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• Tuesday, February 08th, 2011

Autumn: Promote A Harvest Festival

Everyone loves a good harvest festival or Oktoberfest! Your organization can easily start and nurture a small annual festival event of your very own as a fundraiser. Essential to any such fest is a healthy supply of delicious fall foods and fun seasonal activities. Maybe arranging a pick-your-own pumpkin patch or offering evening hayrack rides and a bonfire would work out well.

Of course, if planning and hosting your very own fall festival from scratch seems a bit over-ambitious, you can always find a partner. For example, many orchards, farms, and wineries already offer all kinds of festive autumn activities-your organization could team up with these folks for a day or a weekend to kind of make the event your own or maybe just to set up your own booth.

Seasonal FundraiserWinter: Provide Christmas Tree Removal

For all of the folks out there who purchase holiday wreathes and trees for decoration, it’s always fun and festive to actually do the seasonal decorating-but having to undo it all is, well…not so fun. A great winter season fundraiser for a capable group or organization involves a little Christmastime cleanup.

Why not organize a tree and wreath disposal fundraiser? It’s simple; just set up a post-holiday weekend for everyone to chip in, and with a few trucks, pick up disposed greenery and transport it to your local area compost site for a reasonable donation. Start by calling friends, family, and neighbors a few days in advance (and ask for referrals too)-you’ll have a solid weekend worth of pick-ups in no time at all!

Spring: Host A Plant Sale

Hosting a plant sale fundraiser is absolutely perfect for the springtime! A time when people get excited about driving to the nurseries and garden centers to plan their seasonal landscapes and gardens, your organization can easily carve its own little niche within the popular pastime.

One way to do something a bit different than all of the home centers-and make a little bit of extra profit for your fundraiser while you’re at it-is to have members of your organization donate their own cuttings or plant bulb splitting (like hostas or hydrangeas, for example). Sometimes perennials like these can be quite expensive to purchase from a nursery, while many home gardeners are eagerly looking for a suitable way to thin out their plantings. It’s a win-win for your group!

Summer: Sell Your Own Custom Flip Flops

As popular as flip flops are these days, a great beginning of summer fundraiser for your group could be to have your own custom flip flops created and sell them to raise money. You could use your group’s logo or message to help spread the word-or you could even come up with some other snappy slogan that matches the demographics of who you’ll be selling them to.

Another idea that fits the theme could be to host a BBQ or swim party and offer your custom printed sandals for sale there (or even give them away as a welcome gift to those registering for the event). After all, you’d be surprised how inexpensively customized flips can be printed in bulk-and who needs another T-shirt in their already overfilled dresser drawers?

Hopefully one of these seasonal fundraising ideas will work for you, or at least help inspire your own creative ideas. Best of luck with your group’s next fundraiser!

About the Author

Kathy Klossner is the SEO webmaster of www.baguscustom.com where you can find out more about cheerleading fundraisers.

  

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• Saturday, January 01st, 2011

Have you been looking for the perfect favor for that event you’ve been planning? Just can’t make up your mind? Need something with WOW factor that fits in the budget? Customized silicone wristbands are the perfect solution! These wristbands are perfect for fundraisers, birthday parties, sport events or showing support for that cause or organization.

The customized message on the wristband makes this favor a keepsake to treasure. Show team spirit with your team logo, or a child’s name and the date of a birthday party, or a band name for that concert. Advertise for your cause like cancer awareness or any other cause or organization. The message can be on the front, on the back, and on the inside as well. Completely customize the color or colors, swirl them or even make them glow in the dark!!! Find the style you need. Choose from debossed, color coated, ink injected, printed or embossed.

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With the low cost of silicone wristbands your fundraiser is sure to be a success. Keep them talking about the event long after it’s over. Every time someone sees the wristband let the memories begin. So if you’re looking for that perfect favor – look no more, silicone wristbands are just what you need!!!

About the Author
George Pettit is a journalist and marketing specialist from New Caledonia. He is often writing about promotions, marketing, promotional products such as lanyards, silicone wristbands, key chains and similar.

  

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• Saturday, January 01st, 2011

Getting ideas for fundraising, that pay off, is usually one of the most trying decisions you reach in this process. There are thousands of options.

