Winter Fundraisers Series: How to Host a Penny Wars Fundraiser

Penny Wars Fundraiser

Penny wars are a fantastic way to get people to donate to your cause. Curious?  Read on!

What is a Penny War?

Penny war fundraisers are a style of fundraising where different teams, groups, or etc. compete to see who can raise the most money.

This is how it works:

Setup

Get a bucket or empty water cooler. You’ll need one container for each team. Design a sign or other kind of artwork that clearly shows which bucket belongs to which team.

Place these containers in a central location that’s relevant to your fundraiser. So, if you’re raising money for a school, display your penny war buckets in a hallway with high traffic. Fundraising in an office? Position your penny war buckets in your break room.

Start the War!

Now, it’s time for the war of dollars and cents! Participants in a penny war donate change to their team’s bucket. Whichever team collects the most change in their bucket during your fundraising period is the winner!

Prizes

Penny wars can have prizes, but they don’t need to. Usually the people donating to the cause will also benefit from the funds raised. However, if you want to incentivize your donors with a small “winner’s reward,” that could generate more interest in your penny war fundraiser.

How To Host a Penny Wars Fundraiser

All you need for a penny war fundraiser is buckets (or some type of receptacle), a place to keep them and two or more competing teams. Here’s a few ideas for the types of teams and groups that can benefit from penny wars:

High School Penny Wars: Freshman Vs Sophomores Vs Juniors Vs Seniors

Encourage the different graduating classes to compete in a penny war. Use the funds raised to produce school-wide benefits.

Sports Teams: Varsity Vs Junior Varsity – OR – Sport Vs Sport

If it’s two divisions of the same team, the money raised can directly benefit that sports team. If you run your penny war against competing sports, try doing it during the same season.

Penny Wars for Adults: Millennials Vs Generation X – OR – Pirates Vs Ninjas

If you’re fundraising audience is a group of adults, you can still have a penny war. If you don’t have different “teams” just choose two fun groups or ideas that people can donate to. The first example separate competitors with the year they were born. The second is silly and cosplay friendly – what are you, a pirate or a ninja!?

A Fun Variation For Your Penny War

Want to step up your penny war competition? Put meaning on the literal pennies with this fun variation:

Teams are encouraged to put pennies in their own team’s bucket. Each penny is worth a point. The team with the most points at the end of the fundraiser wins.

Each team is also encouraged to donate other forms of currency in the opposing team’s bucket(s). Each piece of non-penny currency is results in 1 point getting subtracted from that team’s total points.

For example, Team A has 1500 pennies in their bucket, but they also have $250 in other currency (nickels, dimes, quarters and various dollars.) As a result, their penny war points are 1250.

This version of a penny war can bring extra profits because it encourages higher denomination donations and creates more competition for the participants.

Increase Profits with a Penny War Party

Throw a fundraising event and include a Penny War as one of the activities.  For example, if you have a buffet dinner fundraiser, have two team buckets at the beginning and/or end of each line.  Before people begin going through the line, divide them into teams and let the donations begin!

 

Winter Fundraiser Series: Flowery Fundraiser in February

How to Do a Flowery February Fundraiser

If you are looking for a fundraiser to do during the winter months, February is a great month for which to plan. Valentine’s Day is a holiday when gifts are given, so it is a perfect time for a fundraiser.  People love giving and receiving candy and flowers, so why not have a fundraiser that supplies them?

Start Early

While this fundraiser is fairly simple, it is date sensitive so start planning early.  Because you will be delivering the flowers on a particular day, the florist will have a deadline for the order so they can deliver your flowers to your group on time.  You need time to take and collect orders.  You also need time to plan.  Therefore, pull your fundraising team together in plenty of time to get everything planned.

Planning

Planning a flower fundraiser is easy. Start by assembling your fundraising leadership team.  The team doesn’t have to do all the work. They help plan and make sure that all the work gets done.

Determine the Type of Flowers to Sell

Easy Alternative to Live Flowers

Chocolate flowers are usually chocolate lollipops shaped like flowers. This is a fundraiser that is especially good for elementary schools.  It’s simple.  Purchase the lollipops and then sell them.  Companies like The Goodies Factory offer a wide selection.

The first step is to determine which type of flowers you might want to sell — live or otherwise. For this article, we are going to focus on live flowers.

Research which type of live flowers you would like and where you will get them. Get in contact with your supplier to find out when you need to place your order so that you receive them on or around February 14th.

