Maximize Fundraising Results for Any Campaign

The most frequent advice that I give fundraisers is about how to increase the amount of money raised with a fundraiser. Many of these ideas to maximize results will apply to just about any situation. So consider adding one or all of the following techniques to your upcoming fundraising efforts.

1. Incentive Programs – Create an incentive for donors or participants to help you with your fundraising program. Here are two examples of incentive programs:

Sales Contests – prizes for volunteers who sell the most raffle tickets, have the highest sales in a product fundraiser or otherwise raise the most money with your campaign. Prizes can be anything from a gift certificate, a plaque, free tickets to an event or a trip.

Thank you gifts for donors – Provide small thank you tokens depending on the level of giving. Thank you gifts could be items such as books or DVDs or event oriented such as a cocktail party, concert or other special gathering just for donors.

2. Multiple Fundraisers – Event fundraisers should always have several ways to bring in revenue. Examples include silent auctions, raffles, advertising in programs, food, corporate sponsors, booth rental, entry fees or souvenirs.

3. Partnerships – Partnering with other organizations, businesses and individuals can help in your fundraising efforts. For example, a fundraising event may be easier to plan and have greater attendance when it is sponsored by two organizations. Creating a sponsorship or advertising program will help involve businesses and individuals and underwrite the costs of your fundraiser.

4. Donations – When planning a fundraising event get as much donated as possible, this includes food, facilities and supplies. Prizes for silent auctions, raffles, door prizes and incentives should always be donated.

5. Increase Publicity – Just like in the business world, people need to be exposed to an opportunity multiple times before “buying.” Fundraising events should increase publicity during the weeks leading up to an event using press releases, banners, advertising.

About the Author

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

Fundraising Tips

Fundraising for non-profit organizations serves many functions in today’s American community. Whether funds are needed for a local sports team, to restore a church or to purchase uniforms for a school band, organized fundraisers have been helping thousands of groups raise a remarkable amount of money to help support their various causes.

An essential part of a successful fundraising campaign is proper planning. Here is a list of several points that will help you plan your next fundraiser:

Fundraising Checklist
– How much money do you need to raise?
– When do you plan on starting your fundraiser?
– How much time are you willing to spend on your fundraiser?
– How many people do you estimate will be participating in your fundraiser?
– Do you have experience organizing fundraisers? If not, do you know anyone who could give you any feedback?

The next step is to determine which type of fundraiser to use. There are several different types of fundraisers, including fundraiser events such as auctions, and fundraising products like candy or magazine sales. When deciding on which fundraiser is right for your group, refer back to the Fundraising Checklist, then discuss with your committee which programs appeal to them most and why.

You can increase your fundraising results by utilizing a combination of fundraising products. You can also combine products with an event, such as a car wash fundraiser, a raffle or a spaghetti dinner. These are a lot of fun, and can help raise a lot of cash as well. For instance, at your car wash or spaghetti dinner, you can also sell brand name candy bars. When people are purchasing tickets to your event, you can ask: “Would you like a chocolate bar with that?”

Finally, you can add to your ongoing fundraising efforts by choosing additional fundraisers that are easy and will not require much effort, but that will increase your overall fundraising results. One fundraiser you can do all year long, 24 hours a day, is an online fundraiser. An online program will help you raise more profits with less effort.

Combining an online fundraiser with an event and a product is definitely a successful way of boosting your profits.

About the Author

eFundraising offers proven fundraising programs at up to 90% profit. Available programs include World’s Finest Chocolate, Online Magazine Fundraisers, Scratchcards, Brochures and more. eFundraising / QSP Reader’s Digest has helped groups raise almost $3 billion since 1964.

To help you discover the best fundraiser for your group, call 1-800-561-8388 for your FREE info kit and gift and an experienced fundraising consultant will be more than happy to help you. Visit www.efundraising.com.

Successful Fundraising with Christmas Ornaments

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

Good Advice for First Time Fundraisers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Forest ® is a great choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keypoints of Christmas Forest ® Fundraising

Your personal Christmas Forest ® sales rep to help guide you to success
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We look forward to hearing from you for your holiday fundraiser!

About the Author

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

Free & Low Cost Fundraisers

Is your non profit organization operating on a shoestring budget? Take heart, you’re certainly not the only ones! Many community groups, schools and other social impact organizations have very tight budgets and are dedicated to putting the money they do have toward their mission. So what do you do when it comes to fundraising? Does it really “take money to make money” as the old saying goes?

One of the best fundraising strategies is to plan fundraisers that require very little upfront cost. This can be accomplished through sales fundraisers, collection drives and sponsorships.

