Savory Cookie Dough and Savory Popcorn

Five Star Fundraising Savory Cookie Dough and Savory Popcorn

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!

Five Star Fundraising Cookie Dough TubThe 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

Spotlight on Ultimate Fundraising’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser

“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!

For more information, click here.

Recipe for Fundraising Success: Star Fundraising’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The Fundraising Network recently contacted Star Fundraising to learn about their cookie dough program.  We found a great program.  Our conclusion was that Star Fundraising is a strong company with the experience and product lines to help just about any fundraising group.  Because they have no minimum order on their cookie dough, they can work with any size group. Combine this with the award-winning Delisheries program (1st place winner in Food Distribution Magazine for Best Cookie Mix), and Star just might be your group’s recipe for fundraising success!

Five excellent qualities that we found were:

1. They provide samples.

2. Diversity of Choices for Fundraiser Customization.

3. Constant Availability.

4. Excellent Quality.

5. Up-front Information with Honesty and Integrity.

Click here to read the entire article and get all the information.

Spotlight on JustFundraising’s Cookie Dough Fundraisers

On our journey to find the best cookie dough fundraiser for you, The Fundraising Network interviewed Jolian Grant, the President and Owner of Just Fundraising.  As always, our first question was why a group should choose JustFundraising over other cookie dough companies.

“With 15 years of experience in the fundraiser industry, our groups can be confident that we are going to help them to succeed in working toward their fundraising goals,” he said.  He then went on to list many reasons that you should choose them.  In fact, we never got past this first question because the reasons seemed endless.
Free to Start, No Money Up Front, No Risk

  • Wide Variety and Not Just Cookie Dough
  • A Program to Fit Almost Any Group
  • Highest Profit Guarantee and Commitment to Quality
  • Lower Minimums
  • Free Shipping
  • Flexible Payment
  • Special Offers When Available
  • Community Involvement When Tragedy Strikes

Where TFN found an incredible difference is with JustFundraising’s commitment to Superior Support

JustFundraising does their best to equip you with the best online and offline support in order to optimize your time and help your group raise more.

  • You’ll be designated your own personal fundraising assistant to help you select, plan out, and support your fundraiser from beginning to end. All emails and phone calls are promptly returned within 1 hour, during regular business hours.
  • The selling material for all order-takers is second-to-none and virtually does all the selling for you.
  • You can now access their new online Create Your Group Fundraising Page that can make your job easier and help you raise more.
  • Finally, they really do care about your goals and they’re anxious to add you to their growing list of success stories.


Click here and get all the details.  Even if you are not planning a cookie dough fundraiser, It’s definitely worth it to find out about this company.

Seven Reasons to use Ultimate Fundraising for your Cookie Dough Fundraiser

It’s all about your group and your choices!

When we spoke with Pat Van Hesteren, the President of Ultimate Fundraising, Inc., we were excited to hear about their “Better Fundraising Solution.” Pat offered us several reasons why you should choose Ultimate Fundraising over any other company for your cookie dough fundraiser.

1. Quality Products:
They have partnered with only the best suppliers in the fundraising industry.

2. Brochure Options:
Ultimate Fundraising offers three different cookie dough programs complete with “tag brochures” that include cheesecakes, pretzels, dessert bars, funnel cakes and more.

3. Price Options:
They offer two sizes of cookie dough tubs.  This gives you a price point choice.  Choose the smaller tub with a lower price and lower minimum or choose the larger tub with a slightly higher price and opportunity for more profit.

4. Variety:
Cookie Dough is not the only product offered by Ultimate Fundraising.  They are a one-stop shop for fundraising.  If you find the cookie dough isn’t quite the right fit, they have many other programs, and one of them is bound to be perfect for your group.

5. Experience:
With an understanding of what works and what doesn’t, your group can take advantage their experience and insure the best chances for the success of your fundraiser.

6. Proven Track Record:
Ultimate Fundraising is ready provide your group with various success stories and testimonials from groups with whom they have worked both currently and in the past. “We are proud of our past success and want to add your group to the list of those that we have helped to reach their fundraising goals,” Pat told me.

And 7: Ultimate Fundraising Makes It Easier for You!

