The title sounds like a short story, but Christmas Forest is actually a company with a very profitable fundraiser for both groups and individuals. (For more information, see the review we did.) We at The Fundraising Network have seen all sorts of fundraising companies come and go, some of them more quickly than others. Environmentally friendly bug spray was a fundraiser that didn’t seem to last long. What we like to see are fundraising companies that have history, have weathered the years and are still going strong, so that we can recommend them. Christmas Forest is one of those companies.
Rick & Ramona Holt started Christmas Forest in 1976 when they sold wreaths at Pike Place Farmer’s Market in Seattle, WA. There, they learned what gift buyers are looking for in a Christmas wreath and what is important to them. Some of the customers that walked by their booth in Seattle would ask Rick & Ramona to send wreaths to their family, friends and clients across the country. Little by little, they built up that list and earned thousands of loyal customers. One of those customers asked if her national sorority could sell wreaths as a fundraising project and that is how the fundraising program began. Now, Christmas Forest employees about 50 crafts people during the months leading up to Christmas and sends out about 30,000 Christmas wreaths all over the world.
Have you considered a Christmas Wreath fundraiser? You might think, “Why should I consider this now? Christmas is three months away.” Well, you need to think about it, because Christmas Forest (who provided the information below) gets their groups ready for fundraising in the early fall. It takes time to create the materials you will need and to be prepared for sending out so many wreaths to the groups use their wreaths for fundraising year after year. And making all those wreaths is not quick either. Christmas Forest employs about 50 crafts people during the months leading up to Christmas and sends out about 30,000 Christmas wreaths all over the world.
If you are or are thinking about doing a Christmas Wreath Fundraiser this year, here are some tips to help you maximize your results and profits.
Tips for Choosing a Christmas Wreath
The holidays are a time of year when Christmas starts to occupy the thoughts of many as they decide not only how to decorate their own home but what gifts they will give to their family, friends, clients or colleagues. Here are some tips for making meaningful choices your gift recipients will love:
1. Take into consideration the color scheme the recipient is currently using. If your friend has a green door, you may not want to send them a wreath with a big blue bow. A fresh wreath topped off with a gold bow would be a perfect choice because not only does it complement the green door, but it also brings more of the colors of Christmas to the exterior.
2. When making your choice, think about the preference of the recipient and not necessarily what appeals to your taste. You may fall in love with the designer look of the Holiday Swags, but perhaps your great aunt would much rather have the traditional circular wreath with a great big red velvet bow.
3. We have some great ‘fancy’ wreaths loaded with ornaments, lights and colorful bows. You could choose the Mardi Gras colors of the Gala Glitz wreath or the fun geometric designs of the Art Deco wreath for your friend that marches to his/her own drummer.
4. When deciding on which Christmas wreaths would be best to send out to your client list, we recommend something a little more conservative such as the gorgeous Christmas Classic wreath or the beautiful Highlander wreath with the tartan plaid bow.
5. At this wonderful time of the season, it’s important not to forget those who share their faith with you. Consider sending clergy people, choir members or special friends from your congregation special Christmas Crosses – wreaths in the shape of a cross. This is sure to bring them great joy.
6. Lastly, when giving wreaths as gifts, it’s important to consider whether or not your recipient has something they can use to hang it on the door. If you’ve never seen them display a Christmas wreath, chances are you should probably include a wreath hanger with your gift. This way, you’ll be certain they can use it right away.
Fresh Christmas wreaths make perfect Christmas decorations and great Christmas gifts for those you care about. With these tips for choosing just the right style from our large assortment, you’re sure to bring pleasure to your recipient with a Christmas gift as unique and special as they are.
Wow! Doesn’t that sound harsh and foreboding? As a writer here at The Fundraising Network, I try to stay positive, but sometimes I find a time-sensitive piece of information like this one. Christmas Forest sets up their fundraisers with groups in the early fall, and that means there is very little time to get the samples and information that Christmas Forest provides. So you need to contact them now. Here’s why.
I was tasked with finding holiday fundraisers to write about so I spoke with Ramona over at Christmas Forest. After receiving just some of her information, I have to tell you that this is a fundraiser that you NEED to check out! I’ve seen many fundraisers that have some good points, but Christmas Forest gets fundraising, and it shows in the way they work with groups.
Christmas Forest has two great plans that will fit any group from the smallest to the largest.
Easy Plan – You don’t touch a product, and it fits any group.
You tell your members and their friends and family how they can order fresh Christmas wreaths online, by mail, FAX or telephone and mention your club code at checkout. Your group will receive 10% of the sale. That’s an average of $4 per item! Christmas Forest sends the wreaths directly to the customer or their gift recipient. They even create and send graphics to your members so they can pass those along to their friends and family. It’s easy.
Bulk Plan – More Work, but More Profit
Your group purchases fresh Christmas wreaths at wholesale prices, and Christmas Forest sends them to your group in cases. Your group distributes and makes $10 or more for each wreath.
No Hidden Costs and Personal Help
For both plans, the shipping is free, and there are no hidden costs. Christmas Forest also provides you with a personal fundraising rep who will answer any questions, make sure you receive free brochures, order forms, order taking envelopes, etc.
You NEED to See Their Product, so Ask for a Sample
Here at The Fundraising Network, we’ve known about fundraising with wreaths and Christmas type items, but I was amazed at what I saw when I visited christmasforest.com. I had never seen so many different types of wreaths, some with subtle differences, to fit just about any home. When you get to the homepage, there are a few wreaths, but click on the ‘More Wreaths’ page! You’ll find multiple designs, various shapes — I certainly didn’t expect so many!
Through the web sites on The Fundraising Network, we hear from various fundraising groups throughout the year. We know that groups like samples, but I never thought of wreath samples. This is something you may not expect, but Christmas Forest provides samples and there’s a reason why. Ramona told me, “We find that once the fundraising group actually sees one of our beautiful noble fir wreaths, they are sold and can’t wait to start selling the wreaths to their potential customers. That’s why we offer a free sample wreath to the group so they can smell the wonderful aroma and see the superb quality of our evergreens.” So be sure to ask for your sample!
What Kind of Groups Do Best with Christmas Forest
Christmas Forest is glad to work with just about any group, but they work most with many schools, churches, sororities and fraternities as well as civic groups and scouting groups. There’s lots of groups that are so pleased, they come back. “Our repeat customers tells us that they not only love our gorgeous wreaths, they also really appreciate our outstanding customer service. This has made for hundreds of loyal fundraising groups that insist that selling Christmas Forest wreaths is the fastest and easiest way for their group to earn money,” Ramona said.
To Sum It Up
I found that Christmas Forest provides a great product that can help any group of any size. They also provide two plans that allow your group to work more and get better profits or work a whole lot less and still make profit. The way I see it, that’s a win-win.
But there’s a catch!
Christmas Forest sets up their fundraisers with groups in the early fall. That means you need to check this out now. Don’t wait or it might be too late for you to get in on this year’s profit Christmas Wreath fundraiser. You can contact them at (888) 235-2142 or click here to request information from them.
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