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Online Fundraisers

Online Fundraisers
Online Fundraisers
Online Fundraisers

10 Best Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Schools

Use the power of the internet to raise money 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, completely online!

Sell cookies, candy & snacks, gift items, jewelry, kitchenware, and much more.
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Several delicious flavors, like chunky chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, & oatmeal raisin.
Sell our 6 best selling popcorn flavors online. No in person selling or group deliveries.
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A variety of unique and delicious jelly beans, like Krispy Kreme Donuts & Snapple.
A green & eco-friendly alternative. Earn 50% profit. Orders ship to the customer.
Offer the highest quality and the the largest selection of scents in online fundraising.

What Our Customers Say

5

The process was seamless and easy to complete. I loved the online website to track sales. Hopefully we will do this fundraiser next year when the kids are back in school and get an even bigger turnout.

Megan Shives
PTA Sponsor
Clear Spring Elementary PTA
Raised:
$575.00
5

Online fundraiser process was easy and very user-friendly for us to work with.

Melanie Steinhebel
Secretary
Birdville Elementary School
Raised:
$1,990.00
4

Overall experience was good, Clay was very communicative, and sent great resources to help with marketing.

Selina Wilder
PTO President
Ayer-Shirley PTO
Raised:
$1,509.00
5

it was easy and reliable, everyone liked it

Nicole Stover
Alpha Philanthropy
UNH Sigma Alpha
Raised:
$379.00
5

They had so many great ideas and resources. This was my first year it won't be my last.

Lisa Ryder
PTA President
Steadham Elementary
Raised:
$2,849.00
5

They were great to work with! I loved being able to have our kids sell to relatives across the country compared to being stuck to just selling to those in our local area.

Meghan Smith
Freshman Class Advisor
Hancock Central School
Raised:
$1,194.78
5

It was so easy and simple. So great that the items shipped directly to the buyer.

Elizabeth Harrison
4th Grade Teacher
Chris Yung Elementary
Raised:
$3,496.50
5

Online with direct shipping worked great. We would have liked to offered cookie dough but didnt want to have to deliver or get pick up etc.

Brook Cannady
Team Mom
NC Dominators Softball
Raised:
$604.00
5

The big fundraising ideas team was very responsive.

Scott Stafiej
Sponsor
Ichabod Crane High School
Raised:
$380.00
5

The product offering was great and has always worked well for our group.

Lee Ann Young
Fundraiser Coordinator
Abbett Elementary
Raised:
$4,231.50
5

The ease of hosting an all-online fundraiser was simple and easy to facilitate. We were shocked at how expensive the shipping rates were for the cookie dough. It would have been helpful to know ahead of time that the shipping was roughly $15-20 ahead of time, prior to selecting that for our fundraiser. Otherwise, it was a good experience.

Jenna Shearer
School Counselor
Summit Learning Charter
Raised:
$1,967.00
5

We were able to have the online fundraiser for our school and the online store had a variety of items for purchase at great prices. We were raising funds for our Parent/Teacher Organization that benefits our students and teachers significantly.

Ashley Nichols
PTO Co-President
Austin Elementary
Raised:
$4,565.00
4

The product was very tasty, the only thing was the cost of shipping. Many people didn't want to support because of the shipping price.

Danielle Goolsby
CEO/Founder
CHOYCES
Raised:
$3,731.00
5

It was really easy to work with your team. I would highly recommend others to work with you as well, and will be planning future fundraisers with your company.

Sarah Norton
Teacher/French Club Sponsor/Travel Club Sponsor
El Monte High School
Raised:
$1,745.00
5

You all were very accommodating and helpful when we had questions.

Danielle Goolsby
CEO/Founder
CHOYCES
Raised:
$3,731.00

Family using laptopHow 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’ll 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’ll 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 any shipments which means there’s 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’s no order minimums either. Sign up for your online fundraiser today for free.

Questions About Online Fundraisers

Questions
How do online fundraisers work?
Answer

Group members promote your online store people using email, social media and text. You make up to 50% profit off every purchase.

Questions
What are your most profitable products?
Answer

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.

Questions
How do we set up an online fundraiser?
Answer

To get started, select a product and submit a ‘start a fundraiser’ form. We’ll then send you your online store ‘getting started’ instructions and access information.

Questions
What are some good online fundraising ideas for schools?
Answer

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.

Questions
Does it cost any money to set up an online fundraiser?
Answer

There is no cost to set up, start and run an online product sale.

Questions
How do we track our online sales?
Answer

You'll have access to your online sales dashboard so you can check your progress anytime.

Questions
Can people give a donation instead?
Answer

People have the opportunity to donate as well.

Questions
How long do virtual fundraisers last?
Answer

We recommend keeping your store open for 2 weeks.

Questions
How do we get our money for an online fundraiser?
Answer

<p>Your profit check is processed within 15 business days of the close of your store.</p>

Questions
Are there any online shipping fees?
Answer

Only the buyer pays a fee to ship them their product. Many of our programs also offer free shipping to the customer once a certain dollar amount is ordered.

College student using cell phoneOnline 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’s going to take to help the group succeed.
  • Ongoing communication with your sellers throughout your fundraiser is key to your success.
  • Smaller groups can meet online to also discuss individual sales progress.
  • Remind your group on a regular basis how long they have left to sell. This helps create a sense of urgency. Stores typically stay open for 2 weeks.
  • Plan your online fundraiser around a special occasion or holiday. This gives people more reasons to buy.
  • Encourage sellers to also buy for themselves, their friends, and family.
  • Boost sales by incentivizing your group to sell. Check out our free cash or prize program.
More Ideas for Online Fundraisers

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’re selling $15 items and you reach the 40% profit level, you’ll make $6 per item. Divide that number into 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 10 items.

Another way to determine your profit is to use our ‘Calculate Your Profit’ tool. Simply 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 it lets them know what you expect. Every project has a start and an end point. Knowing how far they have to go will provide them with feedback and encouragement.

Accountability is important. Group members are much more likely to sell if they know you’re monitoring their progress. We make it possible for you to log into your portal to see who’s sold and how much. This instantaneous feedback gives you the opportunity to check in with your sellers.

You can then make corrective measures before it’s too late. This is one advantage online selling has over in person brochure sales. With a catalog sale, you don’t know how well everyone does until after they turn in their order forms.

And tracking sales gives you the opportunity to encourage and praise their efforts.

You may think it’s enough to email participants their sales information. 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 as well. Even if it’s a Zoom call.

And 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.

So how do you do a virtual kickoff?

If you’re a smaller group, consider meeting on a platform like Zoom to kickoff your sale. You can better communicate your purpose and your group will feel a greater sense of 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 collects all the money initially, then distributes the profit money afterwards. A donation option is also available.