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Gifts from the Heart

Gifts from the Heart

Gifts from the Heart offers 100 items, including holiday gifts, wrapping paper & accessories, kitchenware, snack food, chocolates, jewelry, candles and flowers. An online store is included with this brochure.

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Online Fundraising

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What Our Customers Say

5

Products came in a timely manner.

Michelle Ricci - Volunteer
Presbyterian Parent Cooperative Preschool
Raised:
$2,582.00
5

Everything was on time, and barring a couple of broken items, most of my students were satisfied.

Robert Beatley - Sponsor
Mooreland High School
Raised:
$4,777.00
4

I think that the brochure had a great variety of items for sale which would appeal to a greater group of people. Most of it was reasonably priced.

Kandis Howard - Teacher
Mansfield Middle School 5th/6th Grades
Raised:
$2,851.00
5

We have used the Holiday Gift Guide fundraiser for the past two years. This program has offered several products each time allowing the fundraiser to appeal to wider audience. This fundraiser has been extremely successful for us, especially being such a small preschool. I have enjoyed working with Big Fundraising Ideas. They have always been ready to help with what ever question we've had. They strive for excellence and run a tight schedule to achieve the best outcome for their clients. I intend to use them every year.

Katherine Reeve - Director/Teacher
Hosanna Preschool
Raised:
$3,057.00
4

The service has been really good overall. Very quick responses to my questions and a very fast turn around. The only issue I had was having to pay $250 for shipping because I only had 217 items sold instead of 250. That took over a third of what I thought would be our profit just because I didn't read the fine print.

Kandis Howard - Teacher
Mansfield Middle School 5th/6th Grades
Raised:
$2,851.00
5

Everything went well except it took a while to get back ordered items. Clay was a great help and answered any questions that I had.

Inez Kucera - Principal
Newgulf Elementary
Raised:
$22,879.00
5

Overall, everything went well. There was one mistake on an order, we were short two items when the original list was sent to us but we missed it when we checked the final document. The family was okay with it, so we just ended up returning the money. Other than that, shipment was great, having everything pre-packaged was great help, so thank you for that! We will definitely add you to our fundraising list for the upcoming school year.

Vernice Grajeda - Principal
Santa Teresita School
Raised:
$2,324.00
5

With this being my first experience with fundraising at all, and obviously, Big Fundraising Ideas, I was very ignorant about the process. I had numerous questions at all points in the process, and they were all answered promptly and with courtesy. I was also afraid that I would have to spend hours sorting both the selling packages and the items once they arrived, but the brochures were all individually packaged and ready to hand to each student. The items ordered also all came packaged by the student that ordered them; saving me so much time and energy! Also, they sent multiple views of the fundraiser, allowing me to look at any angle of the fundraiser I needed, which was nice for rewarding top earners, glancing at the total cost, profits, etc.

There were items that were likely bought for holiday gifts that were on backorder, but this is unavoidable at times. I feel that they handled it professionally, and they alerted me, as well as marked it on each student’s order with what was missing. Overall, the process was way more organized, seamless, and easy than I anticipated. I would definitely recommend and will use this company in the future!

Mikah Perkins - Sponsor
Lamar High School
Raised:
$5,039.00
5

It was great! We were missing one item that I faxed over yesterday, but everything was perfect! I appreciate everything. Thank you, we will definitely be using your company again in the future. 

Lacy Arnold - Sponsor
Jefferson Elementary
Raised:
$5,552.00
5

Customer service made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Michelle Ricci - Volunteer
Presbyterian Parent Cooperative Preschool
Raised:
$2,582.00
5

We distributed orders and so far everyone has gotten all their items. Thank you for your help. It seems that everything went smoothly!

Toshani Meza - Ways & Means Organizer
Westminster Nursery School
Raised:
$4,083.00
5

The products were fantastic! Great choices and price was amazing!

Lacy Arnold - Teacher
Jefferson Elementary
Raised:
$5,552.00
5

The fundraiser was great for our students and we had great sales for our building!

