Dealership Spotlight: Foothill Fundraising

on November 20, 2020

It’s time for this November’s “Dealership Spotlight” post! This month Foothill Fundraising is in the spotlight. Foothill Fundraising joined the Butter Braid® fundraising team 12 years ago. The dealership is famous for the unwavering support they provide to their groups, helping each one from the beginning to the very end of their fundraiser. This personalized customer service experience is why Foothill Fundraising is the dealership groups want to work with again and again.

History

Marlo and Curt Guillot first heard about Butter Braid pastries from their friend Jennifer. The Guillots fell in love with the delicious pastries and were excited to learn how the fundraising-exclusive brand has helped thousands of groups raise money with their fundraisers.

This information could not have come at a better time. With their son starting school, Marlo and Curt were excited to make some changes in their lives. Before they knew it, Marlo was flying out to West Bend, Iowa to meet the makers of the Butter Braid pastries. She fondly remembers her first trip to the small town, “I was driving through the corn fields wondering where in the world I was driving to and prayed that my car didn’t break down.” After Marlo met with the team and took a tour of the facility, she flew back to Meadow Vista, CA where she and Curt started Foothill Fundraising in 2008.

Changes to the Dealership

Over the years, the Guillots have done their best to keep their business as efficient as possible. Marlo and Curt have added new freezers, a delivery truck, and a cargo trailer to their dealership. They’ve also made several updates to their fundraising program and to the technological aspects of the business. All these changes have allowed Marlo and Curt to help groups run the easiest fundraiser possible. But the one thing that will never change is the time the Guillots spend with each group, guiding them through each step of the fundraising process.

Fundraising Groups

Marlo and Curt love getting the chance to work with so many wonderful groups and help them raise money for their great causes. Their groups have held fundraisers for class field trips, band uniforms, equipment, competitions and tournaments, yearbook, science camp, mission trips, and so much more. Foothill Fundraising has helped groups raise over $1 million since 2008.

Groups love the personal attention they get when they work with Foothill Fundraising. Some groups have been with them for over 10 years because of the amazing experiences they have with them. Kelly G., a local group leader, said, “I have found the service to be impeccable. The staff is very approachable and was able to design a fundraiser around my group’s needs. Their quality products can be enjoyed by folks of all ages. Thanks again Foothill Fundraising for helping my team out! Outstanding job!” Heather Mauel, a parent volunteer, agrees, “Marlo and Curt are wonderful to work with and the return for our school was awesome!”

No one provides a “WOW” experience like Marlo and Curt Guillot. They are truly one of a kind, and we’re very blessed to have them as part of the Butter Braid fundraising family. If you are looking for a great fundraising experience in the California Sierra Foothill area, call Foothill Fundraising now! They will be there for you every step of the way.

Connect with Foothill Fundraising today!

Website: https://foothillfundraising.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Foothill-Fundraising-153332964798151

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foothillfundraising/






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Butter Braid® Pastry Ring

on November 6, 2020

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and the makers of Butter Braid® pastries have a unique way to dress up your holiday table. This year serve your family and friends a beautiful pastry ring featuring our one and only Butter Braid pastries. Fashioned from two of our braided pastries, this wonderful treat is easy to make and is guaranteed to impress everyone that comes to your home for the holidays.

Try it for yourself today. Follow the detailed baking instructions for this recipe below, and you will have the perfect pastry ring to share at your breakfast, brunch, or dessert table this Thanksgiving.

Ingredients
  • 2 Butter Braid pastries, any flavor
Step-by-step directions
  1. Thaw 2 Butter Braid pastries for 8-12 hours. Set aside icing packet.
  2. Mold the 2 pastries into a circle and connect the ends together
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for about 22 minutes or until golden brown. Oven temperatures vary, adjust time accordingly.
  4. Allow to slightly cool. Cut small hole in the corner of the icing packet and drizzle over top of the pastry.
  5. Serve and enjoy your braided pastry ring!






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Using Social Media to Increase Fundraising Success

on October 9, 2020

People are spending more and more time online these days, checking their Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on what’s going on in the world. Since social media plays such a big role in our day-to-day lives, it should also play a big role in your fundraising marketing plan. No matter what type of fundraiser you’re running, you can reach more potential customers with social media than any other form of communication. Use these tips we’ve created to utilize social media for your fundraising event.

  1. Announce your fundraiser

Let people know there is a fundraiser running in the area. Be sure to answer all the big questions: Who is hosting the fundraiser? What are you selling? Where are you selling them? When is the fundraiser taking place? Why are you raising money? How can people purchase from your fundraiser? End with a call to action – let people know how they can support your cause.

