Top Ten List for You to have a Great Fundraiser!

1. Make a list of potential customers and people to help you sell

2. Start selling right away to meet your goal!

3. Make sure to introduce yourself to your customers

4. Tell your customers about what you are selling

5. Tell customers the expected delivery date

6. Do not sell door-to-door without adult supervision or after dark

7. Collect money when you make the sale

8. Keep Butter Braid pastries FROZEN on delivery day!!!

9. Enjoy knowing your sales made a difference

10. Most Important - Have Fun – we want you to have a GREAT experience!!!

3 Reasons Why Thank You Letters Are Important

Sending a thank you letter to your parents and supporters at completion of the fundraiser is a great way of acknowledging their contributions and increases your chances for fundraising success in the future.

Double Your Fundraising Sales Results

Getting everyone in your group to participate in a fundraising sale can make a big difference in your success!

Check out the infographic to see how much of a difference!

Three simple things to increase your participation today:

  • Goal-setting – individual and group
  • Communication – to involve sellers and parents
  • Motivation – to reward participation

Talk to your local fundraising expert today to find out other ways to improve your fundraising sales results!

10 Tips To A Successful Sales Fundraiser

Make any sales fundraiser a success by following these 10 pointers.

  1. Make contact with other groups
    Be aware of what other fundraisers are going on within the school. Try staggering the fundraisers out or run them together if the merchandise selection is unique.
  1. Get everyone on the same page
    Call a brief committee meeting to review key dates and activities of the project. Be sure to discuss what their expectations are.
  1. Create enough selling time
    Schedule your sales so it spans at least two weeks and preferable three weekends, starting on a Thursday or Friday and ending on a Monday or Tuesday. Keep it in front of everyone as much as possible. Send filers home, put in the newsletter, display on bulletin board and school website.
  1. Kick the fundraiser off right
    Get the students and parents excited, if they are excited they are more likely to participate.
  1. Get the message to the parents
    Ask the fundraising company to provides samples of the products for the parents and sellers. Consider doing this at the school’s open house. Make a display of what the money will be used for if the goal is reached.
  1. Put it in writing
    Send the product catalog home with a detailed letter attached to the front. Customize the letter with specific information (over dollar goal, where the money will be used, key dates, payment instructions, check payable to who, contact name and numbers).
  1. Give frequent reminders
    Make several announcements over the course of the sale to remind students of goals, what the money will be used for, and key dates.
  1. Line up volunteers
    Volunteers will be needed the day of delivery to help pack and organize the orders. Some students may sell to much for them to carry home, but aware of this and be prepared to send notices home if that is the case.
  1. Make pickup easy
    Pick the least disruptive pickup time and location. Set signs around the school to direct parents of pickup location.
  1. Remind everyone why you did this
    Whether the money is used for a specific project or general fund, let the teachers, parents and students know why their effort was worthwhile.

3 Hidden Costs That Hurt Sales

Be on the lookout! There are many elements within a fundraiser that can “cost” you extra.

  • Time – time is money
  • Quality – the product matters
  • Unknowns – read the fine print

3 Tips to A Successful Fundraising Kick Off

A parent meeting with sellers is key! It’s crucial they understand the importance of the fundraiser-i.e. what the money is going towards, why it’s necessary, and what impact will it have on their child.

Below are three tips to a successful parent meeting!

Searching For Your Next Fundraiser? Use This Checklist!

This is a very handy tool when you are searching for a fundraising company. Simply go through the checklist to be sure that you are selecting the fundraising company that is best for you and your group.

Focus on the Dollars and Cents – Not the Profit Percents!

When it comes to fundraising, a wise man once said, “You can’t deposit percents into your bank account.”

What you can deposit, is a high, per-item profit on each item sold!

Choose a simple fundraiser offering at least $5.00 per item profit. This will help you achieve your goals faster and with less overall effort.

While 50% or higher profit can seem like a great deal, be sure you know exactly how much work you are getting yourself into. This often times mean you are paying for the hidden “fees” of:

  • up-front purchases
  • delivery fees
  • no fundraising support, resources, or tools
  • long-term contracts
  • low per-item profit
  • more work for you and your sellers

Check out the helpful infographic below to see how much a high, per-item profit can help you to maximize your fundraising goals!

10 Tips for Higher Fundraiser Sales

An important factor for increasing your fundraising sales and ultimately the success of your fundraiser is how well the fundraiser is promoted.

Top 10 Tips to Increase Fundraiser Sales and Success!

  1. Send a letter to parents
  2. Hold a kick-off event
  3. Place an article in your group’s newsletter
  4. Set up a group page on Facebook
  5. Create a Facebook event
  6. Plaster posters throughout your school and community
  7. Put up yard signs
  8. Use local newspapers, television, and radio to spread the word
  9. Send email blasts
  10. Use group/school website to promote your fundraiser

#1 Reason Customers Don’t Buy

67% were never asked.