Lacy Arnold - Teacher
Jefferson Elementary
Raised:
$5,552.00
5

The products for sale were much better than the ones we sold last year. I also felt that the prize program was much better suited for my age group.

Robert Beatley - Sponsor
Raised:
$4,777.00
5

The brochure sales allows us to fund raise for additional resources for our students. Students are motivated and rewarded for their hard work and contributions. Great fundraiser! Great support from our community!

Sonia Vera - Assistant Principal
Col. Santos Benavides School
Raised:
$62,767.00
Questions about A Gifts from the Heart?

How it Works

How do we raise money?

Your group raises money when your participants take orders from the brochure.

Do participants get a brochure to show?

Each participant receives a brochure, order form, and zip-lock bag for money collection.

Is money collected up front?

Yes. Buyers can pay by check, cash, money order, or cashier’s check.

Are there any fees?

There are no setup fees or supply costs to start a Gifts from the Heart brochure fundraiser.

Can participants earn prizes?

Yes. Prize programs are optional but recommended. Incentivizing your participants can improve sales. It’s important to discuss your prize program at your kickoff meeting. Then, continue to promote your incentives throughout your sale. This will keep your group motivated.

If your group has 100 or more participants, a prize flyer is placed in each seller’s packet. For smaller groups, the sponsor receives a PDF with their ‘fundraiser supply kit’ email.

There is no cost to the group for our incentive plans.

Learn about our prize programs

How soon can we start?

After you submit our start a fundraiser form you’ll receive an agreement to sign. It will then take at least 7-10 business days to process your order and pack and ship out your supplies.

Learn about our timeline

How long is the fundraiser?

By default, we’ll set your end date 2 weeks after your start date. You can always change your end date. Simply let us know before your sale ends.

Online Store

Can we also raise money online?

Yes, an online store is automatically included. Prior to your A Season of Joy kickoff you’ll receive instructions so your participants can register. Once registered they’ll be able to invite friends and family to shop at your store.

Raising money online adds a 2nd revenue source to your fundraiser.

Your online store will include additional items not found in the brochure.

Do participants need to register?

Registration is the most effective way to raise money online. It's also a great way to get your participants engaged in your cause. As participants register, they’ll be able to share their unique link using text, social media, and/ or email.

The link takes people to your store where the participant’s name appears at the top of the page. This helps make it identifiable to friends and family. For example, “Purchases from this page will be credited to John Doe in support of ABC High School Band.”

Registered sellers will also be eligible to earn credit towards prizes. We encourage groups to supplement our prize program with their own additional incentives.

Do we get our own link?

There are 2 ways to promote your store:

  1. Registration: By default, your group will receive a unique program ID number. Participants will need it to register and share their store link with others using social media, text, and email.
  2. Direct Link: Or, you as the sponsor can register and obtain your unique link first. Then share that link with your entire group. Participants would be able to share your link with their friends and family.

By promoting a direct link, you will only be able to track online sales as a group, not by individual sellers. As a result, participants would not receive prize credit for selling online.

Online Ship to Group Orders

Another limitation with a single store link is getting items to online customers who choose the ‘ship to group’ option. Normally when participants register and send out their own unique links and customers make a purchase, orders are automatically tied to a particular seller.

Any items then ship to the group already packed inside the seller’s box with their other brochure items. Participants then deliver these items to their customers.

But with the single link option, you will need to let any ‘ship to group’ buyers know to pick up their order because it won’t be associated with any seller.

Can we accept donations?

Yes, your store will be set up to accept donations. You make 70% of the donated amount.

Donations do not count towards items sold.

Can buyers credit more than 1 participant?

No. Participants need to register individually. Each participant has their own login and sharing options.

Making Sales

Is there a minimum order?

There are no order requirements for a A Season of Joy fundraiser.

How much money can we make?

