Raise money without using order forms, collecting and counting money, or receiving product deliveries. Popcornopolis Online offers six gourmet popcorn flavors, including Zebra®, Caramel, and Jalapeño Cheddar. All sales made online with no in-person selling.
Once participants 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
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- Profit: 25-40%
- Average Price: $16
- Delivery: Orders ship to the buyer within 3-5 business days after purchase.
- Online Store: View products
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What Our Customers Say
Super helpful staff, all questions answered immediately, simple to coordinate and execute.
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.
Doing the popcorn fundraiser was the best and most effective way for our small group to raise money for our classroom! It was super easy to register and completely online, products shipped directly to the customer and we had our funds in a timely manner once the fundraiser was closed! Would definitely recommend for busy parents who can’t go door to door!
First your Popcornopolis is delicious. Our Fundraiser was all virtual as students are all online. While there was definitely interest (by the number of unique visits to our designated website) there were very few sales generated after people viewed it. From feedback received, while interest was high, the shipping cost for individual orders precluded most from completing the sale. I can see this would be a great fundraiser for in person schools but didn't generate the sales we were hoping for.
This fundraiser on our end was publicized by emailing all 2500+ student families twice, posted on the school's ASB Instagram account. Posted on the school's Facebook page, alumni page and 10 other local Facebook group pages. Also posted on the Nextdoor app. My point, it wasn't for lack of advertising. They have done 3 other virtual fundraisers, this one generated the least interest and had the highest shipping.
Online fundraising is a great way to fundraise in the technical driven era.
The big fundraising ideas team was very responsive.
Mr. Boggess was excellent in answering any questions I had being as this was my first fundraiser to organize! He was so helpful and response time via emails were fast!
Great customer service and assistance. Contactless. Loved it!
We raised money for our French club during remote learning. It was a really easy process.
We sold popcorn and people liked it, but thought the shipping was too expensive. With that, I would give it a 4 star. I know after this pandemic, we will be able to have it delivered to the school, which will cut the cost of shipping.
The only thing that I was not completely happy with is the graphics and the promotional material.
I ordered several different flavors, some I've had before and some new. They were all good and fresh. Shipped promptly and as described. Your support staff were exceptional just not the best fit for us as all virtual.
The products were easy, straightforward, and had good variety.
Overall, I had a good experience. Clay was very responsive and helped me along the way to ensure I offered streamlined, user-friendly access to participants.
Organizing a fundraiser through Big Fundraising Ideas was a great experience, most especially during a time when my organization is limited to virtual fundraising. The customer support team guided me throughout the process of setting up the fundraiser, shared ideas to promote my fundraiser, and promptly replied to any questions I had.
How it Works
How do we raise money?
Profit is made from the purchase of every item from your store. Once participants register, they can invite family and friends to shop. Invitations are sent via social media, text, and email.
Your group receives a profit from every sale.
Do participants need to register?
Registration is the best way to promote a Popcornopolis Online fundraiser. Once registered, participants can invite friends and family to your online store using text, social media, and 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, "Welcome to ABC High School Band."
Supporters will also see how much money the group has raised and the end goal. The name of the participant they're supporting and how much they've raised is also shown.
You can view individual and group sales progress from your sponsor portal. You'll also be able to see how many participants have registered and the number of unique visitors they've had.
Getting participants to register is vital 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)
Track your fundraiser progress and remind participants to invite people to shop. This will encourage them to reach their goal. Participants can track their sales when logged into their portal.
Registered sellers will also be eligible to win prizes. We encourage groups to supplement the prize program we offer with additional incentives.
Do we receive a group link?
There are two ways to promote your store:
- Registration: By default, you'll receive your school ID number. Participants will need it to register, obtain their unique link, and then share it with others using social media, text, and email.
- Quick Registration: Or, as an option, we will send you a link that you can provide to your participants to forward to their family and friends. Supporters would only need to enter their school ID #, group name, or student they want to support. Your sellers would not need to register.
By using quick registration, you can only track sales as a group, not by an individual seller. You would also not be able to use our prize programs.
Online Ship-to-Group Orders
Another limitation to sellers not registering is getting items to online customers who choose the 'ship to group' option. Typically when participants register and send out their unique links, and customers make a purchase, orders are automatically tied to a particular seller.
Any items are shipped 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 must 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?
There is no in-person ordering or money collection. Participants generate sales when the people they invite buy items from your store.
Can participants track their sales?
Participants can log into their portal anytime and see their sales updates.
Are there any fees?