  1. Create a hashtag

Many groups use an original hashtag to market their fundraiser or event. It helps parents, kids, and members of the community search for information and updates on the fundraiser by looking for your specific hashtag.

  1. Promote across all social networking sites

Ask parents and group members to post your message on Facebook or share an Instagram story about your fundraiser. Don’t just limit your social media marketing to one channel. By sharing information across all platforms, you can get more exposure for limited effort. Also, encourage parents and sellers to share your posts, stories, and pictures.

  1. Use graphics, images, and videos to catch people’s attention

Including a colorful photo, image with details, or a fun video to personalize your fundraiser. Show your followers what you’re selling and ask them to purchase to help reach your goal. Reach out to your fundraising representative to see if they have some images or videos that will help make your posts pop!

  1. Keep people updated on your progress

Post how your fundraiser is doing and how much more you need to raise in order to reach your goal. Encourage parents to post about how close their kids are to their individual fundraising goals.

  1. Thank your customers

After your fundraiser has ended, be sure to post about your fundraising success. Let people know how close you came to your goal and thank your customers for supporting you and your cause. And don’t forget to post about your project once it’s completed or share pictures from your field trip. Let people see that their support really mattered and helped to make a difference for your group.






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5 Ways to Increase Teacher Involvement in School Fundraisers

on September 24, 2020

When it comes to fundraising, everyone focuses on the students and the parents. The big kickoff event is to get students excited while the information packets are to inform parents about the particulars of the fundraiser. But what about the teachers?

School fundraisers that include teachers as part of their marketing strategy are more likely to succeed than ones that don’t. During the school year, teachers are the only ones who see students as often as their parents, so they have the perfect opportunity to remind students to fundraise. The people behind the Butter Braid® brand know how important teachers are when it comes to fundraising. So, we’re giving you 5 simple and easy ways to increase teacher involvement in your school’s next fundraiser.

  1. Have an informational get-together just for teachers

Taking the time to sit down and talk with teachers about your upcoming fundraising efforts is very important. It allows you time to explain all the particulars of the fundraiser: what program you’re using, what your goal is, and how the money will benefit the school. This also gives the teachers an opportunity to ask questions.

  1. Use some of the profits to ease the financial strain on teachers

According to a poll done by the New York Times, over 90% of teachers use their own money to help purchase school supplies. This is happening all over the United States, and it puts teachers in a very difficult financial situation. So why not alleviate the burden by sharing your fundraising profits with the teachers? Show them their contributions haven’t gone unnoticed.

  1. Don’t overburden them with excess tasks

Teachers are very busy, and they often don’t have time to take on a lot of extra tasks. Let them know that the most important thing they can do during the fundraiser is give their kids a daily reminder to sell. Some teachers may come up with more creative ways to encourage their kids, like a classroom BINGO. Just keep these duties to a minimum, and let the teachers know you respect their time.

  1. Include teacher incentives in your program

During your informational fundraising meeting, let your teachers know that you are also providing them with a chance to earn prizes. Teachers may be more willing to get involved if they know they will also get something in return. For example, give the teacher with the highest classroom sales a gift card or reward the one with the highest participation rate a day of PTO.

  1. Show your gratitude

Most teachers are already aware of why fundraising is important and how students and the school benefit. So, they already want to do anything they can to help. The easiest thing you can do to increase teacher involvement is let them know you appreciate everything they’ve already done and are very grateful for any extra help they’re willing to offer.

Teachers are the backbone of our schools. Their hard work and dedication keep their school running. Which is why they can also be the most important part of your school’s fundraising efforts. If the teachers are excited about something, they share that enthusiasm with their students. So, if you want to increase student participation in your next fundraiser, you should focus on first getting your teachers involved. With their help, you can go above and beyond your fundraising goals.   






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Dealership Spotlight: First Choice Fundraising

on September 18, 2020

As we enter September, the first red and yellow leaves of autumn are appearing which can only mean one thing: it’s time for another “Dealership Spotlight” post. This month we’re featuring First Choice Fundraising. They are an exclusive dealership that has been selling Butter Braid® pastries for over 15 years. The team at First Choice Fundraising loves the work they do, and they hope to continue helping groups make their dreams happen for decades to come.

History

First Choice Fundraising was originally owned and operated by Julie Baumann. When she retired, two of her team members, Kim Reynolds and Callie Ann Haas, decided this was the perfect opportunity for them to begin their own business venture. According to Callie Ann, “We loved the idea of a business that would be great for our families, and one that would help people achieve their goals by fundraising.” The two began running First Choice Fundraising in College Station, TX in 2015.

