College Fundraising Ideas

College Fundraising Ideas

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How Does a College Fundraiser Work?

There are basically 2 ways that college groups can raise money selling products. They can either take orders through a brochure, or sell an actual product.

If you choose to sell items out of a brochure, we’ll send you enough brochures for everyone in your organization along with order forms and money collection envelopes. After your sale is over, simply send us your order forms. We have several college fundraising ideas to choose from, including seasonal fall and spring shoppers, cookie dough, frozen food or specialty brochures.

Your profit is the difference between the total amount that you collect and your invoice. Once we process your order, we’ll ship you your merchandise prepacked by seller.

Another option is to order the product first, then distribute it to your group to sell. Payment would be due within 15 days from the date that you receive your product. You can offer popcorn, beef jerky, pretzel rods, or customizable school products like tumblers or discount cards.

What Makes Our College Fundraising Programs Better?

  • Larger Selection – We offer over 100 different brochures and products to choose from. You’ll be able to find the perfect college fundraiser.
  • Higher Value – Our customers sell the highest-quality consumer-based merchandise in the fundraising industry. People already want what you’ll be selling.
  • Simple & Easy – Once your order has been processed, we’ll provide you with a sales report, and your orders will be prepacked by seller, making your delivery a breeze.
  • Higher Profits –Make up to 90% profit.
  • Low Minimums – Our order minimums are reasonable and we offer free shipping.
  • Online Store – Add a 2nd revenue stream. Sell out of a brochure as well as online.
  • Full-time Customer Service – We’re available to answer your questions. Just give us a call.
  • Start a Fundraiser for Free – You don’t pay anything up front. We’ll send you what you need with no startup cost.

Questions about College Fundraisers

  1. What are some cheap college fundraising ideas? Consider offering ‘impulsive-buy’ products that everyone is already familiar with and loves, like popcorn, candy bars or beef jerky.
  2. What are the most profitable college fundraisers? We recommend selling scratch cards or discount cards. These items are personalized with your group name and picture.
  3. What are some unique fundraising ideas for college groups? Promote school spirit and unity by offering a personalized tumbler or mug with your school name, colors and logo. Before selling any product related to your school, we recommend finding out if you need to be preapproved.
  4. How long do college fundraisers last? If you’re using a brochure, we recommend 2 full weeks. To sell a product, give your group 1 week.
  5. Why is product fundraising effective? The advantage is you’re working with a company that does a lot of the work for you. Therefore, you don’t need to design and develop your own fundraiser from the ground up. Learn more

College Fundraising Ideas & Tips

  • Use our ‘Calculate Our Profit’ tool to find out how much money your group can raise. You can even find out how much product you should order based on the number of students in your group and how much you want each member to sell.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough time to get your product delivered before an extended holiday or school break.
  • If selling out of a brochure be sure to also promote your online store using social media and email.
  • Have an overall sales goal for your group as well as a goal for each person in your group.
  • Be sure to check in with your sellers periodically to make sure they’re on track to reaching their individual sales goal.

College Fundraisers

Fundraising as part of a college age group can be one of the easiest and most straight-forward of any sales campaign. With this demographic, it’s less about the sales pitch and more about the actual cause. Focus on creatively targeting your audience and engaging them in the purpose behind the project.

For instance, if you’re raising money to create promotional materials to generate excitement and interest in student government, try selling the pretzel rods with a clever note or informational card attached. College students are simple customers: they’re much more likely to spend their money on causes they care about and tasty snacks.

Creative College Fundraising Ideas

Kendel Tumblers are a perfect example of attracting attention to the cause behind your college fundraiser. Because they’re customizable, you can integrate a logo that’s relevant to the purpose of your fundraiser to not only spread support, but also to create a talking point about an important social issue.

If you sell them alongside some freshly brewed coffee, these 20 oz. mugs will definitely get everyone through their 8 a.m. classes. These mugs are perfect for collegiate teams, sororities, or any club that could feature a group photo in the design. Consider getting a local roaster to donate some coffee, and offer a free cup for anyone who has purchased a tumbler during exam week.

Or maybe it’s Earth Day and you want to start an initiative to beautify the campus. Try selling flower seeds to students who live off campus and want to spruce up their yards a little. The Spring Flowers brochure even features fruit seeds, which could be marketed in a culinary fundraiser direction. Students who are interested in sustainability will find this to be a particularly appealing college fundraising idea.

Maximize Profit with a College Fundraiser

Among the most profitable college fundraising ideas will without a doubt be a snack related item. If you’ve ever stepped foot on a college campus early morning or mid afternoon you know foot traffic is prominent - and fast paced. Many students will skip meals because the dining halls are too far from class or they don’t have enough time, and a quick snack is essential.

Know your audience, and cater to their needs! Park your fundraiser at a high-traffic spot where paths cross and students are everywhere and you’re sure to grab attention. The Variety Pack Popcorn and beef sticks are ideal for these spots. It’s never too early to plan ahead for a grumbly stomach after a three-hour lecture.

More College Fundraising Tips

Don’t forget that when you’re fundraising on a college campus, you’re dealing with adults. Make sure that your fundraiser makes sense and that your intent is genuine. Millennials are a tough marketing audience, because they can see through gimmicks. All the snacks in the world can’t save you from a student who is already in a rush and feels you’re being too pushy. Check out how to fundraise for a cause

Great college fundraising ideas are often born out of ingenuity. If you pair your product with a charity, organization, or team that makes sense to others, you’ll be on the road to reaching your financial goals.