There are no setup fees or costs to run a Popcornopolis 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?
Motivating your group with prizes can improve sales. You must promote your incentives throughout your sale. This will keep your participants motivated to keep sharing with others.
We offer two prize program options:
You'll receive your prize flyer via email before your kickoff. After your sale, we add the total cash amount to your profit payment. We ship your prizes to your group address if you choose a traditional prize plan.
You'll receive a sales report showing your participants' names and how much they sold. You'll be able to compare this information with your prize flyer.
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 will email you the steps to get started. Be sure to forward this information to your sellers.
How soon can we start?
You'll receive an agreement to sign after you submit our Start a Fundraiser form. Processing your order and setting up your store will take at least 3-5 business days.
We recommend that you have an official kickoff meeting so everyone starts simultaneously. If you can't meet in person, consider using online communication technology. Examples include Zoom, Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting, and Google Meet.
How long is the fundraiser?
By default, we set your end date two weeks after your start date. You can always change your end date. Let us know before your sale ends.
Or let us know upfront 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 one store at a time?
No. You must choose one store. For example, 'Goodies & Gifts' cannot be run simultaneously as Popcornopolis Online. You can always run a second online fundraiser after the first one ends.
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 Popcornopolis Online sale, you'll receive access to your online store dashboard. Among other things, you'll be able to track the following:
- The number of participants who have registered
- How many unique visitors does each participant have
- Individual participant and group 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 75% 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, your Popcornopolis Online store will be set up to accept donations. You make 75% of the donated amount.
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?
No. Participants need to register individually. Each participant has their own login and sharing options.
What about sales tax?
No sales tax is charged for online orders except for California residents on taxable items. Sales tax only applies to nonfood items.
How soon do orders ship out?
Orders generally ship within 3-5 business days after purchase.
How are customers notified about their orders?
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 California warehouse to all the lower 48 states. All items ship direct to the buyer.
Who pays the shipping fee?
Customers pay a shipping fee to ship their orders directly to them at checkout.
How to Reduce Online Customer Shipping Costs
Online customers' shipping costs are fixed and calculated based on the order weight and destination zip code. However, there are two ways that you can reduce or even eliminate their shipping costs:
1. Ship to Group Option
You can add our 'ship to group' option to remove the shipping cost from your online customers. This way, they would have two options at checkout:
- Have their order sent to them and pay the shipping fee.
- Have their order sent to you and get free shipping.
Offering this 2nd option may encourage more people to place orders.
Adding 'ship to group' will shift the shipping cost burden from your customers to your group. Instead of each online customer paying for their shipping, we would deduct the cost to ship one larger consolidated order to your group at the end of your sale from your profit.
Unless you tell us to, we will not add 'ship to group' to your online fundraiser. You can do so by putting "Add ship to group" in the comments section before submitting your Start a Fundraiser form.
NOTE: We only recommend this option for buyers close to you.
2. Combine Orders
A second option allows customers to have their order shipped directly to them but with a reduced average cost to ship each item.
We've found that the shipping cost for the 1st item is the most expensive. For example, 1 item may cost $10 to ship, but adding a 2nd item will raise the total shipping cost by an insignificant amount. So ordering two or more items tends to add minimal shipping fees.
The idea is to focus on order consolidation. The larger each online order is, the lower the average shipping cost per item.
Thus, encourage your buyers to merge their orders. Here's how it works:
- Ask your buyers to become 'order takers'.
- Each 'order taker' collects orders and money from their friends and family using an order form. Download order form
- The 'order taker' transfers the orders from the order form to the online store checkout page.
- The 'order taker' pays using a credit card and submits the order for processing (The 'order taker' keeps the money collected from friends and family).
- Product ships to the 'order taker' who distributes the orders to each buyer.
- 'Order takers' should collect extra money from each buyer to help cover the shipping cost. The larger the group, the less money you'll need. Remember that collecting more is better because you can always return any extra money. For example, for a $60 order, consider collecting $5 extra per buyer to cover the shipping cost. (Actual shipping cost is known once you enter the items and shipping address at checkout. Every order has a different cost based on order size and destination zip code.)
- Both group members and people supporting the group in any area of the country can use this method. You'll need to forward them the order form.
- Buyers on the same order form should live close to the 'order taker' for easy pickup and delivery.
- 'Order takers' can go to the online store and check the shipping cost before they check out. Put the items in the cart and enter the shipping address.
- Consider a fun incentive for the 'order taker' with the largest order.
How are product issues handled?
Customers will be instructed to submit a form online for questions about orders.