Sales Fundraisers
Many product sale fundraisers do not require an upfront purchase. Product fundraisers, such as candy, magazines or plant sales are very popular and could be a good solution for your organization.

If you have a large group of volunteers to sell the items, your sales fundraiser will be more successful. Each volunteer would just need to sell a few items for the entire group to raise a lot of money. You may find that you have some very dedicated “super sellers” who help push through to meet the fundraising goals.

Collection Drives
Partnering with businesses for a collection drive is another way to raise funds at no cost. Box Tops for Education is one example of this. This program will help schools earn up to $20,000 each year by clipping box tops from specially marked grocery products.

Recycling drives are another way to raise money for your cause. Your group can partner with recycling centers to collect newspapers or cans and get money back from the recycling center. Other programs such as cell phone recycling can also be profitable ways to raise funds. These drives also have a secondary outcome of helping to promote conservation and environmental awareness.

Collection drives are normally ongoing projects and may take several months to collect enough of the items to get a sizable redemption reward. A short term drive or “blitz” could also be successful with a large amount of community participation and dedicated work by your volunteers.

Donations and Sponsorships
Events such as dinner fundraisers normally require supplies to be paid for in advance. However, getting support in advance from businesses and individuals will help offset the cost of producing event fundraisers.

There are many ways that donations and sponsorships can support a fundraising event. For example, you could contact a local printer and ask that they donate printing for your mailings, programs or flyers. A corporate sponsorship program would allow businesses to “underwrite” costs for the event by making a financial contribution and in return the business gets advertising and publicity.

Finally, fundraisers such as silent auctions and raffles can be planned based solely upon donations of prizes by local businesses and individuals.

Reducing upfront costs and getting donations and sponsorships are keys to having a successful fundraiser.

About the Author

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

7 Pizza Fundraising Ideas

Pizza is a very popular food that can make for a great fundraising program. There are lots of different pizza fundraising ideas that could raise lots of money for your school or other non profit organization.

Here’s 7 Unique Pizza Fundraising Ideas:

1. Pizza Party – Plan a pizza dinner night at your location. Contact local pizza places in advance and negotiate with them for a good price on the pizzas. If you are hosting a larger event, you may be able to get the pizzas donated.

2. Pizza booth at a Carnival – Host a pizza “by the slice” booth at a local carnival, festival, or other special event and sell drinks separately. This is similar to the pizza dinner, except you don’t have to worry about selling tickets or getting the people there. You are going to where the hungry people already are!

3. Dine out at a Local Restaurant – Many restaurants sponsor special fundraising programs which will give your organization a percentage of the profits or receipts from a designated day. It is important to understand the requirements set up by the restaurant and promote the night very well. Offer door prizes or other incentives for people to come to the pizza night.

4. Sell Pre-made Pizzas or Pizza Kits – There are a variety of companies that offer catalogs featuring pizza products. Some of these are ready made pizzas and some are pizza making kits.

5. Pizza Recipe Contest – Bake-offs are always fun events and bring out the competitive spirit in those who like to cook. Create a pizza recipe contest where those who would like to enter must submit a pizza recipe. Select several finalists who will bake their pizza creation and submit it to judges to decide who has the best pizza recipe.

6. Pizza Cooking Class – Sponsor a cooking class that teaches students to create gourmet pizzas. This pizza fundraising idea raises money through the tuition fee students pay for the class. With the support of a good cook or chef who is willing to donate his or her time this could be a great event. Contact local grocery stores to ask if they can donate the ingredients needed for the class.

7. Pizza Prizes – This pizza fundraising idea is really a supplement to other fundraising programs. Offer a pizza party or gift certificates as prizes for volunteers who sell the most raffle tickets, candy or other fundraiser product.

Pizza fundraisers can be great ways to raise money for your organization. Choose the pizza fundraising idea that fits best for your group and you’ll find it to be a fun fundraiser.

About the Author

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

What’s The Scoop On Cookie Dough Fundraisers?

Katherine, Editor – The JustFundraising Insider

Cookie dough fundraising is becoming very popular with many fundraising groups today. It’s no surprise, since freshly baked cookes are as easy to sell, as they are to eat!

How Cookie Dough Fundraising Works?
Using order-taker brochures, your group members allow your supporters to choose from a selection of mouth watering flavors, some of which include Chocolate Chunk, M&M’s, Peanut Butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Reese’s Pieces, Hershey’s Kisses and White Chocolate Macadamia.

