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Top 3 Student Fundraisers

Top 3 Student Fundraisers

School budgets have been getting tighter and tighter by the year. However, we still want our students to enjoy all of the educational opportunities and activities that they have had in the past. One approach that many schools have used to address this problem is to engage in student fundraising. But it need not be boring, time-consuming, or frustrating. If you have products that are both practical and unusual, people will be eager to take part in your fundraising campaign. And don’t forget that in this day and age of modern technology, tech savvy students know how to get the word out there using social media.

Here are the top 3 student fundraising ideas from Fundraising.com.

  1. Brochure Fundraisers

Brochures otherwise known as Order Takers can help you raise a significant amount of money for your sports team, school trip, cheerleader squad, band competition, yearbook club or any other school initiative. This is a great campaign because your student fundraising committee can offer a range of products without having to carry them around to do your selling. The groups get the brochures and tallies, and the members can tell the world about what you have to sell via Facebook, Twitter, an email blitz, the school website or even a special website for fundraising. You can find a great variety of brochures and products within from our friends at EZFund.com and Fundraising.com

  1. Selling sweets in the school

When it comes to products that fly off the shelves—or out of your locker—students will often find a strong market for selling fundraiser sweets in school. But selling candies is not the same as it used to be; make sure that you’re complying with your State nutritional rules for School Fundraisers. The good news is that we’ve been seeing some delicious treats emerging that are compliant with these norms.

  1. Selling school supplies

This is an excellent fundraising idea because it raises money and provides a practical product kids would buy anyhow. Students need school supplies, so why not raise some money and provide students products that they can use? Popular school supplies collections are things like Smencils, Smens and Smarkers. These products are not only popular for fundraising, but they are also practical.

For most schools, fundraising is needed for them to offer all of the services and programs that kids and parents expect. To help provide the activities you want and deserve, try taking part and participate in school fundraisers. We wish you the best of lucks in your next fundraiser!

Top 4 Fundraisers for Church Youth Groups

Top 4 Fundraisers for Church Youth Groups

Church youth group organizers arrange youth mission trips, excursions, camps, and other fun activities. Fundraising can help pay for the activities that help your youth stay engaged with their church. If you’re stuck for inspiration, discover these four effective youth group fundraisers.

Sell The Lord’s Prayer Tumblers

Your congregation can take the words of The Lord’s Prayer wherever they go with The Lord’s Prayer travel tumblers. These blue tumblers feature a cross and the words of The Lord’s Prayer. These dishwasher-safe, BPA-free tumblers are sturdy and useful. Their drink-through lid also helps reduce spills.

Fundraise With Scratchcards

Scratchcards might not sound like a proper fundraiser for a church group, but with fundraising scratchcards, the only entity winning big is your organization. Supporters scratch off a panel or two, and the card shows how much to donate. These amounts range between $1 and $5, so they won’t dent your congregation’s finances.

In exchange for their support, donors receive a coupon card with discounts at popular retailers and services. Since donors get so much back for a relatively small amount, scratchcards are popular church fundraisers. Fundraising.com has a range of religious-themed scratchcard designs, or you can personalize your design with images of your church or youth group members.

Make Customized T-Shirts

Customized T-shirts make a specialized promotional fundraiser, since you’re offering a product your congregation can’t get anywhere else. Print shirts with clever slogans, such as “The best vitamin for a Christian is B1,” to make the most of your fundraising campaign.

Sell Candles for Prayer

Many Christians light candles while they pray since candlelight can symbolize God’s presence. A candle drive can make sense for a church youth group fundraiser. Sell candles with appealing scents, such as honey pear or juicy peach and bring the light with a delicious scent!

Easy Money-Saver Fundraising Ideas

Easy Money-Saver Fundraising Ideas

Everyone likes to save money if they can, what about a fundraiser that does just that? Money saver fundraisers are an easy sell because of the passes and coupons that can benefit them. Here are some money-saving items you can use for your next fundraiser.

National Savings Pass

The National Savings Pass provides hefty discounts at a wide range of retailers, restaurants, and venues. With this pass your supporters can save up to 40% at places like Disneyland Resort, Sears, Chilly’s, Papa John’s, Sam’s Club, and many more. With such a wide range of places where these passes are valid, your supporters can be sure to find a good use for them.

Save Around

Save Around coupon books come packed with thousands of dollars in savings. They’ve partnered with over 15,000 different companies and organizations so, similar to the National Savings Pass, your supporters will find something useful. The coupon books are specific to each state, so be sure to order the right ones for your location. The Save Around coupon books are a great choice for schools, churches, and community groups. At a 50% profit margin, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Restaurant Gift Cards

What would you do with a $100 gift card redeemable at your favorite restaurant? Give your supporters the option to dine for less with a restaurant.com gift card. You sell the cards for $20, and your supporters get $100 to spend at a restaurant of their choice.