Perhaps one of the most unique and attractive reasons to use Ultimate Fundraising is that their new cookie dough program makes fundraising easier than ever.  They have a new Home Delivery Cookie Dough program that takes all of the work out of the distribution for your group, and there is no minimum order!


If you’d like to know more about Ultimate Fundraising’s cookie dough program, click here.

Cookie Dough Fundraisers with TK Fundraising – The Premium Collection

The Premium Collection is just one of the cookie dough fundraisers that TK Fundraising offers.  You have probably found that same fundraising program offered by other companies too.  So what’s the difference between this TK and others fundraising companies?  According to Karen, the owner:

TK Fundraising offers many years of experience in fundraising to help you be successful. In addition, they offer excellent customer service and genuinely cares about their customers.  Here are two examples.

1. Some cookie dough companies offer higher percentage profit, but they charge for shipping. Though you make more profit on the sale, the weight of the cookie dough causes shipping costs to be higher. In the end, you do not make as much money because of your shipping cost. Be sure to read the fine print. With TK Fundraising, as long as you meet sales goals, shipping is included. You’ll find that TK Fundraising is up-front about everything. No hidden fees.

2. TK Fundraising offers multiple types of cookie dough programs not only to provide a wide range of choices for you but also to fit your budget. You may choose from dry or frozen dough, choose from programs that have large or small minimum purchases, and even choose a higher or lower cost. It’s all about you, the customer and what you need and want.

Premium Collection — 2.7 lb. Tubs

Wonderful Gourmet Cookie Dough in tubs! Enjoy delicious “Home Made” cookies without the mess!

This program features 13 delicious flavors of 2.7 lb resealable tubs of cookie dough! The tubs yield 48 .9oz cookies. There is a 250 tub minimum and you must round each item to the nearest case. There are 6 tubs per case.

Choose from the following 13 Mouth Watering Gourmet Flavors!

  • Chunky Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter
  • Oatmeal Raisin
  • MM Candies
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Sugar
  • Macadamia White Chocolate
  • Triple Chocolate
  • Walnut Chocolate Chunk
  • Reese peanut Butter Cup
  • White chocolate oatmeal cranberry
  • Lemon Drop
  • Monster
  • Chocolate covered cookie dough bites

Cookie Dough can be thawed and refrozen multiple times without compromising the quality or taste of the product. The cookie dough can be kept frozen for one year, refrigerated for 6 months and kept at room temperature (between 66 – 77 F) for 21 days.

Comes in tubs. Each 2.7lb tub yields 48 .9oz cookies. Sells for $14 per tub. 250 tub minimum. Your profit ranges from 30-50% depending on how much you sell. Free Shipping and handling!

250 to 400 tubs = 30% profit
401 to 600 tubs = 35% profit
601 to 1500 tubs = 40% profit
1501 to 2500 tubs = 45% profit
2501 and up = 50% profit

All products are kosher certified and 0g trans fat per serving! Normal delivery is 2-3 weeks after receipt of payment and order. All orders must be prepaid and are non-refundable.


The Fundraising Network will be featuring more of TK’s cookie dough fundraising programs in the near future.  Be sure to check back!  If you’d like to learn more now, visit

The Popularity of Popcorn Makes for a Great Fundraiser

Each year popcorn sales have continued to climb as new popcorn creations are invented. Popcorn companies modernized their product over the years, offering many new varieties which help keep this one of the most popular treats.

In the 1970’s hot air popcorn poppers were introduced.  These electric appliances make popcorn with very little fat.  Microwavable popcorn changed the industry in the 1980’s and it has become a household staple. Variety tins and special flavored gourmet popcorn have also gained popularity, not to mention that it’s the top moviegoers snack choice.

Popcorn makers have also capitalized on the low-fat, low-calorie trend as people attempt to lose weight. Light, 100-calorie snack packs and 94% fat-free versions are choices that are now available. They also advertise the health benefits of popcorn, including its high dietary fiber.

Americans consume more than 17 billion quarts of popcorn annually. That averages out to roughly 68 quarts per person. And in 2001, popcorn sales in America exceeded $1 million.

