The person we worked with was awesome. The product we sold worked well but we didn’t realize the expensive shipping cost which impacted sales. Next time we will have to make sure we ask that question!
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!
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What Our Customers Say
Communication was great. Everything was done through email but they were very quick and fast responses. I appreciated the no nonsense, process that took place.
Great email communications/updates/tips.
The overall experience was great. Very well organized and easy to set-up and use.
It was a great experience for it to be our first time!
Excellent fundraiser. Easy and organized.
Big Fundraising Ideas was so wonderful to work with, Their communication and respond time is great!
Super helpful staff, all questions answered immediately, simple to coordinate and execute.
I had no issues working with this amazing team. Again, the reps were responsive and flexible in working with me and my students. I would work with them again.
The product was great, but the shipping costs were very high at around $18 for one item.
Overall experience was excellent - when I had a question it was always answered.
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.
The only negative response we received from potential customers was the cost of shipping which amounted for the loss of approximately 20-25 orders.
The product offering was great and has always worked well for our group.
Questions About Online Fundraisers
Group members promote your online store 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.
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.
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 to set up, start and run an online product sale.
You'll have access to your online sales dashboard so you can check your progress anytime.
People have the opportunity to donate as well.
We recommend keeping your store open for 2 weeks.
<p>Your profit check is processed within 15 business days of the close of your store.</p>
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.
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.
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.