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

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

Wow! Doesn’t that sound harsh and foreboding? As a writer here at The Fundraising Network, I try to stay positive, but sometimes I find a time-sensitive piece of information like this one. Christmas Forest sets up their fundraisers with groups in the early fall, and that means there is very little time to get the samples and information that Christmas Forest provides. So you need to contact them now.  Here’s why.

I was tasked with finding holiday fundraisers to write about so I spoke with Ramona over at Christmas Forest.  After receiving just some of her information, I have to tell you that this is a fundraiser that you NEED to check out!  I’ve seen many fundraisers that have some good points, but Christmas Forest gets fundraising, and it shows in the way they work with groups.

Christmas Forest has two great plans that will fit any group from the smallest to the largest.

Easy Plan – You don’t touch a product, and it fits any group.

You tell your members and their friends and family how they can order fresh Christmas wreaths online, by mail, FAX or telephone and mention your club code at checkout.  Your group will receive 10% of the sale.  That’s an average of $4 per item!  Christmas Forest sends the wreaths directly to the customer or their gift recipient.  They even create and send graphics to your members so they can pass those along to their friends and family.  It’s easy.

Bulk Plan – More Work, but More Profit

Your group purchases fresh Christmas wreaths at wholesale prices, and Christmas Forest sends them to your group in cases.  Your group distributes and makes $10 or more for each wreath.

No Hidden Costs and Personal Help

For both plans, the shipping is free, and there are no hidden costs.  Christmas Forest also provides you with a personal fundraising rep who will answer any questions, make sure you receive free brochures, order forms, order taking envelopes, etc.

You NEED to See Their Product, so Ask for a Sample

Here at The Fundraising Network, we’ve known about fundraising with wreaths and Christmas type items, but I was amazed at what I saw when I visited christmasforest.com. I had never seen so many different types of wreaths, some with subtle differences, to fit just about any home. When you get to the homepage, there are a few wreaths, but click on the ‘More Wreaths’ page! You’ll find multiple designs, various shapes  — I certainly didn’t expect so many!

Through the web sites on The Fundraising Network, we hear from various fundraising groups throughout the year.  We know that groups like samples, but I never thought of wreath samples.  This is something you may not expect, but Christmas Forest provides samples and there’s a reason why. Ramona told me, “We find that once the fundraising group actually sees one of our beautiful noble fir wreaths, they are sold and can’t wait to start selling the wreaths to their potential customers.  That’s why we offer a free sample wreath to the group so they can smell the wonderful aroma and see the superb quality of our evergreens.”  So be sure to ask for your sample!

What Kind of Groups Do Best with Christmas Forest

Christmas Forest is glad to work with just about any group, but they work most with many schools, churches, sororities and fraternities as well as civic groups and scouting groups.  There’s lots of groups that are so pleased, they come back.  “Our repeat customers tells us that they not only love our gorgeous wreaths, they also really appreciate our outstanding customer service.  This has made for hundreds of loyal fundraising groups that insist that selling Christmas Forest wreaths is the fastest and easiest way for their group to earn money,” Ramona said.

To Sum It Up

I found that Christmas Forest provides a great product that can help any group of any size.  They also provide two plans that allow your group to work more and get better profits or work a whole lot less and still make profit.  The way I see it, that’s a win-win.

But there’s a catch!

Christmas Forest sets up their fundraisers with groups in the early fall.  That means you need to check this out now. Don’t wait or it might be too late for you to get in on this year’s profit Christmas Wreath fundraiser. You can contact them at (888) 235-2142 or click here to request information from them.

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.

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.

 

 

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 www.AbcFundraising.com 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 http://www.AbcFundraising.com.

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 https://www.charitymania.com/ticketexample.aspx

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

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

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

Is it just for football?

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

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

Is it complicated to manage?

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

How much money can my organization raise?

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

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

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

When are these fundraisers available?

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

A Final Thought from The Fundraising Network

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

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

Are Scratch Cards Right For Your Group?

