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Old Fashion Candy
February 12, 2015
In our previous blog post, we described how to end your fundraiser on a high note (read here), this time let's discuss how to kick off your fundraiser. Starting a fundraiser is an exciting time, and getting all of your sellers and participants involved and hyped about it is a great way to start off successfully.
When first announcing to your group that you will be doing a fundraiser, make it a fun announcement with energy and excitement. Be sure to inform your group what you will be fundraising for (because more than likely it is something that will benefit them). If you know at this time, reveal what you will be selling. Send out informative sheets or emails to parents so they know what will be happening as their service might be needed at some point. Include information such as:
• what you will be selling
• what fundraiser is for and your goal profit
• the start date of the fundraiser
• the end date that all money/orders/product need to be turned in by
• your contact information should questions arise
When selecting a fundraiser, you as the fundraising host can pick what the group will sell or you can put it to a vote. Pick 2 or 3 fundraisers you are deciding between and put them to a vote with your group to choose the winner. It is a great way to make the sellers feel a part of the decision process and take ownership of what they will be doing. When choosing a fundraiser, there are a few things to keep in mind:
• Candy is the #1 choice for fundraising (view candy fundraisers)
• Brochure fundraisers require no money to get started. Collect orders and only pay for what you sell (view brochure fundraisers)
• Smart Snack fundraising for selling at school during school hours
• Non-food fundraisers (key chains, lanyards, Donation Dots)
• Classic lollipop fundraisers have the lowest selling price (view lollipops)
Here is where you can really amp up the excitement about your group holding a fundraiser. Have a small launch party where small snacks are served or even hang up a few decorations. Start a countdown on a blackboard or using sheets of poster board. Write "# of days left to reach our goal" and each day someone can erase or rip off the number. This way everyone will always know how much time they have left to sell and when they will need to bring all orders/money/product back in. If you've ordered fundraising cases, announce and bring each seller up to present them with their case like it is a prize.
If you are collecting money from sellers on a daily basis, create a goal board similar to the countdown board as described above. This will allow you to fill in the amount progressively, the group has raised and how close you are to meeting your set goal.
This is also a great time to have sellers make signs to attach to their cases or to hang up at selling tables, on school walls, anywhere you can advertise your fundraiser. You can download our ready made signs here and fill in your groups information. Getting your group involved and taking ownership is a great way to not only help them succeed individually, but to collaboratively encourage each other and be excited about working towards a goal.
Throughout The Fundraiser
No matter how long your fundraiser runs, keep energy up. If you notice individuals struggling, find out what they are hung up on and offer advice, tips or even pair them up with someone who can assist them in selling. Give your entire group confidence with encouraging announcements and tips to keep spirits high.
Showing you are excited about fundraising is a great way to get and keep your group motivated. Positive reinforcement and encouragement go a long way.
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.