Many schools are already aware of the advantages of using a big event fundraising prize program to motivate their students to sell compared to a more traditional prize plan.
For example, students who sell just a few items from their brochure get to attend an exciting event at their school as opposed to receiving a cheap and inexpensive toy in their box. On the other hand, traditional prize programs require students to make a lot of sales before they can win something worthwhile.
Schools also receive an educational benefit if they choose a magic show or reptile show. However, what happens if your school has to contend with the following situations?
Limited Student Enrollment
You are a smaller elementary school and wonder if you can meet the minimum dollar amount in order to receive a free event as part of your big event.
We have had smaller schools raise enough money to qualify for a free big event; in fact the smaller schools typically average more items sold per student. However, there is a point where a school just may be too small, no matter how much their students sell. There are a couple of options to consider if you are a smaller school and you don’t think that you have enough students.
- Choose a traditional prize program.
- Choose Option B. This creates a potential ‘win-win’ situation. With Option B, you start off with a traditional prize program. If you happen to reach the minimum sales goal, we will automatically graduate you up to the big event that you selected ahead of time. In addition, you have the option of doing what we call ‘changing your mind'. If you initially choose Option B, you can still switch over to your big event even if you fall short of the sales goal. We've had several schools do this when their sales ended up being much higher than they thought. As a result, they realize that the cost share amount isn’t that much at all.
Poor Fundraiser Sales History
You have enough students; however, your sales haven’t historically been that good.
- More than likely you used a traditional prize program with your previous brochure fundraiser. When you compare the results from a big event fundraising prize program to a traditional program, sales improve with the former. Therefore, even though you may think your sales history is a good predictor, you are comparing apples and oranges to what your sales could be with a big event.
- If your school has performed poorly in the past with a traditional prize program, it may be wise to go back and take a closer look at why this may have occurred. For example, you may have had your fundraiser right after a nearby school did theirs, or perhaps you didn’t promote your sale enough.
- You still have Option B available as a fallback plan.
Our ultimate goal is for as many schools as possible to experience a big event prize program. As a result, we have created several ways to help you get there.