CharityMania Fundraisers: Catch the wave that is sweeping the country!

CharityMania - Unique Fundraisers Based on Your Favorite Sport

The Fundraising Network had the opportunity to speak with a very unique fundraising provider recently.  Dr. Neil Quinn and his daughter, Michele Hannemann, head up an organization named “CharityMania,” a unique sweepstakes fundraiser based on the excitement of professional and college sports.  They help schools, churches, sports teams and other organizations across the U.S. raise the funds that they need.

Dr. Quinn’s history leading to this endeavor is an interesting one that we will leave to another day.  For now, we want to share the information we learned when we talked with Dr. Quinn and Mrs. Hannemann.  (We have included links to supporting information as well.)

You describe your fundraiser using words such as “great,” “unique,” and “new.”  Why these words?

CharityMania provides unique sweepstakes fundraisers based on the excitement of professional and college sports. The organization sells CharityMania Tickets to raise money and keeps 70% as profit (no matter how many tickets they sell!).  Selling is typically easy because of the prizes.  Ticket holders receive a great collection of digital music and are entered into a sweepstakes where they can win $1000s in cash prizes based on the results of the sports teams printed on their sweepstakes game cards.

It’s perfectly suited for organizations who are tired of selling the same old stuff.  CharityMania’s flagship event is the FootballMania fundraiser but we have other unique fundraisers as well.

What type of organizations use CharityMania fundraisers?

CharityMania started running their FootballMania fundraiser for several churches and catholic schools about 20 years ago.  Today they work with hundreds of catholic schools and churches across the country, and their customers also include sports teams and leagues, booster clubs, police and fire departments, cheerleading teams, cancer research groups… you name it.  CharityMania fundraisers work well for ANY size organization.

What makes a CharityMania sweepstakes fundraiser so unique and different?

Bigger profits

You make 70% profit for every CharityMania Ticket you sell. This makes CharityMania fundraisers great for any size organization. Sell 10 tickets, or 10,000 tickets… you make 70% profit on every sale!

It’s unique

If you’re tired of expensive and time intensive fundraisers like cookie dough, scented candles, and gift wrap, CharityMania is the answer. There is no inventory to manage or orders to fulfill, and everyone enjoys playing along with their sweepstakes game cards each week of the fundraiser.

It will expand your fundraising reach

Everyone loves music, sports and the chance to win prize money, all of which are key elements of a CharityMania fundraiser. As a result, people whom you never thought would support your organization are now interested in participating and supporting your cause.

How does it work?

It’s probably easiest to use CharityMania’s most popular FootballMania fundraiser as an example.  Your organization sells CharityMania Tickets for $20, and you keep $14 profit on each and every ticket you sell.  Ticket holders receive a great collection of digital music along with a sweepstakes game card where they get to play along for all 17 weeks of the professional football season and win cash prizes each week depending on how the teams printed on their game card perform.  Any tickets you don’t sell can simply be thrown away after the start of the fundraiser!  CharityMania will let you know each week of the season which game cards won and CharityMania will cover all the prize money.  You can see a ticket and read about it on our web site at https://www.charitymania.com/ticketexample.aspx

You talk about the prizes – digital music and cash prizes.  Can you explain more about that?

Everyone loves prizes.  It’s part of what makes the cards easy to sell.  Participants receive digital music from CharityStudio.  Each CharityMania ticket typically has an “access code” located in the top right corner.  To access the CharityStudio and download music, the ticket owner simply enters a valid CharityStudio “access code.”  As far as how the cash prizes work, our YouTube video makes it very easy to understand.

(Note from TFN:  CharityMania has their own YouTube Channel where you can get all sorts of info.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/user/charitymania/videos  In addition, you can learn more about CharityStudio at: https://www.charitymania.com/ClubLogin.aspx )

Is it just for football?