You’ll need to know your group size as well your participant goal. Here’s how you can estimate your profit:

Calculation Steps

  1. Participant Count x Participant Item Goal = Items Sold
  2. Items Sold x Average Retail Price = Gross Sales
  3. Gross Sales x Profit % = Group Profit

Example

  1. Let’s say you have 60 participants and you set your participant item goal at 10. The items sold would be 60 participants x 10 Items / participant = 600.
  2. Next, determine your gross sales. The average retail price is about $15 so your gross sales would be 600 Items x $15 = $9,000.
  3. Since your profit is 40%, your group profit would be $9,000 x 40% = $3,600.

Keep in mind that our example is only an estimated profit. In reality, participants probably won’t sell the same number of items. In addition, the average retail dollars sold per seller will vary.

Can we track our sales?

You may not know your exact A Season of Joy brochure sales until the end. Yet there are strategies that can give you a ballpark idea. Learn how to track your fundraising progress

But you'll be able to track online sales in real-time. By logging into your dashboard you'll see participants who’ve sent emails to friends and family as well as up-to-date sales activity.

How do we receive our money?

Brochure Sales: Money and order forms are turned in at the end of the sale. The money gets deposited in your account and the order forms are sent in for processing.

Once the order has been processed, the group receives their sales reports and invoice. The group sends a check for the invoice amount and keeps the rest as profit.

Online Sales: Once your brochure invoice has been paid in full, a check for any online sales is sent to your group.

Donations: Any profits from donations are included with the online sales check.

What is our profit?

Groups make 40% off of all A Season of Joy brochure and online sales.

You receive 70% of online donations.

(Use the ‘Calculate Your Profit’ calculator at the top of the page to learn how much money your group can make)

What about sales tax?

Certain states require that we collect and remit sales tax on your behalf to your state’s department of revenue. We will need to charge sales tax if your state has determined that we have established nexus and you are not tax exempt. See our brochure fundraising tax guide for more information.

Shipping

How soon do we receive our order?

We deliver brochure orders to your group 3-4 weeks after receiving your order forms. Online orders generally ship to customers within 2 business days after purchase.

Where do orders ship to?

Product ships out of our Texas warehouse to all lower 48 states.

How is our order packed?

Orders arrive prepacked by seller.

Is there a shipping fee?

Brochure Sales:

Shipping is free if certain order minimums are met:

Groups up to 100 participants

If you sell 150 or more items there is no shipping charge. A $100 shipping and handling fee will be charged for orders with fewer than 150 items sold.

Groups with over 100 participants

Shipping is free as long as your group averages $20 or more in retail sales per member. (Since the average price of an item listed in a typical brochure is about $14, that is less than 2 items sold per seller)

Ave. Retail Sales / Enrolled Shipping Fee
$0-$9.99 $1 / Enrolled
$10-$14.99 75¢ / Enrolled
$15-$19.99 50¢ / Enrolled
$20+ No Charge

A quick way to determine your average retail sales per enrolled is to divide your total sales by your group enrollment. Consider the following 2 examples.

If your group raises:

  1. $2,500 with 150 members, your average retail sales per enrolled would be $16.67. In this case you would be charged 50¢ x 150 = $75 (See chart above).
  2. $3,500 with 150 members, your average retail sales per enrolled would be $23.33. In this case you would not be charged a shipping fee because you reached $20 per enrolled group member.

Both brochure and online sales count towards the free shipping minimum requirement

 

Online Sales:

Customers pay a shipping fee at checkout to have their order shipped direct to them. Shipping is free on orders over $75.

Buyers also have the option to ship their order to the group. In this case there is no shipping fee.

Do you ship orders to sellers?

Yes this is an option. Instead of shipping A Season of Joy brochure orders to your group, we’ll ship them to each participant. Sellers would then need to distribute items to their customers.

Home delivery fundraisers go by the following profit margins:

Retail Sales Group Profit
$1,000 to $14,999 30%
$15,000 32%

Orders under $1,000 in gross sales will be shipped to the group.

How are product issued handled?

If you have any items that need replacing, you’ll need to submit a form that we’ll attach to your delivery notice email. Sellers will have 7 days to report any missing or damaged items. Groups are allowed 1 submission per fundraiser.