When Five Star Fundraising is thinking about fundraisers for their customers, they think about three important factors:
All ages love it
It’s easy to sell
Gives a group lots of profit
Since 1993, Five Star Fundraising has been creating fantastic fundraising opportunities to help social groups and other organizations across America earn a profit for a certain cause. Five Star is known for great fundraisers and sure success.
Five Star Fundraising created this promising fundraiser, “Savory Cookie Dough Fundraiser” and “Savory Gourmet Caramel Popcorn.” This fundraiser is tested and proven to be a success. It’s easy and very profitable, because it tastes great and is an outstanding value. Because of its success, many groups are doing it twice a year, and it never fails to surprise them with excellent success!
The cookie dough comes in a full 3 lbs. tubs or 3 lbs. pre-formed cookies in a box. This delicious cookie dough makes mouth-watering cookies that everybody loves. Aside from its yumminess, groups can make $6.50 or more profit per item. Even better, a group gets 8 free tubs or boxes for every 288 sold along with free shipping. (Shipping charges apply for orders under 288 pieces.)
Popcorn fundraisers are successful moneymakers, because:
Sellers are always enthusiastic about a product they like
Parents interested in healthier snacks will love the fact that your fundraiser popcorn pops in a heart-healthy air popper vs. and unhealthy oil popper
Kids love the all the flavor choices
And of course, what adult doesn’t like a little popcorn for themselves from time to time?
Groups can make $6.50 with gourmet caramel popcorn.
Best of all, you can pre-collect all your money so you can have profits right away!
If you are currently looking for a fundraiser that is proven successful, Five Star Fundraising’s Savory Cookie Dough Fundraiser or Savory Popcorn is a great choice! It’s easy, fun and very promising! Call Five Star Fundraising today, and Matt will be glad to assist you with questions or even get you started within three days! 1-877-699-7807
*Photos used with permission from Five Star Fundraising
Successful working of fundraising ideas for school depends on many vital factors. It all depends on your campaign or strategy based on the demand of targeted customers, place, timing and competition. Also, managing the team and getting active participation of members play an important role in fulfilling the goal of a school fundraising program.
Be it a fundraising for public or a private school, first set your goal and deadline. Clearly decide the start and end dates of your fundraising activities. Finalize your budget or monetary needs, the timing, the place and how long it would take to raise the required money.
Timing & Location:
The time and place of arranging your fundraising program matters a lot. Pre plan your event so that it does not coincide or clash with the fundraising efforts of neighboring schools or any other groups. This helps to attract more people and increases your potential to raise funds. Arranging the events during weekends rather too help a lot.
Also, arrange your fundraising events near a popular or central location that generally draws a large number of crowds. Opening stalls and serving customers directly in and around a venue of regular exhibitions, fairs, cultural programs, sports tournament, etc. help achieve your fundraising targets easily. You can create awareness about your campaign through advertisements in local media. You should also carry out online sales of your fundraising products or services using various promotional modes such as social media platforms.
Selecting products and services for your fundraising activity should be of top quality and matching the requirements of local customers. Higher quality fundraising products leave a lasting and positive impression among customers about your cause. This helps to arrange successful fundraisers in the future with more buyers and higher profits.
Motivating your team members and finding their attractions to achieve the common goal are integral parts of a successful fundraising program. Developing proper skills help to make them professional in their approach and to effectively communicate the organization’s purpose, while dealing with people in such an event. For an increased association of individual team members, you should launch a reward or incentive program for top performers or best sellers.
Lastly, you can get help from a professional school fundraising company for timely advice on selection of product, place and timing to make your efforts productive and successful.
“The Fundraiser was a huge success for its first year, and one that will continue to grow for many years to come. With a profit margin of $7.50 per card sold, we were able to provide our squads with full, embroidered, warm-up uniforms with the proceeds of one fundraiser! An impressive accomplishment!”