No.  We have a number of different CharityMania fundraisers based on sports throughout the year.  There are three for FootballMania (including pro and college ball), FootballMania Supermatch (based on the “Big Game”), two for BaseballMania, HoopsMania using college basketball, HockeyMania, RacingMania and even GolfMania.

Given the number of sports we have, we are expecting that if groups haven’t heard of us yet, they will soon!

Is it complicated to manage?

No!  CharityMania prides itself on how easy it is to run one of their fundraisers.

How much money can my organization raise?

Holy Family School in Illinois raised over $69,000.  Wilson Park Youth Baseball in Wisconsin raised over $61,000.  Washington Township Parks & Rec Programs in New Jersey raised almost $40,000.  How much you raise depends on how many people you have selling CharityMania tickets.  Most organizations give each person 10 to 20 tickets to sell.  At $14 profit for each ticket sold, you’ll find that a CharityMania fundraiser will get you to your goal much faster and easier than other fundraisers.

What about organizations who live in areas that can’t afford a $20 price point?

Depending on the time of year and which CharityMania fundraiser a group wants to do, we have some that cost less.  The lower cost cards don’t provide as much profit, but the group still has the potential to raise significant sums of money.

When are these fundraisers available?

Sports are available throughout the year, so CharityMania fundraisers run all throughout the year as well.  No matter what time of year you are needing to fundraise, CharityMania is sure to have a fundraiser for you.

A Final Thought from The Fundraising Network

After learning more about CharityMania from Dr. Quinn, Mrs. Hanneman and from reading their web sites, we were impressed by the profit potential of the CharityMania fundraiser and the widespread appeal given the love for sports shared by many people.  In a nutshell, if you want to raise money – possibly large sums — using a very unique and new fundraiser, this just might be the perfect fundraiser for your group.

If you want more information about CharityMania, visit their website at http://www.charitymania.com or contact them directly by phone (888-909-9994) or email: inquiry@charitymania.com

7 Reasons NOT to Have a Youth Group Bake Sale

Many youth groups plan bake sales to support their programs, summer camp or trips.  Everyone likes cookies and cupcakes, so why not have a bake sale?  While a bake sale might sound like a good idea, here are 7 reasons why may not be the best idea.

1. Bake Sale Item Prices – Bake sale items are typically priced quite low.  After all, you can only charge so much for a little zippy bag of cookies.  Prices generally range from 50 cents to $10 for a cake.  So unless they give an extra donation, each person who makes a purchase is contributing a very small amount.

2. Impossible Volume – Considering the low price point of items, your church youth group would have to do a lot of baking to come up with enough items to generate a good income at the end of the day.  With baked goods it’s just not possible.

3. Potential Funds Raised –Unless you only need to raise $100 or less your group is not likely to reach it’s goal with a bake sale.  Why would you spend so much effort on something that produces so little results?

4. Too Much Work – Anyone who’s ever baked items for a sale (and I have) knows how much work it is.  It may take all afternoon to bake a few dozen cookies and cupcakes.  At best your hard work will fetch the organization $10-20.  Was it really worth it?

5. Perishable Foods – Baked goods need to be sold the day of the sale.  If bad weather, a low crowd or something else thwarts the bake sale, you can’t save them for later.

6. Too Many Fundraisers –Because bake sales generate such a low amount of income for the group, it becomes just one more fundraiser people are asked to participate in.  After awhile even people who support your group will get tired of being asked.

7. Divides Your Efforts – Because your youth group is spending time on the bake sale, it is taking time away from fundraisers that could be more profitable. Why not focus all of your efforts on one or two fundraisers that will produce much more results?

Instead of wasting time with a bake sale, find a fundraiser that is the best match for your church youth group.  An effective fundraiser is appealing to a wide majority of your supporters, brings in the most amount of money compared to the effort and doesn’t cost more than is appropriate.

There are a variety of great fundraising ideas…bake sales are just not one of them!

