Five Star Fundraising’s Choice for Holiday Shops for Schools

The holidays are just a few short months away, and they provide a fantastic opportunity for an elementary school fundraiser:  a holiday shop.  There are a number of shops from which to choose, but the one that Five Star Fundraising likes best is the Lil’ Shoppers Shop.

Holiday Shop from Five Star Fundraising
During the holiday season, parents can rest assured that their children will shop in a safe, non-commercial setting. Teachers love it… Your faculty can teach their students about budgeting and spending wisely at the school holiday gift store, and emphasize the joy of giving.

Lil’ Shoppers Shop is an in-school holiday shopping program that has been around for 35 years.  As a family-owned business, they have helped literally thousands of volunteers raise money for their school or organization.

Lil’ Shoppers Shop is simple and straightforward. Choose your preferred dates to run your shop. This fundraiser then gives you everything you need to run a successful holiday shop from posters to parent letters to gift bags. They also provide pre-priced tent cards, box inventory sheets, closing sale sheet, and they all have pictures of items to make set up, shopping and closing your holiday shop easy!

The Shop features over 110 quality holiday gift items carefully priced within a child’s budget ranging from a pocket change to $10.00. Most of the gifts are around $3. What’s good about this shop is your child can buy gift items for their whole family as well as their friends.

Features Of Lil’ Shopper’s Shop

One of the best features of Lil’ Shoppers Shop is that it is risk-free.  All items are on consignment.  After the fundraiser is over, return the unsold merchandise (no freight charges).  There are no hidden costs.  You pay after the sale is over!

The gifts are considered top quality and are approved by Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). There is something for everyone. Of course, they are priced for kids as well.  You can see the gifts available here.

This elementary school fundraiser is convenient too.  There’s no door-to-door selling or your child asking the same people to buy something from them again.  Instead, parents appreciate that (1) the entire fundraiser is in-school so the children are safe and under adult supervision, and (2) it doesn’t add something else to their to-do list.

Lil’ Shoppers Shop is versatile as well.  You can set your own prices.  This allows you to make more profit.

Other Benefits of Lil’ Shoppers Shop

Lil' Shopper's ShoppeNo one wants the same stuff year after year.  That’s why Lil’ Shoppers Shop provides a complete new line of holiday gifts every year. You’re not getting closeouts or fundraising overstocks. If your inventory gets low or runs out, you get free UPS Next Day Air Reorders. In fact, you can place your reorder every day of your sale.  Using the custom Chairperson Web Site, you can track inventory, re-orders and invoices 24 hours a day.

To make purchases easy, the merchandise is price-coded so you don’t have to look up the price of each item.  The program also provides you with a Cash Register App!  It runs on Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and Android, but you can also access it online from any internet-enabled computer, tablet or smart phone.

There are even guarantees. There is a $5.00 guarantee to make sure every child will get exactly what they want for holidays. They provide a 100% Product satisfaction Guarantee.  In fact, broken and damaged items can be replaced, and you can even get a refund for any reason.

There’s one final benefit that you will definitely want to know.  If you sign up early, you can choose a sign-up BONUS!

Make your students jolly this holiday season! Call Five Star Fundraising toll free for more information — 1-877-699-7807.  Ask for Matt and tell him The Fundraising Network sent you.

*Photos used with permission by Five Star Fundraising

Origin of Christmas Wreaths

Merry Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraising
Merry Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraising
Merry Christmas wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraising

In our series about Christmas Wreath fundraising, Christmas Forest has been fantastic. They provided us with an overview of their program, tips for choosing the right Christmas wreath (your customers will need these tips), their history, and also about how their method actually helps sustain and improve the growth of the trees that they use.  We thought it only fitting that we share the origin of Christmas Wreaths as provided by Christmas Forest.

Origin of Christmas Wreaths

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.

“A Fried-Turkey Fundraiser,” Say What?!

How to do a turkey fundraiser

Amazingly, Thanksgiving weekend is only about six weeks away. Many individuals, families, schools, and groups, among others, engage in fundraising activities around Thanksgiving time to provide Thanksgiving meals to the homeless, shut-ins, and needy people of all ages around the U.S.
Holding a fried-turkey fundraiser is a very “out of the box” idea but merits serious consideration by your group or organization.

