Nonprofit Fundraising Basics

The mission and the programs are the two most important priorities for nonprofit organizations; however, nonprofit fundraising comes in a very close third. Every nonprofit manager is aware of this fact. And even though there are constantly new fundraising methods, you should never forget the foundational fundraising techniques that provide the support for all other efforts.

Nonprofit Fundraising – Where Do the Funds Come From?

It is important to understand where the majority of funds come from for nonprofits. Individual donors are the number one source of funding for nonprofits. In 2005, individual gifts amounted to almost two hundred billion dollars. Because that is such an impressive number it’s always good to focus on individual giving before moving on to explore other options.

Corporations are the second-largest contributors to nonprofit fundraising. Most corporations seek publicity, exposure and respect in return for their gifts. The key factor to keeping your faithful corporate donors and to bringing in new corporate donors is finding creative ways to provide the public promotion they desire. Corporate funding has proven to work especially well for events or short-term projects.

If your nonprofit organization benefits the people of your area, especially social service programs and providers of education; government funds may be available to you. It is always worth checking to see if your organization qualifies.

Grants from foundations are another major way many nonprofits receive necessary funding. There may include private, corporate, community, and family foundations that provide grants to worthy organizations. Nonprofit organizations will benefit by employing someone on staff that is savvy in grant writing.

Two Major Fundraising Categories Considered by Nonprofits

  • Ongoing Funding includes things like the annual fund, ongoing product and service sales, and multi-year grants. The support from these sources continues to provide funds all year. And, they are considered unrestricted. They do, however; involve some extra attention throughout the course of a year.
  • Episodic Funding includes particular grants, special events, or bequests. The support from these sources is usually restricted in their purpose, as they are devoted to the unrestricted use by the nonprofit.
Sour Mania Lollipops

Sour Mania Lollipops Fundraiser is very popular for elementary school fundraising. Both kids and adults love sour candy. These are the original sour lollipops so they pack in that pucker up punch!  It is definitely a top choice for bringing a different fundraising flavor.

What You Should Know

Sour Mania 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

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
Cookie Dough Mix Fundraiser

How many cookie dough fundraisers have no minimums, 50% profit, and are free to start? That’s why our Delisheries Cookie Mix fundraiser is skyrocketing in popularity. You can even qualify for FREE shipping. Now we’ve added Brownies, Pretzels, and Cinnamon Rolls to this delicious mix.

What You Should Know

Delisheries Cookie Mix is the only cookie dough fundraiser that offers a 50% profit no matter how many units you sell. Shipping is FREE on orders of 150 items or more. We charge a fee of $65 for all orders less than 150 items.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Chocolatiers Candy Bar Fundraiser

Want to go with a tried and true fundraising product? Then go with a Chocolatiers Candy Bar Fundraiser! You can earn 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. Take a look at the profit chart for more details:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
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
$10 Simple Snacks Fundraiser

Our new $10 Simple Snacks Fundraiser offers 14 of today’s most popular munchies.  This amazing yet simple selection of premium quality snacks includes nuts, trail mix, popcorn, gummy bears, and sour gummy worms.  Combining the highest-selling snack items with a low price point creates a fundraiser that is sure to help you reach your fundraising goals. Our $10 Simple Snacks fundraiser has no upfront cost.  Let us know how many participants you have, and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them at no charge.

What You Should Know

Our Simple Snacks fundraiser offers 50% profit on every item. You sell each snack bag for $10 so that is $5 profit on every item! This is an easy fundraising idea for all types of groups, whether you have 5 sellers or 500.

If you sell less than 150 bags of snacks, there is a $65 shipping fee. Orders of 150 or more bags of snacks will qualify you for FREE shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Free Shipping Profit %
10 plus YES 50%
1 to 9 No 50%
Welchs Fruit Rolls Image

Looking for a sweet fundraiser that isn’t chocolate bars and lollipops?  Welch’s Fruit Rolls are a healthy alternative when choosing a fundraising product.  These rolls are made with real fruit, provide 100% recommended Daily Value of Vitamin C, and have no preservatives.  You will receive 2 carriers of 60 rolls each per case, for a total of 120 rolls.  Available in 3 great flavors Berry, White Grape Strawberry, and Tropical Punch.

What You Should Know

You sell each Welch’s Fruit roll for $1. Profits are determined based on the number of cases that you purchase. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Please see the profit chart below for details.

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 40% $65.00
40 – 59 37% $68.00
20 – 39 35% $70.00
1 – 19 33% $72.00
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