My School Fundraiser – Where Do I Start?

If you are relatively new to fundraising, at least in a managing role, then you’ve very likely been asking yourself, “how do I get started on my school fundraiser?”

What may have seemed like an easy task at first is actually a bit tricky during the organizational stages, and it’s important that you get the basics right with your school fundraiser before you move on the more practical aspects. The answers to your questions can be easily be found online. Take a deep breath and then start your research.

“What are the first things I need to know for my fundraiser?”

The initial assessment stage is an important step that many people skim over when planning their school fundraiser, but this is something you should take great care with. Arrange a meeting with all the relevant people and discuss exactly what you hope to achieve in terms of the dollar amount. Try to be as specific as possible, so that you have a clear goal to aim for. Being fuzzy about your goal is the easiest way to start being lazy about your school fundraising campaign. Count up how many people are going to be on your sales team (presumably mostly students), and figure out exactly what each person needs to accomplish to make the effort a success.

“How do I choose a product for my school fundraiser?”

Once you understand the magnitude of your goal, you can start choosing a product. There is a wide range of school fundraising products that can suit any group with any kind of financial goal. If you have a large group that needs to raise a lot of money you can go with something like pretzels, which wouldn’t work so well with smaller groups and goals. If you are organizing a smaller group with a more moderate target. things like scratch cards can work particularly well because they’re easy to implement, and the profits are the highest available.

You’ll quickly see that there are many school fundraiser ideas out there that can work for you.

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 %
1 min $160.00 50%
Preformed Cookie Dough

Brand New! We are thrilled to offer two new flavors of Nestle* Toll House* Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! Now you can sell it through our gourmet preformed cookie dough fundraiser. The dough is shaped into perfectly portioned cookies. When the cookie craving hits, just grab the number of cookies you want to bake. You don’t even have to thaw the dough. Convenient and delicious, people love 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 number of boxes of preformed cookie dough you sell. There is a 120 box minimum for this fundraiser. The minimum order of 120 boxes earns 25% profit, the more boxes you sell the more profit you make. This cookie dough fundraiser has the potential to make up to 55% profit. See the profit chart below for an idea of your profit potential:

Profit and Cost

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Boxes Bought Cost Per Box 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%
Cheerleading scratch card

Fundraising with cheerleading scratch cards is a great fundraising idea.  With their natural outgoing personalities, cheerleaders can easily get people to donate money to their team using our cheerleading scratch cards. Each card raises $100. Shipping is free. These cards allow cheerleaders to raise money quickly.

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

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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%
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