We had a good experience with this company. They continued to reach out to me throughout our fundraiser with ideas and prompts for emails to help boost sales.
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
Clay was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful and flexible. Every single question and request I had was responded to in a timely manner.
Loved the variety of products to choose from!
This was a very easy fundraiser to hold. Everything was done online and if I had any questions, I received a quick response. Recommend!
Clay was a wonderful representative to work with! The instructions were very clear and the product was quality. The website was easy to use and inventory update was in real-time. It was refreshing knowing the products ordered would be the products shipped.
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.
This online catalog fundraiser was so easy, and raised an impressive amount of money for my small class of only 10 students! The items shipped very quickly, and all of the people I have spoken to after receiving their products have been very happy!
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.
I found the customer service to be helpful and attentive to our needs. It was a very efficient process.
The fundraiser was fair. Unfortunately the sooner cost was more than families and community members were willing to pay, so our profit was less than $1000... in a fairly large coming.
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.
The company is easy to work with. They have great communication skills.
This fundraiser is easily shared through multiple types of digital media, taking off the pressure of time constraints and money collection when you have to go door to door to sell items. Shipping directly to your door is another added bonus. Our group has raised numerous dollars with this fundraiser over the past few years and would recommend it to anyone.
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!
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.