How to Choose the Right Fundraiser
Part 1: Match Your Group

How to Choose a Fundraiser: Match Your Group
How to Choose the Right Fundraiser: Match Your Group
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Every person, group, or organization who does a fundraiser wants it to be successful. One of the most important parts of fundraising success is choosing the right fundraiser.  But how do you do it?

There are many important factors that you should consider if you want to meet or exceed your goals, as you compare the various fundraisers available to you. One of them is the fundraiser you choose must match your group.

What motivates your group members?

Is it about the goal?  Some groups do very well with fundraising simply because the members are motivated to reach the goal. I know one teen right now who is motivated to raise money (and is doing it very successfully), because she wants to go on the trip with the Madrigals choir in which she sings.

Is it about material prizes? One recent elementary child told me that he was going to win a particular prize by reaching a fundraiser goal. He was determined, and he sold with gusto. He didn’t wait for sales to come to him. He went and got them.

Is it about the social scene? Some groups enjoy event fundraisers like car washes, because they enjoy doing the events together.

Get the idea? Figure out what motivates your group and then focus on fundraisers that fit that motivation.

Will your members support your choice?

I know of a small school in East Tennessee that “missed out” on raising an easy $1000 a few years ago. There was a fruit fundraiser available to them. If each family in the school purchased just one box of fruit, they would easily have made $1000 for the school and had some awesome citrus too!

I spoke with the parent in charge of fundraising and learned there was a reason that the school passed on the opportunity.  The parents and students never did well selling products for fundraisers. They simply didn’t want to sell (other than a school coupon book that everyone wanted). They focused on fundraisers that did not involve selling. They wisely passed on what seemed like it would be an easy fundraiser, because the fundraiser coordinator knew her group.

Is the fundraiser appropriate for your group?

In elementary school (forty years ago) I had grand ideas about winning great prizes by selling the most spice grinders. However, I remember thinking, “Why does anyone need these?” Though I wanted to win the prize, I think I only sold 2 grinders, because I didn’t understand how to sell them.

Be sure that your fundraiser fits the majority of your group members. For example, groups with younger children shouldn’t sell large items or products they don’t understand. Everyone loves cookies and kids understand that easily.

Go with what you know

Bands and FFA groups are known for selling fruit, and they typically do well.  Elementary schools do well with cookie dough and Christmas shops. If you have a track record doing a particular fundraiser, and you’ve done well with it in the past, that just might be perfect for you. As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

We would like to know what works for you. Tell us in the comments below about what fundraisers you have done and whether or not they worked. What works best for your group?, the Right Choice for Non-Profit Fundraising

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The Ins and Outs of Working with’s Discount Card Fundraiser

You have three excellent choices for discount card fundraising:

  1. Dinner and a Movie Card (65% Profit)
  2. Restaurant Discount Card (65% Profit)
  3. Local City Savings Card (70% Profit)

Easy-to-Sell Dinner and a Movie Card

  • Selling Price: $10
  • Gives buyers a 50% discount at 100,000 merchants nationwide
  • Profit: 65%

The Dinner and Movie card is ideally suited for groups of all sizes. It is an easy sell at the $10 price because purchasers receive a 50% discount at 100,000 merchants nationwide. Your group makes a profit of 65%. The purchasers of the card get unlimited use of it for a full year.

Major Plusses with the Restaurant Discount Card

  • Selling Price: $20
  • The $20 card gives buyers $50 to spend at over 18,000 eateries around the country
  • Profit: 50-65%

The Restaurant Discount card is accepted at over 18,000 eateries around the country, and it provides a great savings for your supporters. By spending $20 on the card, they receive a $50 card that can be redeemed at local restaurants or at eateries nationwide.

The profit to the seller ranges from 50% to 65%, depending on the number of restaurant cards sold. In short, the greater the number of cards sold, the larger the profit per card, which, of course, would have very beneficial results for your organization.

Win-Win Outcomes with the Local City Discount Card

  • Selling Price: $10
  • Buyers love having a discount card for local merchants that lasts a whole year
  • Profit: 50-70%

These discount cards sell for only $10 and earn a profit of 50%-70%, depending upon the number sold.

Here’s how it works:

JustFundRaising will provide you with a list of 300 local merchants from which you select 75. From that list of 75, JustFundRaising contacts the merchants and creates a card with 10 valuable discounts that is customized with your logo.

Want more information?

You can contact JustFundraising by phone at 1-888-440-4114 or check out their web site at Once you talk with them, you will know why so many groups choose JustFundraising for their fundraiser provider year after year.

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.

Candle Fundraisers are Profitable but Not a Field of Dreams

Sailaway Candles offers over 130 scents for your fundraiser.
Sailaway Candles offers over 130 scents for your fundraiser.

