Raise money without using order forms, collecting and counting money, or receiving product deliveries. Candles Online offers a large assortment of fragrant candles. Raise money without asking your students to sell in person.
Once students register online, they can invite friends and family to shop at your store. Learn more
You make a profit off every item sold. Your profit percentage is determined by how many total items your group sells:
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There are no upfront charges but a $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your profit if your group sells fewer than 50 items. Learn more
7 Online Fundraising Advantages
Students can share your unique online store link and invite friends and family to shop online. Learn more
Boost your sales. Add our cash or prize incentive.
- Profit: 25-40%
- Average Price: $24
- Delivery: Orders ship to buyer within 3 business days after purchase.
- Online Store: View products
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What Our Customers Say
My overall experience with this fundraiser was positive! Any questions I had were answered that day. This fundraiser was easy with very little work for me as the advisor. The candles were delivered in a timely manner and smell great!
Our sales person, Clay, was always responsive and supportive, he gets 5 stars, however the process left much to be desired as it was outdated and disappointing, two stars. 1. No individual store and/or seller options not precipitated to make it easier for the buyer, 2. The shipping selection should have only been set to ship to purchaser but buyers were allowed to select a central pick up when we clearly communicated that we did not desire that option and 3. No leader board.
The reporting was not real time and was dependent upon a company employee to generate it daily, multiple days this was not done. Our youth were in a competition of who could sale the most and this process did not work well for that. When I read that this is a pop up shop and receive instructions for the youth the register, I expect things to be more automated. Given that the company retains 60% of the sales, I highly recommend investing some of that in upgrading the technology as to make this process smoother and more rewarding for the participating youth programs.
The candles were amazing.
Since this was our first time it was a bit scary, but after our kids started sharing the links it was a good experience. Even though we physically could not meet with our kids we made announcements, shared the links through the announcements, and sharing the link through Canvas.
The company set everything up for us. All we had to do was promote it and send the link. I think next time I will keep the fundraiser open longer than two weeks.
As I mentioned before it was a bit scary but the process became easier.
Great experience with this fundraiser. Easy to do and great communication from the vendor. Items were received in a timely manner and customers were very pleased with their product.
The product was great and our supporters loved it.
My group sold candles online. Students were able to have customers order online and candles were shipped directly to the customers. Quick and easy fundraising!!
Clay was very informative. The products were a little overpriced for the actual size of the candle. Shipping was expensive and people didn't want to pay for that.
Big Fundraising Ideas was so wonderful to work with, Their communication and respond time is great!
The fundraiser was seamless and easy to administer to the students and parents.
it was easy and reliable, everyone liked it
The online sales were key especially during this time when most students are virtual.
How it Works
How do we raise money?
Groups raise money when supporters buy items from their online store. Once participants register, they can invite family and friends to shop. Invitations go out via social media, text, and/ or email and groups receive a profit off every sale.
Your online store will include additional items not found in the brochure.
Do participants need to register?
Registration is the best way to promote a Candles Online fundraiser. Once registered, participants can invite friends and family to your online store using text, social media, and/ or email. They’ll also be able to log into their sales portal anytime and track their sales.
Once potential supporters arrive at your store, the participant’s name and group appear at the top of the page. This helps to personalize your fundraiser. For example, “Thank you for supporting John Doe with ABC High School Band!”
As the sponsor, you can track both individual and group sales progress. Besides dollars raised, you’ll be able to see the number of social shares and emails sent out by your sellers.
Getting participants to register is key to your success. You can enhance sales by setting individual seller goals based on your group’s needs.
(Use the ‘Calculate Your Profit’ calculator at the top of the page to determine your profit)
Be sure to track your fundraiser progress and remind participants to invite people to your store. This will help your participants reach their goal.
Registered participants will also be eligible to earn credit towards prizes. We encourage groups to supplement the prize program we offer with additional incentives.
Do we get our own link?
There are 2 ways to promote your store:
- Registration: By default, you’ll receive your group ID number. Participants will need it to register, obtain their unique link, and then share it with others using social media, text, and/ or email.
- Direct Link: Or, as an option we can create 1 unique group link that would bypass the registration process. Everyone would be able to share this link with their friends and family.
By promoting a direct link, you would only be able to track sales as a group, not by individual sellers. You would also not be able to use our prize programs.
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.
Is money collected with each order?
No in person ordering or money collection takes place. Participants generate sales when the people they invite buy items from your store.
Can participants track their own sales?
