School Fundraising Deadlines

Setting deadlines for school fundraisers is an interesting topic but something you should think about before starting your fundraiser.

I can not tell you the number of times that a school turns in their fundraising order and then on an almost daily basis calls with additional orders. Although most had probably set deadlines for students to turn in their fundraising orders they do not stick to the deadline.

There are lots of reasons people do not enforce deadlines. The most obvious is that they want their fundraiser to raise as much money as possible so they figure all orders are good orders. They do not take into consideration the extra work involved in their end by continuing to take orders after their deadline passed.

Adhering to a strict deadline is even more important for larger groups since there is a lot of work to be done tallying order forms and cash. Once that is complete and submitted to the fundraising company it is not always simple to add on to an order. That is especially true if you are holding a time-sensitive fundraiser like a cookie dough fundraiser where delivery dates are set up in advance. If you are holding a candle fundraiser or flower bulb fundraiser where firm delivery dates are not required accepting late orders is not as difficult.

The thing to remember about accepting add on late orders is that you might no longer qualify for free shipping if your original order has already shipped.

The best thing to do is to set a firm deadline in writing and include it with the fundraiser paperwork. Do not set the deadline for a Friday or Monday if possible. If you set it on a Friday and students do not turn in their orders they will likely not remember to bring it on a Monday after the weekend. That is the same reason to not set the deadline for a Monday either.

Allow in advance for a grace period before beginning to tally your orders. Set a deadline for a specific date and possibly know you are willing to accept additional orders for 2 more days. After that simply determine that you will no longer accept orders.

Softball scratch card

If your softball team is looking for a high profit softball fundraiser scratch off cards should be considered. Each of the fundraising scratch off cards will raise $100 each. That amount of money should go along way towards paying for tournament fees, uniforms, and other items softball fundraisers are held for.

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%
Soccer Scratch Card Fundraiser

Soccer is one of the most popular participant sports in the country.  Players, teams, and leagues needing to raise a lot of money turn to fundraising scratch cards. Each card raises $100. Your team or league name is imprinted free of charge on each card. It’s a great soccer fundraiser idea.

What You Should Know

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

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
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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%
Dinner and Movie Card

Our newest fundraising discount card – the Dinner and Movie Fundraising Card – offers discounts up to 50% at more than 100,000 different restaurants, theatres and movie rental stores for an entire year. Make 60% profit. Free shipping.

What You Should Know

You pay only $4 per card and sell them for $10 so you make 60% profit or $6 profit for each card you sell. There is a 75 card minimum. Shipping is FREE.

Profit and Cost

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Profit %
75 min $4.00 60%
Custom Discount Fundraising Cards

Raise money by creating your own discount card fundraiser. Sign up between 8 and 12 local merchants to advertise on the back of your fundraising discount cards. We will custom design the front for your group. These fundraiser discount cards make terrific annual fundraising tools.

What You Should Know

Custom Fundraising Discount Cards offer some of the highest profits possible. Take a look at the profit chart below to estimate what your group can earn with this outstanding program:

Profit and Cost

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Cards Bought Profit Cost per Card
2500 90% plus Call for Pricing
1000 90% $1.00
500 80% $2.00
250 70% $3.00
100 min 60% $4.00
Snackin' in the USA

Choose from 20 mouth-watering treats all made from premium quality nuts and candies. The Snackin’ in the USA program costs absolutely nothing to get started. Simply 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

Snackin in the USA snack fundraising is different than some other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge you might incur would be a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 snacks.

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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