Not every type of fundraiser is good for every group.  Some groups do better with food items such as cookie dough while others get better results from retail items like candles.  The question The Fundraising Network wants to answer is whether scratch cards will work for YOUR group.

We want to thank JustFundraising for providing much of the information for this post. We chose them because they have years of experience helping groups raise money, and their scratch card presentation information is extremely helpful.

What is a Scratch Card and How Does it Work?

We were surprised at how many people have heard of scratch cards, but don’t really know how they work.  It’s actually fairly simple.  The scratch card has usually has three, but at least has two, panels and is small enough to fit in your pocket.  One panel contains a stack of coupons which, in many cases, are worth about $50.  A second panel has 50 dots that can be scratched off (like a lottery card).

The participant talks to friends and family and asks them to scratch off one or more of the dots.  The donation amount appears under the dot and ranges from $0.50 to $3.00 (usually).  The person donates the amount revealed when they scratch off the dot(s).  In return, they receive a coupon sheet.  JustFundraising has a video with an excellent explanation.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Scratch Card Provider

Do you provide customization?

Many fundraising companies, such as JustFundraising, customize the cards.  In JustFundrasing’s case, they put your logo and group name on the outside of their tri-fold scratch cards so your supporters know where the money is being donated.  One unique feature of JustFundraising’s cards is that they have a “Local-Customize It!” program in which the coupons have more local offers.

Do the cards have instructions printed on them?

Make sure that the cards that you are going to purchase have the instructions printed on them. Most people don’t need the instructions, but it’s nice to have them just in case your group member needs them.

Do you provide bonus cards?

Various companies have different ways of providing bonus cards. If they do, they will most likely base it on the number of cards that were purchased.  When we reviewed JustFundraising’s program, we found that they give 20% extra cards with each purchase of 10 or more.

Do you provide incentives?

This is a big deal! In today’s economy, companies are cutting back. Be sure to ask if your fundraising provider will give you prizes or incentives for your group.  At the time that this article was written, JustFundraising was providing free tshirts with the group’s logo and slogan with orders of 20 or more cards.

Other factors to consider

Most scratch card fundraisers are about the same.  Therefore, be sure to ask your provider what makes them better than the others.  And don’t forget to ask about free shipping too!

Think this fundraiser is for you?

You should shop around to see which company works best for you.  The Fundraising Network is not going to suggest that JustFundraising’s Scratch & Help program is the perfect fundraiser for every group, but we like what we have seen from them.  The reviews of their scratch card fundraiser is mostly 5 out of 5 stars with an occasional 4 stars.  In addition to the scratch card program, JustFundraising has many other fundraisers to support you in just about any fundraising endeavor.  To contact them, call toll free 1-888-440-4114 or click here to get information about their scratch card fundraising program.

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

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

Five excellent qualities that we found were:

1. They provide samples.

2. Diversity of Choices for Fundraiser Customization.

3. Constant Availability.

4. Excellent Quality.

5. Up-front Information with Honesty and Integrity.

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

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.

9 Reasons Your Group Should Be Fundraising Online

By Ayana Forward

1. Increased Reach

Email makes it possible to contact supporters, family, and friends from different geographic locations as well as those only within close proximity. Fundraising campaigns can now reach potential supporters from coast to coast and not just those at arms length.

2. Increased Safety

Since there is no door-to-door selling involved in an online fundraising campaign, there is no need to approach strangers when asking for money. The added safety of using the internet to fundraise brings a sense of relief to parents as well as team members.

3. Reduced Risk

A burden faced with many traditional fundraisers is the potential cost associated with left-over inventory. A referral or affiliate program is an example of an online fundraiser where there is no need to purchase or carry inventory. Your group is paid for referring products regardless of the quantity you sell. There is no longer a need to purchase large quantities of inventory that you may never be able to sell.

