on the outside, gum on the inside) and we're stocked with new Bursting Berry flavors.

    Displaying your lollis can be an important thing to consider in your sales too. All of our pops come to you, individually wrapped. The hearts, lips and sour mania come separated into two carrying bags of 40 per case. The twisters, caramel apple and Blow Pops come in boxes, but if you would like carrying bags for these simply request them at your time of purchase. This way you can easily distribute them to your participants and it is easy for them to sell out of. However, if you have more of a stationary setup like a table at an event, then you might want to consider a more organized approach. For our stick candy we do sell coordinating display racks and jars with labels to easily distinguish to your audience the flavors you have. For standard stick lollipops we sell the classic lollipop tree for you to fill. But you may want to choose a more unconventional approach for display depending upon your group and where you are selling. For example, you may want to take small sheets of styrofoam and wrap them in a coordinating paper for your event (sports, holiday, etc) and place the pop sticks in the top of the sheet for a fun and festive display.

    No matter which lollipop fundraiser you go with or how you display them, pops remain a fundraising staple that don't disappoint in sales or variety. You can view our entire line of lollipops here.

  • How does group size play a part in my fundraiser?

    Whether you have 10 people/kids in your group or 100, the number of participants you have should be taken into consideration when planning a fundraiser. Divide your goal by the number of participants you will have in order to see approximately how much each person will have to sell in order to reach your goal. Keep in mind, not everyone in your group may participate unless it is mandatory and some people will sell a lot of items, while others will sell only a few.

    Once you have your average sale number, take a look at how much profit you will make on a fundraiser. Items with a higher selling price will need fewer items sold per person in order to reach your goal. Timeframe can also play a part in your fundraising scheme. For advice on *how long to run your fundraiser see our other blog post. Be sure to allot some time, around or a little past half way in your timeframe, to bring all of your participants together and assess how everyone is doing. At this time it may be a good idea to redistribute items to those who are selling more of a particular item or have access to a larger selling audience.

    If you've managed a fundraiser before, try to find out how many people participated in it last time, what your timeframe was, and how much profit you brought in. From that you'll be able to gauge the average sale per person (take the profit and divide it by the number of people selling) and if you were able to make enough in that amount of time. If so then keep on keepin' on! If not, simply adjust your figures by lengthening your timeframe or looking at fundraising options that bring in a bigger profit.

    Large or small, your group can set an obtainable goal to reach within your timeframe. Since we have no minimum order on our fundraisers you can order a few cases just to get started and see how things go. Plus, most orders ship in 24 hours or less, so if you run out you can reorder and restock quickly.

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