Black College Cheerleading | Musings from a Black Cheerleading Squad Member

I have been dancing and cheering for as long as I can remember and now I am on a black college cheerleading squad. I love being on a black college cheerleading squad because it is fun and it is a good way to channel some of my boundless energy. College cheerleading is the best!

From Tumbling to Black College Cheerleading

My mom told me she first enrolled me in dance classes when I was three years old. I took ballet and tap and was also enrolled in cheerleading gymnast classes. These were my favorite activities, especially gymnasts. When I started tumbling it was basically just rolling around, doing flips on the ground and simple cartwheels. Then I got to practice flips and jumps into the pit of foam cubes which was so much fun. Now, because of training, practice, and determination, I can do multiple flips in the same jump.

Christian Cheerleading Camps

As I was growing up, my parents always took me to a church where I sang in the choir and developed a strong voice which is necessary for cheerleading. It was at church that my strong religious foundation was started; it was also at church that I learned about Christian cheerleading camps.

The first few years at the Christian cheerleading camps I learned the basics; cheerleading motions, cheerleading jumps, and cheerleading routines, then I moved to more difficult cheerleading techniques in the subsequent years. Since then, I have become a counselor at the very camps I first attended. I just love introducing young girls to the wonderful world of black college cheerleading. I still keep in touch with many of the wonderful friends I made at the Christian cheerleading camps I attended. These cheerleading camps led me to my current hobby of black college cheerleading.

From High School Cheerleading to Black College Cheerleading

I cheered at my high school on an all-black cheerleading squad. In fact, it was an almost entirely black high school. The high school was located in a less than the wealthy area and new cheerleading uniforms were never high on the school board’s priority list. We held a number of cheerleading fundraisers over the years. We started with traditional and easy fundraising ideas like a cheerleading car wash, which raised quite a bit of money. Then, we got creative. The best cheerleading fundraising idea we came up with was a dance-a-thon. The entire cheerleading squad collected donations for every hour we could dance. It was such a good time that the cheerleading squad has held a dance-a-thon every year since.

wickless candles

We’d like to introduce you to Magic Melts. It’s the best way to take advantage of the popularity of wickless candles. You will be selling packages that include 6 large fragrance bars for only $4 per package. There are 10 wonderful scents to choose from. Each case comes with 80 packages of Magic Melts so total sales per case will be $320.

What You Should Know

You purchase Magic Melt fragrance bars by the case. Each case comes with 80 packages of fragrance bars. Each package sells for $4. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost is per case. You can see the difference in profits in the chart below:

Profit and Cost

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Cal Pack Healthy Snack Fundraiser

This is the original Pak that started it all.  Still, the best selling healthy snack fundraiser in America.  The Cal Pak is CA SB-12 compliant with 35-10-35 regulations in California, so it can be sold on campus during school hours. Also, CA SB-12 serves as the template for many other states which have recently added regulations. There are 66 snacks in each Cal Pak and 4 Cal Paks in each Mastercase.

What You Should Know

Candy fundraising profits are determined based on the number of cases of candy that you sell. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below you can take a look at profit chart:

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
8 – 24 41% $156.00
25 and up 44% $148.00
Journey of Faith Candle Fundraiser

Our Heritage $10 fundraising candles are the most affordable 55 hour burn time candle in the fundraising industry. Choose from 6 great scents.

What You Should Know

Our 8oz Heritage Candle offering is our newest no-upfront cost fundraising option. The attractive $10 price works for everyone. Perfect for individuals to use themselves or to give as gifts the highly fragrant, long-lasting Heritage Candles are a fantastic option your groups can return to sell year after year!

Our 8oz Heritage Candle program includes 6 highly fragrant and popular scents. The candles are Made in the USA with premium quality wax and fragrance. Featuring 55-60 burning hours these candles are an excellent and high-quality fundraising product to offer your donors. Most groups have returning customers year after year!

8oz Heritage Candle fundraisers are pre-sell or brochure sales. That means you sell the candles using free brochures and order forms we provide.

We suggest you schedule a two-week selling period. At the end of the sale, you tally together all the order forms and money and you can place your order online or call us with your candle order. There is no minimum to order, however, there will be a $65 shipping fee for orders under 150 candles. Call us toll-free (866) 874-8383 if you have any questions.

Profit and Cost

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Preformed Cookie Dough

Brand New!!! We are thrilled to be able to offer two new flavors of Nestle* Toll House* Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!!! Now you can sell boxes through our pre-portioned gourmet cookie dough fundraiser. The dough is preformed into perfectly portioned cookies. You just grab the number of cookies you want to bake. There’s no need to thaw the dough. People love the convenience of this product. Cookie dough may be frozen for up to 1 year, refrigerated for 6 months, and is shelf stable at room temperature (66°F – 77°F) for 21 days. Cookie dough may be thawed and refrozen.

