Top 10 Fundraising Ideas

Lots of individuals and groups need to raise money. But what are the best fundraising ideas? Below we have created a list of our top 10 fundraising ideas for you to consider:

1. Discount Card Fundraising: Discount cards are great fundraisers because they offer your customers great value. You basically go out and get 10 or 12 local merchants to agree to advertise for free on the back of a discount card you are creating. You have the card created and printed and then sell the cards for $10 each. You make a lot of money, the merchants get a lot of traffic and the cardholder gets some great deals. This is a great fundraising idea.

2. Cookie Dough Fundraising: Everyone loves freshly baked cookies which make selling cookie dough so easy. You sell using a brochure and collect your money when pre-selling. At the end of your sale, you place a bulk order and you can use the money you collect during your sale.

3. Candy Fundraising: Most people have been approached to buy a candy bar before. The odds are good you bought one or more for a couple of bucks. Candy has been one of the easiest fundraising ideas for years and will continue to be as long the price of a candy bar is affordable.

4. Car Washes: Lots of groups hold car washes to raise money. You’ve most likely seen the kids jumping up and down flashing their signs trying to get you to stop and let them wash your car. Many advertise the car wash as being free and simply ask or donations. Some groups may make a lot of money doing these but the feedback we’ve gotten is that adult seems to do most of the work and the amount raised sometimes is disappointing based on the effort required.

5. Gift Catalogs: Seasonal shoppers or gift catalogs have been used by schools and large groups for years. You sell seasonal gifts from a catalog much the way you sell cookie dough. The best time of year for gift catalogs is the early fall when people will buy Christmas and other holiday gifts from you. They get an easy place to shop and you make the money you need.

6. Donations: Lots of groups have opted away from selling products and simply ask people to donate money. There are lots of online resources that can help with making the donation process easier. The major benefit is that there is no cost and your group gets all of the money given.

7. Lollipop Sales: People sometimes dismiss selling lollipops because they are so cheap. But it is the price point that makes lollipops so attractive for raising money. You can purchase lollipops in just about any shape and flavor so sports groups can get sports shaped lollipops, etc. Most groups purchase lollipops for $.25 and sell them for $.50 so they double their money on every lollipop sold.

8. Green Fundraisers: With so many people wanting to be eco-friendly there are now many options available to sell green products for pre-sell fundraisers. In fact, one of the best fundraising products is now selling flower bulbs. You can make 50% profit or more and not have any risk while at the same time offering a product right for the times.

9. Spaghetti Dinner: In the old days these worked extremely well and can work well know especially for churches or schools. Try to combine the dinner with another event that will be well attended and then offer a spaghetti dinner for a reasonable price. Get volunteers to cook and serve the meal. PTA’s might offer a dinner like this before a PTA meeting.

10. Fundraising Scratch Cards: These scratch cards have been designed by fundraising companies to help you raise money through donations. Basically you give each person in your group a scratch card that has 50 concealed dots. You get people to scratch off 2 dots to determine a suggested donation amount. In return for the donation, the donor is given a sheet of valuable coupons as thank you gifts.

While there are tons of different fundraising ideas these are our top 10 fundraising ideas to consider today.

Magic Melts Wickless Candle

We’d like to introduce the newest addition to our candle fundraisers. Magic Melts are highly scented wickless wax bars that you melt in candle warmers. They revolutionized the wickless candle industry and made scented wax bars as popular as candles themselves. Now you can capitalize on that popularity.

What You Should Know

Magic Melt wickless candle fundraising is different than other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every scented wax bar you sell. The only additional charge you may incur is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 Magic Melts.

Each melt sells for only $5 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
Basketball scratch card

If you are looking for a basketball fundraiser that your team and it’s supporters will enjoy, basketball scratch cards is it! With eye-catching graphics and game-like premise, scratch card fundraising will score big points with everyone!

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.

The lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. However,  the more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card, due to volume price breaks. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

Profit and Cost

 

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
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%

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

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
Volleyball scratch cards

Are you tired of going back and forth looking for a volleyball fundraiser? The buck can stop, and be made, here with volleyball scratch cards. This fundraising idea is sure to net your team a big profit.

 

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:

 

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
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%
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

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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