Once all orders are taken and the money has been collected, the order forms are tallied and the cookie dough is ordered with your fundraising company. About two weeks later, your cookie dough is delivered for you to distribute to your buyers. The dough is usually packed in 3 lb tubs. Because most cookie dough comes frozen some planning with your fundraising company is needed for delivery day. However, some of the newest cookie dough requires no refrigeration and will keep for many months.

No Money Up Front

Since cookie dough fundraising is an order taker fundraiser, you can fundraise without putting any money up-front. This is great if you are low on cash to begin with. Most tubs sell for $10 and expect to make between 35% – 55% profit depending on how much your group sells. Make sure to choose a fundraising company that provides free shipping since 3 lb tubs can add up fast. A group size of 20 and larger is recommended, but any group can raise anywhere from $1,000 – $10,000 and more if they are motivated and focused.

About the Author

The JustFundraising team has 12 years experience in fundraising and has been providing fundraisers through the Internet for 6 years. To request your free Spring 2005 fundraising kit go to Free Spring 2005 Fundraising Kit or call toll free at 1-888-440-4114. Visit www.JustFundraising.com.

Make the Most of Your Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Cookie dough fundraisers have been a popular way to raise money for schools, sports teams and other non profit organization. Cookie dough fundraiser companies provide tubs or boxes of frozen cookie dough for your group to sell. Your group takes advance orders and/or buys a certain number of cases ahead of time and then sells it.

Here are some ways to boost the sales of your cookie dough fundraiser:

1. Plan your sale way in advance and let your sellers know ahead of time about the cookie dough fundraiser.

2. Set goals for the cookie dough fundraiser. Decide ahead of time how much money needs to be raised. From this goal fundraising amount calculate how many units of cookie dough will need to be sold. Let your sellers know what their individual goals are.

3. Set a reasonable time limit for getting all the orders in from participants.

4. Offer prizes for participants who sell the minimum amount.

5. Offer a big prize for the person who sells the most cookie dough.

6. Create “teams” of sellers and provide a pizza party or other incentive for the group who sells the most.

7. If your organization is short the minimum order, the organization can fund the difference and sell them later.

8. Use extra cookie dough supply or buy extra to make cookies. Sell cookies at a bake sale, sports game, at school, or anywhere there are people. If your baking oven is near your selling table it’s even better – people can’t resist when they smell the warm aroma of cookies baking!

About the Author

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

Top 10 Tips for Event Fundraisers

1. Events take volunteers. Usually a lot of them! Carefully consider how much manpower it will take to pull off the event you are considering.

2. The chair for the event should not do all the work. If applicable, set up committees for each aspect of the event. (i.e. publicity, decorations, food, etc.)

3. Keep the costs of the event low! This is a major factor in any fundraising campaign. Your costs should be 25% or less of the gross receipts from the event. Try to get as much donated as possible! If your costs are zero, ALL the money goes toward the cause.

4. Don’t fall for the idea of “Build it and they will come.” It may have worked in the movie Field of Dreams, but does not work in real life! People need a compelling reason to come to the event besides the opportunity to give to your charity.

5. Remember that advertising such as TV, billboards and signs are important, but do not guarantee people will come to the event. Only a very small percentage of the people who see the advertisement will actually come. Many times the best advertisement is word of mouth.

6. Choose events that will be fun or unique.

7. Events do not have to be large to be successful! Selling donuts at work, homebaked cookies, dinner parties, raffles…there are lots of great small events. Some can even be organized by just one or two people.

8. Get an RSVP or sell tickets so you will KNOW how many people are coming to the event.

9. Match the type of event with you, your charity and your audience. If you have a good match you will be more likely to have a very successful event!

10. Get advice from other fundraisers who have put on successful events.

About the Author

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

Getting Prizes for Raffle Fundraisers

Raffles are one of the most popular and cost effective ways to raise money for a non profit organization. However, it would not be a raffle if you had nothing to give away!

So what kind of prizes should you have? First of all, put yourself in your potential supporter’s shoes – What if someone comes up to you and says they are selling raffle tickets? What prize would you like to win?

Here are some prizes that attract many people’s attention:

Cars – Sports cars, Luxury cars, SUV’s in this years model. Another great alternative is a completely restored classic / collector’s car. You may or may not be able to get this donated. If not, consider other types of prizes, since your profit will be higher if all items are donated.

Travel – Always a winner. Roundtrip Airfare, a package deal, a cruise, hotel stays, even airline miles all make great prizes. Most people love to travel and the biggest obstacle is usually cost. Now if they win this raffle, they’ll just have to take some vacation time and go.