You also need to determine if you want to sell individual flowers or arrangements.  This can be determined by profit made per sale as well as by simplicity. It is much easier to sell and deliver individual roses for Valentine’s Day than to deliver whole arrangements.

Finally, plan for prizes to help motivate sellers.  The amount spent on prizes should be a very SMALL percentage of the profit.  Don’t be afraid to go to local businesses and ask for donations to use as prizes.  You’d be surprised at how motivating a free pizza or hamburger can be.  Offer a large prize for the top 1-3 sellers.  If possible, offer a small prize to anyone who meets a certain sales target.  For example, it could be a $5 Starbucks gift card for anyone who sells 30 roses.

Organize Your Group

Once you know your product and deadline, recruit and organize participants to do the selling.  How you organize depends on the size of your group. Smaller groups can simply distribute order forms to your participants and have them take orders.

Larger groups will need to break your sellers into smaller groups with each group having a leader.  Some organizations naturally break into groups such as schools. Each classroom becomes a group with the teacher as a leader.  Group leaders are responsible to distribute and collect order forms from the participants.

Promotion and Sales

Get the word out!  Make up the fliers and distribute to friends and family. Use social media to your advantage. Send out invites to order your fundraiser flowers. Take orders as they come in and do not be afraid to follow up with people you have contacted but have not yet placed their order or said they would rather not.

Collect the Orders

Depending on the size of the group, you may want to give 2-3 days for participants to turn in their orders.  However, set a specific date and time by which all orders need to be turned in.  Be sure to emphasize this deadline to participants and group leaders.

Distribution

Some groups, especially larger ones, set a date and time during which customers can come pick up their orders.  Others prefer to deliver which is more personal and shows a bit more customer service.

If you are selling individual roses, it is easy enough to have a list of all participants and have them come and pick up the number of roses they need to deliver to their customers.

If you are selling arrangements, hopefully the florist sorts the orders.  If the florist does not sort orders, you will need to have a team to sort the various flower orders for distribution to individual customers.

If you have a smaller group, simply give the flowers to the participants and let them deliver them.  For larger groups, distribute the orders to the group leaders who, in turn, give the orders to individual participants.  The participants can then deliver the orders.

Throw a Prize Party

The goal of the party is to create a final fun memory associated with the this fundraiser so that your group is motivated for the next one.

Most groups need to fundraise more than one time per year.  Therefore, it is important to keep your group energized and motivated.  Once the fundraiser is done, throw a party for the participants.  It doesn’t have to be expensive.  Just make sure it’s fun.  While at the party, award the top sellers in front of the group and then make a big deal out of distributing the smaller prizes as well.

 

New Year’s “Game Day” Fundraiser

New Years Game Day Fundraiser

When family and friends get together, there is often a fundraising opportunity that presents itself. Close friends and family are perfect prospects when it comes to raising funds. Everybody likes to help a good cause, especially when they care for the person that is presenting the opportunity. Loved ones are there to support one-another.

New Years is one of those perfect times to present a fundraiser. You may often overlook the men in the family when it comes to fundraising, but this fun way to raise money will have everyone all in — even the men!

The idea is centered around football.

The big game is just as much a part of New Years Day as pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving. Everybody will have fun with this particular game.

The Fundraiser

The idea is that everybody involved picks a team during the game. Whenever the “other” team scores one or more points against “your” team, you put a contribution of a quarter or more (perhaps even a dollar) in your collection jar (details below). Everybody is bound to get into this one, as it makes for friendly competition that contributes to a great cause.

This game not only brings more fun to New Years, but it is easy to perform. The plan-ahead preparation is even easier than most fundraisers. You do not need much to add this to your holiday.

The Set Up

Getting Organized

It is best to start planning and collecting the materials needed as soon as possible. You will need a set of collection jars (or other containers) to hand out and retrieve. Plan your collection method prior to making your announcements. It is best to have everything in order prior to presenting the fundraiser.

Make a list of the participants. Think of as many people as you can. The fundraiser does not need to be limited to your household. Invite neighbors, teachers, friends, family and, if you make it online too, even people you know across the country to participate in this online version that will contribute to your fundraiser.

Set Up Your Donations Method

There are two primary methods used to collect the funds afterward.

Collect the Money in Person

In the past, this has been the most common way to collect the money.  Designate one to two people to collect the funds.  Plan for the collection.  If you are collecting the actual funds, make it as convenient as possible.  Though you could have participants “bring in” the money, you might consider offering to pick the jars up.