There are several very important tips, however, which should be observed when planning such an event. www.Easy-Fundraising-Ideas.com  has developed a few recommendations which are very important:

  1. The location should be easily accessible. If, for example, parents are planning to hold a school fundraiser, the school cafeteria would be the best place to do so given the large amount of table space and ease of access to kitchen facilities. If the fundraiser is to benefit some other type of group or organization, a community center could well be the best place to hold the event.
  2. Good advertising fuels the success of a fried-turkey fundraising event. Brochures, fliers, letters, newsletters, social media, and word of mouth all form effective ways of publicizing the event. Advertising should be started well in advance of the event and should be done consistently.
  3. The group or organization sponsoring the event should ensure that several cooks would be available to fry the turkeys and to prepare all the other fixings that go along with Thanksgiving dinners. The cooking of the turkeys and the preparation of all the trimmings would be very time consuming so the cooks and helpers should be prepared to start very early and to work all day.
  4. To raise more money, it’s a good idea to hold a raffle during the fried-turkey fundraising event.

In sum, plan the fried-turkey fundraiser well in advance, ensure that a sufficient amount of advertising is done on a regular basis, make sure that an adequate number of cooks and kitchen helpers would be available the entire day of the event, and be sure that the event venue is easy to access and that it has adequate kitchen facilities and a sufficient number of seats and tables for the guests in attendance.

Here are a few more suggestions you may want to seriously consider.

Keep the Important Parts Primary. The bulk of the income usually comes from the sale of the turkeys. While raffles and other games can result in additional income during the event, be sure to sign people up for the event by selling them turkeys. After all, if the people don’t come, you won’t have people there to participate in the raffle. If individuals buy turkeys prior to the event, they are more likely to have a “sense of ownership” relative to the fundraiser and are more likely to attend.

Keep It Simple. The more complicated it gets, the more work it is.

Have a Coordinator. Even if you have a group leading the event, one person needs to have the responsibility of coordinator. In addition to completing his or her own individual tasks, the coordinator’s responsibility is to make sure everyone is doing their part and that all tasks are done on time. The coordinator should also be the go-to person if questions arise during the event or if any snap decisions need to be made.

Delegate. One person cannot do it all – most of the time. Make a plan and break it down into steps. Assign a person to complete each part and follow up with them, on occasion, to see how they’re (he/she) doing and ask them if they have any questions or are having to tackle any problems in what they’re doing. Fundraising is much like project management which requires careful planning, delegation, follow up, a very positive attitude, and a willingness to make decisive decisions when necessary.

More Ideas for Your Turkey Fundraiser

If you want to get some other ideas for your fried turkey fundraiser, do a quick search on your favorite search engine for “fried turkey fundraiser.” You will find a number of groups providing details to their members. For example, in 2010, a group (“All Walks of Life”) sold turkeys, but they also made turkey snack packs available at the event for people who didn’t order a whole turkey. Dawnbusters (a Kiwanis group) used an online form for ordering. All Around the World Children’s Center didn’t do an event at all. They simply took the orders and had people come by and pick up their fried turkey. Get the idea? You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel.” Look at what others have done and get ideas for what you’d like to do.

Other Thanksgiving Fundraisers

By the way, a fried turkey fundraiser might not be the right fundraiser for your group. A wealth of other ideas concerning Thanksgiving Season fundraisers abound and a rich assortment of concepts for fundraisers year around exist.  Do a quick search of your favorite search engine or you might check  fundraising companies that offer multiple types of fundraisers, such as www.justfundraising.comwww.amazingfundraisers.net, and www.abcfundraising.com. Another source of Thanksgiving Fundraisers is the Holidays categories on The Fundraising Network.


About the Author

Dave S. Morse is a freelance writer/editor (published in the NY Times and other media) and serves as a community volunteer in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is also a strong social justice advocate. His years of experience in teaching as well as studies in Political Science (BS from Univ. of Oregon) and Public Administration Management (Masters from Univ. of Phoenix) give him both the passion and knowledge to help groups and underserved communities overcome their challenges.

Go Green by Fundraising with Christmas Forest

Christmas Wreath Fundraising from Christmas Forest
Rustic Wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraisers
Rustic Wreath from Christmas Forest Fundraisers

“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 History of Christmas Forest

Jazz A Tazz Wreath from Christmas Forest
Jazz A Tazz Wreath from Christmas Forest
Jazz A Tazz Wreath from Christmas Forest

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.

To see wreaths offered by Christmas Forest, you can check visit them at christmasforest.com, read the review we did about their fundraiser, or visit our Holiday Pinterest page.

Christmas Wreath Fundraising: Tips for Choosing a Christmas Wreath

Highlander Wreath from Christmas Forest
Highlander Wreath from Christmas Forest
Highlander Wreath from Christmas Forest

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:

Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest
Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest

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.

Art Deco Wreath from Christmas Forest
Art Deco Wreath from Christmas Forest

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.

Cross Wreath
Cross Wreath

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.