What You Should Know

Your profit is determined by the amount of cookie tubs you sell. Your group needs to sell at least 120 boxes as a minimum for this fundraiser. When you meet the minimum order of 120 boxes you will earn 25% profit, the more boxes you sell the more profit you make. With this cookie dough fundraiser you have the potential to make up to 55% profit. See the profit chart below for an idea of your profit potential:

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Tubs Bought Cost Per Tub Average Selling Price Your Profit $ Your Profit %
5000 $9.00 $20.00 $55,000 + 55%
1664 $10.00 $20.00 $16,640 + 50%
664 $11.00 $20.00 $5,976 + 45%
336 $12.00 $20.00 $2,688 + 40%
200 $14.00 $20.00 $1,200 + 30%
120 min $15.00 $20.00 $600 + 25%
Sour Mania Lollipops

Sour Mania Sour Pops are one of our top elementary school lollipop fundraisers. Both kids and adults love sour candy. These are the original sour lollipops. It is definitely one of the top choices for a school needing to raise easy money.

What You Should Know

Sour Mania Lollipops and all of our lollipop fundraisers offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. In other words, you will double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

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1 min $160.00 50%
$25 Restaurant Fundraiser Cards

Sell $25 Restaurant.com gift certificates for only $10 and make $4 profit on each sale. The purchaser of these cards gets $25 off at their choice of more than 15,000 participating restaurants nationwide. Your group makes high profits saving your customers a lot of money the next time they dine out.

What You Should Know

There is no cost to start this online Fundraiser. All you need is a website or a blog.

You simply fill out a short form, tell people how much money you want to raise and why you are raising money. That’s all you need to create your online website fundraising widget.

You or your group will make $4 every time someone visits your website or blog and donates $10. In return for their $10 donation, the donor gets a $25 Restaurant.com gift certificate good at any of more than 18,000 restaurants throughout the United States.

Immediately upon receiving a donation, we will send your donor an email that includes their Restaurant.com gift certificate code. All they need to do is click on the link we provide and they will be taken to Restaurant.com where they can choose any of the participating restaurants.

Our online fundraising widget gives you everything you need. Your site visitors can purchase from the widget, check participating restaurants and everything else needed.

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
25 min $5.00 50%
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Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

everything arrived a-ok...many thanks for another great fundraiser....we will do this again in the Spring.... Angela

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$10 Frozen Cookie Dough Tub Fundraiser

Hello Teresa, I just wanted to follow up with you and say how easy and efficient this fundraiser was. We definitely will be using this in the future and would like to use you as our point of contact especially as our organization grows. Thank you for everything especially in this difficult time, with the Covid -19 and you never missed a beat. Stay safe, Roni

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Flower Bulb Fundraising

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Author: Troop 6619 BSA

Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

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Author: SHOC Club

Coffee and Tea

The sale went over with a bang and people are asking for more. Thank you, Evelyn Mealy

Author: Port Allegany Music Boosters

Earth Candle Fundraiser

We LOVE the candles!! And I think last year they were here like 2 days after we submitted the order. Crazy fast!

Author: Meadowview Elementary

Earth Candle Fundraiser

I appreciate all of your assistance, as this was my first fundraiser I was in charge of, you really helped make the experience smooth and I look forward to continuing business with you all! Thanks, Cheniqua Glass

Author: Brooke Bailey Dance Academy

$10 Frozen Cookie Dough Tub Fundraiser

I just wanted to report that the cookie dough fundraiser has been a HUGE success! Everything was perfect and I am so pleased! Your company has impressed me. We may want to do this again late fall. People are already talking about “next time.” 😊 Thank you very much! Kelly Sipes Class of 2020 Hickman, KY

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Flower Bulb Fundraising

I look forward to doing this fundraiser again next year. It was a big hit and you have been so great to work with, I won't even be looking for anything different. Ashley

Author: SFHS Girls Soccer Team

Heritage Fundraising Candles

I would like to thank you for answering all my questions. We love the candles, and I will be doing more fundraising through this company in the Spring. Thank you again, Mrs. Joan Stanolis

Author: Jones NHS

Journey of Faith Candle Fundraiser

I wanted to thank you for all your help with the fundraiser. I was very pleased with this fundraiser from start to finish. We paid on Thursday and the candles were here on Friday. Talk about prompt delivery... we will definitely be using your company again. Once again thank you for everything. Jerriann Wortham

Author: Overflow Student Ministry

$10 Frozen Cookie Dough Tub Fundraiser

There were different fundraisers but the Cookie Dough Fundraiser looked really easy! It’s $10 for a tub. It’s been really nice that it’s easy for the kids to sell and make. We’re doing this again!

Author: Kelly Sipes

Snackin’ in the USA

I just wanted to say thanks for getting the items shipped out so quickly. The kids enjoyed this fundraiser. Everything was easy and I especially liked how quick you were to respond when there was a question. I look forward to booking another fundraiser with you next year! Thanks again, Ashleigh Berggren Special Education Teacher

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Yummy Licks Round Lollipops

Just wanted to say thank you again for going above and beyond to make sure I had my order in time. (I received it this am) I really appreciate it and I look forward to doing business with you again next year.

Author: Montrose Little League

Earth Candle Fundraiser

Good Gosh!!! This was the easiest fundraiser EVER!!! Thank you so much! Saved to Serve, Amy

Author: Cornerstone Baptist Church

Earth Candle Fundraiser

You guys must be naturally kind. I enjoyed working with you and look forward to many other fundraisers with your organization. Frigga M. Simmons Director of Development

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