Online Collection

With the internet, you literally can make this fundraiser nationwide.  Therefore, you need a way to collect the funds nationwide.  First, you need to set up a donations page.  HelpaFund has been working with all sorts of groups doing just that.  Click here and set up your donations page with them.

Instruct all your participants that once the fundraiser is completed, they should count the money in their donation jar and then use your donations page to send in the money.

HelpaFund keeps a very small percentage, but it’s worth it.  They take the headache out of collecting funds, they allow you to collect funds nationwide, and they provide many other benefits.  Check out our two other articles for more information.

Promoting Your Fundraiser

Promoting the fundraiser will be simple, especially using social media. Create an event on Facebook that has all the details, then get the word out.

  • Schedule one or more Facebook live sessions to present the idea.
  • Tweet a picture about the event with a link to your Facebook event page.
  • Have a group meeting where you present the fundraiser.
  • Present this idea face to face with whomever you think would benefit from that interaction.
  • If you have a place where people frequent (such as a school or church), put up flyers.
  • Send out letters and/or emails. Emails are very good when you are collecting online donations (see above).

Doing Your Fundraiser on New Years Day

If you are Doing the Fundraiser Online

Game watchers who are doing the fundraiser online do not necessarily need  a jar.  As their team is scored against, they can either write IOU’s that they drop in a hat or jar, or they can simply write down their donations on a piece of paper during the game.  At the end of the game, donations are totaled and made online on the donations page.

Build Excitement on Game Day

Use your Facebook event page to get your participants to tell you which games they are watching.  Post the game scores.  Get your participants commenting and posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Get people interacting about the games and the amounts donated.

Collect Your Donations

Think of the  best way to collect the donations after the event for your group or organization.  After the fundraiser is done, either the participants bring all the money collected to the collector(s) or the collector(s) visit each participant and get the jars.

For online donations

As discussed above, if you are using online donations, collections are easy and convenient for everyone.  You should have already instructed people how to make the donations.  After the fundraiser, your designated collector simply needs to be available to answer questions in case any donators need help.

 

Fundraising can be enjoyable. This holiday and sports event will greatly benefit your efforts, while providing family fun. Enjoy your New Years!

 

How to Use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

How to Use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

Crowdfunding can be a great way to bring together you donor network and surround them around your cause. Today, we’ll show you how to use crowdfunding for your next fundraiser.

Here’s three steps every cause can follow to successfully crowdfund a campaign:

1. Choose The Right Crowdfunding Platform

Before you can launch your campaign, you need a platform to host the fundraiser.

Crowdfunding with Expertise in Fundraising

If you are looking for a platform that has experience in the fundraising industry with both large and small groups, HelpaFund is a great platform.  It was developed by a gentleman with years of working with fundraising groups and individuals.  They provide all sorts of helps to aid you in your crowdfunding fundraiser.

  • Audio tips for your campaign set-up stages
  • Provide music on campaigns if you want it
  • Provide Entertainment discount cards for rewards (see details on their web site)
  • They even let you create your own rewards.
  • They have share tools.  All crowdfunding uses Facebook of course, but not everyone has a Facebook account. You can also share on Instagram (younger people use that over Facebook) and a Text tool that can be done from a smartphone. (About 98% of people read their text messages, so this is an extremely effective tool.)
  • They even help your crowdfunding campaign get found in search engines.

Product Development or Creative Fundraising

If you have a product that you want to get off the ground, then Kickstarter might be right for you.  People can pledge money to your cause through their site. Your project only funds if you meet or exceed your fundraising goal. If your project is successful, Kickstarter takes a 5% fee of the money raised – and there is a 3-5% payment processing fee. Keep in mind, Kickstarter can only be used for “creative projects.” For more information check out the Kickstarter FAQ and their Creator Handbook.

General Crowdfunding Service

If you are just looking for a general crowdfunding service, GoFundMe offers fundraising services for all causes. Set your crowdfunding goal and you get every donation your campaign raises. The type of campaign you run determines the fee GoFundMe.com attaches to your fundraiser.

2. Make Sure to Provide Compelling Information on Your Crowdfunding Page

This is your opportunity to let donors know who you are, how much money you need and what you’ll use it for.  The old saying, “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words,” is true.  Be sure to provide pictures along with compelling information about your fundraiser and how the funds will be used.

If possible, set up a video for your crowdfunding page.  That way, when potential donors visit your crowdfunding page, the first thing they will see and hear is a video about your cause.

