The type of fundraiser that you choose will greatly impact the profitability and success of your fundraising efforts. There are many different school fundraising options from candy bar fundraisers to cookie dough fundraisers to car washes and catalog sales. All can be profitable choices for your school. Let’s look at some factors to consider as you strive to determine if a candy bar fundraiser is an appropriate choice for your next fundraising endeavor.Do You Have the Initial Investment Available?Candy bar fundraising requires an initial investment. Basically your school will purchase cases of candy bars and then will sell them and keep any money earned. While these fundraisers are often very profitable, you will have to invest money upfront, so if your school doesn’t have money to put down you may want to choose another fundraising option like a cookie dough fundraiser or a catalog sale.Who Will Buy Your Candy Bars?Candy fundraisers can be especially profitable when the product can be sold at school. For example if your high school football team carries around bags of candy they may be able to sell many to fellow students between classes and before and after school. Many schools have nutritional regulations that may limit your ability to sell at school. If you plan to sell outside of the school you need to figure out who the students will sell to and where so that you aren’t left with a lot of product that you can’t move. Since you invest in the candy bars in advance any items not sold cost you money and cut into profits.How Large is the Fundraiser?Candy school fundraisers are often a great choice for smaller school groups and organizations. This is primarily because the fundraiser can be very profitable, even if you aren’t able to sell a large amount of product. Often you can earn profits around 50% even with only selling one case. If you do have a small group make sure that you find a fundraiser that you can handle. If you have a large group, it might be worth doing some research to find out if another type of fundraiser like catalog sales or cookie dough fundraising could be more profitable.Is the Fundraiser Seasonal?Even if you decide to go with a candy bar fundraiser you will still need to choose your product. There are many different types of product available, so you can easily host a seasonal candy bar fundraiser or an anytime fundraiser. Both can be profitable. If you are hosting a seasonal fundraiser make sure that your sale won’t be competing with other school fundraisers held at the same time. For example if your school is hosting a school wide holiday gift wrap fundraiser it might not be the best time to also hold a holiday candy fundraiser. Remember people only have so much money available and if your fundraisers are competing against each other you might be cutting into profits.Selling candy bars, suckers and other treats can be a great school fundraising option. Use these questions found in this article to determine if your next fundraiser should be a candy bar fundraiser.
If you have spent any time researching school fundraisers you know that there are many different ways to earn money for your school. Let’s look at three popular school fundraising options to see how they can be a benefit for your school or organization. Remember you can hold more than one fundraiser, so if all of these options seem like a great fit, consider hosting a few school fundraisers this year. The more fundraising your school does, the more money they can earn.Candy Bar FundraisersCandy bar fundraisers are always a popular school fundraising option. In this type of fundraiser your school will purchase cases of candy bars, suckers, gummy candies and other snacks and then will sell these items to students and community members. There is an upfront investment required since your school will need to purchase their products before they can start selling. Another potential downside to this fundraiser is that candy cannot be returned, so if you order too much you can end up losing profits since you will still have to pay for the candy you can’t sell.To make this type of fundraiser a success your school needs to have an accurate idea of how much you can sell. It is always better to order a few cases of candy too little than to order more than you can sell. It is also important to get students involved. They can sell candy around school, around town and to family and friends. You also need to keep seasonal considerations in mind. For example if you plan on holding a chocolate bar in the middle of the summer in a hot climate you will need to find ways to keep your chocolate cool so that your product doesn’t melt. On the other hand if you are selling holiday treats you will be more successful at holiday times.Cookie Dough FundraisersCookie dough fundraisers are another great fundraising option. In this style of fundraiser students will use order forms to sell tubs of premade cookie dough to neighbors, family and friends. The dough is then delivered to the purchasers. This type of fundraiser doesn’t usually require an upfront investment. It is also popular with purchasers since they can use the dough they buy to make fresh from the oven cookies any time they like.If you choose to host a cookie dough fundraiser make sure that you have a strong distribution plan from the beginning. The cookie dough must be refrigerated so it will need to be given out to purchasers quickly once it comes in. Enlisting help for dough distribution is critical. Also make sure that you work with a reputable fundraising company known for producing high quality and delicious cookie dough. If purchasers aren’t delighted by their cookies they will be much less likely to purchase from your school in the future.Catalog SalesCatalog sales offer some of the most variety when it comes to school fundraising. There are many different types of fundraising catalogs available and you will easily be able to find a great fundraising choice for any season of the year. Generally your school will be able to choose from gift wrap fundraisers, gourmet treats, holiday gifts, spring bulbs and more. These fundraisers offer a percentage of each sale to the school and often include an incentive plan for students. Family and friends can use this fundraiser to buy unique products that they can’t find elsewhere without having to leave their home. This is a fun and convenient fundraising choice.If you choose to have a catalog sales fundraiser make sure that you time it properly. For example if you decide to host a holiday gifts fundraiser hold it early enough that shoppers won’t be done Christmas shopping before your fundraiser and in plenty of time to order the gifts and distribute them before the holidays. Timing is critical on a catalog fundraiser. Also remember to choose your fundraising provider carefully. It is so important to ensure that your orders come in on time and that everyone receives the high quality products that they order. The success of your future fundraisers lies in your ability to choose a great provider the first time around. Disappointed parents and friends won’t be likely to purchase again.Here are three great school fundraiser options for you to consider. All can be great options for your school and will help you to earn extra money. Choose a great fundraiser today and start making money for your school.