4. Add Variety, Customization & Creativity

Unique web based services give teams the opportunity to create customized goods from T-shirts, to team posters and calendars. Traditional fundraising products are outdated and carry little benefit or value to your supporters. The internet brings with it so much more choice in terms of items you can sell in order to fundraise. You can now fundraise with books, travel, magazines, sheet music, board games, movie passes and much, much more.

5. Reduced Costs

Running an online fundraising campaign can be very inexpensive. Email accounts are free and many companies offer free website hosting packages. With referral programs the merchant is responsible for carrying the inventory, shipping the products and any costs associated with the online transaction including credit card processing.

6. Speed of Success

Most web based fundraising programs provide you with instantaneous real-time tracking of sales and lead conversions. Additionally, it is so quick and easy to email a promotion your supporters.

7. Ease of Coordination of Effort

A traditional fundraiser usually involves purchasing inventory, handing out inventory, counting and managing stock, delivering goods sold, organizing volunteers, and booking rental space. An online fundraiser can all be done in front of a computer using email and your website as a communications tool.

8. Results

Because most online programs are free to set up and join having only one sale will usually result in a profit, or will more than likely cover all of the costs associated with your campaign. With some online fundraising campaigns there is no break-even point to worry about and normally no minimum number of sales is required to insure a profit.

9. Fun

Surfing and shopping online is not only fun for your group but your supporters as well. They will take pride in supporting your group and have the opportunity to conveniently purchase items they can actually use and benefit from.


About The Author:

Ayana Forward is the author of Raise Money…Without Selling: Effective Web-Based Fundraising. Click here to learn more.

Discount Card Fundraisers are an All-Around Winning Deal

Discount cards are one of the best fundraisers. Why? They are an all around winner for your fundraising group, for buyers and for businesses.

Winning Deal for Your Fundraising Group

The discount card program has a high profit potential. Discount card companies vary but most offer anywhere from 50 to 90% profit. Most of the time the cards sell for $10, but some premium cards sell for $15 or $20. For example, at 90% profit if your group sells a card for $10 it keeps $9.

Discount cards are virtually hassle free for the seller. They easily fit into a pocket or purse – unlike other products that can be heavy, cumbersome or perishable. Since you collect money at the same time that the card is sold, you don’t have to return to the customer again to deliver the product. So it’s pretty quick and easy to sell them.

Winning Deal for Buyers

At just $10 these cards are very easy for most families to buy. Often you will find that people will buy at least two, one for themselves and one for their spouse or a friend. The cards also make great gifts.

The cards offer discounts at restaurants and retailers where they likely shop anyway. If not, it’s a great way for them to try out new places and get a discount. Most merchants offer two for one deals, 10% off or something special like a free dessert with purchase of two meals. When your custom discount card has local merchants on them your supporters will find discounts that they may not be able to find elsewhere.

Winning Deal for Local Businesses

Local merchants benefit when they participate in the program by increased business. They will likely attract new customers because of the card. Since customers can use it once per month at each retailer they are likely to come back again and again.

Business owners and managers will find it easy to participate in the discount card program. It’s an economical way to promote their products or services. Unlike other forms of advertising and promotion, the discount card programs cost nothing for the merchant to participate. They simply need to complete a form and then honor the cards when customers ask to use them. Finally, businesses are more likely to help your fundraising group this way, rather than just give a straight donation.

Conclusion

When a fundraiser is a winning deal for everyone involved it is more likely to be successful. The discount card is definitely one of those all around win-win-win fundraisers.


About the Author

Angela Costas writes for http://TopSchoolFundraisers.com where parents, students and teachers can find school fundraising ideas and other school activities. Check out the site now for more information about healthy fundraisers and discount card fundraisers.

Spotlight on JustFundraising’s Cookie Dough Fundraisers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Seven Reasons to use Ultimate Fundraising for your Cookie Dough Fundraiser

It’s all about your group and your choices!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And 7: Ultimate Fundraising Makes It Easier for You!

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

 

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

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.