Samantha Young, Delaware
Blue Heron is one of those Fundraising Companies that you may not have heard of, but they have been helping groups raise money since 1995, and they have been quite successful at it. The vision behind this company comes from its founder and President, Pete Reed. Its success comes from his personal philosophy, “The customer is always right!” and the personal service that each customer receives.
Between the fundraising business and his humanitarian work, Pete stays very busy. However, we caught a few moments with him to find out more about him, and what makes his fundraiser work so well. Here’s what he had to say.
“Our discount cards are tremendously effective for our customers. We get mostly schools, sports teams and marching bands, but we also get military and university organizations. It works well for several reasons.
First and foremost for our groups, the cards produce 70-80% profit. That’s nearly unheard of in fundraising. The normal ceiling is about 50%.
Second, our cards sell well because they have fantastic discounts, and because they come from businesses in the group’s community. We work with our groups to get the best possible discounts within their communities. The businesses don’t have to pay for the ads either. Local discounts mean (1) people want the cards, (2) the $10 price point makes it an easy sell, and (3) it helps the local community.
Third, we help save their customers money. There is no setup or production costs for the group unless they have special artwork that requires more attention than normal.
And our customers like the fact that they don’t have to fill a room with inventory they have stocked. The cards are small enough so that they fit just about anywhere – wallet, purse, pocket. Their group members can carry the cards anywhere and can sell “on the spot” when the opportunity presents itself.”
During the rest of our visit, Pete talked about the groups Blue Heron discount cards have helped and the organization’s dedication to making groups profitable. It’s not a complicated process, but it is successful and it’s proven effective for raising money.
Though Blue Heron is located along the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Blue Heron has helped groups all over the United States. Pete’s vision doesn’t stop there, however. In 2005, through a series of events, Pete began working to help a girl, Slavka (pictured bottom right), in Slovakia and later began helping Aneta (pictured bottom middle) from the Czech Republic. He didn’t just throw money at the problem. He equipped these women to be able to live and succeed which led him to form Slavka’s Dream Ltd. (www.slavkasdream.com) His goals are:
to help women achieve status in their culture and society,
to provide for their families through working and education,
to increase hope by helping them to succeed rather than fall into desperation,
and to teach others to believe in themselves so that their dreams can become real.
To date, he has helped women in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Latvia, and Romania.
Meeting with Pete was an eye-opening experience. Groups who want to raise money not only have great potential to meet their goals with Blue Heron fundraising cards. When they use Blue Heron for their fundraising card provider, they also are helping to support humanitarian efforts for women who would otherwise be trapped in a terrible lifestyle.
Last year, we had the opportunity to speak with Pete Reed, the owner of Blue Heron Discount Cards. His fundraiser caught our attention because of the humanitarian work he has been doing. We contacted him recently and asked him to send us any updated information he has about his fundraising program. Here’s what he sent back.
Blue Heron has been producing community based discount cards since 1995. At the time we started, discount cards were actually in their infancy. Over the years, we’ve improved our product constantly by changing our graphics personnel and our card suppliers. We’ve gone from a boring one color card to exciting multi-color logos and offers.
One thing that hasn’t changed is our care for our clients. We strive to put together a discount card that contains quality offers that make the cards easier to sell. We’ve been fortunate to have been able to build good relationships with many of the same businesses over the years, but we still strive for new business offers at the request of our clients. Each year, we attempt to make our clients a better card than they had the previous year. We want a card that people can use over and over again, not one that has offers that are not valid in the clients market. This requires a bit of extra work on our part, but it’s all part of the value we give to our customer, along with a high profit margin.
Pete didn’t really talk much about custom vs. generic discount cards. Most discount card companies are going to the mass produced, generic discounts, but Blue Heron is still providing custom cards with custom offers and there are some benefits to custom cards. More information about that in Part 2.
“We listen to what our groups say and help them choose the best program to reach their fundraising goals.”
