How to Hold a Fundraiser for a Small Non-Profit

Most non-profits are small – they have no full-time staff, raise five (not six or seven) figures per year, and are volunteer-driven. Because these schools, churches, and smaller charities have no professional staff, they must rely on their supporters and volunteers to do their fundraising for them.

If you’re helping a small non-profit hold a fundraiser, here are 5 tips to ensure a successful effort:

1. Put Together a Committee Holding a fundraiser takes lots of work. Put together a group of people who are committed to the non-profit and are willing to raise money as part of your fundraising effort. Remember: you’ll want your host committee to reach into their own networks to the fundraiser for this event, so be sure the people you choose are willing to make calls and aren’t just interested in choosing the catering menu.

2. Have a Plan Every fundraiser – no matter how small or large – should have a written plan. What are the logistics? How much with the fundraiser cost? Who is responsible for set up? For clean up? Who will we invite? Who will sponsor the event? How much should we charge? What will our profit be?

3. Keep Your Costs Down The less money you spend on your fundraiser, the more money will go to support the non-profit you are working with. Keep a close eye on fundraising event costs, and be sure to resist the urge to overspend, particularly if this is a small event.

4. Maximize Your Profit Are you taking advantage of all of the possible ways to raise additional money around your fundraiser? Does your event have sponsors who write larger checks in return for marketing and public relations opportunities? Did you see if you could get event materials donated or at a reduced cost? Should you add a silent auction, a candy sale, a raffle, or another revenue stream to your fundraiser?

5. Communicate With Your Supporters Once your fundraiser is over, be sure to stay in touch with your donors and attendees. They have shown that they care about your non-profit… keep them informed and updated, and you’ll be able to go back to them for another donation in the near future!

— Joe Garecht is the founder of The Fundraising Authority (http://www.thefundraisingauthority.com/), which offers hundreds of free articles on how to raise money for small and mid-sized non-profits.

Yummy Lix Round Lollipops Fundraising

Yummy Lix Round Lollipops are our #1 selling lollipop. They come in an assortment of all your favorite flavors. Yummy Lix Round Lollipops are packaged in cases of 640 pops. Inside the case are 8 packages. Each package contains  80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. Shipping is free!

What You Should Know

Yummy Lix Round  Lollipops offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost. Meaning, you double your investment no matter how many cases you purchase. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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  • Free shipping
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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
One Dollar Chocolate Candy Bars Fundraiser

The Original One Dollar Chocolate Candy Bars come in two different variety packs. These are our best selling candy bar fundraisers. They offer the largest one dollar fundraising candy bar that is manufactured in a peanut-free facility.

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.  For more details, take a look at profit charts for each of the available variety packs:

Profit and Cost

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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
Home for the Holidays candle fundraiser

If you are looking for a holiday season fundraiser, our Home for the Holidays Candle Fundraiser is it.  With their cheery labels and seasonal scents, these candles make a fantastic gift. There’s no upfront cost, so this fundraiser works for any type of group.  We provide everything you need to get started and there’s no obligation.

What You Should Know

Candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you a 50% profit on each candle you sell. The only additional charge you may incur is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 candles.

Each candle sells for only $10 each.

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 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No

Sports Lollipops Show Profit

Lollipop Fundraisers

Get your team revved up and ready to lick the competition with Sports Lollipops. Put other boring fundraisers on the bench. Throw these products into your fundraising line-up and score sweet savings. If we do not have your particular sport check out our selection of other fundraiser suckers that are great pinch hitters.

What You Should Know

You will make a 50% profit when you sell our Sports Lollipops no matter how many cases you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
Jack Link's Beef Jerky Fundraiser

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is the cure to candy fundraising. While it may seem to have just snapped onto the scene and gained popularity over the last decade, humans have been eating jerky for thousands of years. Beef jerky is a handy, on-the go-option for quick hunger fixes. Plus it’s full of protein and minerals. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky sticks meet or exceed most school nutritional standards, making it a healthy fundraiser for kids.  The sticks sell for only $2 each. You can purchase as little as one case and shipping is absolutely free.

What You Should Know

Jack Link’s profits are determined based on the number of cases that you sell. See the profit chart below for more details:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Product Cost Per Case Profit %
Beef Sticks $200.00 50%
Squatch Sticks $120.00 50%
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