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How to Maximize Your Lollipop Fundraiser

By Clay Boggess on Apr 30, 2014
How to Maximize Your Lollipop Fundraiser

Useful lollipop sales tips that work

People young and old love lollipops, so we already know they’ll sell. But how can you find ways to make even more money and maximize your lollipop fundraiser experience?

Like anything else, it’s important to let people know in advance that you’re having a fundraiser. Promote your sale ahead of time by creating posters that announce when your program’s going to start.

Also, by letting people know what types of lollipops you’ll be selling as well as where they’ll be able to buy them will be helpful. Creating anticipation and high demand for your product up front can definitely help. Here are some additional things that you'll want to consider as well.

2 Ways to Sell Lollipops

You can either issue bags to individual students to sell to family and friends or set up a concession stand. Make sure to have your students help make posters that can be used at your booth. On the other hand, if you’re asking your students to sell them, make sure to use a tracking sheet. This way you’ll know who has outstanding money that needs to be turned in.

Lollipop Fundraiser Themes

Lollipops come in a variety of shapes, colors, flavors and themes. If at all possible, you can further increase sales by scheduling your lollipop sale around a specific cause or celebration. Most people take advantage of Valentine’s Day, but there are many other special occasions as well. Regardless, it helps to establish a purpose for your sale that you can rally support around.

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Lollipop Ordering & Selling Tips

Since most lollipops have to be ordered by the case, you’ll need to know how much to purchase. Cases are further broken down into inner bags. Most students can sell at least one bag because the quantities are reasonable. Most bags will contain about 40 lollipops. It’s hard to over order lollipops because they usually sell well; however we recommend being somewhat conservative with your first order because you can always reorder. Many school fundraising companies offer free shipping regardless of the number of orders you make.

Make your lollipop sale even more fun by having a contest to see who can sell off their bag of lollipops first. The first student to bring back their empty bag gets a reward. This will help you deplete your inventory quicker. You can take it even further by offering an incentive for the student who sells the most bags. Make sure not offer students a second bag until they bring back the money owed for the first bag.

For an additional resource on planning ideas for your next campaign, download our free fundraising tips eBook from our school fundraising tips page.

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