Over the years, the staff of The Fundraising Network has had the opportunity to speak with many different groups who try to raise funds. Sometimes they are disappointed, because they didn’t do well with their fundraiser, and, typically, they blame it on the company who provided their fundraiser. In our experience, that’s sometimes the case. You need to be sure to choose a reputable, experienced company who fits well with your organization. Unfortunately, more often than not, the fault is not with the fundraiser provider. Rather, the group did not execute well their fundraiser or they had unrealistic expectations.

If you were a movie-goer in 1989, you might remember the phrase, “If you build it, they will come,” from the movie Field of Dreams. In the movie, Kevin Costner, the main character, hears a voice telling him to build a baseball field on his Iowa farm so that the ghost of his dead father and some famous baseball players would come play a game. He listened and built it against all odds. He was convinced that people would come from miles around to see baseball played there, and, as movies go, at the end hundreds of people were headed to watch baseball, and he made a mint. (Sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen it.)

When most people think of, “If you build it, they will come,” they are describing the idea that if you just start something, that everything will fall together and your dreams will come true. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case for anything worth doing, and it’s especially not true for fundraising. An excellent, profitable fundraising program takes some work, but, if it is done correctly, it is a little work for several people (so one person doesn’t get overwhelmed) and the fundraising effort brings great profit.

So why are we talking about this with regard to candle fundraisers?

A candle fundraising effort is a basic order-taker fundraiser. Your members take the brochures and order forms and go make sales. Simple right? It is simple, but you need to do more than just show pictures to have it be greatly successful. Therefore, here are ideas to help you have a wildly successful candle fundraiser.

Candle Fundraiser Ideas

1. Choose a Fundraiser that Fits your Market’s Price Range

I remember a time when a small group in a lower economic rural area called wanting information about a very profitable fundraiser. The problem was that the fundraiser products ranged from $22-$34 and that was a price too high for the people living in the group’s area. On the other hand, they would have done much better with a candle fundraiser which typically are priced in the $10-$12 range and sometimes higher.

The goal is to choose the fundraiser with items that fit the price range of your market. Candles fit most markets because they have such a range of prices. You will most likely get more sales.

2. Choose a Fundraiser that Fits your Group

It’s been interesting to watch trends over the years. Most often, we see sports groups selling discount cards  or scratch cards, and bands and FFA groups often sell fruit. Motivation is everything though. If your members aren’t motivated to sell, your fundraiser will be a flop. And while children have great intentions and great desire, it usually takes the involvement of the parents to make a fundraiser very successful. Do your parents really want to sell something or would they rather just give a donation? Know your group and choose a fundraiser that fits.

We see a wide range of groups that sell candles. It’s one of those products that can be sold just about anywhere to anyone by anyone. Just make sure it’s the right fit for you. If you have a small group of 10, don’t choose a candle fundraising line that requires a huge purchase to get the best profit percentage. JustFundraising has several selections of candle fundraisers to fit groups of all sizes. Regardless of whether you have 10 people or 100, you can be successful with their candle fundraising program.

If you would like to compare different candle fundraising providers, our candle fundraiser site presents a profile of many of them.  Click here to view a list of the providers. For each one in the list, you can click “Profile” and view more detailed information about their program(s).

3. Equip Your Sellers for Success

A candle fundraiser follows the same basic concept of any order taker fundraiser. Your sellers have a brochure, order form and basic sales script. The brochure shows the candle selections and provides details about color, aroma, size, shape, weight and container type.

Did you know that you most likely will raise more money by have candle and fragrance samples for your customers to see and smell? The boost can be dramatic! Candles are not perishable and most buyers will sniff several samples and imagine how the candles will fill their homes with the pleasant aroma. Therefore, give your sellers a few samples to carry with them.

Choose candle scents that will appeal to your customers.
Choose candle scents that will appeal to your customers.

Sailaway Candles is perfect for this. They have a no-frills fundraiser that any group can do. They are a candle wholesale company that offers healthy soy-based candles (no carcinogens from paraffin). You choose 6 scents (they currently offer 130) that you want to offer and whether or not you want to have the candles be your own private brand (for example, Longhollow High School Candles) with your logo on them. In their fundraising kit that you purchase (at a very low price, we might add), it has samples of the candle scents and colors that YOU CHOSE. The samples are in candle tart form (small cubes) that make it VERY easy for your sellers to carry. Some groups prefer not to pay anything up front, but the boost in sales should far surpass the cost of the kit.

Need ideas for which scents to choose? Food scents such as french vanilla, bayberry, apple, pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon are always popular. (So are melon and citrus.) Holiday scents such as clove and pine usually do well too. Whether you are selecting a brochure or getting a custom candle fundraiser, choose scents that most likely bring back fond memories for your customers.

4. Take Advantage of Every Opportunity for Candle Sales

When you schedule your candle fundraiser, think about your community event calendar. Bazaars, community garage sales, banquets and other events present fantastic opportunities for a candle booth. Make sure you have samples for display if you are taking orders, or, even better, purchase candles in advance that people can buy from you so that you don’t have to worry about deliveries. The bigger the event, the more potential customers you may have, so think big!