Changes to the Dealership

Transitioning to an ownership role was a learning experience of Kim and Callie Ann. During that time, they updated many areas of the business to streamline processes and make their fundraising programs as simple and seamless as possible. For example, every order now comes pre-packed. This saves time during deliveries and simplifies the pick-up process. The two also updated the dealership’s website, created automated reminder and response emails for customers, and improved information for group leaders. These are just a few of the many things Callie Ann and Kim have added and continually improved upon over the years, all to help make the fundraising process easier for their customers.

Fundraising Groups

There’s nothing more fulfilling to Callie Ann, Kim, and their team than making their groups’ dreams come true. Whether it be funding a trip, buying new uniforms or equipment, or contributing to charity funds, First Choice Fundraising always goes above and beyond the call of duty to help its groups achieve their fundraising goals. This dedication to their work is how First Choice Fundraising has helped raise over $3.5 million for groups across Texas.

The Future of First Choice Fundraising

After five years of owning First Choice Fundraising, Callie Ann and Kim say that, while taking on a new business isn’t easy, the journey makes everything worth it. The two continue to reinvent themselves and their business in order to stay current with the times and the needs of their customers. Callie Ann says she and Kim are excited about the future of First Choice Fundraising, and they look forward to growing their business even more in the years to come.

Everyone at the Butter Braid brand is also excited to see what the future has in store for First Choice Fundraising. If you are looking for a great team to run a fundraiser with, contact Kim or Callie Ann today! They’ll get your group on the fast track to turning their dreams into reality.  

Connect with First Choice Fundraising today!

Website: http://firstchoicefr.com/index.php

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






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Dealership Spotlight: Cajun Fundraising

on August 21, 2020

August has arrived and with it comes a new “Dealership Spotlight” post. This month we’re featuring a dealership that is run by the biggest fundraising lover of all time. Cajun Fundraising, owned by Lisa Hollier, joined the Butter Braid® fundraising team just two years ago. In those two years, Lisa has gone above and beyond in helping kids achieve their goals by sharing her love of fundraising.

History

Growing up, Lisa loved to fundraise. She was always so excited to get those order forms and couldn’t wait to work toward reaching her personal fundraising goal: being the top seller. As she grew up, Lisa never lost that love for fundraising. When she met Kerri Linder, owner of Diamond Fundraising, it renewed her passion. For years, Lisa admired the work Kerri was doing with her dealership and decided she wanted to do the same thing. So, Lisa opened Cajun Fundraising in Opelousas, LA in 2018. After all, what better opportunity is there as an adult to get involved in fundraising than by providing the program and product people need to raise money?

Why Lisa Loves Fundraising

Now, Lisa uses her love for fundraising to help others. She believes fundraising is the tool that allows groups to participate in life changing experiences and opportunities, ones they may not have otherwise had due to financial constraints. When asked why she loves this business, Lisa said, “I love being able to help those in my area fulfill their needs and being able to share our delicious product is just the icing on the pastry!” Lisa has enjoyed being a part of the Butter Braid fundraising team. Opening Cajun Fundraising has allowed her to meet so many amazing people.

Fundraising Groups

Cajun Fundraising has done a lot to help groups in the Louisiana area. Lisa always does whatever it takes to make sure her groups reach their fundraising goals because she loves seeing how excited they get when the financial burden is lifted from their shoulders. With the help of Cajun Fundraising, groups have raised thousands of dollars for mission trips, conferences, food banks, sports teams, animal rescues, and so much more.

The Butter Braid brand is fortunate to have someone as passionate as Lisa Hollier on our team. If you are in the Louisiana area and want to spice up your fundraiser, contact Cajun Fundraising today. Soon your group will love fundraising almost as much as Lisa does.

Connect with Cajun Fundraising today!

Website: http://cajunfundraising.com/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cajunfundraisingllc/






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Country Maid Cares 2020 Giving Campaign

on August 12, 2020

West Bend, IA (August 08, 2020)Country Maid, Inc has been supporting non-profit organizations for over 25 years. Now, we are furthering our mission of “helping others help themselves” by creating Country Maid Cares, our charitable giving program. With this new program, we can continue to give back, raise awareness, and encourage support for local causes.

In 2020, our charitable giving efforts are focusing on the importance of food and family. This year the campaign will support local food banks with two different fundraising efforts. These two efforts include the Country Maid cookbook and a local food drive.