Spread the word about your next fundraising sale!!

Which Fundraiser Is Right For You?

All fundraisers are not created equal. Check out the infographic below to see which fundraiser is right for you!

4 Simple Ways To Evaluate Your Fundraiser

You’ve met your goal and you think “success”. But is it true? How do you know you couldn’t have raised more?

Doing a fundraiser evaluation is so important. Yes, you raised the money, but what about volunteer morale, customer satisfaction and the whole fundraiser process. This is what will impact you on your next fundraiser.

Here are four simple steps:

1 Have a plan to get feedback before you start Build it into the planning stages so it everyone knows you will be asking for this ahead of time and it will not be viewed as extra work at the end.

#2 Ask Everyone Make an effort to hear from everyone involved: volunteers, students, supporters, teachers, etc. This will help you find a specific problem and you will be able to find areas of improvement. Ask questions such as, “what worked?”, “what didn’t?”, and “what would you change?”. This will help you get constructive feedback, verses a list of complaints or compliments.

#3 Make It Easy Make it quick. For example, deliver a survey to your email list. Make a round of phone calls to volunteers. Place a comment card with every order. Send a feedback form home with a thank you note to parents.

4 Give an Incentive A good way to break through the “I’m too busy” excuse for not returning the forms is to offer an incentive. Such as: a discount at local restaurant or free product from fundraiser. Enter everyone’s name into a drawing and draw one name. Constructive feedback on your fundraising program can help boost morale, not just correct flaws. Here is to a great fundraiser!

5 Qualities To Look For In A Fundraising Partner

Do you need to raise funds, but you aren’t sure how to get started? The first thing to do is to find a fundraising partner that will be there for you through the entire fundraising process. Below are 5 qualities you should be looking for in a fundraising partner.

  1. Impeccable Integrity – The fundraising partner will always treat you and your customers with respect.
  2. Good Listener – The fundraising partner is truly listening to your needs and coming up with a solution to meet those needs.
  3. Ability To Motivate – The fundraising partner will go out of their way to motivate not only you but also your group. Coming up with creative ways to help you meet your goal.
  4. Supportive – Not hitting your goals mid-way through your fundraiser? The fundraising partner will be their to support you and come up with a plan to help you.
  5. Great Customer Service – Feeling overwhelmed? The fundraising partner will be there through the entire process and be willing to help whenever needed.

Be sure to run through this list before signing on for your next fundraiser. Good luck!

10 Ways to Stay Optimistic in Fundraising

1. Plan Your Week and Day

Having a clear fundraising plan in mind can greatly reduce stress and planning priorities for the day and week gives us a peace of mind. It’s simple:

  • Clearly define your fundraising goals
  • Brainstorm the tasks that are required to complete them
  • Define the roles that you will take, as well as the roles of others who will be assisting you
  • Start scheduling

2. Understand that Things Won’t Always Go as Planned

It’s better in life to realize that not everything is going to go as planned all the time. Expect the unexpected. If you expect everything in life to go the way you hoped for, you will quickly be disappointed. Accepting that things go wrong sometimes, makes it much easier to stay optimistic.

3. Be Thankful

There is always something to be thankful for. Recognizing these great things in life is sure to bring positivity. Reminding yourself of your blessings will always put you in a great mood and ready to bring out the optimism in your fundraising partners!

4. Surround Yourself With Positive People

The people we surround ourselves with have a big impact on our attitude. If we surround ourselves with negative people, we tend to catch their negativity. Fortunately, the opposite is true as well. If we surround ourselves with optimistic people, we tend to be more optimistic as well.

5. Get Spiritually Connected

Becoming spiritually connected is sure to give a positive outlook on your fundraising and on life in general. You can do this through prayer, meditation or reading scriptures.

6. Don’t give in to the Negative Self-talk

You are in control of your mind, your mind is not in control of you!

7. Read Positive and Inspiring Books

You can maintain an optimistic mindset by reading a positive or motivational book. This could lead you to some fundraising inspiration!

8. Be Willing to Let Things Go

Take some time to clear your head of all the physical clutter. It is much easier to keep an optimistic outlook when you learn to let things go. Start with the small, and then get the momentum building.

9. Take Care of Yourself First

The first person we always neglect is ourselves. It is important to remember that in order to be of great service to others, we must take care of ourselves first.

10. Find Opportunities in Negative Situations

Not all of your fundraising work will be successful. Use your mistakes to open new doors and pave new opportunities.

How to use the internet to boost your fundraiser’s sales?

  • Use your website
    • Communicate your goals
    • Thank your sponsors
    • Showcase offerings
    • Recognize success
    • Honor goals being met
  • Use Social Media
    • Create awareness
    • Communicate the cause
    • Show your progress
    • Thank your customers
  • Use Email – Communicate with the parents
    • Beginning of the sale
    • Mid-way through the sale
    • After the sale is complete