 


Special thanks to Christmas Forest for the information for this article. Groups of any size can easily use Christmas Forest for their fundraiser. Click here to read our review of Christmas Forest, or you can visit them at http://christmasforest.com.

 

Christmas Forest: A Perfect Holiday Fundraiser, but Contact Them Now

Christmas Forest Deluxe Wreath
Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest
Christmas Classic Wreath from Christmas Forest

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.

Spotlight on Sherwood Forest Farms

Today, The Fundraising Network is turning our Spotlight On Sherwood Forest Farms, a company that has been helping groups raise money since 1954.

Overview

Since 1954 Sherwood Forest Farms has provided a fun, easy and profitable holiday fundraiser for nonprofit organizations across the country. Selling our fresh wreaths, cedar garlands and other Christmas evergreens with our Profit With Evergreens® fundraising program is a proven success! Here’s why.

Experience

  • More than 55 years experience providing wreaths and evergreens to nonprofit organizations
  • Helpful, knowledgeable customer service team working for you and your wreath fundraiser
  • The Noble Fir in our fresh wreaths, centerpieces, and holiday swags is a fragrant, hearty fir that grows at a high altitude in the Cascade Mountains
  • Environmentally friendly harvesting of evergreens means no trees have been cut down, only trimmed to help keep the ecosystem healthy
  • We only sell to nonprofit organizations as a fundraiser.  We never compete with you by selling retail wreaths and evergreens

Ease

  • 100% Guaranteed fresh wreaths and evergreens
  • Fundraising sales tools for customers available on the website in My Account area
  • Free bags for evergreens, each item arrives already packaged in an easy to handle plastic bag
  • Easy to use tools for placing and tracking your nonprofit organizations’ order online
  • Free sample Christmas wreath available for display with just a phone call
  • Free sales materials provided once your group signs up for our wreath fundraiser
  • Two options to choose from for your Christmas fundraising program; The Complete Program or the Direct Delivery Program only

Profitability

  • At least $5-$8 profit on most wreaths and evergreens
  • Your nonprofit organization decides your own profit margin
  • Competitive pricing with no hidden costs
  • Shipping and handling is included in all prices, except Alaska and Hawaii
  • No risk to your group, items are pre-sold
  • Best profit return—it takes approximately 12 candy bars to get the same amount of profit you would get on one Christmas wreath

Your fundraising success is our goal!

Two Programs to Choose From

Sherwood Forest Farms keeps holiday fundraising simple and straightforward for you and your nonprofit organization. Our framework provides an easy way to run your wreath fundraiser, and you can enhance as needed to fit your group.
There are two options for utilizing our holiday fundraiser: Complete Program or Direct Delivery Program Only.
  • Complete Program: With the Complete Program, your group sells the case products and the direct delivery products.  There is a 10 case minimum and the cases go to your group to distribute to your customers.  Any amount of direct delivery items can be sold.  Cases are always sold in full case amounts, products cannot be mixed within the case, any orders for less than 10 cases incur a $40 charge and cases are still sold in full case amounts.
  • Direct Delivery Program Only: With the Direct Delivery Program Only, there is a 10 item minimum.  All the items are sold one at a time, packaged and shipped individually directly to the recipient.  Your group does not handle the evergreens and Christmas wreaths.

Customer Service Tools

We strive to provide all the resources needed for your nonprofit organization to run a successful Christmas wreath fundraiser. Our tools help you track profits, create your own customized flyers, and give you marketing ideas, checklists and organizing tools. Helping you run a fundraiser easily and efficiently is one of our goals.

Success Stories

School groups, scout groups, church groups and other nonprofit organizations use Sherwood Forest Farms year after year because their wreath fundraisers are successful and their customers enjoy the Christmas evergreens so much they ask for it every fall.  They have return customers who can’t wait for the evergreens sale every fall. Click here to read what our customers are saying.

Would you like to know more?

Free Information Packet

Let us send you a free and complete information packet. Your information packet will include:

  • Current Price List
  • Program Sign Up Form
  • An example of the Sales Materials that will be provided to your nonprofit organization
  • A letter briefly outlining how the wreath fundraiser works
  • A Guide for Profit With Evergreens® Fundraising
  • Enclosed in a folder for your convenience

Click here to fill out our information request form or give our office at call at 1-800-767-7778 to receive this free, no obligation, information packet. It contains all the information needed to discuss if your nonprofit would like to use our wreath fundraiser.

Contact Us

Have a question or need help with your wreath fundraiser? You can give our customer service team a call at 1-800-767-7778. Or click here to fill out our contact form to send us an email. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Sherwood Forest Farms
2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2170
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
Toll Free: 1-800-767-7778
Email: sherwood@sherwoodforestfarms.com

Successful Fundraising with Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments make a great fundraiser because everyone uses and cherishes them! Each year people unpack them and marvel at their treasures! They hold memories for us so they are a remarkable keepsake from which to fundraise.