Pat Van Hesteren
President, Ultimate Fundraising
When it comes to cookie dough, Ultimate Fundraising offers you two types of cookie dough programs: Standard and Home Delivery.
Standard Cookie Dough Program (with three brochure choices)
If you have done a cookie dough fundraiser before, this part will be no surprise to you. Decide on which brochure you want to use, fax in your Participation Agreement Form, and you are ready to start raising money! Tell Ultimate Fundraising how many brochures you need, and they provide them. Brochures include Ultimate Fundraising’s famous cookie dough program as well as tag programs that include cheese cakes, pretzels, dessert bars, funnel cakes and more.
Run your fundraiser for 2 weeks. (The price of the cookie dough ranges from $10-$16.) Your coordinator then completes the master order form indicating the address where they want the delivery to be made and fax in your order and send payment. Your product is shipped to you within two weeks.
Of course, everyone wants to know about the profit. There are two cookie dough tub sizes that you can choose for your fundraiser. The smaller tub gives opportunity for 40% profit, and it also has a lower minimum. This is great for smaller groups. On the other hand, the larger tubs allow for up to 50% profit, but it has a higher minimum. Regardless of the minimum, however, Ultimate Fundraising makes a way for you to get your cookie dough even if you don’t meet the minimum order!
Home Delivery Program
Your group makes 40%-50% profit on each tub sold. There is a $4 shipping charge for each tub to allow for home delivery. Your group uses the order taker and when your campaign is over you tell Ultimate Fundraising how many tubs you sold. They mail you enough activation cards for you to hand back to your supporters who log onto the Crazy About Cookies website and indicate the flavor of cookie dough that they would like and provide a mailing address. Each card has a code that your supporters will enter and the cookie dough will ship directly to their door. It is that easy!
Don’t Forget the Incentives
In a time when many companies are cutting back, Ultimate Fundraising is staying consistent with their incentive for your group. If you sell 1000 tubs or boxes of cookie dough or 1000 bags of their coffee (remember that they offer multiple products), your group receives a Nintendo Wii System or $300 CASH!!!
Add the cash to your fundraising profit total or use the incentive to spur on your members. It’s up to you. Either way, your group has the opportunity to make extra profit!
Every person, group, or organization who does a fundraiser wants it to be successful. One of the most important parts of fundraising success is choosing the right fundraiser. But how do you do it?
There are many important factors that you should consider if you want to meet or exceed your goals, as you compare the various fundraisers available to you. One of them is the fundraiser you choose must match your group.
What motivates your group members?
Is it about the goal? Some groups do very well with fundraising simply because the members are motivated to reach the goal. I know one teen right now who is motivated to raise money (and is doing it very successfully), because she wants to go on the trip with the Madrigals choir in which she sings.
Is it about material prizes? One recent elementary child told me that he was going to win a particular prize by reaching a fundraiser goal. He was determined, and he sold with gusto. He didn’t wait for sales to come to him. He went and got them.
Is it about the social scene? Some groups enjoy event fundraisers like car washes, because they enjoy doing the events together.
Get the idea? Figure out what motivates your group and then focus on fundraisers that fit that motivation.
Will your members support your choice?
I know of a small school in East Tennessee that “missed out” on raising an easy $1000 a few years ago. There was a fruit fundraiser available to them. If each family in the school purchased just one box of fruit, they would easily have made $1000 for the school and had some awesome citrus too!
I spoke with the parent in charge of fundraising and learned there was a reason that the school passed on the opportunity. The parents and students never did well selling products for fundraisers. They simply didn’t want to sell (other than a school coupon book that everyone wanted). They focused on fundraisers that did not involve selling. They wisely passed on what seemed like it would be an easy fundraiser, because the fundraiser coordinator knew her group.
Is the fundraiser appropriate for your group?
In elementary school (forty years ago) I had grand ideas about winning great prizes by selling the most spice grinders. However, I remember thinking, “Why does anyone need these?” Though I wanted to win the prize, I think I only sold 2 grinders, because I didn’t understand how to sell them.