You need to deal with this decision like a small business. However, you would like to keep it fun! Fun is part of fundraising; you dont plan to make it all drudgery for your volunteers.

One matter to consider is a core ‘anchor’ fundraiser, such as a online store set up to take sales year around, as way to keep generating funds each month. Some companies maintain a terrific catalog of online stores to take from and there are even ones with cash back to the customer! That adds worth! Then, add more fun to promote, short term quick cash ideas like the ‘arrest your friends at high school football game”, or the “church bake sale”.

Treating it like a small business means that you need to maintain a Written Project Plan that lays out everyone’s roles and responsibilities, make use of motivated volunteers and equip them with everything they need to do a splendid job.

1. You need to be able to communicate what you are doing and why in fewer than two sentences. State what your fundraiser is all about and make certain there is a compelling call to act; this sentence needs to be used in next to all your interaction in relation to your fundraiser.

2. Decide in advance what your options for publicity are, can you get aid of an already existing website? Are there area newsletters or other free communications that can be used? Are there a few gatherings where this project can be announced and kicked off?

3. You furthermore need to consider safety; every idea for fundraising needs to exclude all risk taking, all door to door sales activities must include an adult, so while laying out your project plan be certain to caution against something risky.

4. Within your Project Plan you additionally need to appoint a given time line, a definite start and end date. Use 3 complete weekends and the 2 weeks in between them, it’s sufficient enough to get the word made known to one and all, but brief enough to not thoroughly exhaust your volunteers. You need enthusiastic volunteers, if they aren’t excited, your sales suffer.

Tips: While taking into consideration real merchandise or service ideas for fundraising remember quality, quality adds significance and a valuable service or product means more purchases and more money for your organization in the long run. You will need the total neighborhood involved in the fundraiser’s success, and top quality will help make that take place, giving the neighborhood something they can all move behind.

Also try to vary your sales, the more options a population has the more often they are likely to buy from you. Which is one reason an online store can be profitable, there ought to be 100’s of stores to pick from. Wide varieties of fundraisers can succeed, but remembering to take in the vista from a customer prospective can open up wallets that commonly stay closed.

Give high ranking priority to any ideas for fundraising that can generate profits year around with no further sales activities, perhaps simply a reminder now and then to support us while you shop online.

A year around strategy, that has a central ‘anchored’ focus, and after that a few supplementary lesser “fun” fundraisers, can be converted into the answer to providing the funds your organization needs to function.

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• Saturday, January 01st, 2011

Fundraising lollipops are one of the easiest, most basic products to sell. If you need a quick sale and are not in need of making huge amounts, lollipop fundraisers are perfect. And, despite common misconceptions, every major fundraising distributor sells wholesale fundraising lollipops.

Lollipop FundraisersYou do not need to know a wholesaler. For the most part all lollipop fundraisers are the same in that you are purchasing bulk lollipops in case quantities at discounted prices and re selling the lollipops for a profit. This type of fundraiser is also known as direct sales since you will have the lollipops in your possession and will hand them directly to the customer when they pay you.

Fundraising lollipops come in an enormous variety of flavors, styles and shapes. If you want to hold a lollipop fundraiser, you will find a lollipop perfect for your group. Typically your group will double it’s investment for a lollipop fundraiser. When you double your money, it is considered making 50% profit.

The average fundraising lollipop retails for 50 cents. Your cost is usually 25 cents per lollipop. As you can see, you are selling the lollipops for two times what you are paying for them. Lollipop fundraisers are great for elementary schools and sports teams. They are wonderful for any fundraising group that involves children. They are especially attractive if part of your target sales market includes children.

Lollipop fundraisers are easy because most everyone will eat a lollipop now and then. They are very inexpensive and have fairly long shelf lives. The 50 cent price point means people can and will but multiple units and the sheer variety of shapes and flavors mean you can offer different lollipops and keep everyone happy with fresh ideas. Here are questions to ask when choosing a lollipop fundraising company:

  • What is your minimum order?
  • Is there a delivery charge or shipping fee?
  • How long does it take to get lollipops?