The Flavor of Family cookbook features more than 200 heirloom recipes passed down through the generations. It is written by the Country Maid family, including employees and dealers from all around the country. Proceeds will be donated to local food banks.

In America, six out of seven children don’t get the food they need in the summer because they don’t have access to critical food programs offered by their schools. Our goal for the food drive is to help stock the pantries with enough food to feed 210 households at least one meal.

“Our communities are going through a lot right now with everything that’s happening in the world. Families may be struggling to get the food they need,” said Katelyn Helgevold, Marketing Project Coordinator at Country Maid and member of the Country Maid Cares committee. “Now more than ever we need our community to come together and give their support to those in need.”

For more information on Country Maid, visit www.countrymaid.net.

About Country Maid

Country Maid, Inc., a 100% employee-owned company, manufactures the “famous” Butter Braid® pastry. Available only through fundraisers, our fundraising products help non-profit groups raise funds for various causes. Country Maid, together with its national network of dealerships, has helped thousands of fundraising groups across the nation raise over $245 million dollars for hundreds of thousands of worthy causes. Employing approximately 70 workers from 20 northwest Iowa communities, Country Maid continues to grow and live out the mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves.”






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Dealership Spotlight: Liberty Fundraising

on July 23, 2020

Summer is here and so is July’s “Dealership Spotlight” post. This month is all about celebrating freedom, independence, and community, so we wanted to feature a dealership that embodies all these ideals, right down to its name. Liberty Fundraising has been “helping others helps themselves” with Butter Braid® pastry fundraisers for almost two decades. During this time, the team at Liberty Fundraising has provided unwavering support and optimism to local communities, quickly becoming known as a dealership that will do whatever it takes to help their groups reach their fundraising goals.

History

Joel Wegener always wanted to own his own business. However, he was far too busy with his career in education, and he just couldn’t find the right time to start. Then, one day, Joel heard there was an opportunity to open a fundraising dealership in his area. After looking into it, Joel knew this was the perfect opportunity for him to finally achieve his dream. He accepted it as a God-given challenge. Joel opened Liberty Fundraising in August of 2002.

Currently in Loveland, Ohio, Liberty Fundraising has done a lot of growing over the years. The business office moved from Joel’s house to a bigger, rented space. He added warehouse space, installed a freezer, and purchased several freezer vehicles. Joel also hired more workers to help support him, so he could continue to grow his business. One of those new workers is his daughter Martha, who has been a big help with sales, marketing, and deliveries. And these new additions have paid off because Liberty Fundraising is now able to help more groups than ever reach their fundraising goals.

Fundraising Groups

The team at Liberty Fundraising delivers the best service because they believe they serve the best people. Joel and his team love helping groups attain the financial freedom needed to achieve their dreams. Over the years, they have helped groups raise money for band trips, school choirs, cheer uniforms, educational tools, mission trips, and more. The Liberty Fundraising team never backs down from a challenge, and this attitude has allowed them to help raise over $4 million for many great, local causes.

Groups love working with Liberty Fundraising because the dealership never fails to provide the best support, no matter the challenges. Angela Page, a local group leader, said, “Our fundraiser started before the stay-at-home orders from the governor went into effect. Joel was absolutely amazing about being flexible with delivery and called several times to make sure things were going well. He wanted to be as helpful as possible, and he was. We will definitely be using Liberty Fundraising again for our fundraisers.”

What Joel Wants People To Know

Joel and his dealership have done a lot for the communities he serves, but he isn’t one to take credit. Instead, he very humbly attributes his good fortune and success to the help of all the people around him. “In the 17+ years of running Liberty Fundraising, there have been many challenges, funny stories, and exciting things to happen,” Joel explains. “To the extent that I have been successful, I give credit to God, my family, the workers that have come to my aid during critical times, and Country Maid, Inc. There have been enough ‘God moments’ to keep me optimistic and enough challenges to keep me humble. I cannot emphasis enough my appreciation for the Country Maid family. My advice to others is nothing new or original, but it is very true: work like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God.”

Liberty Fundraising has been a great addition to the Butter Braid brand, and we are very thankful to have had them with us for the last two decades. Joel and his team bring a lot of heart to the business and to the communities they serve. If you are looking to run a fundraiser in the Cincinnati and southwest Ohio area, get in contact with Liberty Fundraising. You’ll be in great hands with them; after all, there’s nothing better than liberty.

Connect with Liberty Fundraising today!