Money savers practically sell themselves so get out there and meet your supporters. Happy fundraising!

Raising Money on Your Everyday Purchases

Raising Money on Your Everyday Purchases

Have you ever brought in a box of candy bars to your office or set out a fundraising form so your co-workers could order a pizza kit, cookie dough, candles, or the classic wrapping paper? You need to raise money for your child’s school, but the selling and soliciting associated with old school fundraising is outdated and exhausting. Good news: you don’t have to do that to raise money! Set down the order forms and start using scrip.

Scrip, or gift card fundraising, is fundraising while you shop®. Think of your monthly budget for a minute: you need the staples like groceries and gas, and maybe you even go out to eat a couple of times a month. You could pay for all of these expenses with a gift card and raise money for your school or nonprofit all at the same time.

Still sound too good to be true? Here’s how it works: your organization enrolls in a scrip program on ShopWithScrip.com. Families in your organization join and then they can place orders for the over 750 retailer brands we offer. The gift cards you purchase on ShopWithScrip are the same ones you would buy in the store, but they all have a rebate on them, anywhere from 2 to 16%. When you buy the card at face value, the rebate percentage goes directly to your organization, so it’s immediate fundraising! Plus, your organization can give families a portion of their earnings back, which keeps families actively participating and raises even more money for your organization.

In addition to our physical cards, some cards are reloadable, and we also offer over 300 eGift cards that you can purchase and sometimes redeem right from your mobile device for easy, on-the-go convenience.

For almost 23 years, ShopWithScrip has helped members of over 30,000 nonprofit organizations raise money in their everyday life. We want to save you the stress of selling, and help you start raising money with scrip!

Click here to learn more about gift card fundraising, or give us a call at 800.727.4715, option 5.

A Clearly Perfect Fundraiser? Exactly.

A Clearly Perfect Fundraiser? Exactly.

What do families, soccer moms, sports teams, grandparents, business people, gardeners, pizza delivery guys and pretty much everyone else have in common?

One thing is that each of their car floor inevitably gets dirty and worn out by the daily onslaught of dirt, dust, mud, asphalt, salt and pretty much whatever else nature has to throw at it.

Now there’s a way to help fix that problem and simultaneously raise significant funds for your organization.

If you’ve ever seen a car floor that looks like the owner hasn’t cleaned it in months, or even years (you have, haven’t you), it’s most likely not because the owner doesn’t want a clean vehicle, but rather because they don’t know of a way to effortlessly keep the grunge away without changing the look of their interior.

But now there’s a way to protect vehicle floors from that relentless attack and make a lot of patrons very happy with a fundraising product that will clearly…even perfectly…solve the dirty floor problem.

ExactMats™ is the original, clear, perfect-fitting protective car mat. Since 1997 ExactMats have been nearly invisibly covering the floors and cargo areas of cars, trucks and SUVs with rugged protection you can count on.

Unlike heavy rubber mats that take over the look of your vehicle, every set of ExactMats is made of clear virgin vinyl, perfectly matched in size and shape to fit each vehicle’s make, model and year.  So you see the carpeted floor right through it, but the carpet stays clean!

ExactMats offer a great fundraising opportunity, because each patron receives something he or she genuinely needs, which will last for years, and is made specifically for his or her vehicle.

ExactMats make a great stand-alone fundraiser, and they’re also a natural add-on for car washes.  If you’re looking for something unique, with a product that has a twenty-year track record of success, you should explore ExactMats for your next fundraiser and create some buzz in your community.  A clearly perfect idea?  Exactly.

To learn more about this fundraiser click here or dial 1.888.395.6004

 

 

Healthy Profits with Sensational Seasonings™

Healthy Profits with Sensational Seasonings™

There are a lot of products to raise funds, but few produce healthy profits and health benefits too. In 2017 a new option exists for groups to earn up to 55% profit while promoting family values and healthier dietary habits.   That option is Sensational Seasonings™.

When it comes to eating habits, families too often eat out or grab take-out from the drive-thru. Those fast food habits cost us money that we don’t need to spend. Cooking and eating at home is a habit that we all crave. So what’s stopping us?

The ‘What I cook is boring ‘ reason . . . Boring is easy to overcome with versatile Sensational Seasonings™ in your pantry.   Using these really tasty seasoning blends, the most boring vegetable or meat choice becomes a savory new favorite. Top your dish with some grated cheese or some breadcrumbs – and you’ll be surprised at how easy and tasty it can be, and at how much your family will love it.