If you need to raise a lot of money or explain an in-depth cause, see a professional filmmaker (think local) might donate part or all of their services to make your crowdfunding video. Tell them what you need the video to do and let them actualize your vision. Some crowdfunding campaigns budget their video production into their fundraising expenses.

3. Launch and Monitor An Engaging Campaign

After you’ve created your crowdfunding page and populated it with information, it’s time to launch your campaign!

The first few days are your best chance to gain traction. Get as many eyes on your crowdfunding page as possible. Share your fundraiser across all social media platforms, and get your network to do the same.

Release daily content related to your crowdfunding campaign. This could be photos of the people / project your fundraiser will benefit, or status updates on how much money you’ve raised so far.

Check out how your promotional content is performing. What posts drive the most traffic to your crowdfunding page? What kind of donors are you attracting? Use this information to refine your crowdfunding efforts.

You want to constantly engage your audience with meaningful updates. Keep attracting new donors until your campaign ends!

 

So what you waiting for?  Start your crowdfunding!

Why You Really Need to use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

Why You Really Need to use Crowdfunding for Your Next Fundraiser

Fundraisers are crucial when collecting money to support what is important to you. It opens many doors that would otherwise remain closed. There are many ways to raise funds for your need.

The amount of strategies are endless. People often only consider one option: selling items. This category can include bake sales or other craft sales. You may have only considered fundraisers to be events such as these. However, you can truly get creative with ways to raise money.

Have you considered crowdfunding? You may have heard of it, especially with so many people opening up a crowdfunding account to raise significant amounts of money. You may have seen people sharing a funding page on social media. Huge amounts of money have been raised using this method of fundraising.

There are several reasons to use crowdfunding for your next fundraiser…

Crowdfunding

Extends Your Reach for Funds

Crowdfunding has brought fundraising to the internet. Never before has it been this easy reach sources for fundraising. You will literally be reaching a crowd, as crowdfunding is a form of crowdsourcing.

Crowdfunding allows your fundraising abilities to reach further heights. You can share your crowdfunding account over social media. People who care about you and your cause can also share it with their friends and followers. This creates a nearly limitless reach for funds.

Size Doesn’t Matter

Larger groups have the power of numbers, but small groups and individuals often face a much harder battle of trying to raise money.  If you or someone that you know has ever been faced with the burden of raising a large amount of money, you know how overwhelming it can feel.

You may have heard of people raising large amounts of money for trips through this type of funding. There are also many tragic situations that people feel compelled to support through crowdfunding. It is truly an easy and effective way to raise funds for your cause.

With crowdfunding, any person or group can use social media to amplify themselves.  Your online friends suddenly are an opportunity to turn yourself or your small group into a large one as they help you get the word out.

Every Cause Matters

Crowdfunding can be used for any and every cause. The range is limitless, so do not count your fundraiser out. Crowdfunding is used for a variety of needs. People have fully funded travel using the method. Entrepreneurs have been successful with funding their business ventures. Artists have also benefited from crowdfunding.

It’s Easy!

Set up a donations page and then use social media to get the word out.  HelpaFund has been working with all sorts of groups and individuals to do just that.  Click here and set up your donations page with them.

There’s No Up-Front Cost

There’s no cost to set up an account, and you don’t have any fees unless people actually make donations.  As for fees, HelpaFund keeps a very small percentage, but it’s worth it.  They take the headache out of collecting funds, they allow you to collect funds nationwide, and they provide many other benefits.

 

There is no reason that you should not incorporate crowdfunding into your fundraising strategies. You will be shocked at the reach your fundraiser has through crowdfunding. If you have a steep goal, then you should definitely consider crowdfunding. The amount of money you could raise is limitless. Do not underestimate people’s willingness to contribute to your cause. Reach the power of human kindness by using this crowdfunding resource today!

How to Make Your School Fundraising Ideas Successful

Successful working of fundraising ideas for school depends on many vital factors. It all depends on your campaign or strategy based on the demand of targeted customers, place, timing and competition. Also, managing the team and getting active participation of members play an important role in fulfilling the goal of a school fundraising program.

Goal Setting:

Be it a fundraising for public or a private school, first set your goal and deadline. Clearly decide the start and end dates of your fundraising activities. Finalize your budget or monetary needs, the timing, the place and how long it would take to raise the required money.

Timing & Location:

The time and place of arranging your fundraising program matters a lot. Pre plan your event so that it does not coincide or clash with the fundraising efforts of neighboring schools or any other groups. This helps to attract more people and increases your potential to raise funds. Arranging the events during weekends rather too help a lot.

