School Fundraising with Discount Cards
Discount card fundraisers are a fun twist on the classic coupon books that we grew up with. Fortunately, you don’t have to carry around that tome full of savings with these creative and convenient discount cards. What’s particularly exciting about the discount card fundraisers is that they are totally customizable! Add a team photo to the front of your discount card to win over parents and fans and foster school spirit.
What are some creative discount card fundraiser ideas?
Perfect for a fundraiser to send a team to a championship or a national competition, the customization gives you the flexibility to choose either team or personal shots - or both if you want to up-sell. Adding a team logo brands the discount card, making it even easier to sell at games. A good idea would be to add companies on the back that have relevance to the team. For instance, if you’re having a pizza party you could add Papa John’s, or if your team tradition is to have a Zaxby’s outing after practice, you could add them as well.
Discount cards aren’t limited to just sports teams, however. A fun idea to fundraise with discount cards would be for a debate team, mathletes, or even a chess club! Just take a team photo and submit a catchy slogan and you’re good to go. All of these are good options for fundraisers geared towards a younger audience and their families. The customizability is a strong way to drive home your mission and purpose for the discount card fundraiser.
When and Where Should I Sell Discount Cards?
Try fundraising at games, events, meetings, or even at the end of after-school activities by the buses and parent pick-up when everyone is headed home for dinner. Never underestimate the power of a hungry stomach, especially if you’re selling coupons to places like Popeyes and Domino’s. Experienced marketers know that proximity in terms of time and place is a powerful sales tool and key component of the marketing mix.
Finally, consider seasonal opportunities for your discount card fundraisers. Anticipation of the holidays can make people more money conscious, so a savings tool will be appealing. But, springtime means summer break is coming up, and families might be eating out more!
How much can I Earn with a Discount Card Fundraiser?
The minimum order is 250 cards, but at $10 a piece they will profit you $4 each - or $1,000 total! Being that the discount cards are plastic, credit card thick, and don’t expire for 13 months, family and friends won’t have to worry about the investment. They’ll have a year to use all the great value the discount card fundraiser offers. Parents will likely want to buy multiple for their family to use, and college students will likely find them to be a particularly good investment.
After you submit the photo, logo, and/or phrase you want included on the front of the card, and the businesses you want us to contact for the back, we’ll design it for you and send a proof before they go to print. Just remember to submit your information about 4-6 weeks prior to when you plan to start because that’s how long it will take to build your customized card. Learn more about how discount card fundraisers work
How do businesses get placed on my card?
We do the work of contacting and securing the merchants for your discount card. We contract with merchants that are local to your area, as well regional and national businesses from around the country.
You choose the merchants. So that we can build a card that is well-designed and easy for potential buyers to read, we limit each card to 12 merchants. To get 12 businesses on the back of your card, we ask that you provide at least 36 businesses when you complete your discount card design form. Occasionally, we may need to contact additional merchants.
We recommend that you select well-known businesses. 80% of a typical card is made up of eating establishments.
What types of discounts are on our card?
When we contact merchants, we ask that they provide a “buy one get one free” offer, a percentage off, or a dollar discount. Ultimately, it's up to the merchant to decide which offer works best for them.
Will our card be valid at multiple locations?
For businesses with more than one location, cards are only valid at the one address listed on the back of the card for that business.
Can we sell the card for more than $10?
Sure, however we don't recommend selling it for over $20. If you’re interested in increasing your profit even more, we'll put whatever price you want on your card.
What is the quality of the card?
All cards are produced to the following standards:
- Full layout front & back
- Typesetting front & back
- Image placement
- 30 mil plastic (credit card thickness)
- 4 color prints on both sides of card
- 375” x 2.125” (credit card size)
- All colors are available except royal blue
Can we personalize the front of our card?
The design options for the front of your card are endless. For example, we can put a picture of your group, team or schedule, school logo or a special cause.
When you’re completing your design form, you'll be able to upload your image. We recommend that your card include your organization’s name, logo and other relevant information.
Will we see our discount card before it’s printed?
Yes, we’ll ask you to review and approve your card once we've completed it. This gives you the opportunity to check your design, grammar and spelling. If necessary, businesses can be removed, but new ones cannot be added.
How do we know if merchants will honor the discounts?
Merchants are required to sign an agreement stating they'll honor the discount once a they’ve agreed to be on your card. We'll send the merchant a copy of the finished card so they can forward it to their employees.
How do businesses benefit from being on our card?
The benefits for businesses include free advertising, valuable publicity and increased foot traffic. There's no cost to them for being on your card.
For many businesses this is the opportunity to give back and support the cause of a local school or organization.
How often can we use our card?
Each merchant on your card will honor their discount once a day until the card expires.
Cards are not valid with any other coupons, discounts, offers or promotions, on alcohol, tax or tip and are non-transferable.
Do discount cards expire?
Yes, after you receive your cards, they’ll expire on the first day of the 13th month.
For example, if you receive your cards in August, they'll expire on September 1st of the following year. We’ll place your expiration date on your card.
How long does it take to receive our discount cards?
Building and shipping your customized discount card takes about 4-6 weeks.
What is the minimum number of cards that can be ordered?
The minimum order is 250 cards. We offer pricing discounts at higher order levels.
Can we order additional discount cards?
Yes, additional cards can be reordered at the same rate as your initial order. For example, if your initial order was for 500 cards, you received 50% profit. So on any reorders, you’ll receive the same profit.
The minimum reorder quantity is 100 cards. Since your card is already in our system, printing usually takes about 3-5 business days This does not include the time needed to ship your order.
Do you take back discount card returns?
Unfortunately we don't take back any unsold cards since the cards are built exclusively for your organization.
How do we pay for our discount card order?
Payment options include submitting a purchase order, signing an agreement, or paying by check.
If you choose to submit a purchase order or sign an agreement, payment is due within 15 days of when you receive your cards.
Do we have to pay for our discount cards to be shipped?
No, we’ll ship your discount cards to you for free. There is also no charge for additional orders.