Personalized church cookbook fundraising and custom fundraising cookbooks, in general, are a great way for your group to make the money it needs. It is not uncommon for churches, schools, civic organizations, and other large non-profits to report profits of a thousand to ten thousand dollars every time they hold a cookbook fundraiser.
So, why do cookbook fundraisers work so well? Because people love to cook and they like to eat and they like to see recipes from people of common interest. So consider offering school fundraising cookbooks for your next fundraiser!
Here are some tips on putting together and selling your own cookbook:
Advertise the fact that you will be putting together your cookbook fundraiser. Give people an idea of your schedule and let them know that you want their favorite recipes. Most people are proud to see their old family recipes published and will be happy to help.
Form a committee to sort through the recipes you receive. Make sure someone reviews all recipes to make sure they appear correct. You don’t want any major mistakes in your cookbook if possible. You also want to make sure you have recipes in each of the different major categories in your cookbook. A good way to ensure that is to ask each submitter to give you three to five recipes and include an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.
If you see that you are not getting enough recipes in a particular category let people know about it soon. People will come to your rescue if they know your needs.
Don’t stop collecting recipes until you have at least 100 pages worth of recipes and enough to complete all the sections you planned.
If possible, include graphics in your cookbook. You can do that with any clip art program or even get people to give you photographs or drawings. A text-only book is not nearly as attractive as one with graphics.
Make sure someone responsible is put in charge of proofreading your final draft. Try to catch typos. Spell-check software is useful but not always complete. So read carefully.
When determining a selling price try to research what other local groups have sold their cookbooks for. Under no circumstances should you charge less than twice whatever the actual printing and binding charges are for the cookbook.
Finally, if you can not get enough recipes on your own, consider using fundraising cookbook software such as the services offered by companies like Fundcraft. Although we are not associated in any respect with this company, we have reviewed their website and found it to be a good resource.