Also, arrange your fundraising events near a popular or central location that generally draws a large number of crowds. Opening stalls and serving customers directly in and around a venue of regular exhibitions, fairs, cultural programs, sports tournament, etc. help achieve your fundraising targets easily. You can create awareness about your campaign through advertisements in local media. You should also carry out online sales of your fundraising products or services using various promotional modes such as social media platforms.

Quality Product/Service:

Selecting products and services for your fundraising activity should be of top quality and matching the requirements of local customers. Higher quality fundraising products leave a lasting and positive impression among customers about your cause. This helps to arrange successful fundraisers in the future with more buyers and higher profits.

Managing Team:

Motivating your team members and finding their attractions to achieve the common goal are integral parts of a successful fundraising program. Developing proper skills help to make them professional in their approach and to effectively communicate the organization’s purpose, while dealing with people in such an event. For an increased association of individual team members, you should launch a reward or incentive program for top performers or best sellers.

Lastly, you can get help from a professional school fundraising company for timely advice on selection of product, place and timing to make your efforts productive and successful.


Special thanks to Andey for this contribution.

Raise Money and Support Humanitarian Interests for Women at the Same Time

discount card fundraising

“The Fundraiser was a huge success for its first year, and one that will continue to grow for many years to come. With a profit margin of $7.50 per card sold, we were able to provide our squads with full, embroidered, warm-up uniforms with the proceeds of one fundraiser! An impressive accomplishment!”
Samantha Young, Delaware

Blue Heron is one of those Fundraising Companies that you may not have heard of, but they have been helping groups raise money since 1995, and they have been quite successful at it.  The vision behind this company comes from its founder and President, Pete Reed.  Its success comes from his personal philosophy, “The customer is always right!” and the personal service that each customer receives.

Between the fundraising business and his humanitarian work, Pete stays very busy.  However, we caught a few moments with him to find out more about him, and what makes his fundraiser work so well.  Here’s what he had to say.

“Our discount cards are tremendously effective for our customers.  We get mostly schools, sports teams and marching bands, but we also get military and university organizations. It works well for several reasons.

First and foremost for our groups, the cards produce 70-80% profit.  That’s nearly unheard of in fundraising.  The normal ceiling is about 50%.

Second, our cards sell well because they have fantastic discounts, and because they come from businesses in the group’s community.  We work with our groups to get the best possible discounts within their communities.  The businesses don’t have to pay for the ads either.  Local discounts mean (1) people want the cards, (2) the $10 price point makes it an easy sell, and (3) it helps the local community.

Third, we help save their customers money.  There is no setup or production costs for the group unless they have special artwork that requires more attention than normal.

And our customers like the fact that they don’t have to fill a room with inventory they have stocked.  The cards are small enough so that they fit just about anywhere – wallet, purse, pocket. Their group members can carry the cards anywhere and can sell “on the spot” when the opportunity presents itself.”

During the rest of our visit, Pete talked about the groups Blue Heron discount cards have helped and the organization’s dedication to making groups profitable.  It’s not a complicated process, but it is successful and it’s proven effective for raising money.

Though Blue Heron is located along the Delmarva Peninsula in Delaware, Blue Heron has helped groups all over the United States.  Pete’s vision doesn’t stop there, however.  In 2005, through a series of events, Pete began working to help a girl, Slavka (pictured bottom right), in Slovakia and later began helping Aneta (pictured bottom middle) from the Czech Republic.  He didn’t just throw money at the problem.  He equipped these women to be able to live and succeed which led him to form Slavka’s Dream Ltd. (www.slavkasdream.com) His goals are:

  • to help women achieve status in their culture and society,
  • to provide for their families through working and education,
  • to increase hope by helping them to succeed rather than fall into desperation,
  • and to teach others to believe in themselves so that their dreams can become real.

To date, he has helped women in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Latvia, and Romania.

Meeting with Pete was an eye-opening experience.  Groups who want to raise money not only have great potential to meet their goals with Blue Heron fundraising cards.  When they use Blue Heron for their fundraising card provider, they also are helping to support humanitarian efforts for women who would otherwise be trapped in a terrible lifestyle.

Check out Blue Heron discount cards at www.blueheroncards.com.

