Planning Your Fundraising Campaign – How Nonprofits Raise More Funds Online in a Global Recession

Fundraising for your nonprofit or charitable organization should be a positive happy experience, right? It’s about helping a great cause – sending kids to a national competition, improving a community, finding medical cures, saving animals, and more.

These are important issues in our lives, to the tune of over $1 trillion dollars a year in donations! But times have become more and more challenging for fundraisers.

Here Are Two Challenges Fundraisers Now Face When Planning Fundraising Events & Activities to Raise More Funds:

1. We deal with uncertain revenue streams, escalating overhead, and generating new interest from patrons and donors. Now as we’re experiencing one of the worst recessions in decades, you may not be sure how to plan your fundraising. What can you expect from donors? Will they be there for you? Even if they want to give, do they want what you’re offering?

2. Another big challenge is the way we’ve approached the job in the past. Usually, the process is shared by parents, kids, and small business professionals. We “fan-out” with our products and ask for the sale or set up sites for donations. Then, since most of us don’t like to actually “sell stuff,” we put it off. Ultimately, many people on the team end up buying “the stuff,” only to give it away or store it in the garage – again.

So How Can Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Raise More Funds Now One innovative alternative has evolved and is getting lots of attention. The concept is based on the rise and undeniable appeal of global e-commerce.

According to independent business researchers at Forrester Research, online retail sales reached $175 billion in 2007 and are projected to grow to $335 billion by 2012 in the United States. E-commerce has consistently grown by double digits each year for many reasons like convenience, variety, and savings. And, most importantly, online shoppers seem to be less sensitive to adverse economic conditions than the average U.S. consumer.

How Can Nonprofit Organizations Raise Money Online

Your organization can send donors to a professionally designed and managed website that displays your charity’s identity. People could shop for merchandise and services they want and need and you could be in a commissionable position without having to do anything! No recruits to find. No doorbells to ring. No inventory to manage. Just checks to cash.

With the growth of e-commerce, successful businesses are emerging that distribute merchandise to online customers. This opens the door for others like you to earn commissions by bringing consumers to the online stores and malls. Here Are 4 Benefits of Raising Money for Nonprofits Online Using Auction Sites:

1. It’s a win-win fundraising option for you and your donors

2. You will start an exciting buzz among patrons of your organization which means one customer can bring in many more

3. It’s a possible source for tremendous revenue for your nonprofit organization

4. It’s an inexpensive system with hands-off maintenance Thousands of online shoppers are already searching for their own personal bargains every day.

It makes sense that the world of fundraising should be a part of the fun – and profits. For example, one very enterprising fundraiser, a radio station in Germany, sold over $10,000,000 in e-commerce credits to 100,000 customers in 18 months on their privately branded site. The radio station was paid 30% of the sales, or over $3,000,000! By creating a business-to-business partnership with an e-commerce company, you can experience the above results. And, with insignificant capital investment and essentially no financial risk, you can participate in the parent company’s success and dynamic global presence.

Good luck exploring new possibilities for your next fundraising campaign!

Volleyball scratch card

If you play volleyball, you will probably be involved with a volleyball tournament fundraiser. Tournaments are one of the largest expenses for volleyball teams. Scratch card fundraisers give each player the opportunity to raise $100 for the team by simply getting a single card filled in. Fundraising volleyball ideas do not get any easier than this.

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%

Trail Mix Show Profit

Trail Mix

Our Trail mix fundraiser mixes a great variety of healthy products that still fill that craving for something sweet or salty. Choose from the Natural Snacks to Roasted Cashews and Hokey Pokey. Everyone can find a snack they will enjoy munching on. We provide free brochures so this fundraiser is free to start. Guaranteed profit of 50%.

What You Should Know

Trail Mix Fundraisers are like fundraising flower bulbs. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling trail mix as larger groups. Each bag of trail mix sells for only $9. If you sell less than 150 bags of trail mix, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more trail mix orders 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)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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. And now we’ve added Brownies, Pretzels, and Cinnamon Rolls as well.

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
$10 Simple Snacks

Our new Simple Snacks Fundraiser offers 14 of today’s most popular snacks.  An amazing yet simple selection of premium quality snacks including nuts, trail mix, popcorn, gummy bears, and sour gummy worms.  We have combined the most popular and highest selling snack items to create a fundraiser that will help you reach your fundraising goals. Our 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 we have helped thousands of groups meet their fundraising goals.

If you sell less than 150 bags of snacks, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. 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%

Sports Lollipops Show Profit

Sports Lollipops

If you are raising money for sports teams consider these fun lollipops. Your lollipop fundraiser can be specific to your particular sport. We have Baseball lollipops and Football lollipops. If we do not have your particular sport we have a great selection of other fundraiser suckers that will work well.

What You Should Know

You will make a 50% profit when you sell our Sports 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

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
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