The Basics of Marching Band Fundraising

Marching band fundraising may not be brain surgery, but that doesn’t mean you can just jump into it blindly and expect to get a good result.

Marching bands tend to be huge, and organizing a group of people that big is no mean feat. So that means that in order to have a successful marching band fundraising experience, you’ll need to start early and get yourself organized so that you can feel confident and in control when it comes time to organize everyone else.

Having a meeting with the band teachers, and any other people in authority is a great idea. Discuss with them their hopes for marching band fundraising, what they need money for most, and what sort of time frame they’re thinking of. Start writing things down, start filling in the equation. The next thing you need to know is exactly how many people will be participating. With fundraising, it’s the more the merrier, but that doesn’t mean you should feel discouraged if you have a relatively small marching band.

There are good marching band fundraising ideas out there for all sizes of bands, and no matter how many people you have, you can make this work. It’s up to you whether you want to meet with the band members themselves before making a final decision on which marching band fundraising idea to go with. Some organizers prefer to keep the decision-making process small and simple, and then you can just present the idea to the students after it has already been finalized. Others like to include the band in the decision-making exploder process, perhaps selecting two or three “finalist” ideas, and letting students vote by ballot or by a show of hands.

If you have a particularly large band, it can be difficult to get everyone to agree on a marching band fundraising idea, but you can start by eliminating the least popular choice, and then voting again between the other two.

Color xploder

Color Xploder is a fun candy.  These swirl lollipops look like a tie-dyed shirt. All of the different flavors are thrown together and you get a unique mixture of color and flavors. Since no two lollipops are exactly the same you get to offer new fresh products each time someone buys one of your fundraising lollipops. There is only a one case minimum.

What You Should Know

You will make 50% profit when you sell our Color Xploder Swirl 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

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $160.00 50%
Chocolate Lollipops

Chocolate fundraising lollipops are a great way to combine the ease of selling lollipops with the popularity of selling chocolate candy. You’ll find chocolate lollipops that cover the major holiday selling seasons along with sports specific lollipops. You sell the lollipops for $1.00 and make a 40%  profit.

What You Should Know

Chocolate Lollipops and all of our lollipop fundraisers offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. You will make $.40 profit on every chocolate lollipop you sell. In other words, 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 $216.00 40%

Smencils Show Profit

Smencil School Fundraisers Image

Smencils scented pencils made from recycled newspapers are perfect for schools. Each scented pencil sells for $1 and is shipped in cases containing 10 buckets with 50 Smencils in each. Smencils are available in two varieties. Regular Black Lead as well as assorted fun colors. Best of all shipping is FREE!

What You Should Know

Profits on Smencils are extremely easy to calculate since you are buying them by the case. You will make a 40% profit on every sale which means you will make $200 profit for each case you sell. The retail price for Smencils is $1.00 so you make $0.40 profit on every Smencil sold.

Profit and Cost

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Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
Cheerleading scratch card

Fundraising with cheerleading scratch cards is a great 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%
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.

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