About the Author
Sandra Sims is dedicated to helping groups raise more for their causes. She is the publisher of StepByStepFundraising.com a website that features the best fundraising options including a list of the Top 5 Event Fundraisers.

The Greatest Incentive

Sponsors of The Fundraising Network provide us with a wealth of information and ideas about fundraising.  I was speaking with All Star 1 Fundraising today, and he told me about what motivates his groups that do fundraising — profits. Here is what he had to say.

The very best fundraiser incentive which is far superior to all other fundraising incentives are fundraisers with huge or high profit fundraising!!!

All Star 1 Fund Raising, offers a total of (8) high profit fundraisers with up to 60% profit fundraising.  That’s up to $7.80 profit per item depending on which fundraiser you do!  All other incentives offered by other fundraising companies such as inexpensive gadgets, trinkets, toys, electronic or high-tech games or merchandise will never compare with our 50% or 60% high profit fundraisers!!!

You can take just a small amount of your profit and buy a ‘whale-of-a-lot’ of fundraising incentives and, still at the same time retain more profit than you would make with the companies that only give you 40% profit.

Look at it this way.  It doesn’t matter what percentage of profit you make.  It all comes down to how many dollars you raise when everything is done.  It is based on how much you make per sale and how many items you sell.  Ultimately, the more you sell, the more you make, and more money made per item means more money raised.

Great incentives provide motivation for your group members to sell.  Think of it this way.  If you were a 6th grader, would you be more motivated to meet a particular sales quota if you were going to receive a cheap radio or a brand new ipod?  There are plenty of cheap “prizes” that many fundraising companies bring in from China as incentives.  What if you made more profit and used a little of it to provide fantastic incentives?  Here are a couple of examples.

You can make $10,000 selling 1000 boxes of fruit with Parker Indian River Groves.  You can offer your three top sellers a brand new XBox360 or your top 4 sellers a brand new Wii and still keep $9000 in your pocket.  Your first thought might be, “But that takes almost $1000 out of our pocket!”  However, how many items would your group have sold without those incentives?  $1000 represents the money from the sale of 100 boxes of fruit.  If your group members sold 100+ boxes more than they would have sold without the incentives, then spending the $1000 makes great sense.  Otherwise, your total amount brought home would be much less without the incentives.

Let’s use All Star 1’s example.  Let’s say that you sell $13 items.  You percentage of profit with many companies would only be 40% — about $5.20 per item.  With All Star 1, you make 60% which comes to $7.80 per item.  If you sell 1000 items, you’d make $5200 with the 40% company and $7800 with the 60% company.  If you are making 60%, you sell the same number of items, use $1000 of your profits to provide really awesome incentives and still make $1600 more than with the 40% company.

(Please note that the above examples are only for demonstration purposes.  They are not actual promises of particular profit amounts.  You need to check with your fundraising company for real profit amounts.)

Summary

All this can be a little confusing, so here’s a quick summary.

  1. Rather than considering the percentage of profit, consider the actual money made per item sold.
  2. Figure how much more money can be made by providing great incentives out of your profits that truly motivate your group members to sell than by just settling for the cheap “prizes” that many fundraising companies provide.
  3. If you can make more money by motivating your members with fantastic incentives that you provide out of your profits, then choose to make more money!

All of this can be a little daunting when you first think about it, but take some time to think about how you can make the most money from your fundraiser.  While providing your own incentives may seem like it may be costing you profits, you might find that they actually help you raise more.  The key is finding the fundraising company that pays you more so that the cost of the incentives is covered.

Top 5 Fun Fundraisers

Some of the best fundraisers are just plain fun. When you are looking for fundraising ideas, finding a program that participants will enjoy will boost your success.

Here is a short list of unique, fun fundraiser ideas to get you started. These are great for schools, but you can modify these ideas for a office, church or other setting, too.

