Fundraising for School

Fundraising for school can sometimes be the difference-maker in the quality of education children in America receive these days. The fact of the matter is that school districts can simply not afford programs and equipment that not too many years ago had been taken for granted.

Fundraising for school and school groups has become a huge business now. In fact, you can look through your local yellow pages and search all of the major internet search engines and find tons of companies specializing in fundraising for schools.

So how do you choose a company to work with on your fundraising events at your school? Here are some things you should consider when choosing one:

  • Does the company have experience working with school groups like yours? With such a large number of different types of fundraising groups, make sure the company you choose has worked with similarly sized groups.
  • What profit potential can you expect when fundraising for your school? School-wide fundraisers should expect to earn at least a 40 percent profit margin on their sales. There are plenty of options that offer profits in excess of 50 percent. Do not settle for less unless there is a particular product you feel strongly about and are willing to sell for lower profits.
  • Does the company provide all materials your school needs for fundraising? Our order forms free? Do they provide kick off letters and everything else that explains all aspects of your school fundraising program?
  • How and when do you pay? Are there specific products that need to be paid in advance? Do they have pre-sell or brochure fundraisers that do not require any upfront investment?
  • Does the company accept purchase orders on fundraising for schools?

Once you have the above information you can begin to narrow down the companies that are want to work with on your school fundraising project. At this point, it is time to choose the best fundraising program for your school.

The major decision now is whether to do a direct sale or brochure sale for your school fundraiser. Here is the difference between the two types of fundraisers:

Music scratch card

We have designed scratch card fundraisers that work well for all groups involved with music. All fundraising companies design programs specifically for large school bands. The scratch card fundraising graphics on these cards work well for choirs, bands, singers, and musicians involved with groups for raising money individually.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%

Coffee and Tea Show Profit

coffee and tea

You might consider selling coffee and tea to raise money. Coffee has been very successful for many types of groups. Your group would sell 10 oz bags of freshly ground coffee for $10 each. There are seven great flavors along with a gift coffee tin. Coffee sales work best in the fall and winter.

What You Should Know

Tea and Coffee fundraisers are very similar to candle fundraisers. You will make a specific profit percentage on every item you sell. For tea and coffee fundraisers you make 40% profit on every item or $4 each.

If you sell less than 150 bags, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more bags of coffee or tea will qualify you for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 40% YES
1 to 149 40% No
Seasonal Shoppers Fundraising

Seasonal sellers – using a fundraising catalog – are another great option to explore. We provide each of your participants with an extensive fund raiser catalog that includes seasonally specific gift items. You get people to shop in your fundraising catalog for gift items they would purchase elsewhere.

What You Should Know

How much profit will you make on your Catalog Fundraiser?

You can make up to 50% profit with the Season Seller brochure fundraiser. Your actual profit depends on how many items you sell. Take a look at the profit chart below to see what kind of profits you will get depending on your final sale.

Profit and Cost

  • No Upfront Cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free Shipping
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
800 or more 50% YES
500 – 799 50% No
400 -499 40% No
300 – 399 38% No
200 – 299 35% No
100 – 199 30% No
Chocolatiers Candy Bar Fundraiser

You can still make high profits with a candy bar fundraiser. Our Chocolatiers Candy Bars offer profits as high as 60%. There is a small one case minimum and shipping is always FREE. These candy bars are manufactured in a peanut free facility and guaranteed to be peanut free.

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:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
49 or more 60% $96.00
25 -49 55% $108.00
10 – 24 50% $120.00
1 – 9 45% $132.00
$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.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
25 min $5.00 50%
Wrestling scratch card

Wrestling fundraising is quite often reflective of its sport and more of an individual project. But scratch off fundraising is a terrific way for either teams or individual wrestlers to meet their financial needs.  Each scratch card raises $100 and can be imprinted with up to three lines of custom text to customize your card.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
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Earth Candle Fundraiser

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Journey of Faith Candle Fundraiser

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Yummy Licks Round Lollipops

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Snackin’ in the USA

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Earth Candle Fundraiser

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