Be sure that your fundraiser fits the majority of your group members. For example, groups with younger children shouldn’t sell large items or products they don’t understand. Everyone loves cookies and kids understand that easily.
Go with what you know
Bands and FFA groups are known for selling fruit, and they typically do well. Elementary schools do well with cookie dough and Christmas shops. If you have a track record doing a particular fundraiser, and you’ve done well with it in the past, that just might be perfect for you. As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
We would like to know what works for you. Tell us in the comments below about what fundraisers you have done and whether or not they worked. What works best for your group?
The Christmas gifts sit under the tree all aglow – tucked in neatly with ribbons and bows. There are Christmas decorations placed about, and Christmas wreaths adorn the door. It’s that wonderful time of year again when mysteries are unveiled. So, why do we give Christmas gifts during this holiday season? Have you ever stopped to wonder about the history of gift giving? When did Christmas gifts become the highlight of the season and why? The idea of giving gifts most likely originated when the Three Kings brought offerings to baby Jesus upon his birth. Throughout history, there is documentation of gifts being exchanged during Three Kings’ Day as well as on Christmas Eve.
However, gift-giving as we know it today began in the early 19th century when some of the first few ads were posted in newspapers by store owners. By the late 19th century, giving gifts at Christmastime was in full swing as large retailers such as Macy’s began leaving their doors open late on Christmas Eve. Today, Christmas Day wouldn’t be the same without gifts under the tree. Another item you won’t want to leave off of your list when it comes to Christmas is one that’s as popular as gift giving itself – a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath.
The Christmas wreath is another tradition that has been around for a long time and was initially created from fresh evergreens. Since evergreens are green year-round, they were the obvious choice during the winter months. The word ‘wreath’ is derived from an English word meaning to twist, such as in a circle. Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory.
In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ. The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending. The wreaths were typically decorated with four candles, three on the exterior and one in the middle. The middle candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the arrival of the Light of the World – Jesus Christ. A tradition began in the early 19th century to lay evergreens shaped into wreaths or crosses on graves to honor the dead. Family members would bring them home to use as part of their Christmas decorations during the holiday season.
At Christmastime, it only makes sense to combine two of the most symbolic icons together, giving wreaths as gifts. Who wouldn’t love to display the beautiful colors of the holiday season upon their door during this festive time? Christmas wreaths come in many styles and designs. There are traditional wreaths with velvet red bows adorning noble fir branches speckled with berries to the more regal choice such as gold satin bows atop pine boughs embellished with juniper berries.
So why doesn’t everyone have a Christmas wreath hanging on the door as part of their Christmas decorations? Many people simply don’t realize how much a Christmas wreath can illuminate an entranceway and provide festivity and cheer to visitors both old and new. As well, it can be hard to find the time to do the extra things that make the holiday season so special. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to share such a rich holiday tradition with your friends and relatives when selecting their Christmas gifts this year? And while you’re deciding which Christmas Forest wreath to send their way, shorten your holiday to-do list by purchasing one for your door too.
Share this story with your supporters when you do your wreath fundraiser this holiday season.
Christmas Forest has a great fundraising program that works for both large and small groups (or even motivated individuals). Click here to read our review of their program. If you think you might want to even consider doing a wreath fundraiser, please get the information now. Don’t wait. Your fundraiser needs to be set up in early fall and it’s already October! And after you do your fundraiser, let us know what you think of Christmas Forest.
Over the years, the staff of The Fundraising Network has had the opportunity to speak with many different groups who try to raise funds. Sometimes they are disappointed, because they didn’t do well with their fundraiser, and, typically, they blame it on the company who provided their fundraiser. In our experience, that’s sometimes the case. You need to be sure to choose a reputable, experienced company who fits well with your organization. Unfortunately, more often than not, the fault is not with the fundraiser provider. Rather, the group did not execute well their fundraiser or they had unrealistic expectations.