The I don’t know what spices to use’ reason . . . Ok, cooking with a cabinet full of spices and herbs is a hit-or-miss experiment.   Using the same selection of Sensational Seasonings™, that have already been expertly blended, produces dependable and almost fool-proof great flavor.

Now there’s also an extra benefit that is a hidden secret . . . Over 90% of us eat too much salt. Sensational Seasonings™, can help with that too, these seasonings are either completely salt-free or low sodium, per 2016 U.S. FDA guidelines.

This choice is easy! With up to 55% profit margins and the satisfaction that your fundraiser supports a healthier community, you and your supporters will be happy to start your healthy fundraiser today, click here or call 423-967-4101.

Fundraising Ideas for March

Fundraising Ideas for March

If you’re going to be fundraising in March but need some fresh ideas, you could consider throwing a fundraiser based on one of the many specially-themed days of the month. There’s no shortage of quirky, cool, and fun days to take advantage of in your fundraising efforts, so here are a handful fundraising ideas for March.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, so what better way to promote and celebrate the enduring strength of women by organizing a women’s history fundraiser? You could have a books sale with books about women’s issues and feminism, show a documentary on an important female historical figure, or offer a lecture on women’s history.

Credit Education Month

March is also Credit Education Month in the US, and this theme also lends itself to many fundraising ideas. Organize a financial literacy seminar and charge a small admission fee. In the seminar you could talk about things like how to manage a budget, how to use credit cards, how to check your credit score, and how to save for retirement. You could also tell your guests about what tools they can use to help with personal finance management, and where to find them.

Crafts Month

March is also Crafts Month, and it should be immediately obvious how to turn this one into a fundraiser! Simply hold a crafts sale at a local market or a church and sell, sell, sell. This can be a fun option if anyone on your fundraising team is creative and has a knack for working with their hands. Try to focus on low cost items that everyone needs in the house like picture frames, candle holders, and artwork.

World Book Day

March 2 is World Book Day, and you can easily turn this into a fundraising occasion by organizing a used book drive. Pool together as many old books as you can and sell them for a few bucks each. Lots of people have old books collecting dust, so it should be easy to get them. Then all you need is to find a venue to sell them, and get the word out about your book drive fundraiser. This can also serve as an opportunity to promote literacy in your local community.

World Poetry Day

March 21 is World Poetry Day, and there are a couple ways that you can turn this into a fundraiser. The first way is by organizing a book sale like we described for World Book Day, only with this one you would focus specifically on poetry books. Another idea is to stage a poetry night at a local cafe or bookstore. Charge a small admission fee, and maybe also sell drinks to raise a little more cash.

These are just five fundraising ideas for the month of March, but you can find more ideas by month online. Maybe there’s another month that interest you as a fundraising occasion. The possibilities are endless.

 

4 Veterans Day Fundraisers

4 Veterans Day Fundraisers

November 11 is Veterans Day. It’s when we pay respect to the veterans who gave so much to protect our country and the things we stand for. It’s also an important occasion because we need to remember our history and try to prevent repeating the mistakes of the past.
It’s another occasion where you can launch a new fundraising campaign. Here are four Veterans Day Fundraising ideas.

Patriotic Merchandise
Remembering our veterans and what they went through can inspire patriotism in just about anyone. Why not let people wear the love they feel for their country, and the admiration they have for their veterans, with patriotic merchandise? American flag tumblers are one product you can sell leading up to November 11 that can fit the bill. You can also get customized tumblers with your own design, so you can create something to promote our veterans and their dedication to our country. Customized caps, shirts, and sweaters, are also a good choice.

Military Books

Books can be a hit with people who have a military background, and with people who just have an interest in military history. Veterans Day can be a great opportunity to sell books on war history, but be sure to tell your supporters that all the sales are going towards the cause.

War Movie Night

There’s no shortage of war movies to choose from, and a lot of them are famous Academy Award winners. Have a war movie screening night, and charge a small cover fee. You can also have a concession stand selling popcorn and drinks for a little extra revenue. Be sure to choose a popular film that honors and respects the memory of the veterans who served in past wars, not one with a heavy political message.

War History Tours
If your city has a lot of war memorials and museums, you could offer to take people on historical tours. This is an especially great idea if your city has historical sites with military significance, like maybe an old fort or an armoury. History buffs love these sorts of things, and Veterans Day is the perfect occasion to do this as a fundraiser.

War is terrible, but it’s important that we remember and pay our respects where due. On Veterans Day, give homage to the ones who lost their lives and give people a way to show their respect as well with one of these fundraisers.