1. Kiss a Pig – We did this one back in high school, and it was a big hit. The students’ favorite (or least favorite) teachers are persuaded to join in. Jars with each teachers name are placed in a prominent location in the school. Which ever teacher has received the most money by a given date has to “kiss the pig” in a school assembly. Find out exactly how a high school raised money with this event.

2. Singing Telegrams – This fundraiser idea is great for school or church choirs. Buyers select the song, recipient and any special message. Singers visit the recipient in their class to give the telegram. This one is great for Valentines Day.

3. Goofy Olympics – Pick fun and silly games for an “Olympics” day. Participants pay an entry fee per game or for the whole day. Prizes (donated) are given to winners of each contest or game. Combine this program with food booths for more fun and profits.

4. Pie and cake auction – The cooks and the sweet lovers in your group will enjoy this fundraiser idea! Ask for donations of cakes and pies. Label each dessert with the name of the dessert and the cook. Ask your most humorous and charismatic person to be the auctioneer who can entertain the crowd and boost the auction prices.

5. World’s Longest Banana Split – You don’t have to beat any records to have fun at this event. This fun fundraiser is tasty to boot. Sell tickets in advance, at a set price per person, for all you can eat banana splits. A suggested price is $3 per ticket. Have drink booths set up separately.

Plastic gutters, found at any hardware store, are cleaned and/or lined with foil to provide your banana boats. Set these up on tables or sawhorses. Have volunteers set up at various points on the line to add bananas, ice cream, and toppings. Have a gun shot, or loud speaker announcement as the starting time.

To boost the proceeds for this event, ask members of your organization to donate supplies ahead of time. Purchase all remaining supplies, bananas and ice cream the day before the event.

About the Author

Sandra Sims has been fundraising for various charities for over 10 years. She is the publisher of Step By Step Fundraising newsletter, which will help you get maximum results from your charity fundraising campaign. To get a free copy of the special report “The 5 Keys to Successful Fundraising” visit StepByStepFundraising.com

Event Fundraising Ideas

Katherine, Editor – Skratchers Fundraising Insider

1- Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Fundraising Event
Food is always a good fundraiser so try a fundraising breakfast, lunch or dinner event. Keeping it simple is best. A hotdog event fundraiser is a great way to start. Have your local grocer donate the hotdogs, buns, condiments, chips and pop. Set up in a busy area, even the parking lot of your grocer. You can use a propane BBQ or boiler for the cooking. Offer up a package deal like “1 hotdog, bag of chips and can of pop for only $3!” This way you can raise more, faster. Important: Be sure to thank your grocer by giving them recognition for their food donation.

2- Car Wash
A car wash is a great service and event fundraising idea for all those car loving people out there. Get your group volunteers together and pick a central location with high car traffic. Make sure you have room for cars to line up and have a few hoses going so you can wash more than one car at a time. As an added fundraiser sell some snacks and beverages to car owners. Be sure to have enough chairs and shade for your car owners to sit while they wait.

3- Recycled Bottle / Can Drive
Recycling is an excellent fundraising idea for our times. Raise money and do well for the environment. Let your community know that they can drop off their refundable bottles and cans at a central location. Your group will handle the sorting and keep the refunds. A nickel or dime may not seem like much but if this fundraiser is well publicized, all that plastic, glass and aluminum will add up quick. To raise more and as an added incentive / service to your community, you can go door to door to pick their refundable bottles and cans.

4- Bake Sale
Bake sales are always a favorite event fundraiser even though it isn’t the “newest idea”. Why? Well because home baked goodies can’t be beat, and some community members’ love baking and sharing with others. It’s recommended to not have these too often though, so try spreading them throughout the year. Here’s a great tip: Bake some scrumptious cookies using the cookie dough from a popular cookie dough fundraising brochure and make sure to have your order book ready to sell from and raise extra money.

5- Book Sale
Book sales are another old favorite fundraiser. People are sure to donate books they are done reading and people will be sure to buy them as a good read and a good cause. Ask people to drop off their unwanted books or better yet just go door to door. If you find your fundraiser has left over books you may even want to donate them to a hospital, shelter or seniors home.

