PTO Fundraising Basics

Fundraising is an important aspect of any PTO; it is often the main source of income. It is completely up to teachers and parents to raise the money needed to help with various expenses during the year. Field trips, picnics, field day treats, fun activities and so much more are not considered a necessity by most schools, and thus, receive not money. Through PTO fundraising, however, the money can be earned and applied so that the children can benefit from a full educational experience.

So how do you know which fundraiser to pick? What is a pre-sell versus a direct-sale? What kind of questions do I ask when I’m booking a fundraiser?

Calm down. Take a deep breath. This is easier than it looks.

A pre-sell fundraiser is a program that features brochures that are used for selling the products. You receive free brochures then use them to show your customers what they are purchasing. You collect money as you sell and turn in part of the money you collect to pay for the items. Examples include cookie dough, candles, and calendars. With a direct-sale fundraiser, you purchase items ahead of time like candy then sell directly to the customer. Because you are spending money upfront, all the money you collect during the process becomes your profit.

When you are talking with your fundraising consultant there are a few key questions to ask before you get started on any type of PTO fundraisers:

–Are there any minimums or shipping fees that I need to be aware of? Make sure that your group is up to the challenge of qualifying for free shipping, or can reach the minimum order.

–How long would you suggest we run this fundraiser? Fundraising consultants usually have a general idea of how long a fundraiser should last.

–How long will it take to receive the items? Once they give you the answer, make sure that it fits into your schedule ? with a little extra time added on, just in case.

It may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you are the one in charge. PTO fundraising can seem like a very large task because it is so important, but that does not mean it is hard to do. For the best help contact a fundraising consultant, let them know your goals and your group size. Raising money for a child’s education is important; and with the right fundraiser, it can also be easy.

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

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
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
Sub Sandwich Fundraising Cards

Everyone loves to save money. That’s why they search for subway sandwich coupons. These fundraising cards are like getting 20 subway subs coupons. You download the merchant agreement, take it to your local sandwich shop and we will print your fundraising cards with the store name and logo along with your group info.

What You Should Know

Sandwich Shop discount cards are one of our most profitable fundraisers. You will make between 50% and 90% profit on every card. Depending on the number of cards you purchase you will make at least $5 per card and can make up to $9.00 profit on each card sold. Take a look at the profit chart below to calculate your profit:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
# of Cards Cost Per Card FREE Cards Profit
75 min $3 0 $525
100 $3 20 $900
200 $3 50 $1,900
300 $3 75 $2,850
400 $3 100 $3,800
1000 $3 300 $10,000
Quote Candle Fundraiser

Quote Candle Fundraiser is our “feel good” candle fundraising program.  Each candle label comes with an inspiring quote designed to lift spirits and profits.  The fundraising candles are highly fragrant, long burning, lead-free wicked candles that are competitively priced and attractively packaged. Plus, you make a 50% profit on every candle you sell and can qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

Candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas give 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 $14 each.

  • 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

Delicious cookies with a positive and uplifting message as your fortune.  Fortune cookie fundraisers are a quick and easy way to earn money for your cause.  Each case comes with 4 carriers containing 60 cookies in four tasty flavors Chocolate Bits, Cookies and Cream, Birthday Cake, and Salted Caramel.  You receive 240 cookies total per case and sell each one for $1.

What You Should Know

Cookie fundraising profits are determined based on the number of cases of cookies that you sell. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Below is the profit chart:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
100 or more 50% $120.00
50 – 99 48% $124.80
25 – 49 45% $132.00
11 – 24 43% $136.80
1 min 40% $144.00
Flower Bulb Fundraising

We have Flower Bulb programs specifically for fall and another for spring so you can hold a flower fundraiser any time of year. Flower fundraisers are practical and ecologically sensitive. We offer a great selection of bulbs, a high-profit potential, free brochures and order forms and the ability to qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

Fundraising Flower Bulbs are like candle fundraisers. 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 flowers as larger groups.

If you sell less than 150 fundraising flower bulbs, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more flower bulb 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
Earth candle fundraiser

An Earth candle fundraiser is a great way to raise money and be kind to our planet. Your group will offer a terrific selection of candles in the most popular scents. There is upfront cost and you make 50% profit on every Earth candle you sell. You can even qualify for free shipping. We provide free brochures for each member of your group and all the materials you need to have a successful Earth candle fundraiser.

What You Should Know

Candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every 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 $14 to $16 each.

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
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