Be Like These Superheroes and Power Up Your Fundraiser

Be Like These Superheroes and Power Up Your Fundraiser

There was a time when superheroes where an exclusive niche, but now they’re mainstream. With the amount of blockbuster Hollywood movies coming out every year, television series making headlines, and comic book conventions popping up in cities across the world, it’s impossible to not know a thing or two about the Marvel and DC universes. Even if you aren’t a comic book aficionado, you probably have a few of your own favorite heroes that you like to root for.

Superheroes can exemplify some of the best qualities of humanity. In this post, we’re going to look at a handful of heroes who demonstrate qualities that can power up your fundraising game.

The Charm of Ironman
Ironman doesn’t have any cosmic powers, but relies on sheer savvy and technology to get the job done. In the world of superheroes, there are few who demonstrate more charisma and charm than Tony Stark. He knows how to work a crowd, and when he speaks people hang off his every word.

When you communicate with your supporters, see if you can take a page out of Ironman’s book and inject a little charm and whit into your interactions. It could give you the edge you need to earn their trust, and ultimately, their support.

The Determination of Batman
Batman is a true vigilante. When Bruce Wayne sets his sights on something, he doesn’t quit until he’s achieved his ends. Sometimes this comes at great cost, but thankfully in the fundraising world you won’t be dealing with The Penguin or The Joker!

It takes tenacity and determination to find success in fundraising because there will be some no’s, and that can get discouraging. You have to be determined to never give up until you reach your fundraising goal. Be determined like Batman, and you’ll overcome the odds and win over more supporters.

The Planning Skills of Professor X
You shouldn’t jump into a fundraising campaign and wing it because planning is one of the keys to success. That holds true not just for fundraising, but in any field of life. You need to have a plan to make the most of your efforts, and when it comes to planning few people do it better than Professor X.

As the creator of the Xavier’s School for Gifted Children, and leader of the X-Men, he has a lot of responsibility on his plate. When the world’s in danger it’s up to the X-Men to fight the bad guys, and Professor X is the mastermind behind it all. Be the mastermind of your fundraising campaign and you’ll be the hero of the day.

The Leadership of Captain America
Every team needs a leader, and in the comic book world no one represents the term “fearless leader” quite like the indomitable Captain America. He has led the Avengers against countless foes. He inspires loyalty, and encourages his teammates.

Leadership isn’t always about giving commands; it’s also about giving support and setting an example. That is what Captain America does, and you can do the same. Lead with example, try your best and support your group members the best you can. Lead your fundraising team like the Captain does with the Avengers and you’ll be defeating the horrible monster of low funding in no time.

What superheroes do you look up to? What are their qualities and how could you use them in your fundraiser and in your life?

How To Market Your Fundraiser to Millennials

How To Market Your Fundraiser to Millennials

There are over 80 million millennials living in the US, and marketers are always looking for ways to appeal to them. After all, it’s a huge demographic and they have money to spend. The thing is Millennials are not the same as Baby Boomers, so old fashioned marketing techniques won’t work. If you want to make your fundraiser appeal to the younger generation, you’ll need to take a different approach. Here’s how to market your fundraiser to the millennial generation.

Use Social Media
It’s a safe bet that most millennials have smart phones. They use their phones for web surfing, email, and social media far more than home computers. Social media is a big part of the lives of Millennials because they use it every day for a variety of reasons from keeping in touch with family and friends, to staying informed with what’s going on in the news. That’s why social media channels like Facebook and Instagram are excellent ways to connect to this demographic.

Be authentic and personal
Of course if you’re going to get on social media and engage Millennials from there, you need to do it with the right kind of content so you’re speaking in terms that they will listen to. Whether it’s being shared from another source, or if it’s original material, the content you put out needs to be authentic and appeal to them on a personal level. Engage with your audience over social media with original blog posts, videos, and photos with genuine sentiments and you should see results.

Show how they can make a difference
Millennials have different priorities than boomers. Most millennials prefer to spend their money on experiences, rather than possessions. They want see the world and make a difference somehow. When marketing your fundraiser to millennials, show them why you need their help and how they can make a difference by donating to your charity.

Choose outbound over inbound marketing
You’ll have better results with millennials if you go with inbound marketing methods over outbound ones. This connects back to the point above about sharing authentic content over social media. Generate a buzz with high quality blog posts or a video that tugs on the heart strings, and you’ll appeal to those discerning millennial minds.

Millennials are a savvy bunch, and very different than previous generations because of how much technology has changed the game. But you can still get them interested in your fundraiser with these tips.