If you were a movie-goer in 1989, you might remember the phrase, “If you build it, they will come,” from the movie Field of Dreams. In the movie, Kevin Costner, the main character, hears a voice telling him to build a baseball field on his Iowa farm so that the ghost of his dead father and some famous baseball players would come play a game. He listened and built it against all odds. He was convinced that people would come from miles around to see baseball played there, and, as movies go, at the end hundreds of people were headed to watch baseball, and he made a mint. (Sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen it.)
When most people think of, “If you build it, they will come,” they are describing the idea that if you just start something, that everything will fall together and your dreams will come true. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case for anything worth doing, and it’s especially not true for fundraising. An excellent, profitable fundraising program takes some work, but, if it is done correctly, it is a little work for several people (so one person doesn’t get overwhelmed) and the fundraising effort brings great profit.
So why are we talking about this with regard to candle fundraisers?
A candle fundraising effort is a basic order-taker fundraiser. Your members take the brochures and order forms and go make sales. Simple right? It is simple, but you need to do more than just show pictures to have it be greatly successful. Therefore, here are ideas to help you have a wildly successful candle fundraiser.
Candle Fundraiser Ideas
1. Choose a Fundraiser that Fits your Market’s Price Range
I remember a time when a small group in a lower economic rural area called wanting information about a very profitable fundraiser. The problem was that the fundraiser products ranged from $22-$34 and that was a price too high for the people living in the group’s area. On the other hand, they would have done much better with a candle fundraiser which typically are priced in the $10-$12 range and sometimes higher.
The goal is to choose the fundraiser with items that fit the price range of your market. Candles fit most markets because they have such a range of prices. You will most likely get more sales.
2. Choose a Fundraiser that Fits your Group
It’s been interesting to watch trends over the years. Most often, we see sports groups selling discount cards or scratch cards, and bands and FFA groups often sell fruit. Motivation is everything though. If your members aren’t motivated to sell, your fundraiser will be a flop. And while children have great intentions and great desire, it usually takes the involvement of the parents to make a fundraiser very successful. Do your parents really want to sell something or would they rather just give a donation? Know your group and choose a fundraiser that fits.
We see a wide range of groups that sell candles. It’s one of those products that can be sold just about anywhere to anyone by anyone. Just make sure it’s the right fit for you. If you have a small group of 10, don’t choose a candle fundraising line that requires a huge purchase to get the best profit percentage. JustFundraising has several selections of candle fundraisers to fit groups of all sizes. Regardless of whether you have 10 people or 100, you can be successful with their candle fundraising program.
A candle fundraiser follows the same basic concept of any order taker fundraiser. Your sellers have a brochure, order form and basic sales script. The brochure shows the candle selections and provides details about color, aroma, size, shape, weight and container type.
Did you know that you most likely will raise more money by have candle and fragrance samples for your customers to see and smell? The boost can be dramatic! Candles are not perishable and most buyers will sniff several samples and imagine how the candles will fill their homes with the pleasant aroma. Therefore, give your sellers a few samples to carry with them.
Sailaway Candles is perfect for this. They have a no-frills fundraiser that any group can do. They are a candle wholesale company that offers healthy soy-based candles (no carcinogens from paraffin). You choose 6 scents (they currently offer 130) that you want to offer and whether or not you want to have the candles be your own private brand (for example, Longhollow High School Candles) with your logo on them. In their fundraising kit that you purchase (at a very low price, we might add), it has samples of the candle scents and colors that YOU CHOSE. The samples are in candle tart form (small cubes) that make it VERY easy for your sellers to carry. Some groups prefer not to pay anything up front, but the boost in sales should far surpass the cost of the kit.
Need ideas for which scents to choose? Food scents such as french vanilla, bayberry, apple, pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon are always popular. (So are melon and citrus.) Holiday scents such as clove and pine usually do well too. Whether you are selecting a brochure or getting a custom candle fundraiser, choose scents that most likely bring back fond memories for your customers.
