I was checking in with my PLN today and ran across an article for tips for choosing a product fundraiser. I will link to that article at the end of this post but I'm not sure I quite agree with it but I'll explain here a bit. You'll see what I mean.
I know that there are two main product fundraisers that earn more than anything else. These are a quality gift & wrap fundraising catalog and frozen cookie dough fundraisers.
Both of these offer variety and value and have a long-standing history of success.
Having said that, here is my list of 7 tips to choosing the right product to increase fundraising:
1) Avoid single product fundraisers - a diverse product line will outsell a single item.
2) Offer value - few people buy what they consider is a 'rip off' even if it's to benefit a school or group.
3) Offer a tried and true fundraiser - there is no need to guess if your fundraiser will work. It just should.
4) Reward hard work - have a system in place to reward sellers. I know schools and groups have a need for funding but need alone does not do it. Extra motivation really does help.
5) Involve people - when a group of people get behind a common goal and work together, success happens. It often is accompanied by a feeling of accomplishment a.k.a. school spirit.
6) Less is more - Fundraise less but more effectively. Pick a time of year where other competing fundraisers and other events are not going to negatively impact sales.
7) Have fun - I think I will always include this in all my lists. Working hard should be tempered with fun. Balance things out, raise a lot and have a blast doing it!
So, there you have it. My 7 tips to choosing the right product to increase fundraising. Now, you can take a look at this one and let me know what you think. I think I did pretty good and await your feedback here (in the form of comments) or on twitter - twitter.com/believekids
Until Next Time!
So, here is the document that inspired my reply post:
7 Simple Tips for Choosing the Right Product to Increase Fundraisinghttp://blog.volunteerspot.com/volunteer_guru/2011/04/choosing-the-best-fundraising-products.html