What in the World Is a Scrip Fundraiser?

So you are interested in a scrip fundraiser, but you are not really sure how everything works?

Well, here are a few details regarding scrip.

What if I told you that you can go do your grocery shopping, rent a movie for the kids and order pizza and without ever spending a dime extra, you have just made your kids school some money. Possible? Completely so!

This is the world of school scrip fundraising. Scrip fundraising began around since 1988 when a private school in California needed to raise money or the doors would be closed. The way the program works is similar to that of a gift certificate. Schools, districts or other organizations would go to different merchants such as Blockbuster, Pizza Hut, and the local grocery store and purchase “scrip” at a discounted rate.

Families then purchase this scrip at face value for the grocery chain or movie store from the school and then use it at face value. The difference from what the school purchased the scrip for and what you purchased the scrip from the school is the profit for the school. Simple as that!

There are a number of different merchants nationwide that participate in scrip programs. Such merchants include, but of course are not limited to, Safeway, Macy’s and Office Max. Let’s say for instance you shop at Office Max while participating in scrip fundraising and you spend $100. Office Max might give a 3% discount on the scrip so, in essence, you just made your child’s school $3.

True, this might not seem like a lot but take all the families that have children in that school and if they all participate in some form or fashion the profit for the school will really add up. On average, schools can make anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 a year. There are a number of schools that do even far better than that by raising hundreds of thousands of dollars with a scrip fundraiser. Just like everything, there are a few drawbacks, but nothing that should stand in the way.

One is that you have to ‘train’ the parents to purchase the scrip from the school before they do their shopping. The other is that depending on the area you live in, although many merchants are willing to participate with open arms for they are pretty much-guaranteed sales, you might have to contact a number of merchants in order to find some that will participate.

This is not a fundraiser that is put in place to take the place of the school’s traditional fundraisers, such as selling cookie dough and candy; it is simply a great addition to the method in which schools raise money for their activities.

Although the majority of scrip fundraising is in the western U.S, it is a growing trend and could very well be a part of your fundraising efforts soon!

Merry Lollipops Image

You will increase your lollipop sales during the holiday season with these great Christmas Lollipops. They are packaged in cases of 640 fundraising lollipops. Inside the case are 8 packages with each package containing 80 lollipops. You will make 50% profit selling just one case. And shipping is free

What You Should Know

Christmas Lollipops and all of our lollipop fundraisers offer the same profit regardless of the number of cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. 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 $160.00 50%
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.

  • No upfront cost
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
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
Music scratch cards

We have designed music scratch card fundraisers to be effective for all groups involved with music. The graphics on our fundraising cards work well for choirs, bands, singers, and individual musicians.

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.

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%
Flower Bulb Fundraising

We have Flower Bulb programs specifically for fall and another for spring so you can hold a flower fundraiser any time of year. Flower fundraisers are practical and ecologically sensitive. We offer a great selection of bulbs, a high-profit potential, free brochures and order forms and the ability to qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

Fundraising Flower Bulbs are like candle fundraisers. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling flowers as larger groups.

If you sell less than 150 fundraising flower bulbs, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more flower bulb orders will qualify for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

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

Trail Mix Show Profit

Trail Mix Fundraiser

Our Trail mix fundraiser mixes a great variety of healthy products that still fill that craving for something sweet or salty. Choose from the Natural Snacks to Roasted Cashews and Hokey Pokey. Everyone can find a snack they will enjoy munching on. We provide free brochures so this fundraiser is free to start. Guaranteed profit of 50%.

What You Should Know

Trail Mix Fundraisers are like fundraising flower bulbs. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling trail mix as larger groups. Each bag of trail mix sells for only $9. If you sell less than 150 bags of trail mix, though, there is a $65 shipping fee which will affect your total profit. Orders of 150 or more trail mix orders will qualify you for free shipping.

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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