Website: http://libertyfrc.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liberty-Fundraising-1916844348638130/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libertyfundraising_/






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How Kids Benefit from Fundraising

on July 17, 2020

Most people know how fundraising benefits their local schools, clubs, and organizations –  from paying for sports equipment, to providing more after school care options, to supporting vital community programs. But there are other benefits to fundraising you may not have known. Fundraising provides multiple learning opportunities for the kids who participate. Talking with potential customers, handling money, managing orders, and working with others will help kids develop new and important skills that will benefit them in all aspects of life.

Customer Service Skills

Students gain valuable leadership and communication tools when selling products for fundraisers. Selling teaches kids how to think through the sales process. They learn the importance of eye contact, using clear and concise language, and maintaining a positive attitude. These skills will help propel them forward in academic competitions, college interviews, and the job market.

Goal Setting

Fundraising also teaches children how to set goals. It teaches them the power of choice: when to sell, how much to sell, who to sell to, and who to work with. Once they make those decisions, they can set appropriate goals to match their plan. Kids will also learn how to set group goals and how working together can help their community.

Teamwork

To make a fundraiser successful, everyone has to work together. Kids work with each other, parents, teachers, group leaders, and members of the community to reach their goals. When collaborating with others, kids learn to compromise and share ideas which will help them flourish in team-oriented environments.

Community Value

Finally, fundraising shows students how important their community is. Members of the community are the ones that step up and support local groups when they need it, like by purchasing from a fundraiser. Likewise, communities depend on support from families and students to maintain parks, shelters, recreational programs, and businesses. Through fundraising, students learn that the school is just one part of the community, and that everyone can benefit when people come together to help one another.

Fundraising offers plenty of opportunities for kids to learn and grow. They get to expand their communication skills, understand the importance of setting goals, and learn how to work together with many different people. And, even more importantly, they get to see how their actions not only benefit themselves but the community. So, during your next fundraiser, take the time to communicate these possibilities to the parents in your group. You just might get a few more people excited to fundraise.






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Dealership Spotlight: Big Sky Fundraising

on June 19, 2020

June is here and so is this month’s “Dealership Spotlight.” The dealership featured this month is one of our newest dealerships, having joined the Butter Braid® family in 2017. Big Sky Fundraising is owned by Chris and Joy Skovira. The Skoviras put a lot of heart into their fundraisers because they care so much about the causes and groups they serve, and that extra care is why groups love to work with them.

History

Chris and Joy have 3 children. Over the years their children have been involved in many extracurricular activities which means the Skoviras participated in plenty of fundraisers to help support their children. The family quickly got familiar with most kinds of fundraising products, but no product ever really “wowed” them. Until one year when Joy bought two Butter Braid pastries from a coworker selling them for her granddaughter. Chris and Joy tried their first Butter Braid pastry on Christmas Day 2016. They instantly fell in love with the taste and quality of the product. To this day, Chris says it was the greatest Christmas present he ever received.

The Skoviras opened their dealership a short time later in Hot Springs, Virginia. Chris had plenty of experience owning his own business as his family owned several different businesses throughout the years. His family always built their businesses on a foundation of great customer service, and that is what set them apart from everyone else. Chris built his dealership on that same foundation. His devotion to his customers is why they keep coming back to him and his business every year.

Fundraising Groups

Chris and Joy love hearing how well groups have done with their fundraising program. They’ve helped raise money for Disney band trips, the Alzheimer’s Walk, mission trips, Operation Christmas Child, and more. In the 2 ½ years they’ve been working with these groups, they’ve helped raise over $125,000.

Big Sky Fundraising’s customers rave about their experience with Chris and his team. Chef Sandra H., a culinary arts teacher at Buckingham CTE Central, said, “Butter Braid pastry fundraising through Big Sky Fundraising has been a wonderful experience! Butter Braid pastries are an excellent product. Plus the customer service and attention to detail provided by Chris and his team is exceptional. I will continue to use Butter Braid pastries as our primary fundraising effort and recommend it to my colleagues.” Ann S., an employee at a local learning center, wrote, “The Skoviras are efficient, helpful, and accommodating in every way, doing most of the work for us!”

The Butter Braid brand is glad Big Sky Fundraising is part of the family. The Skoviras and their team are a caring group of people who are devoted to helping others raise money for their great causes. If you live on the western border of Virginia or in Charlottesville or Harrisonburg, Big Sky Fundraising is there to help you will all your fundraising needs.

Connect with Big Sky Fundraising today!

Website: http://bigskyfundraising.com/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigskyfundraising/






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