Armed with those simple answers you will be ready to start your lollipop fundraiser.

About the Author
Owner of Easy Fundraising Ideas. We have helped thousands of groups with Lollipop Fundraisers.

  

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• Saturday, January 01st, 2011

Although fundraising seems like a frequent and simple task, there are far too many common mistakes made while running one. That’s where I come in: This is your 10 step guide to running a successful fundraiser.

1. Reasons for Fundraising
Without a will there is no way. Whether your school needs a new playground, a cheaper field trip or new sports equipment a fundraiser is the way to go. If you’re raising just for some extra money, people are less willing to participate. If, however, there is a good reason to fund raise, to better benefit the children, participants will be much more generous. A reason is the key aspect of school fundraising because without a reason, there is no real need for the fundraiser.

2. Fundraising Personnel
There are many decisions to be made, and responsibilities to be taken: fundraisers wouldn’t function without volunteers. The PTA or PTO generally organize these events and as a team a successful fundraiser could be held. Without the fundraising personnel, certain key aspects wouldn’t be worked out such as:

* Picking the fundraiser * Sending out order forms * Collecting/depositing money and * Delivery

It is up to a great team to meet your goals, which brings me to my next point…

3. Goals
Unrealistic goals can bring plenty of disappointment. Set goals that are appropriate; base these goals on your past fundraisers, children’s general motivation etc. A major problem is setting goals that don’t seem worth even trying for. A reasonable goal that all teachers, parents and children could manage will lead to confidence, a key sales skill!

4. Products
Products are also very important in a fundraiser. Selling child-adult appropriate products such as books or cookie dough are far more popular than say, socks. Picking the right company with the appropriate products can mean more sales, and we all know what more sales means.

5. Decide how to raise the money
There’s the old fashion door-to-door, there’s also product sales through catalog, or a classic bake sale. Some ways can be more successful than others; if you have friendly and generous neighbors, the door-to-door is best. Bake sales are good but don’t generally make as much money. Once you’ve decided your products, and how to raise the money, you can begin to promote your fundraiser.

6. Promotion
If nobody knows that there is a fundraiser, what are the chances that they’ll participate. The more advertising done, the more successful your event will be. With tons of advertising, two benefits come along: Firstly, the idea gets stuck in their head, guilting them to buy more. The other benefit is that the more they know about the fundraiser, the more willing they are to pay up. Knowing details reassures them, and lets them feel more in charge. By knowing exactly where the money is going etc. they are more free with their money. Also, the fundraiser needs to be promoted to the children, to excite them, getting the pumped up to succeed!

7. Media
Media can help you earn some more cash, if you’re even simply mentioned in a local newspaper, more customers will notice this, and urge to donate/purchase. By simply drawing up a press release, more promotions will be made. Being on TV can also excite and encourage the students.

8. Asking Questions
Asking yourself appropriate and important questions are very important especially when it comes to hidden costs:

* What is the guarantee for the product? * Is there/what is the shipping cost? * How much profit per item do we receive? * When will we receive our payment? * What type of payments will be accepted? * How long until the products arrive? * How will they be sorted and packaged for delivery? * What are our deadlines?

9. Timing
If one neighbor is visited at 4pm by student A and decides to buy 2 chocolate bars to support A’s fundraiser, when student B comes at 4:30pm, he’d of already bought what he wanted. This theory also works on a larger scale; therefore, the sooner your fundraiser is done (in the fall) the better. In order to have as much revenue as possible, a second-third week of September fundraiser will be a great success. Also this way the students don’t need to freeze in the later months! Timing is also important to ensure payments are all received on time and shipments all meet their deadlines. Timing has to do with organization, bringing me to my final step to a successful fundraiser.

10. Organization
We have been taught to organize since kindergarten, so this seems like a simple thing to do, however as members of PTA etc. many projects on the go can mean being disorganized. Not all the responsibility can be put on the kids – Teachers must have the kids obey all deadlines to ensure easy communication with the company and with the parent-customers.

Bonus #11: Have fun!

About the Author

Andie Campbell is a marketing associate at Green Students Fundraising. She has a passion for the environment and business and is a school fundraising expert.