Yes, participants will be able to log into their portal anytime and see their sales updates.
Are there any fees?
There are no setup fees or costs to run a Candles Online fundraiser. We will waive the $50 admin fee once your group sells 50 items. If you decide to cancel after we receive your signed agreement, you will be charged the $50 admin fee.
Can participants earn prizes?
Incentivizing your participants can improve sales. We offer 2 prize program options:
We email your prize flyer to you before your kickoff. Be sure to forward it to your participants and discuss. It’s important that you continue to promote your prizes throughout your sale. This will keep your group motivated.
After your sale is over, we add the total cash amount to your profit payment. Or, if you choose a traditional prize plan, we ship your prizes to your group address.
You’ll receive access to your sales reports showing your participants names and how much they sold. Prizes are shipped with a reference list that matches prizes with participants.
There is no cost to the group for our prize programs.
Do participants get a brochure to show?
Because this is an online fundraiser there are no brochures. Before your sale, we email you the steps to get started to pass onto your sellers.
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 3-5 business days to process your order and set up your store.
Once we send you your participant registration instruction steps, your store is live. We recommend that you have an official kickoff meeting so everyone starts at the same time.
If you can't meet in person, consider using an online communication technology. Examples include Zoom, Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts.
How long is the fundraiser?
By default, we 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.
Or let us know up front when you would like your store to close.
Do you only work with schools?
No, we work with non-school groups as well. Examples include church groups, sports leagues, and dance organizations.
Can we use more than 1 store at a time?
No. You must choose 1 store. For example, Candles Online cannot be run at the same time as ‘Popcornopolis Online’. You can always run a second online fundraiser after the first one is over.
Do you only work with groups?
Yes. Your group must have at least 5 participants.
Is there a minimum order?
There are no minimum order requirements.
Can we track our sales?
Before your Candles Online sale you'll receive access to your online store dashboard. You’ll be able to see who’s registered, as well as email and social share activity. And of course, sales progress.
How do we receive our money?
Your profit payment is processed within 15 business days of your store’s closing. If you add ‘ship to group’, payments are processed within five business days after your order ships.
What is our profit?
Your profit percentage is based on how many items your group sells:
You receive 70% of online donations.
A $50 administrative fee will be deducted from your profit if your group sells fewer than 50 items.
Can we accept donations?
Yes, by default we will set your Candles Online store up to accept donations. You make 70% of the donated amount. You have the option to turn this feature off when logged into your portal.
Your final profit percentage is based on the total number of items your group sells. Donations do not count toward items sold when determining group profit percentage.
Can buyers credit more than 1 participant?
Yes. Buyers can choose to support more than 1 participant. Before continuing to the store, supporters would need to select a participant. Then choose the ‘Support another seller’ link to add another participant.
However, participants themselves need to register individually. Each participant has their own login and sharing options.
What about sales tax?
Customers do not currently pay any sales tax for online orders.
How soon do orders ship out?
Orders generally ship within 3 business days after purchase.
How are customers notified about their order?
Customers receive a confirmation email when they place their order. A notification email is sent once their order ships.
Where do orders ship to?
Product ships from our Indiana warehouse to all lower 48 states. All items ship direct to the buyer.
Who pays the shipping fee?
Customers pay a shipping fee at checkout to have their order shipped direct to them. Free shipping on all orders over $100.
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*The following states have a $120 free shipping minimum order requirement: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
How to Reduce Online Customer Shipping Costs
For online customers, shipping costs are fixed, as shown in the table above. However, there is a way that you can reduce their shipping costs with ‘Ship to Group’.
Ship to Group Option
To help cover shipping fees for your online customers, add a ‘ship to group’ option to your store. People can then pay a shipping fee and have items delivered to them, or pay a 5% processing fee and have their order shipped to your group.
Like the 'ship to home' option, there are no additional fees if the customer orders $100 or more of merchandise. For orders less than $100, a 5% processing fee is added at checkout.
For example, a $50 order would be charged an additional $2.50 ($50 x 5% = $2.50). The total cost for the order would therefore be $52.50.
We then combine all ‘ship to group’ orders and ship them to your location after your sale is over.
'Ship to group' is not automatically included as part of a Candles Online sale. Thus, you must let us know if you want this option included. You can do so by putting "Add ship to group" in the comments section before you submit your start a fundraiser form.
NOTE: We only recommend this option for buyers who live close to you.
How are product issued handled?
For questions about orders, customers will be instructed to either submit a ticket online or call into customer service.