The service I received before, during and after our fundraiser was top notch. My questions were answered quickly and I thought the support during the fundraiser was excellent. The ideas and examples sent to help advertise were so helpful.
10 Best Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Schools
Use the power of the internet to raise money by selling products online. No person-to-person contact and no school deliveries.
Keep fundraising simple. Sell popcorn, cookie dough, candles, wrapping paper, customizable gifts, and more online!
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What Our Customers Say
The person we worked with was awesome. The product we sold worked well but we didn’t realize the expensive shipping cost which impacted sales. Next time we will have to make sure we ask that question!
There was a tumbler for every person's interests so selling was easy.
The product tasted good, but the shipping costs deterred many people from buying it. We really didn't make much money and cookie dough is usually our biggest seller in the past.
My organization selected the Popcornopolis as the online fundraiser to raise money for the graduating class. This product was a great choice for our group since it is affordable and generally liked by many.
This was the easiest and most successful fundraiser I have ever done. I ordered flowers myself, planted them and they are beautiful! Will use Big Fundraising Ideas again for my class fundraising.
I cannot rave enough about the service from Clay and his team to make our fundraising event flawless. He was prompt and extremely helpful!
Some people we disappointed that the brochure had more items than the online store. The store online could also use some work to be a little bit more user friendly.
This fundraising method worked perfectly for our needs. We were looking for a fundraiser where we did not have to collect order forms or do the distribution of products. The online store was easy to distribute to our students and easy to use on the consumer end. The site for tracking sales was really convenient.
It was so easy and simple. So great that the items shipped directly to the buyer.
The fundraising was easy and it was easy to get most of our group to sign up for their online account. This was a fundraiser that was easy to manage without a lot of hassle for sponsors or my students.
Service was prompt.
Students were able to raise some funds.
The candles were amazing.
The fundraiser was seamless and easy to administer to the students and parents.
How Does Online Fundraising Work?
Instead of asking for donations, sell products using the internet. U.S. Consumers spent $601.75 billion online in 2019 alone. Everyone is looking for innovative ways to make raising money easier.
Touchless fundraisers will expand your market. You don't have to take catalog orders in person. Instead, ask your group to direct friends and family to your online store. After they place their order, we ship them their product, and you receive a profit.
Sellers can use our email generator, social media tool, and text feature to reach more people. Learn about 7 Online Fundraising Advantages
- No Face-to-Face Selling. Generate sales by inviting people to your online store.
- Larger Market. Expand your reach nationwide.
- Real-time Sales Updates. You know which group members are selling and how much anytime.
- No Paperwork. No order forms to deal with or money to collect.
- No Group Deliveries. You don’t receive shipments, meaning there is nothing to deliver. Merchandise ships direct to the customer.
- 100% Product Guarantee. We work directly with your buyers to take care of any product issues.
- Great Customer Service. Our goal is a fast and easy sale.
- No Startup Cost. We won’t charge you to set up your store. And there are no order minimums either. Sign up for your online fundraiser today for free.
Questions About Online Fundraisers
Group members promote your online store to people using email, social media, and text. You make up to 50% profit off every purchase.
Our biggest sellers are popcorn and cookie dough. Flowers are a unique fundraising idea. Or you can offer a large selection of products. Variety sells because people have more options.
Select a product and submit the ‘start a fundraiser’ form to get started. We’ll send you your online store ‘prep’ instructions and access information.
When selling products, be sure to get participants to register. This way, they'll be able to share their unique store link with friends and family. It's also important to remind them to keep sharing the link throughout the sale.
There is no cost for us to set up your store.
You'll have access to your online sales dashboard to check your progress anytime.
People have the opportunity to donate as well.
We recommend keeping your store open for two weeks.
Your profit check is processed within 15 business days of the close of your store.
Only the buyer pays a fee to ship them their product. Our programs offer customers free shipping once a specific dollar amount is ordered.
Online Fundraising Suggestions & Tips
- Schedule a virtual kickoff meeting with your group members. There are plenty of free collaborative software tools available. Learn more
- Set a seller goal. This helps your sellers understand what it will take to help the group succeed.
- Ongoing communication with your sellers throughout your fundraiser is vital to your success.
- Smaller groups can meet online to discuss individual sales progress.
- Remind your group regularly how long they have left to sell. This helps create a sense of urgency. Stores typically stay open for two weeks.
- Plan your online fundraiser around a special occasion or holiday. This gives people more reasons to buy.
- Encourage sellers to buy for themselves, their friends, and their family.
- Boost sales by incentivizing your group to sell. Check out our free cash or prize program.
Hopefully, you’ve determined how much money your group needs. Now you need to communicate what it’s going to take to reach your goal. Before your sale, run your numbers. For example, if you sell $15 items and reach the 40% profit level, you’ll make $6 per item. Divide that number by the total amount needed. So a $3,000 need will require selling 500 items.
Finally, divide the number of items by your group size. If you have 50 sellers, each member will need to sell ten items.
Another way to determine your profit is to use our ‘Calculate Your Profit’ tool. Enter your group size and seller goal. The calculator will then determine how much you’ll make. You'll find this feature on each online product page.
So why is setting a fundraiser goal important? Because it gives your sellers a guide and lets them know what you expect. Every project has a start and an endpoint. Knowing how far they have to go will give them feedback and encouragement.
Accountability is important. Group members are much more likely to sell if they know you monitor their progress. We allow you to log into your portal to see who’s sold and how much. This instantaneous feedback allows you to check in with your sellers.
You can take corrective measures before it’s too late. This is one advantage online selling has over in-person brochure sales. You don’t know how well everyone does with a catalog sale until they turn in their order forms.
tracking sales allows you to encourage and praise their efforts.
You may think emailing participants their sales information is enough. This may not be as effective because it’s less personal and engaging. Many schools use online portals as a way to communicate with their parents. This can help you announce and promote your school fundraiser.
If you can, try to have a kickoff meeting. This can help get your fundraiser off to a stronger start. You should also meet with your group periodically, even if it’s a Zoom call.
What is the most important thing you can tell your group? Register so they can share their online store link with friends and family. The greater your group registration percentage, the more money you’ll raise. It’s that simple.
How do you do a virtual kickoff?
If you’re a smaller group, consider meeting on a platform like Zoom to kick off your sale. You can better communicate your purpose, and your group will feel more unity.
Learn how to host a video meeting.
A communication app like Facebook Live may also be a helpful tool. Here are the best education communication apps for schools.
When people think about online school fundraisers, one thing that comes to mind is ‘donations.’ Many fundraising platforms allow individuals and groups to set up a page and promote it. Then the company collects a percentage of the profits.
But when buying a product online, people receive a tangible item in exchange. There is no cost to set up and run your store. The company initially collects all the money, then distributes the profit money afterward. A donation option is also available.