First find a company that makes a custom ornament that is well done and that can be personalized especially for your church, school, or organization. There are ones made of brass, pewter, beveled glass, glass balls, etc. Choose one that will represent your group well and one that will stand the test of time. It is a more marketable idea to choose one that could be used all year round, for the Christmas tree as well as hanging in the window or on an ornament stand, and one that is profitable.

Next, make people aware of the unique, personalized ornament that is for sale. Show a sample along with a sign at meetings, before and after church or games, in a press release to the local newspaper, in the church bulletin, etc. Make sure you are where they are! Also make sure they know this is a limited time offer that is collectible and publicize the deadline. Realize that still you will probably get orders as you are selling or after selling is nearly finished. Plan on that and take orders anytime you can. Market to alumni of the church, school, or group too. Anniversaries and special events are great times to do an ornament fundraiser. You can also advertise that this is one of an annual series if you wish to do that. That will help build in a market for next year too.

If you do not sell all of the ornaments, you can market them later in the year. They also make wonderful gifts to visiting pastors or important organization visitors or thank yous to contributors.

Market a personalized Christmas ornament for your next fundraiser! Remember this works well ANY time of the year, not just at Christmas time. It is unique, original and profitable. It will be a memorable keepsake for your buyers.

About the Author

Wullbrandt opened in 1974 creating traditional leaded glass and fine woodworking. They soon added etched glass by sandblasting and then by using acid. Etching is their focus and specialty. Their niche continues to be designing and making distinctive glass pieces for fundraising groups who appreciate original artwork and want to offer a unique, memorable fundraiser that people desire. You can contact Wullbrandt studio on the web at www.wullbrandtstudio.com, by email at fundraisers@wullbrandtstudio.com, or by phone at (641) 456-3580.

Good Advice for First Time Fundraisers

Have you thought about doing a holiday fundraiser? There are a few things to keep in mind in order to maximize your fundraising results while making your task easier. No matter what fundraiser or company you choose, these 5 tips will help you get the most from your efforts.

1. Keep it Simple
The old adage “keep it simple” is very good advice, especially for first time fundraisers. Our most successful groups have learned to offer only 1 or 2 products.

2. Communication
The success of your project depends on having a clear understanding of what the vendor is promising your group and so it is essential to have good communication. Having a personal sales representative to answer your questions is invaluable.

3. Choose a Proven Company
Choose a fundraising company that has a proven record. Your group depends on the company being able to deliver what they promise.

4. $$$
Pay Attention to what your actual profit will be. Watch for hidden costs such as shipping and handling fees.

5. Testimonials
Ask the company for information about other groups that have used their services.

Christmas Forest ® is a great choice

From keeping it simple to happy customers, we are here to help you every step of the way. See how we do with the five tips.

1. Keep it Simple – You can choose 1 or 2 of the many beautiful wreaths and ornaments at Christmas Forest ®.

2. Communication – Christmas Forest ® provides your group with a personal rep who will be able to help assure the success of your project.

3. Proven Companies – Since 1976, Christmas Forest ® has guided hundreds of groups to successful fundraising projects.

4. $$$ – Christmas Forest ® offers free shipping, a free sample wreath and free brochures. At Christmas Forest ®, you can choose our EZ Plan and earn 10% of the suggested retail or your group can choose our BULK Plan and earn as much as 40% of the suggested retail.

5. Testimonials – At Christmas Forest ®, we are proud of our relationship with our customers.

What our customers say about Christmas Forest ®…….
– “It is so easy to make money when you are selling a quality product. We have been selling Christmas Forest Wreaths for over 10 years and have never been disappointed.” (N. Bandy/Tri Delta Sorority Alumna-Fair Oaks, CA)

– “We were able to raise $750.00 with only two weeks to gear up and sell the product. The folks at Christmas Forest are excellent to work with. They delivered what they promised and the product was great. I particularly appreciated their gracious and service oriented spirit.” (B. Carver/ The Oaks Christian School-Summerville, SC)

Keypoints of Christmas Forest ® Fundraising

Your personal Christmas Forest ® sales rep to help guide you to success
– Free sample wreath
– Free shipping
– Free brochures
– Choose from 2 successful programs

We look forward to hearing from you for your holiday fundraiser!

About the Author

Christmas Forest ® was established in 1976 and we are well known for our superior craftsmanship and personal, efficient service. We guarantee each wreath to arrive forest fresh! Email us to receive your free information packet.