Freedom Fundraising is fortunate to have very successful repeat customers. We talked to some of our most outstanding money makers, and they gave us their guidelines to help people just starting out with fundraising.
Derek C. from Friendship, Wisconsin has successful fundraisers every year. Here are some of his best words of advice:
1. Students will sell a lot of candy if they call gas stations, local grocery stores, and COLLEGES. You would be surprised at how many college students buy candy from kids!
2. Allow students to check out 1 box of candy and 2 if they have a note from a parent.
3. Set your fundraiser for 2 weeks only. This is the right amount of time for a student fundraiser. The kids are focused in this amount of time and will not grow tired of the fundraiser.
4. Have an early turn-in date where kids need to turn in leftover candy. This way leftovers can be redistributed to other kids and there will not be wasted pieces.
5. Kids like sour stuff. Adults like chocolate. You can combine both for best results in a Create Your Own Variety from Freedom Fundraising.
6. Keep accurate records on a Google spreadsheet or something comparable. Check out Freedom Fundraising’s tools page for resources to help keep your records.
7. Remind and encourage parents to pre-pay for boxes, so they are able to take more and sell.
8. Submit a picture to the newspaper of your top sellers. It is a great PR plug. Parents also love to see their kids in the paper.
9. Send out thank you notes to the parents after the fundraiser is done and let them know that their support has been appreciated! Thank you notes are simple to do, and they go a long way in encouraging people to support you again.
10. Give out cash prizes to the top 10 sellers. This is a huge incentive for kids! Cash talks!