The larger trips such as week-long cruises or packages with airfare and hotel may draw more ticket buyers. However, travel doesn’t have to be exotic to make a great prize. Even a weekend getaway within driving distance could be a great prize. As long as it’s a place people in your area would want to go to for a vacation. A one night stay at a local hotel is not usually as appealing.

Electronic Equipment – Big screen TVs, DVDs, and stereos. These are big incentives, especially for the guys.

Gift Certificates – For stores like Home Depot, Best Buy, and local or chain restaurants. These make great secondary prizes.

These are just a few examples. As mentioned earlier, it is important to offer a prize that your potential sellers will place a high value on. A Barbecue Grill, a Handmade Quilt, a Gourmet Dinner, all of these could be great prizes for the right audience.

Okay, okay. So I know what you are thinking. How do I go about getting these prizes?

The absolute best way is to survey the members of your organization. Every member could possibly have something of value to contribute to the prize pool. And if not, they may know somebody who can. Go for your biggest prize first, though. You need to secure that “hook” in order to have a viable raffle.

One of the raffle fundraisers that I organized raised over $1000, with just 5 ticket sellers! In case you are wondering, our prize was a big screen TV. The company I worked for at the time had a point system incentive program. I pooled my points with some of my co-workers to get the big prize.

I also sent out an email asking my friends and the other ticket sellers for donations. I quickly got several more donations including some nice watches. Lastly, I went to several local restaurants and they were more than happy to donate gift certificates. And BINGO, we had the makings of a great raffle!

About the Author

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

Event Fundraising Ideas

Katherine, Editor – Skratchers Fundraising Insider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the Author

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

5 Fundraising Event Ideas

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

Here are 5 fundraising event ideas for you to consider:

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the Author

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

Spotlight on Bella Grace Candles

Looking for a unique and profitable way to support your group’s programs?
Bella Grace Candles and accessories are the perfect compliment to your fund raising efforts. Our fragrant, clean burning candles are an enjoyable, healthy and profitable alternative to high calorie junk foods.

Why are candles such a good alternative?
Candles provide an ambiance that no one else can match with any other product. The ability to soothe someone therapeutically with a genuine candle allows for them to realize what cause they truly bought the product for. You even have the option to provide a logo or custom label on the candle due to the size rather then other everyday retail items. By choosing candles you are taking a great wholesome homemade product to raise money for your support group. This is something that can be burned in an office environment as well as a home where other individuals can see your logo to understand the reason behind your cause. Something as good as a candle is something that will last longer and will provide a more in depth longer lasting impression.

Candles provide as such a good alternative for fundraising because you will not run into a problem of them melting or going bad if they do not sell as quickly as anticipated. The perishability factors of candles are non-existent. By selling candles your customers will not feel obligated to purchase they’ll want to; and they’ll come back for more!

Benefits to fundraising with candles…
1.) The option to customize every candle with a clear logo or quote for that continual representation of your organization.
2.) Something anyone can burn and enjoy year round. Not something that can only be hung for a season or can be consumed immediately.
3.) A great handmade product that you can easily earn your money with.

Candles allow you to create your own rewards and the possibilities are endless!


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How to Conduct a Fast, Fun, Profitable Candle Fundraiser

I. Understand your sale-type options and determine which would be best for your group:

1. Have candles “on-hand” to sell directly, collecting payment at time of “sale.”; or,

2. Using order brochures, filling your orders on a specified pick-up or delivery date and collecting monies at time of “sale”; or,

3. Using order brochures, filling your orders on a specified pick-up or delivery date and collecting monies when candles delivered.

II. Brochure candle sales:

1. Order and distribute brochures with an informational selling tip-guide (include information below) and a money collection item (e.g. envelope) to each participant or parent. Be sure to include your sale start and stop dates, as well as the expected date of expected candle distribution with your selling tips. It is always best to provide information to participants in writing with a contact phone number to alleviate confusion. If you have a large group and your group leaders time is limited, divide your group into teams and have each team report to one team captain who will total and tally their candle numbers and monies. Then all sales/monies can be totaled by the group leader prior to ordering. You may also consider requesting or purchasing a sample of each candle to show possible supporters. If you can keep from burning these candles yourself and don’t let someone buy them before your order comes in, you can sell them after your orders are filled.

2. Keep copies of your participant’s sale sheets. After your total sales are tallied and monies collected and verified, order your candles, distribute them to your participants/parents, or team leaders, with their original order sheet. Check with participants in one week to ensure candle delivery to supporters, and offer delivery/contact assistance as needed.

