School Fundraising Product Options
So you know you want to have a fundraiser, but maybe you don’t know where to start. That’s where Big Fundraising Ideas comes in! With the assistance of our programs, some schools generate five figures in profits annually! It starts with you, the sponsor. You may be a parent, volunteer or school administrator, but no matter your role, we’re here to make selecting a product easier than ever.
Selecting a Fundraiser
Start by picking what type of fundraiser you want to do: brochure, or product-in-hand? Make this selection by determining when and where you plan to sell. For instance, you wouldn’t necessarily want to do a brochure fundraiser at an event like a field day because students and parents would be distracted and unable to really see themselves with the product because so many other things are going on. Field days, however, would be good for something like a candy bar fundraiser or beef jerky fundraiser, because then they can immediately snack on it and go back to playing or supervising. A great idea for a brochure fundraiser is a PTA meeting or parent’s night, where you bring our ultimate coffee collection. Parents will be eager to assist in raising funds for your child, since they may already be on the subject anyways, and can easily see themselves making the coffee and bringing it to future meetings or early mornings!
Creative School Fundraising Ideas
Next, you want to narrow down your options: make sure the product you choose is suitable for the season and the cause. For instance—no matter how much you love pretty giftwrap—you wouldn’t do a winter wrapper fundraiser right before Easter. You also wouldn’t do a scratch card fundraiser for preschoolers because they probably wouldn’t fully understand the concept or have the money to participate.
Instead, you may want to try a lollipop fundraiser during a book fair; kids likely have already brought money to school with them, and now they can enjoy a lollipop while they read their new book. You also may solicit family and close friends with the spring flowers brochure on a really warm day, but not if it has just snowed outside. If you’re fundraising for school supply money, try selling Smencils at orientation or open house. You’ll be able to have an easy conversation about the importance of proper supplies in the classroom while someone is physically holding one.
Other Fundraiser Product Considerations
While brochure fundraisers are money upfront, in-hand items require that you initially carry an inventory of unpaid merchandise. These can be important deciding factors as well, especially depending on who is organizing the fundraiser. Most fundraisers yield a profit of at least 40%, however, so no matter which option you choose, you will see winning results if you’ve planned your fundraiser intentionally and leveraged excitement around the cause. Test your fundraising IQ
Once you’ve honed in on the right type of school fundraiser, it’s time to set your goals! Goals help kids to get more excited about what they’re working on, and also help teachers and parents keep them accountable. Keep the school informed on the progress and be sure to emphasize the prize components to fundraising throughout the sale.