Capitalize on Fall Sports for Your Next Fundraiser

CharityMania - Unique Fundraisers Based on Your Favorite Sport

Everyone knows the most popular sport in the Fall…  Football!!!   So why not conduct a unique fundraiser based on the sport?  You already know that The Fundraising Network is on the lookout to provide you with all the information about fundraisers that we find.  We reported previously about CharityMania’s 17 Week FootballMania fundraiser.  We want to remind you again, because IT’S JUST ABOUT TO START!

Here’s the details:

Fundraiser-page-top-logos-FM-redFootballMania – a great choice for a fall fundraiser

FootballMania is an exciting sweepstakes fundraiser based on professional football.  Organizations earn 70% profit for every $20 CharityMania Ticket they sell. Sweepstakes participants can win $1,000s in prize money based on the results of the football teams printed on the backs of their sweepstakes game cards, and they get a new chance to win in each of the 17 weeks of football season!

70% Profit

You make 70% ($14) profit on every $20 ticket you sell, whether you sell 50 tickets or 5,000 tickets.  Several organizations made over $60,000 using the FootballMania fundraiser last year!

How it Works

See a Ticket (download)

To see a CharityMania Ticket, click here.

The Sales Appeal:  competition and prizes!

Football lovers buy the cards just for the fun of playing, but CharityMania takes it a step further.  Card holders can win up to $400 each week of the FootballMania season.  There are actually 11 cash prizes awarded each week for both high and low scoring game cards. There is also a $1000 grand prize at the end of the season for the card with the highest overall score!  The fun of the game, plus cash prizes make the CharityMania tickets an easy sell!

Your upfront cost is almost nothing!

You will simply pay to have your tickets printed during the signup process.  That cost is $.19 per ticket plus a charge for shipping and handling.  That’s it!

When can/should your organization get signed up?

Sign up now!  The football season begins in early September, and you want to sell your tickets before the first game of the season so summer is the most popular time to sign up for this fundraiser.

Click here to get signed up for any of CharityMania’s unique sports-based fundraisers.  Once you are signed up, your tickets will be printed and delivered to you in about a week.

Q&A

What if sales by early September are not possible?

CharityMania also has a FootballMania 10 Week Fundraiser starts at the end of October.  It works similarly to the 17 Week fundraiser but just runs for the last 10 weeks of the pro football season.  This is a great fundraiser for any organization that needs more time to sell tickets in the fall.

What about college football?

FootballMania College Edition runs for 10 weeks of the college football season and contains all the top teams in the country.

What if it’s not football season?

CharityMania sports fundraiser events run year-round.  The Fundraising Network will be reporting shortly a list of all the CharityMania events for the next year!

Who do we contact if we have questions?

CharityMania prides itself on its customer service.  You can contact CharityMania directly at any time if you have questions about FootballMania or any of their other fundraisers based on professional and college sports.  They have fundraisers that go on all throughout the year, and they are happy to work with you to find the fundraiser that is just right for your organization.  Visit their website, www.charitymania.com, or give them a call toll free at 888-909-9994.

How do I keep up with what’s happening with CharityMania?

We at The Fundraising Network do our best to inform you about what’s going on so we will be posting info about CharityMania.  Here’s where you can get the news.

 

 

School ideas for fundraising: Simple fundraiser ideas with great potential

There’s a whole heap of fundraising ideas for schools that can help an institution to attain its fundraising goals and targets quickly. Suffice to say, without the occasional fundraiser lots of schools would be at a loss on how to raise funds. School ideas for fundraising usually determine how successful a fundraiser is. Sticking to old school easy fundraiser ideas for long periods of time tends to bring a salty taste to people’s mouths and fundraisers end up not raising enough. Need some inspirational school fundraising ideas? Of course there are lots of more traditional school fundraising ideas which have been floating around and are still viable; there are also some fresher ideas worth trying out.

The first one is the “guess the amount” challenge. Filling a glass jar full of sweets and getting people to guess the amount of sweets in it is an eccentric and intriguing idea for school fundraising. The winner either receives a donated prize or even the sweets themselves. Everybody loves a challenge with a reward tagged to it, and this one is likely to draw in a large number of competitors.

Holding a book sale is one idea in the easy fundraiser ideas pile that is bound to bring in the desired results. A book sale is not only a great way to raise money but it also has the advantage of encouraging the reading tradition amongst the children at the school. Asking teachers, parents and local community members or businesses to donate books for sale at the school will help increase donations too. Any books that aren’t sold could then be used in the school library or classrooms. How’s that for a practical approach to school fundraising?