4. Take Advantage of Every Opportunity for Candle Sales
When you schedule your candle fundraiser, think about your community event calendar. Bazaars, community garage sales, banquets and other events present fantastic opportunities for a candle booth. Make sure you have samples for display if you are taking orders, or, even better, purchase candles in advance that people can buy from you so that you don’t have to worry about deliveries. The bigger the event, the more potential customers you may have, so think big!
5. Get the Best Price and Highest Profit
Most candle fundraisers offer 40-50% profit and minimum orders can vary. Where you really want to pay attention is the breakpoint for the higher profit. The higher the profit percentage, the more money you make. For example, the average seller makes about five to seven sales at $12 each.
Candle Fundraising Company A
40% profit for less than 120 candles, but 50% if you sell 120 or more.
Group of 10 sells 70 candles = 40% profit each
$12 candles * 40% = $4.80/candle * 70 candles = $336 take home profit for you To get the best profit, you really need 16-24 sellers to get the best profit.
Candle Fundraising Company B
40% profit for less than 60 candles, but 50% if you sell 60 or more
Group of 10 sells 70 candles = 50% profit each
$12 candles * 50% = $6/candle * 70 candles = $420 take home profit for you This fits a small group
Candle Fundraising Company C
50% profit with a minimum 12 candle order
Group of 5 sells 36 candles = 50% profit each
$12 candles * 50% = $6/candle * 36 candles = $216 take home profit for you This fits any group! Even the smallest group can sell 12 candles and the larger groups make more profit too!
And, by the way, Company C exists! The great deals are out there. Be sure to look for them. You also need to figure shipping into your calculations as well. Candles are not cheap to ship, so be sure to ask. Many of candle fundraising companies offer free shipping if you meet certain minimums.
Your Candle Fundraiser Starts with Good Information
“Going Green” is a buzzword any more, but it is a great thing. The better care we take of our world, the longer it will last and the better condition for our lives. That’s why those who are environmentally conscious like to “buy green” whenever possible. That means doing your best to purchase products that use renewable resources. As we reviewed Christmas Forest fundraising, The Fundraising Network learned that it is a fundraising company that is concerned about protecting the environment. Here’s why.
Real Evergreen Wreaths, not petroleum-based plastic
When it comes to deciding between a fresh Christmas wreath and an artificial wreath, more people than ever are choosing real evergreen wreaths. You probably know that artificial wreaths are made from plastics and other petroleum based products, and you also know that petroleum is not a renewable resource. The artificial wreaths most likely will end up in a landfill, and they are not biodegradable. In addition, most artificial wreaths are made overseas; therefore, even more petroleum is used to ship the artificial wreaths.
Real Wreaths can be recycled
There are many more ‘green’ reasons to buy a fresh evergreen wreath. They can be recycled by removing the fir from the wreath rings for a potpourri. There are also many free recycling programs where the greens will be chipped and used for mulch, another plus for the environment. Of course, a fresh evergreen wreath is just so beautiful too and everyone loves the forest fresh smell!
No Tree Harvesting, Christmas Forest helps tree growth
Our fresh wreaths are a renewable resource. Christmas Forest does not cut down any trees to make our Christmas wreaths. In the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Christmas Forest harvests the tips of the branches, and this promotes the growth of the trees. Trimming the branches of the noble fir tree is actually beneficial to the trees and thus great for the environment.
More oxygen for us all!
The aromatic noble fir trees from Washington state are the longest lasting evergreens. These majestic trees are nature’s way of fighting against global warming. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and release oxygen. The process of producing plastic to make artificial wreaths burns fossil fuels while adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
So consider going green with your fundraiser this year.
Knowing that fresh Christmas wreaths are recyclable, renewable and less of a contributor to global warming, those who are concerned about our Earth are choosing a fresh Christmas Forest wreath. Go green…buy a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath this year.
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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