Boy Scouts of America has cashed in on the success of popcorn sales. A mere 7 councils participated the first year that scouts sold popcorn. Over the last 25 years it has become the top-rated fundraiser for cub scouts packs across America. Today, Trail’s End serves more than 285 councils (including packs and troops,) with over $1 billion raised for the nonprofit organization. For this reason, it is the only pre-approved fundraiser of Cub scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

Popcorn is destined to be an American favorite for many years to come. From light versions to chocolate-drizzled gourmet caramel corn and variety tins, popcorn is a versatile product that can be changed to meet the current marketing trends and remain a profitable product.

About the Author

Tracy Rose is a Freelance Writer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Written Communication. There’s more information about popcorn available including popcorn fundraisers for cubscouts and popcorn fundraisers for other groups.

10 Cookie Dough Fundraising Tips

If your school needs more money this year planning a school fundraiser is a great choice. Cookie dough fundraisers can be very profitable and by using these tips they can even be an enjoyable way to raise money for a good cause. Here are 10 cookie dough fundraising tips that will help make your next fundraiser a success.

Plan Ahead

A little planning can go a long way in fundraising success. Before you start your fundraiser plan out dates and find volunteers. You will find that your previously made plans will make the stress of the fundraiser a lot more bearable.

Encourage Parent Participation

When you get parents to help you will have more sales. Helpful parents can encourage friends, coworkers and associates to buy cookie dough and increase your profits. Don’t expect students to do this alone, get their parents to help.

Choose a Great School Fundraising Provider

The school fundraising company that you choose to work with will determine the success of your fundraiser. Make sure that you work with a reputable company known for helping schools to succeed.

Set Goals

If you set goals you can work to achieve them. Figure out how many tubs of cookie dough you need to sell and then set a goal so that you can work to achieve it. Share your goals with students and parents to unite your school and achieve fundraising success.

Stay Positive

A positive attitude will help any school fundraiser to go more smoothly. Whether things are going right or wrong keep a positive attitude. Your good attitude will rub off on others and will make the fundraiser more fun for all involved. Remember that students and parents will be more excited to help on the next fundraiser if they have a good experience on this one.

Help the Students to Achieve

Students want to succeed and will work hard to make your fundraiser a success if you give them the tools that they need. Help them to understand deadlines and give plenty of reminders so that your students are able to get all of their fundraising paperwork and money in on time. You may also want to consider teaching students good ways to communicate with potential buyers. Remember safety is important so teach each student important school fundraising safety tips.

Be Organized

Organization can make or break your fundraiser. Before you start create an organizational plan and then stick to it. Be sure to keep detailed records of each cookie dough sale, money received and orders taken. This will help you to ensure that each person gets the product that they order.

Get Help

Don’t try to run a fundraiser on your own. Enlist volunteers from the very beginning of the fundraiser. You should be able to find plenty of helpful volunteers if you turn to parents, teachers and school volunteers.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Mistakes will happen in any fundraiser, so take the opportunity to learn from them. Consider creating a list of lessons learned that you can use the next time you plan a fundraiser or that you can pass on to the next fundraising head.

Have Fun

Fundraising is a lot of work, but it should still be an enjoyable process. Don’t forget to have fun and to enjoy the fundraising process from start to finish.

About the Author
The Goodies Factory fundraising company specializes in cookie dough fundraising. In fact, we make our own cookie dough in our FDA inspected facilities. We have over five different cookie brochures, over 15 gift brochures, over 20 types of lollipops and Dollar and Hershey’s candy bars. We also have an extensive prize program which includes daily prize programs and grand prizes like limo lunch and bouncy house.

Healthy Food Options for Sports Game Concession Stands

Now days one of the big issues for school districts is offering healthy food options. Many parents are concerned about the high obesity rates for children. They want to know that healthy food options are at least available. This extends even into extracurricular activities like sports and the foods that are offered at concession stands.

There are other reasons to offer healthy options at the school concession stands too. Many families are very busy and the sports concession stand may provide the family meal for the evening. Having healthy choices will give people more to choose from than just the usual burgers and hot dogs.