Holding a non uniform day is always a great idea from the class of school fundraiser ideas. If your school usually has a dress code or if uniforms are compulsory, a dress down day is bound to be a particularly popular choice amongst the pupils. Charging a fixed donation to everyone who takes part throughout the school can raise a tidy sum of money for effort that is, to be brutally frank, minimal at the very most. If you are on the hunt for uncomplicated fundraiser ideas that possess great potential to bring in results you definitely cannot afford to brush this one aside.

Raising money for schools courtesy of easy fundraiser ideas is not all that hard. All it takes is coupling the right idea with effort, dedication, and a sizable respect for time. To begin raising donations for your school just sign up with a firm that has ideas for school fundraising in bulk and then register your school or cause of choice, if it is not already listed. Better yet, some companies make free donations just for switching to their services, participating in free trails or even simply registering to receive emails from their websites. Start drumming up donations now by registering with one of the school ideas for fundraising companies with proven track records.

School Fundraisers- 3 Popular Fundraising Options

If you have spent any time researching school fundraisers you know that there are many different ways to earn money for your school. Let’s look at three popular school fundraising options to see how they can be a benefit for your school or organization. Remember you can hold more than one fundraiser, so if all of these options seem like a great fit, consider hosting a few school fundraisers this year. The more fundraising your school does, the more money they can earn.

Candy Bar Fundraisers

Candy bar fundraisers are always a popular school fundraising option. In this type of fundraiser your school will purchase cases of candy bars, suckers, gummy candies and other snacks and then will sell these items to students and community members. There is an upfront investment required since your school will need to purchase their products before they can start selling. Another potential downside to this fundraiser is that candy cannot be returned, so if you order too much you can end up losing profits since you will still have to pay for the candy you can’t sell.

To make this type of fundraiser a success your school needs to have an accurate idea of how much you can sell. It is always better to order a few cases of candy too little than to order more than you can sell. It is also important to get students involved. They can sell candy around school, around town and to family and friends. You also need to keep seasonal considerations in mind. For example if you plan on holding a chocolate bar in the middle of the summer in a hot climate you will need to find ways to keep your chocolate cool so that your product doesn’t melt. On the other hand if you are selling holiday treats you will be more successful at holiday times.

Cookie Dough Fundraisers

Cookie dough fundraisers are another great fundraising option. In this style of fundraiser students will use order forms to sell tubs of premade cookie dough to neighbors, family and friends. The dough is then delivered to the purchasers. This type of fundraiser doesn’t usually require an upfront investment. It is also popular with purchasers since they can use the dough they buy to make fresh from the oven cookies any time they like.

If you choose to host a cookie dough fundraiser make sure that you have a strong distribution plan from the beginning. The cookie dough must be refrigerated so it will need to be given out to purchasers quickly once it comes in. Enlisting help for dough distribution is critical. Also make sure that you work with a reputable fundraising company known for producing high quality and delicious cookie dough. If purchasers aren’t delighted by their cookies they will be much less likely to purchase from your school in the future.

Catalog Sales

Catalog sales offer some of the most variety when it comes to school fundraising. There are many different types of fundraising catalogs available and you will easily be able to find a great fundraising choice for any season of the year. Generally your school will be able to choose from gift wrap fundraisers, gourmet treats, holiday gifts, spring bulbs and more. These fundraisers offer a percentage of each sale to the school and often include an incentive plan for students. Family and friends can use this fundraiser to buy unique products that they can’t find elsewhere without having to leave their home. This is a fun and convenient fundraising choice.

If you choose to have a catalog sales fundraiser make sure that you time it properly. For example if you decide to host a holiday gifts fundraiser hold it early enough that shoppers won’t be done Christmas shopping before your fundraiser and in plenty of time to order the gifts and distribute them before the holidays. Timing is critical on a catalog fundraiser. Also remember to choose your fundraising provider carefully. It is so important to ensure that your orders come in on time and that everyone receives the high quality products that they order. The success of your future fundraisers lies in your ability to choose a great provider the first time around. Disappointed parents and friends won’t be likely to purchase again.

Here are three great school fundraiser options for you to consider. All can be great options for your school and will help you to earn extra money. Choose a great fundraiser today and start making money for your school.

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.

One of the Most Unique Fundraisers The Fundraising Network has Found

“You’ve Been Flamingoed!”

…is what the top of the site says with a picture showing just what they mean.

Flamingo Fundraiser

The concept is simple.  Your supporters pay to have their friends “flamingoed.”  However, you don’t have to stop there.  You can sell “anti-flamingo” insurance and make money from both ends!