6- Lawn / Garage Sale
Most everyone thinks about clearing out “stuff” from their attic or garage, well here they can do well too. Have a Lawn sale fundraiser where your community donates items they are willing to let your group sell. Then your group picks a central location to hold your fundraising lawn sale. Once again be sure to publicize this well in advance and many times.

7- Rubber Duck Race
This event fundraiser is fun and can get kids involved. All you need to do is get the rubber ducks or any other fun thing that can float. Have them numbered to match tickets you sell to supporters. Make sure your event is publicized so you can have a fun turnout on the day of the race at your local stream or body of water. The first duck to cross the finish line wins a prize that was donated by a local sponsor.

8- Auction
The most common way of doing an auction fundraiser is to have collectibles such as pro-athlete or celebrity signed items (jersey, baseball, bat or hockey stick, movie poster, video tape or DVD) up for sale. Your local pro-sports team or celebrities are usually willing to do this for a good cause. Have fun and be creative with the items up for auction.

9- Night At The Races
Not actually gambling, “a night at the races” is a fun, new way to have an exiting fundraising event. As recreation and meant for fun, people watch a pre-taped horse race and bet and win “funny money”. Raffles are usually drawn throughout the event. What you need to get started, including the videotape, race program and race tickets are all provided by companies like “A Nite At The Races”.

10- Bingo Night
Bingo nights are always popular so try a Bingo night fundraiser. Do it during the same time as a normal bingo does it; sell cards and call numbers in your school gym or church basement. Instead of money for prizes, give away items donated from local businesses and be sure to give them the recognition. As always, good publicity will make your bingo night fundraiser a success.


About the Author

The Skratchers team has 12 years experience in fundraising and has been providing fundraisers through the Internet for 6 years. To request your free Spring 2005 fundraising kit go to Free Skratchers Sample Kit or call toll free at 1-888-800-9506. Visit www.Skratchers.com.

5 Fundraising Event Ideas

Is your school or non profit organization looking for fundraising event ideas? There are a variety of fun events that are easy to organize and will attract support for your group.

Here are 5 fundraising event ideas for you to consider:

1. Murder Mystery Party – A murder mystery party is a fun small gathering held in someone’s home or can be held at a banquet room of a hotel or restaurant. The Murder Mystery game takes about three hours to play, including dinner. Guests assume the roles of characters in the plot, and at the end the killer – or killers – is revealed

2. Pie and cake auction – The cooks and the sweet lovers in your group will enjoy this fun fundraiser idea! Ask for donations of cakes and pies. Label each dessert with the name of the dessert and the cook. Ask your most humorous and charismatic person to be the auctioneer who can entertain the crowd and boost the auction prices.

3. Trivia Night – Trivia nights are informal, fun, competitions where teams battle to see who has the greatest knowledge of matters trivial. General knowledge and trivial interest questions are asked by a trivia host and the winners are the team which, at the end of the night, have correctly answered the most number of questions. Funds are raised through game entry tickets, food sales, sponsorships and additional fundraisers like raffles.

4. Ice Cream Social – Just about everyone likes ice cream! Host an ice cream social event for your organization. You can charge a flat fee, price per ice cream scoop or just set out a jar and ask for donations.

5. Pizza Party – This is a twist on the usual fundraiser dinner. Decide if you would like to make this a pizza buffet, set a limit on the number of slices per person, or actually sell the pizza “by the slice.” You could also do a combination of set menu and “by the slice.”

With a little creativity your organization will come up with a great fundraising event idea that will be fun and raise money for your cause!


About the Author

Sandra Sims has been fundraising for various charities for over 10 years. She is the publisher of Step By Step Fundraising newsletter, which will help you get maximum results from your charity fundraising campaign. To get a free copy of the special report “The 5 Keys to Successful Fundraising” visit StepByStepFundraising.com