Providing consideration for people with dietary restrictions is also another reason to offer a variety of foods. Offering lighter options for those on weight loss diets, dairy free items and vegetarian options will be a welcome change for some of your sports fans.
Here’s seven tips for having a healthier school sports concession stand fundraiser:

1. Offer deli sandwiches in addition to burgers
2. Have light mayo and other condiments available
3. Offer granola bars and dried fruit bars
4. Sell Baked Lays and Sun-chips in addition to other chip brands
5. If your stand has ice cream bars, also have dairy free fruit bars or sorbet
6. Offer trail mix in addition to other snacks
7. Veggie lovers Pizza in addition to pizza with meat

Concession stands are a great school sports fundraiser that has been a tradition in many schools. Your concession stand can be unique by offering a variety of foods – including healthy food options.

About the Author
Angela Costas enjoys helping school groups find fundraisers.  She is a frequent writer for a site that provides many free fundraising ideas including school spirit, school carnivals and much more.

Cookie Dough Fundraisers – 5 Ways to Earn More

The goal of every school fundraiser is obviously to earn money for a particular school or organization. While there are many great fundraising options available, one of the most popular is the cookie dough fundraiser. In this fundraiser students take orders from family and friends for tubs of delicious premade cookie dough. The orders are then turned in and tubs of the dough are delivered and distributed. Here are five helpful tips to help you earn more profit on your next cookie dough fundraiser.

Choose the Right Provider

The fundraising company that you work with will largely determine the amount of profit that your school can earn on a cookie dough fundraiser. Often these companies set a particular profit margin that will be given for each item you sell. Generally you can earn profits ranging from 30%-50% per sale. The amount you will earn will depend on the company you choose. Find a company that will provide you with the highest profits available. Be sure to ask about fees, shipping charges and other expenses as these can cut into a fundraiser’s profitability. Call a few school fundraising companies and compare profit margins before you make your final choice.

Sell Large Amounts

Of course with any fundraising venture, the more you sell the more you earn. However, in cookie dough fundraisers this principle is true in more ways that just one. Most companies will offer you a percentage of each sale. This percentage will fluctuate depending on the amount of product that you are able to move. For example if you sell 100 tubs of dough you might earn 30% and if you sell 1,000 tubs of dough you might earn 50%. Selling more cookie dough secures you a higher profit margin in addition to the earnings that you make with each item sold. Finding ways to sell more can really increase profits.

Reduce Losses

Losses are a part of fundraising, but keeping them to a minimum is important to your profits. Make sure that you plan ahead to reduce potential losses. For example once the cookie dough is delivered it will need to be stored in a refrigerated area. If this isn’t possible you will need coolers. Plan for storage of the dough and find efficient ways to distribute it so that you can limit the amount of dough that cannot be used.

Appeal to Teachers and Support Staff

Many school fundraisers expect the students to handle all of the selling, but if you reach out to others that have an interest in the school you may be able to earn more. Encourage teachers, school staff and others to participate in your fundraiser. You may even want to ask parents to play an active role in the fundraising process. The more people that sell, the more you will earn. Parents, teachers and other adults often have more connections than children and may be able to sell more effectively.

Hold More Than One

While one cookie dough fundraiser can be profitable, two is even better. Remember that some people would love to make a purchase and support your school, but are financially not able to do so at the time of your fundraiser. Others love the cookie dough you sell, but can only use so much before it expires. Hosting multiple fundraisers allows you to reach more customers and will increase your profits.

While earning money is an important part of fundraising, remember that it isn’t the only goal. Take this opportunity to teach students and encourage them while earning the money that your school needs.

About the Author
The Goodies Factory fundraising company specializes in cookie dough fundraising. In fact, we make our own cookie dough in our FDA inspected facilities. We have over five different cookie brochures, over 15 gift brochures, over 20 types of lollipops and Dollar and Hershey’s candy bars. We also have an extensive prize program which includes daily prize programs and grand prizes like limo lunch and bouncy house.

TFN News: The Goodies Factory has a new web site

The Goodies Factory just announced that they have launched a redesign of their website.  “After many years of our old design, we have selected a fresh new design that will help improve our customer experience finding and selecting fundraisers. All of our same great fundraising brochures are easily findable on our improved website. We also improved our candy bar and lollipop shopping cart.” Click here to view the new site.


Why use Yummy Jerky for your next fundraiser?