The Fundraising Network saw great fun in this one.  Here’s what happens.

So what is this Flamingo Flocking Fun Fundraiser
offered by Result$ Fundraising?

In the dead of the night, your members place the flamingos in the yards of the friends that all of your supporters paid to have “Flamingoed”.  Each of the flocks will have a note explaining how a friend of theirs paid to have them “Flamingoed” in support of your fundraiser and that you will be back to retrieve the flamingoes. The note also lets them know that if they pay your group a donation, when you remove the flock, you will send it to the yard of any friend that they choose. This fundraiser continues to feed on itself as the flamingos migrate from victim to victim.

The money isn’t bad either.  Flocking Donations range from $10-$30 depending on whether your supporter wants a small flock up to a super-size flock.  Anti-flamingo insurance is just $10.  We were doing a little math.

  • If you have a group with 50 supporters and 80% participated and that means 40 people order a small flock (12 bird flock for $10).  That’s $400.
  • 20% order anti-flocking insurance at $10 per policy, so that’s another $200.
  • Of the 30 people who get flocked, 50% (15 people) flock someone else with a small flock, that’s another $150.
  • $400 + $200 + $150.  That’s $750 in just a few nights, and it’s only for small flocks.

If this writer were participating, he can think of at least two flocking vicitms who would receive super-size flocks (60 flamingoes) and many who would receive smaller flocks.  You can see how this grows, can’t you?

Of course, you need to consider your cost too.  2 small flocks (24 flamingos total) cost about $144.  However, you don’t have to buy birds for every order.  Just put your victims in flocking order and move your flocks from yard to yard each night.  Just remember to purchase some extra flamingos to replace any that may get lost for any reason.

So if the laws in your area permit and you have a group that will enjoy this type of activity, this might be the fundraiser for you. Want more information?

www.flamingofundraiser.com

 

The goal of The Fundraising Network is to help you be aware of opportunities to raise money and to help you find them.  However, please note that The Fundraising Network is not responsible for whether or not you choose this fundraiser or for any results — monetary or otherwise.  Results are based on your own choices and participation.

5 Tips for Publicizing Your School Fundraiser

You can have a great school fundraiser planned, if parents, teachers, students and community members don’t know about it – then your school isn’t going to raise nearly as much as it could. So getting the word out is super important for the success of your fundraiser. Here are 5 tips for successful publicity for your school fundraiser.

1. Focus on the benefit of the fundraiser. Parents, teachers and community members are more likely to participate if they truly understand how funds raised will be used for the school. Doesn’t it sound better that your school is “raising money to send the marching band to a national competition” as opposed to simply “please support our school?”  Even if you’re doing just a general school fundraiser it still benefits the school’s education programs, right?  Focus on what benefits your students will receive from funds raised.

2. Offer alternatives to asking “the usual suspects.” Many workplaces today do not permit fundraising activities at all, so parents cannot ask co-workers for their support. Suggest creative alternatives such as asking contacts from religious groups, social and civic clubs.  If you’re doing a product sale fundraiser like a gift catalog remind them that the items will make good gifts.  You can shop now for the holidays and beat the store crowds!

3. Send Press Releases to Media. Former students or parents that had children in the school may like supporting your fundraiser – but will only have the chance to do so if they are made aware of it. Write a press release with all of the information about the fundraiser and contact information. Then you will need to submit your press releases to your local media outlets and to online distribution services. Reporters and newscasters are often quite busy – so don’t hesitate to follow up with a phone call or two for those who don’t respond.

4. Send Flyers Home. Parents should be notified immediately once your school decides to do a fundraiser. Sending a flyer or letter home is one thing you should always do.  If you have the budget for it, you may want to mail the letter so you can be sure the parents get it.  Many schools now maintain email lists for parents, and sending an email to all parents could be a terrific way to notify give them all of the necessary details. Send another flyer midway through the campaign so parents will know how the program is going and remind them to contribute.

5. Use Your Internal Media. Many schools have a web site and you can create a special page dedicated to your fundraiser.  If your school, PTO or other group has a newsletter make sure your event gets included.  The Principal or teacher who gives the morning PA announcements can keep students updated on the progress of the fundraiser.  Even better, let the students who have raised the most give the morning announcements!

To really get the most awareness and participation for your fundraiser, you need to communicate with your supporters several times.  It takes more than just one flyer to get the message across.  People may intend to join in but get busy and forget.  So a gentle reminder may really be appreciated, and give your group a better chance for success!

 

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