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Category Archives: Event Fundraising

  • Spring Sports Fundraising

    Springtime means sports time! Whether you are a part of a school, church, community group or a select team, fundraising is already part of OR can become part of your Spring season starting regime. Spring sports fundraising is great for raising money for team travel, equipment, field improvement/maintenance, and helping to alleviate some of the financial commitments that can fall on parents or team leaders.

    If your team is doing individual sales, candy is by far the #1 top seller in fundraising. Varieties like our Create Your Owns are always a good go-by because you select all the items that go into your boxes. You can also browse our Candy Fundraising section for pre-selected variety packs.

    Selling outside at games and other events can be tough when the weather is warm. Our Create Your Own Summer varieties are made up of name brand candy and snacks that won't melt in the process. Most of these varieties still include chocolate like M&M's® , because who says you cannot have chocolate just because it's hot out?  Choose from $1, $2 or our combo variety. Product fundraisers are a great alternative fundraiser, and we have several including candles, key chains, lanyards, and flashlights.

    Running or being a part of a sports team means you already have an audience of spectators so why not turn them into buyers too? Set up a snack stand with tables of products before, during, or after games to catch the crowd. You can have a nice stack of each of the items you are selling or order a few different varieties since we have no minimum order, for even more selection for patrons. If your field/complex already has a snack stand, see if you can set a box up at the counter or right next to their stand. Tournaments are great places to do this since they typically run all day or multiple days and attract more people than normal games. Your team can take turns manning the table or have a parent/teacher volunteer stand in while your team plays.

  • Fundraising For The Holidays

    The holidays are a great time to fundraise and theming your fundraiser with the season can help you with your sales. If you have a booth or table top setup, making signs that say "holiday fundraiser" or adding festive decorations help set the mood. Creatively displaying your fundraising products in decorated boxes or display pieces can be another effective merchandising and marketing tool. Just be sure to keep things organized and not to obscure your main product.

    Having clearly marked price signs are also useful. Especially if you get busy or have a line, that way customers know how much to have on hand. You can download our fundraising signs here or our new holiday fundraising signs here. Not only can you use these signs at setups but you can print out multiples of them for your sellers to attach to the outside of their fundraising boxes.

    Selling slightly more 'speciality' items tend to be a bigger hit for holiday purchasing. Items like $2 chocolate bars, chocolate pretzel rods, lollipops and key chains work perfect for small gifts, stocking stuffers or just a treat for themselves.

    You can also add a holiday flair to your fundraising products without affecting your bottom line. Download and print our free chocolate bar wrappers to use on our $2 chocolate bars. Little touches like this can be extra incentive for customers to purchase. Incorporating some of these quick and easy tips can be a great way to boost sales and help you meet your end of year goal.

    If you are searching out new and different places to fundraise, we have some suggestions on that too. With autumn and winter come craft fairs, search your local schools, churches or community centers for these upcoming events. Depending on if you are affiliated with the hosting location of these activities, you may be able to set up a table for free. Holiday concerts, recitals and other shows can also be a fast and easy way to access lots of people in a small amount of time.

    If you are hosting a fundraising night, consider having various fundraising stations like a snack bar. Varieties like our Combo Variety #1, Snack Variety #2, and Create Your Own Combo Variety give you a great mix of items to sell for performance based events, trivia nights or movie nights. If your fundraising venue/event does not allow the consumption of food, try our Donation Dots® or key chains and lanyards.

    Whatever holiday fundraiser you are considering, you can call 1-800-500-2500 to place your order or for assistance. One of our fundraising experts would be happy to assist you in selecting a fundraiser that fits your group and goals.

  • Promoting School Fundraisers

    If you are in charge of a school fundraiser or are considering starting one, then you've come to the right place! We are constantly looking for ways to make fundraising faster, easier and more successful for you. Two things key to a successful school fundraiser is exposure for selling to a wide audience and organization with your group.

    ORGANIZATION
    When you are planning on starting a fundraiser, think about everyone who will be playing a role. No matter your goal, group size or goal range, chances are there will be several people involved which can include your student sellers, their parents and possibly volunteers. Sending home letters with students to their parents to notify them of this upcoming event is a great heads up, especially since parents may need to help with product pick up. Including fundraising start date, end/money due date and what the fundraiser is for can be helpful information. You can download and fill in/print this fundraising notification sheet to hand out to students or use it as a guide to creating your own.

    Something else to consider is if you will need volunteers. If your group is setting up a table outside of a business or event then, you may want to have a sign up sheet. Students/parents can select days and times they will be there to staff it.

    If you are doing a brochure fundraiser where you will have the product delivered to you, it will need to be distributed to your students. It is a good idea to send out parental notifications of when and where item pickup will be. You can download our pick-up notification here.

    PROMOTION
    Promoting and getting in front of as many people as possible can only help your fundraiser. If you are set up at an event, make signs for your table that say your group's name and the purpose of your fundraiser. Signs should be large and easy to read from a distance. You can also print or make flyers to hang up around town or at local businesses to promote your fundraiser. Be sure to include: who the fundraiser is for, date/time/location of your school fundraiser.

    Having visible pricing is helpful in attracting people over and making quick sales, especially if there are many people around. You can download and print our $1 and $2 fundraising signs here that you can fill out and attach to your table or to the inside lid of the fundraising boxes. These signs would be great to hand out with fundraising boxes of candy and snacks. They can be adhered to the outside of the box if students will be walking around with them. Attach them to the inside lid if they will be propped open at an event or if a parent takes them to work.

    SIGNS
    To start promoting your school fundraisers, download all of the signs mentioned in the above post on our fundraising tools page. You can also download them directly via the links below:
    Fundraiser Coming Soon
    Orders and Money Due
    Product Pickup
    $1 promo signs
    $2 promo signs

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