Setting Goals for Your School Fundraiser

You should always set goals before starting a school fundraiser.

Many schools simply hold a fundraiser and hope for the best. But if you do not set clear goals and targets how do people know whether they have been successful?

For some schools raising a couple of hundred dollars would be a success and a realistic goal. For others raising $50,000 is not an unreasonable goal. But without setting the goal in the first place how would either determine whether it had succeeded. Without clear cut goals and targets, your group will lack direction and purpose. So make sure you set group goals before beginning.

Group goals should be reasonable and attainable. They should be realistic in two ways.

First, the goal should be something you need to attain and something your group can attain with proper motivation and effort. If you tell a small school the goal is to raise a million dollars that goal will only act to disenfranchise your participants.

The same goal setting is true on the individual level. Before you send your participants off to sell they should know both how many units of whatever product you are offering you expect each to sell AND how much money to expect them each to raise. It is amazing how goals work.

If you tell your group you expect everyone to sell 5 items do not be surprised when very few people exceed that goal. When people sell their 5 they will feel successful and stop working as hard since they have already met the goal. Many people in your group, you will find, will sell the exact number of units given as a goal.

So when setting individual goals you should ideally set a target that is higher than the typical person would sell but at the same time is easily attainable with a little bit of effort.

Cheerleading scratch card

Fundraising scratch cards are a great cheerleading fundraising idea.  With their natural outgoing personalities, cheerleaders can easily get people to donate money to their team using our cheerleading scratch cards. Each card raises $100. Shipping is free. These cards allow cheerleaders to raise money quickly.

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%
Beef Sticks Fundraiser Image

Jack Link’s Beef Sticks are a great alternative to candy fundraising. The beef sticks meet or exceed most school nutritional standards. The sticks sell for only $2 each. You can purchase as little as one case and shipping is absolutely free.

What You Should Know

Jack Link’s profits are determined based on the number of cases that you sell. Below you can take a look at the profit chart:

Profit and Cost

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Product Cost Per Case Profit %
Beef Sticks $200.00 50%
Squatch Sticks $120.00 50%
Auntie Anne’s Pretzel

If you have walked down most malls you have probably smelled Auntie Anne pretzels and thought to yourself I would love to have the Auntie Annes pretzel recipe. You probably can’t get the recipe but you could hold a pretzel fundraiser using their great products.

What You Should Know

Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Fundraisers are one of the few fundraising programs that assure that you will make 50% profit on every pretzel or cinnamon bun kit you sell. You are selling the kits for $16 and your cost is $8.

Remember that you need to purchase both the pretzels and cinnamon buns in full cases. Cases are packed with 6 kits each. So you will need to round both products up or down to full cases quantities.

Shipping is free as long as you sell 10 or more cases. Smaller orders will be assessed a $65 shipping fee.

Profit and Cost

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$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

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Cases Bought Free Shipping Profit %
10 plus YES 50%
1 to 9 No 50%
Peanut FREE $1 Chocolate Bars

Original One Dollar Bars are PEANUT FREE and the largest fundraiser candy bars. Besides being the largest candy bar the One Dollar Bars are only sold through fundraising and are not sold in discount retail stores or vending machines at discounted prices. With only a one case minimum, this chocolate fundraising product is perfect for small groups.

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. Below you can take a look at profit charts for each of the two available variety packs:

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
49 or more 60% $119.00
25 -49 55% $132.00
10 – 24 53% $136.80
1 – 9 50% $144.00
wickless candles

We’d like to introduce you to Magic Melts. It’s the best way to take advantage of the popularity of wickless candles. You will be selling packages that include 6 large fragrance bars for only $4 per package. There are 10 wonderful scents to choose from. Each case comes with 80 packages of Magic Melts so total sales per case will be $320.

What You Should Know

You purchase Magic Melt fragrance bars by the case. Each case comes with 80 packages of fragrance bars. Each package sells for $4. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost is per case. You can see the difference in profits in the chart below:

Profit and Cost

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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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