5. Get the Best Price and Highest Profit

Most candle fundraisers offer 40-50% profit and minimum orders can vary. Where you really want to pay attention is the breakpoint for the higher profit. The higher the profit percentage, the more money you make. For example, the average seller makes about five to seven sales at $12 each.

Candle Fundraising Company A
40% profit for less than 120 candles, but 50% if you sell 120 or more.
Group of 10 sells 70 candles = 40% profit each
$12 candles * 40% = $4.80/candle * 70 candles = $336 take home profit for you
To get the best profit, you really need 16-24 sellers to get the best profit.

Candle Fundraising Company B
40% profit for less than 60 candles, but 50% if you sell 60 or more
Group of 10 sells 70 candles = 50% profit each
$12 candles * 50% = $6/candle * 70 candles = $420 take home profit for you
This fits a small group

Candle Fundraising Company C
50% profit with a minimum 12 candle order
Group of 5 sells 36 candles = 50% profit each
$12 candles * 50% = $6/candle * 36 candles = $216 take home profit for you
This fits any group! Even the smallest group can sell 12 candles and the larger groups make more profit too!

And, by the way, Company C exists! The great deals are out there. Be sure to look for them. You also need to figure shipping into your calculations as well. Candles are not cheap to ship, so be sure to ask. Many of candle fundraising companies offer free shipping if you meet certain minimums.

Your Candle Fundraiser Starts with Good Information

The Fundraising Network provides information about all sorts of fundraisers. For candle fundraising, we have quite a few candle fundraiser companies on our site  Be sure to check it out.

“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.  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, and 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, 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


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 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.

A Quick Way to Find Candle Fundraisers

With the launch of our new site full of candle fundraisers, we have been adding new candle fundraising programs and companies as quickly as we can. On the site, you can view a listing of all the companies offered as well as profiles of each one so you can decide for yourself which candle fundraising program is right for you.

If you are simply looking for the latest candle fundraisers that we have added, you should follow us on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook — but especially on Pinterest. As we add the programs to our web site, we post pictures there so you can see quickly what is offered.

Where to Get the Latest Fundraising News

We at The Fundraising Network do our best to inform you about what’s going on with Fundraising.  We post it here and on our various web sites, but if you want to know absolutely the latest fundraising information that we have, follow us in your favorite places.  Here’s where to find us.

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.


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,, 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.



How can you make your scratch card fundraiser your most successful fundraiser ever?

Scratch card fundraising is a great fundraising option for your group this spring. Besides being easy, quick to start and hassle free, scratch card fundraising offers your supporters an affordable way to donate to your group. Scratch card fundraisers also offer HUGE amounts of profit for your group. Some companies, like ABC Fundraising offer “no money up front” payment options so you can really take the risk out of your fundraising.

You can start your scratch card fundraiser quickly – many companies even offer rush delivery for your scratch card booklets making this a great fundraiser when you don’t have a lot of time to wait to begin.

The key to making your scratch card fundraiser super effective is to motivate your group members. Here are a few tips to get your group fired up about your fundraiser.

  1. Get your group committed!
    Before the scratch card booklets arrive, even before you order, it’s great to get a commitment from group members. How many people can they ask to scratch and donate to your group? For maximum profit, each member should get at least 25 people to scratch and donate. Make sure your members are willing to meet this minimum to ensure this is the right fundraiser for you. The great thing about scratch card fundraisers is that your members are asking for small donations averaging $3 so it doesn’t break the bank for your supporters. In exchange for this small donation, your group members give their supporters a valuable sheet of coupons.
  2. Create some friendly competition
    Another great way to motivate your group members during your scratch card fundraiser is to make it competitive. You can do this in many ways. You can create teams, or individuals can go head to head to see who can raise the most money for your group with your scratch card fundraiser. Definitely set a time limit–2 weeks is a good amount of time to run your fundraiser. It’s exciting to offer a prize to the winning team or individual.
  3. Follow up
    Don’t forget to keep in touch with your group members during your scratch card fundraiser. Make everyone feel accountable. Don’t wait until the end of your fundraiser to ask how your members are doing. You can either set up check-in meetings to turn in money and discuss progress or do it via phone, email or Facebook. Add a fundraising thermometer like the one available at to allow members and supporters to see what progress is being made so everyone knows how close you are to your goal. Celebrate members who are doing well and bringing in a lot of money for the group – this can remind others to get fired up about your scratch card fundraising campaign too.

Finally, when running your scratch card fundraiser this year, seek out companies that offer profit-boosting programs to add additional profit to your fundraising campaign. Your star fundraisers can use these additional tools and products to bring even more money in for your scratch card fundraiser making it your most profitable fundraiser ever.

For more fundraising ideas or to get started with your scratch and help fundraiser, please visit

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.

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

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  In addition, you can learn more about CharityStudio at: )

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 or contact them directly by phone (888-909-9994) or email: