Online Fundraisers

Online Fundraisers

Take product fundraising online

Use the power of the internet to raise money online selling products. No person to person contact and no school deliveries.

Make fundraising simple. Sell popcorn, cookie dough, candles, wrapping paper, customizable items, and so much more!

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How Do Online Fundraising Work?

Instead of asking for donations, sell products using the internet. U.S. Consumers spent $601.75 billion online in 2019. Everyone is looking for innovative ways to make raising money easier.

Touchless fundraisers will expand your market. Don't 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 the profit.

Sellers can use our email generator, social media tool, and text feature to reach more people. To learn more, see our online fundraising ideas & tips section.

What Makes Our Online Fundraisers Better?

  • No Physical Contact. Generate sales by inviting people to your online store.
  • Larger Market. Expand your reach nationwide.
  • Realtime Sales Updates: You can know which group members are selling and how much, anytime.
  • Higher Profits: You make 40% profit off every product sold and 30% on customizable products.
  • No Paperwork. No order forms to deal with or money to collect.
  • No Group Deliveries. You don’t receive any shipments which means students have nothing to deliver. Merchandise ships direct to the customer.
  • 100% Product Guarantee. We work directly with your buyers to take care of any missing or damaged items.
  • Great Customer Service. Our goal is a fast and easy sale.
  • No Startup Cost. Start your online fundraiser for free.

Questions About Online Fundraisers

  1. How do online fundraisers for schools work?

    Group members promote your online store people using email, social media and text. You make 40% profit off every purchase.

  2. What are your most profitable products?

    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.

  3. How do we set up an online fundraiser?

    Once you select a product, submit our ‘Start a fundraiser’ form. We’ll then send you an agreement to sign. Once processed, you’ll receive your start date and online store access information.

  4. What’s the best way to raise money online?

    Asking for donations is one way. Selling products is another. When selling products, the most important thing you can do is get your students to register. This way they’ll be able to share your store with others.

  5. Does it cost any money to set up an online fundraiser?

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

  6. How do we track our online sales?

    You'll have access so you can check your sales anytime throughout your fundraiser.

  7. Can people give a donation instead?

    We give people the opportunity to donate if that’s what they prefer.

  8. How long do virtual fundraisers last?

    We recommend keeping your store open for 2 weeks. This allows you to set a beginning and end date while better defining your fundraising goals.

  9. How do we get our money for an online fundraiser?

    Once your sale is over we’ll send you your profit check within 2 weeks.

  10. Are there any online shipping fees?

    Only the buyer pays a fee to ship their product.

Online Fundraising Ideas & Tips

  • Schedule a virtual kickoff meeting with your group members. There are plenty of free collaborative software tools available. Learn more
  • Be sure to set a seller goal. This helps your students 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.

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Setting Online Fundraising Goals

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, it’s important to run the numbers. For example, if you’re selling $15 items and the profit is 40%, 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 students, 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 student goal. It 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 students a guide and it lets them know 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.

Tracking Virtual Fundraisers

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.

Set Up Your Kickoff Meeting Online

You may think it’s enough to email students 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 check in with your group periodically as well.

And what is the most important thing you can tell your group? Register so you can share the online store 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 virtually 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 a greater sense of unity.

Learn how to host a video meeting

A communication app may also be a helpful tool. Here are the best education communication apps for schools.

Online Fundraiser Products vs. Donations

When people think about online 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 collect 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.