We recently had one of our elementary schools express an interest in selling discount cards for their next sale. We were curious because they usually sold gift items out of a brochure.
It turns out that this school was doing a major renovation and didn’t have the space needed to receive a brochure shipment. They'd never sold discount cards before, but their main reason for trying them was there would be no space requirements for delivery boxes. Discount cards come in a box that you can hold in your hand.
Was changing their program worth it, just to have an easy fundraising delivery?
Have a Fundraising Delivery Plan
When looking at fundraising programs, one of the considerations should be how the merchandise will be delivered. Ideally, everyone will pick up their boxes on delivery day, but most of the time there are leftover orders. Therefore, you'll need to ask yourself several important questions including:
- How much space will I have available for short-term storage if necessary?
- Will the storage area be temperature-controlled?
- What kind of support will I have at my delivery?
- How responsive will parents be about picking up orders?
Based upon your answers to these and perhaps other questions, you'll want to consider selling a product that will meet your fundraising delivery needs. However, there are other factors to consider as well when deciding on a program.
Fundraiser Merchandise Storage Options
What follows is a list of the more common types of fundraisers and what their storage requirements are:
- Gift Items: Temperature-controlled storage (room temperature or below due to chocolate).
- Frozen Food: Freezer space is necessary.
- Non-Perishable Items: Such as sports mugs or jewelry (temperature control is not an issue).
- Discount Cards: No storage is required and temperature isn't an issue.
Of course you can eliminate your delivery altogether to your school by selecting a company that offers home delivery.