Dealership Spotlight: Emch Fundraising

on January 22, 2021

January is all about goals; it’s the time of year when people are focusing on what it is they want to achieve in the new year. So, we decided to kick of 2021 with a “Dealership Spotlight” featuring a company that is all about helping groups accomplish their goals. Emch Fundraising is a small, family-owned business that has been with the Butter Braid® brand since 2004. For almost 2 decades, they have been committed to offering exceptional yet simple fundraising programs to groups, teams, and organizations to help them reach their goals every year.

History

Before starting Emch Fundraising, Brandon Emch worked as a CPA, helping clients for over six years with financial and accounting matters. Then, one day, he learned about an opportunity to start a Butter Braid fundraising dealership in the Kansas City area. His family felt that God was opening a door and leading them to start their own family business. According to Brandon, the decision to start the dealership was just one big leap of faith. The Emch family took that leap in 2004 and opened Emch Fundraising in Bucyrus, Kansas.

Changes to the Dealership

It has been a fun and interesting 16-year journey for Brandon and his family. The business has done a lot of growing over the years, so it can continue to provide excellent service to every fundraising organization it helps.

Freezer storage is an essential part of a business when you store, handle, and deliver delicious frozen pastries. Previously, Emch Fundraising has transitioned through four different cold storage solutions. Each time, they experienced various degrees of improvement to their setup. However, none of those locations could compare to their current one. Now, Emch Fundraising has a walk-in freezer that can hold 17-18 pallets of product and leaves some elbow room. The warehouse space enables orders to be pre-sorted prior to delivery which is a service their groups really appreciate. This current setup helps the business run more efficiently, so the team can spend more time focusing on helping his groups achieve their fundraising goals.

In 2019, the Emch family added a new member to their team. Greg Hamm joined Emch Fundraising in the fall of that year. He has been a great asset to the business, helping Brandon in the areas of sales, services, operations, and delivery.

Fundraising Groups

For Brandon, Greg, and the rest of the Emch Fundraising family, owning the dealership has been a wonderful opportunity. They’ve enjoyed helping people, schools, and organizations reach their fundraising goals, and they love offering the best fundraising product on the planet: Butter Braid pastries.

Emch Fundraising has helped many groups accomplish their goals. Brandon says his business will help anyone raise money for anything; it doesn’t matter if they are a group of 1 or a group of 500. No dream is out of reach for Emch Fundraising, and that belief is how the dealership has helped raise over $1.5 million for their fundraising groups.

Their personal, hands-on, competent, and friendly customer service keeps groups coming back to them year after year. Teachers, group leaders, and customers rave about their experience with Emch Fundraising. “Our American Heritage Girls Troop has done a Butter Braid fundraiser with Emch Fundraising for the last 5 years,” explains Kathy, a local group leader. “We have always found them to be very helpful and easy to work with, and the product is first rate. It’s easily one of our most popular fundraisers each and every year.”

Fundraising Stories

With over 16 years in the business, Emch Fundraising has had the opportunity to work with plenty of fundraising groups; these groups vary in size, age range, financial situations, and goals for their fundraiser. According to Brandon, the most memorable of all the groups he’s worked with are those who are looking to help individuals that are navigating personal difficulties.

Brandon fondly remembers one group of friends that fundraised with him. They were rallying around a loved one who had been diagnosed with cancer. This group wanted to raise money to help pay for their friend’s travel expenses and hotel costs because they were making multiple trips to Chicago for specialized treatment. For Brandon and his team, this was a very heartwarming experience that he loves to look back on.

It’s been a pleasure to have Emch Fundraising as part of the Butter Braid fundraising team for the last 16 years. For Emch Fundraising, those years have just flown by. Brandon says it’s been a pleasure for him to help organizations and young kids reach their goals, and it’s been a blessing to work alongside his wife and growing family. And, despite the tough climate of 2020, Brandon says the Lord has been gracious to the Emchs, and they continue to look forward to serving your group and helping you reach your goals.

Connect with Emch Fundraising today!