If you want great results for your fundraiser, you want to sell something that people want and/or need.  It should be something that people can use anywhere.  Yummy Jerky fits the description.  They not only provide jerky for schools, churches and other groups, they are also perfect for active groups.  Take a look at their latest press release.  (For more details about Yummy Jerky’s fundraiser: click here.)


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Excellent customer service is of the highest concern to the team at  97% of the orders are shipped within 24 hours from their main location in Niceville, FL.   The exceptions being while at a show or while waiting for more perfect jerky to be made. The website also offers an interactive blog and an upcoming events list to get to know the YummyJerky team better.

Payment options are broad ranging from PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diner’s Club, MONEYBOOKERS and the newest addition of Google Checkout. is certified safe from and is secured with a SSL Certificate. also offers various fundraising opportunities for your non-profit, church, school, booster, athletic team, charity or any organization that needs to raise funds, INCLUDING OUR POPULAR NO COST PROGRAM!

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Going Nuts for Fundraisers

With the growing obesity epidemic in the United States, it isn’t hard to understand why many locations are urging groups and organizations to use healthy fundraisers instead of more traditional ones. Therefore, The Fundraising Network has compiled a list of a number of fundraising companies who offer these healthy alternatives. In addition, we are bringing you this series of posts here on The Fundraising Site to help you know more.

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to attend a weekend seminar with Dr. Dick Couey. Dr. Dick Couey is professor emeritus of Health Sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His area of specialty is Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine, and nutrition. He is a former member of the President’s Commission of Physical Fitness and Sports, and served as a consultant for the U.S. Olympic team. Dr. Couey has written over 20 books on wellness and his expertise in keynote presentations is sought after worldwide. He has appeared on various TV and radio programs at home and abroad and is considered a master teacher.

Dr. Couey discussed the need for healthy omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. I was amazed at the way our bodies use omega-3’s to reduce inflammation and prevent diseases. Increasing omega-3’s can include minimizing processed foods and including as many whole or raw foods (fruits and vegetables) as possible.

One of the sources of omega-3’s is nuts. There are plenty of nuts available in various snack fundraisers, but not all snack fundraisers are created the same. Many of them contain processed foods such as pretzels. However, there are plenty of healthy, nut fundraising packs, and we found some of them.

All Star 1 Fundraising

  • Sesame Treat – Sesame sticks, blanched peanuts, redskin peanuts, cashews and almonds
  • Taste of the Tropics – A trail mix treat filled with healthy flavors of tropical dried fruits (pineapple, papaya, dates, coconut, banana chips) and almonds, walnuts and pecan
  • Student Mix – Protein-packed lunch box or afternoon snack with roasted peanuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, almonds and raisins
  • Natural Snacks – Lots of things your body needs and loves – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, soybeans and peanuts

TK Fundraising &

  • Smart Snacks – Smart Snacks features 12 items which include: Cashew Halves, Cranberry Trail mix, Say Cheese mix, Hot n spicy peanuts, Hawaiian Delight mix, Mixed nuts, Cashew snack mix, Salsa Mix, Honey Roasted pnuts, Sugar free candy, Fruity trail mix, and Roasted & Salted Almonds.

  • Bean Soup, Chili, Pasta and Dessert Mixes – While this particular fundraiser does not include nuts, we found offers “Bean Soup, Chili, Pasta and Dessert Mixes – 29 of the most delicious, hand-crafted bean soup, chili, pasta, quick bread and dessert mixes from the foodcrafters at Purely American.”  In addition to high-fiber, low-fat dried beans and grains, advertises that their products are all Natural, have No MSG or artificial ingredients, and they offer traditional mixes that include recipes with vegetarian options.

When looking for healthy snack fundraisers, pay attention to what is included in the package. Some packages contain nuts but may be high in salt or have unhealthy choices mixed in as well. Dried fruits can be healthy, but make sure they are not coated with processed sugars.

There are plenty of healthy choices for fundraisers, and they are not hard to find. In addition to nuts and certain gourmet food fundraisers, you might also consider fruit fundraisers as well.

Fruit Fundraisers: Selling Full/Half vs. Large/Small Boxes

In our continuing series about healthy fundraising, The Fundraising Network has been discussing Ortanique fundraisers, a fruit fundraising opportunity that can help groups raise as much as $10,000 or more.  In their ortanique fundraising program, Parker Indian River Groves helps groups maximize their profit by selling full and half boxes rather than large/small.

