Selecting Good Rotary Fundraisers

Rotarians are forever getting involved in humanitarian projects and charity work. In fact, it’s pretty much what they do – helping make life better for everyone they come into contact with. It’s important to work, and that’s why it’s also important that for your latest project, you choose Rotary fundraisers that reflect your commitment to what you’re doing, and that will help you get to your goals in the most efficient way possible.

It’s not always easy to choose the perfect fundraiser that fits your project, but with a few guidelines, you’ll be well on your way sooner than you think.

Is this your first time being in charge of organizing Rotary fundraisers? If so, being super-organized is even more important than it is with experienced organizers. You’ll want to do a lot of planning and sketching things out before you get started.

How much money, to the dollar, does your project need? Is there any margin of error there? How quickly is the money required? How many volunteers can you reliably count on for your fundraising team?

I know it sounds like Rotary fundraisers are a lot of hard work, and yes, that’s true, but if you do this administrative stuff at the beginning and get it out of the way, the rest of your fundraiser should go a lot more smoothly.

Once you have all your numbers crunched and you know who will be working with you, you can choose a fundraising idea that matches up to your needs. Smaller groups will want to stick with fundraisers that have higher profit margins, and where there are no or low minimum orders and no shipping charges.

You don’t want to have a successful fundraiser, only to get stuck paying shipping so high that it significantly cuts into your profits. Check out our selection of Rotary fundraisers, and see which ones might work well for your group.

Lip Shaped Lollipops

Nothing is sweeter than hugs and kisses. Except when they are formed into a lollipop!  Lip Shaped Lollipops make it easy for supporters to share the love of your cause. The fun shape and yummy flavors will bring in a bushel, and a peck, of profits. There is only a 1 case minimum and you will make a 50% profit on every lollipop you sell.

What You Should Know

Yummy Lips, Lip Shaped Lollipops offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. Meaning, 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%

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

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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
Hockey scratch cards

The expenses associated with being on a hockey team can make you feel like you are up against the boards. One one the fastest way to get out of that tight financial spot is with hockey scratch cards.  If you are looking for hockey fundraising ideas, scratch cards are a find!

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 handout 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 shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

 

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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%
Snackin' in the USA Fundraiser

The Snackin’ in the USA fundraiser gives you 20 mouth-watering treats to choose from. All products are made from premium quality nuts and candies. It 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 is a fantastic fundraising program. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge is 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)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Yummy Hearts Lollipops

Our Yummy Heart Lollipops virtually sell themselves leading up to Valentine’s Day. But they are also appropriate any time you want to show your supporters love. There’s a 1 case minimum, shipping is free and you will make 50% profit on each Yummy Heart Fundraising Lollipop sold. Each case comes with 640 Yummy Heart Lollipops.

What You Should Know

Yummy Heart Lollipops are the same as all of our other lollipop fundraisers. You will make the same profit no matter how many cases of lollipops you purchase or sell. Sell the lollipops for twice what you pay for them. In other words, you will always double your investment. 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%
Pizza Fundraising Cards

Wouldn’t you love to take a big slice out of your operating expenses?  Pizza Fundraising Cards can help you do just that. Cards entitle the holder to a free medium one-topping pizza when they purchase a large one topping. Depending on the pizza establishment, a one-topping medium pizza might sell for up to $12, giving the card a $240 Value! Good at thousands of locations, there are sure to be a ht with your supporters. Major chains including  Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, and more participate in this program.

What You Should Know

Pizza Fundraising Cards are one of the most profitable fundraising programs we offer. Your profit is determined by the number of cards you sell. Take a look at the profit chart below to calculate your profit:

Profit and Cost

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# 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
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