Website: https://emchfundraising.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emchfundraising






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The Soccer Mom Blog: 10 Ways to Help Your Community During a Crisis

on January 18, 2021

by the Soccer Mom Blog

The past couple months have been an experience that has kept us all far apart physically, but in many ways has brought us closer together.

We’ve lived through a few major disasters in Houston in recent years, including Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda. Both were devastating, but at the same time, it was inspiring to see our community rally to help each other rebuild.

The current pandemic is different because there are still shelter-in-place orders in many parts of the country. How do you help your neighbors and loved ones when you’re supposed to stay apart?

The good news is that it IS possible to serve your community and bring joy to your friends and family, all while practicing safe social distancing!

I put together this list to share some of the ways our family has tried to help out in our community, as well as ideas from some of my creative friends. I hope it inspires you to get involved, even from home!

1. Bake Sweet Treats for Loved Ones or Essential Workers

Nothing says “I Love You” like delicious food! That’s actually how my husband won me over — by cooking for me!

Even if you’re not a pro in the kitchen, you can still whip up a wow-worthy treat to drop off for friends and family, or even essential workers that you know.

Our family stocked up on Butter Braid® pastries to keep in our freezer for those occasions. Just last week we baked a couple pastries for my mother-in-law (a live-in caretaker), her sister, and her patient. They’ve been cooped up at home for two months now and were delighted when we made them a sweet surprise!

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Setting Fundraising Goals for the New Year

on January 8, 2021

It’s the start of a brand-new year which means it’s time to think about what we want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Setting goals is important, especially if you are running a fundraiser. Goals give you a long-term vision and short-term motivation. They help you organize your time and resources, so you can make the most out of your fundraiser. We here at the Butter Braid® brand know how important goals are to fundraising. We want to give you some strategies that will help you set great goals for your fundraisers in the coming year.

  1. Use the SMART method

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of the SMART model of goal setting before. It stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. But how do you use this method to set the best goals for your fundraiser?

Start by making the goal specific. When setting your fundraising goals, make it clear what you are hoping to achieve. Have answers to questions like who will benefit from this fundraiser? How many units do you need to sell? And how many people do you need to participate? Answering these questions will help you know exactly what needs to be done to meet your goals.  

Make sure your goal can be measured. Tracking your progress helps to motivate your sellers and paints a clearer picture of where you are in relation to your overall goal. It is a great way to keep everyone on the same page.

You want to motivate your group by giving them a goal that will challenge them but setting a challenging goal does not mean setting an unrealistic one. Goals that are too easy to achieve aren’t motivating. However, goals that are impossible to meet will discourage your group. Make your goal attainable by taking into consideration the resources you have, the number of sellers in your group, and the time you have to meet your overall goal.

Check if your goals are relevant to your group or mission. Why will this goal be beneficial to your group? Will it make a positive impact on the intended recipients? Resolving these issues will also help you establish your “why” and having a “why” helps everything flow more smoothly.

Finally, your goal must be time-based. If it isn’t, you can put it off forever. This will also help with tracking your progress. If you can see how close you are to your goal in relation to the time you have left to complete it, you can adjust your plans accordingly.

  1. Breakdown big goals into smaller parts

If you want to set a very challenging goal for your group, you’ll see better results if you split the goal into smaller, easier to manage ones. Otherwise, your group may end up feeling discouraged. One of the best ways to do this is to run multiple fundraisers. If time allows for it, running one fundraiser in the spring and one in the fall will let you to reach your big goal without overwhelming your sellers.   

  1. Set non-monetary goals

We know that fundraisers are about raising money, but to reach your monetary goal you’ll need the support of your community. When you set non-monetary goals, you can engage a wider audience and get more people to participate. An example of a non-monetary goal would be aiming to have a higher number of participants than last year.

Hopefully, using these strategies will help you set plenty of SMART goals for your future fundraisers. But, no matter what your fundraising goals are, be sure to write them down and make them known to everyone who is participating. Committing goals to paper and reviewing them gives you a much higher chance of achieving the desired outcome. Lastly, remember to make it fun! Reaching your goals is a lot easier when everyone is having a good time doing it.






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