III. On-hand candle sales:

1. Sort/mix candles as needed and distribute our to fundraiser participants, dividing into teams if group size necessitates, using a tracking form to log participants name, phone number, parents name (as necessary), home address, number of candles received, and date due. Have participant or parent sign waiver or payment agreement as necessary and maintain with your records. Give each participant, in writing, information on selling tips, contact phone number, available scents/types, sale price and date monies and candles due back.

2. Selling tips for participants should include: Information on candle contents, any quantity or top-seller incentives (if your candle provider does not offer this, you should consider incorporating it into your program yourself if your participants are children or youth to increase your profits), burning safety and selling ideas.

3. Example of selling tips:

a) Friends, Family, and routine contacts: Ask family members and relatives to purchase candles to support your cause, and remind them that these affordable candles make great gifts! Ask friends and acquaintances to support your cause. Ask people at places you go throughout the week to support your cause (e.g. bank, library, hair salon, fitness center, restaurants, etc.) Keep a few candles with you at all times during your sale period so that as routine opportunities arise, you are prepared to sell.

b) Selling at the supermarket: A fast way to sell many candles is to set up a small table and chairs at your local supermarket.

– Phone the store manager, explaining what you are doing, and get permission to raise your funds at the store.

– Be sure to display a sign and always keep the table full of candles (avoid direct sun-light!).

– The best time to sell at the supermarket is on the weekends.

– Working in pairs, one person can let people know about the fund-raiser as they walk in the store and extend an invitation to stop and look at the candles on their way out. The second person can approach the shoppers as they leave the store and ask if they would support their effort by purchasing a candle. It is best to ask them to buy on their way out of the store.

c) Workplace, School, Office: You can place a basket of candles on your desk or work area with the price and group’s name. You usually do not have to ask people to buy. Often candles sell themselves. Always check with your employer to obtain permission.

d) Social gathering selling and special events: Most people are willing to support fund-raising organizations during social gatherings.

– Make sure you have permission, set up and fill a table with candles.

– Display a sign indicating the purpose and price.

IV. Wrap it up:

1. If possible, call each participant or remind them at your previous meeting of the date candles/monies are due back.

2. Receive monies and unsold candles, logging transaction on your original tracking sheet and “zeroing” out each participants obligation.

3. Settle up with your candle supplier as agreed to maintain a good working relationship for many more successful sales to come!


About the Author

Robin Ramirez is the owner and founder of “Love That Smell” Candles, LLC, a wholesale candle manufacturing and fund-raising support service for non-profit and other group fundraising programs (no retail sales here — a true heart for the fundraising groups!). She has been developing tailored, successful candle fundraisers for hundreds of diversified fundraising groups throughout the United States since 1999.

Robin resides in Church Hill, Tennessee, with her husband and two teenage children. You can contact her at “Love That Smell” Candles, PO Box 886, Church Hill, Tennessee 37642. Phone toll free 866-585-3638. e-mail robin@lovethatsmellcandles.com or web site www.lovethatsmellcandles.com

Direct-sale Products vs. Order Taker Fundraisers

By Katherine, Editor – The JustFundraising Insider

Should you use direct-sale fundraising products or pre-sale brochures for your next fundraiser?

1. Fundraising with Direct Sale Products:
How it works – Your group orders an inventory of products; these products are distributed to your group members who sell the products directly to their supporters; and funds are collected at the point of sale.

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Pros
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*Requires only one contact with individual consumers.
*Program is shorter in length than Pre-Sale because there is no product to deliver and no returned goods to deal with.
*Usually a very low retail price per item results in an easy sale.

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Cons
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*Slight risk if you over-purchase.
*Less variety of products to offer.

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2. Fundraising with Pre-Sale (order taker) Brochures:
How It Works – Your group requests 1 brochure per fundraising participant. The participants show the brochure to potential supporters. The supporter selects a product from the brochure, which the participant records on the brochure order form. These order forms are then returned to your fundraising company, who fulfills the order and ships the products to your group. Your group members and volunteers deliver the products to their supporters. Funds can either be collected at the time of the selection or upon delivery.

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Pros
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*No guess work on how much to order, therefore no risk!
*Brochures offer a wide variety of products and range of prices.
*With this type of fundraiser, it’s easy to include parents and adults in the fundraising efforts.

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Cons
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*More work and time since you must deliver products and often deal with a few returned goods.


About the Author

The JustFundraising team has 12 years experience in fundraising and has been providing fundraisers through the Internet for 6 years. To request your free Spring 2005 fundraising kit go to Free Spring 2005 Fundraising Kit or call toll free at 1-888-440-4114. Visit www.JustFundraising.com.