Most groups simply sell large (40 lbs.) and small (20 lbs.) boxes of fruit.  This is the simplest method as all the fruit comes in exactly the size to be delivered.  However, what if you could increase your profit from $10 to $11 per box.  That’s an additional $1000 profit per full truckload!

When you sell both large and small boxes, you order exactly what you need of each size.  With the suggested markup of $10 per box, you make $10 per box.  Let’s create a hypothetical example.

Large Navel Orange
Your Cost:  $18.00
You Charge:  $28.00
Your Profit:  $10.00

Small Navel Orange
Your Cost:  $10.00
You Charge:  $20.00
Your Profit:  $10.00

Notice above that the small boxes are ½ the price of the large plus $1.00.  Essentially, you are paying an extra dollar for the cardboard to package the small boxes.  A dollar doesn’t sound like much until you think about it being $1.00 per box, what if you could put that $1.00 per box back in your pocket?

Sell Full and Half Boxes – more profitable

A full box is the same size as a large box.  A half box is the same size as a small box.  Instead of selling people “large” and “small,” offer them a full box or a half box.  The reason you offer them a half box is because you are going to order only large boxes from Parker Indian River Groves.  For those who want a half box, you are simply going to split the box yourself when the fruit arrives.  Therefore, for every 2 half boxes for your customers, you order one large box from Parker.

Now look at your profit per box offering the same amount of fruit at the same prices.

Large Navel Orange
Your Cost:  $18.00
You Charge:  $28.00
Your Profit:  $10.00

Small Navel Orange
Your Cost:  2 halves for $18.00
You Charge:  $20.00 each
Your Profit:  $11.00 per half

You are still selling the customer the same amount of fruit for the same price.  However, by decreasing your cost you have increased your profit.  It’s a great way to make much more money with just a minimal amount of extra work!

Ortanique Fundraisers

With the growing obesity epidemic in the United States, it isn’t hard to understand why many locations are urging groups and organizations to use healthy fundraisers instead of more traditional ones.  Therefore, The Fundraising Network  has compiled a list of a number of fundraising companies who offer these healthy alternatives.  In addition, we are bringing you this series of posts here on The Fundraising Site to help you know more.

What is an Ortanique?

The ortanique is unique hybrid of an orange and tangerine. According to Jamaican folklore, it developed with the help of a pair of lovebirds – one living in an orange tree, the other in a tangerine tree.  Ortaniques are bright orange, incredibly juicy and are only available March through mid-April.  If you are wondering what an ortanique tastes like, it is much like a navel orange with a very slight tangy taste to it.  The flavor is rich and sweet.  Their shape is round but slightly flattened (like a tangerine), and they section very easily.

How do you do an Ortanique fundraiser?

An ortanique fundraising campaign can be incredibly profitable and not complicated though it does take some work.  It is handled much as a traditional truckload fruit fundraiser, but since the delivery date must be in March, sales must be done in January and early February.  Begin taking orders for boxes of fruit (full and half sizes) in January.  Turn in your order halfway into February.  The fruit is delivered on a refrigerated truck in March. (Check back in a few days to learn why we recommend selling full and half boxes rather than large and small.)

Perhaps the biggest drawback for most fundraising groups is the size requirement.  You need to be a large group because you will need to order 500 boxes of fruit just to meet the minimum.  Generally, that requires 100 or more participants selling the fruit.  However, there is an alternative.  In some areas, several small groups work together to sell the fruit.  By working together, they meet the minimum and can meet with great success.

How much money do you raise?

The standard profit on any fruit fundraiser should be about $10 per box if your group sells a full truckload (1000 boxes).  The profit could be slightly less if you sell less than a truckload since the shipping still has to be covered.  In other words, sell a full truck and you stand to make as much as $10,000 depending on your supplier.

Which supplier should you use?

We suggest using a Florida grove that grows their own ortaniques.  Most Ortaniques are grown in Jamaica.  There are very few Florida fruit companies who are able to grow them.  One that stands out is Parker Indian River Groves who have their own groves of ortaniques.