Ideas for Relay for Life Fundraisers

In May of 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, wanted to show his support for his patients who had battled through cancer. He decided to do this by raising money for the local American Cancer Society in his area. As a person who enjoyed running marathons, he used his hobby as a launching pad for the fundraiser. Dr. Klatt spent 24 hours running over 83 miles on a track as friends and family donated money to support his cause, and run or walk with him for 30 minutes. He raised $27,000 that day. The following year, another $33,000 was raised during the first annual Relay for Life fundraising team-event as 19 teams took the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Having a Relay for Life fundraiser is not a new concept, but the avenues in which to raise money have evolved into much more than walking around a track. Teams are no longer content to limit the amount of time to only 24 hours. Groups are looking outside of the annual event in an effort to raise even more money for a cure.

Small groups have success with scratch cards. Each member can raise $100 towards cancer research with this particular fundraiser. Larger groups can raise money through pizza cards. With the help of a local pizza, vendor groups can sell cards prior to the Relay event, or during. Customers get a buy-1-get-1-free deal that is good for 20 different visits.

Other groups work through the year with cookie dough or candle sales. As a pre-sell fundraiser, they collect money for a couple of weeks, then turn in a portion of the profits and give the rest to the ACS.

There are many Relay for Life fundraising ideas. What will your group do? How will you help this year?

Color xploder

Color Xploder is a fun candy.  These swirl lollipops look like a tie-dyed shirt. All of the different flavors are thrown together and you get a unique mixture of color and flavors. Since no two lollipops are exactly the same you get to offer new fresh products each time someone buys one of your fundraising lollipops. There is only a one case minimum.

What You Should Know

You will make 50% profit when you sell our Color Xploder Swirl Lollipops and any of our other lollipop fundraisers no matter how many cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%

The Main Street Sweet Shop has reinvigorated candy fundraising. People are excited about the fun new products, they love the 1 case minimum, they appreciate the free shipping and they really love the high-profit percentages.  Everyone loves gummy bears and sour gummies!

What You Should Know

You will receive 2 carriers per case. There are 13 bags of each fantastic flavor!

  • Original Sour Jacks
  • Buddy Bears Gummi Bears
  • Nuclear Sqworms
  • Sour Jacks Watermelon

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 65% $72.80
40 – 59 60% $83.20
20 – 39 55% $93.60
1 – 19 50% $104.00
Beef Sticks Fundraiser Image

Jack Link’s Beef Sticks are a great alternative to candy fundraising. The beef sticks meet or exceed most school nutritional standards. 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. Below you can take a look at the profit chart:

Profit and Cost

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Product Cost Per Case Profit %
Beef Sticks $200.00 50%
Squatch Sticks $120.00 50%
Christmas Lollipops

You will increase your lollipop sales during the holiday season with these great Christmas Lollipops. They are packaged in cases of 640 fundraising lollipops. Inside the case are 8 packages with each package containing 80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. And shipping is free

What You Should Know

Christmas 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:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
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Yummy Lix Lollipops Image

Yummy Licks are our #1 lollipop. They come in an assortment of all your favorite flavors. Yummy Licks Round lollipops are packaged in cases of 640   lollipops. Inside the case are 8 packages with each package containing   80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. Shipping is FREE.

What You Should Know

Yummy Licks 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:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
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$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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Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

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

Author: Dora High School

Earth Candle Fundraiser

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

Author: Cornerstone Baptist Church

Magic Melts Wickless Candle Fundraiser

I loved this fundraiser. It was easy and convenient. They gave me no problems when I needed to change the end date of my fundraiser. The melts smell great. They send you order forms and money collect envelopes. I placed the order on Tuesday and received it on a Friday. I highly recommend this company

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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

Author: Ashleigh Berggren

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

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

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

Flower Bulb Fundraising

We received everything as promised! Thank you so much for your excellent customer service!

Author: Troop 6619 BSA

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

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

Author: Bermuda Institute

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

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

$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

Author: Carolina Crusaders

$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!

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