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Band Fundraisers

Talk about your hard workers! Band groups are awesome when it
comes to putting forth the effort it takes for fundraising success. The
key is making sure they have the right fundraiser that will leverage
all that energy.

In this article, we’ll consider three band fundraisers that:

  1. Take some effort
  2. Are perfect for medium-sized groups
  3. Produce excellent results

Citrus Fruit

One band fundraiser that fits the easy fundraiser formula is selling
cases of citrus fruit shipped direct from the Florida groves.

Here, the band members use an order-taker brochure to explain
the offering to prospective supporters.

You really need to go door-to-door or sell from a merchant table
to achieve the kind of numbers where you’ll raise substantial
funds. This is perfect for a band group with enough members to
canvass entire neighborhoods by working in pairs.

Customers can choose from Navel Oranges, Tangelos, Tangerines,
Red Grapefruits, and mixed cartons. Order sizes range from
ten pounds all the way up to forty pounds.

A common size is 2/5 of a bushel or 20 pounds. Generally, you
can expect to pay roughly $8 for this size and make a profit of
$4 each. These are rough prices because citrus fruit can vary
in price based on weather patterns and availability.

Citrus fruit is a wintertime offering with availability best
between mid-November through mid-April. There are discounts for
large orders and bonuses for ordering a whole truckload.

Contact Hale Groves for more information:

Hale Groves Fundraising

Christmas Wreaths

Another band fundraiser that’s a good fit is selling Christmas
wreaths via an order-taker brochure.

It’s another late fall fundraiser that takes advantage of a holiday
“must have” decoration.

Since they’re made fresh, you can get an early jump on the
retail stores and conduct your fundraiser as an order taker
before Thanksgiving.

There are a number of offerings in addition to the traditional
door wreath.

Suppliers also offer door swags, mantelpieces, centerpieces,
candle wreath packs, and fresh cut holly. Prices range from $17
up to $50.

Profits are approximately 40% of the selling price on most items, so it
makes a great band fundraiser because the total revenue is high.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how quickly your band
profits can add up with an aggressive marketing campaign. You
need to set some high goals for each band member, such as ten
sales each before Thanksgiving.

Delivery is easy, with each wreath sealed in a plastic bag to
preserve freshness. Get your orders in early and allow two
weeks minimum for delivery.

One company who has supplied nonprofit organizations since 1954
is Sherwood Forest Farms.

You can check out their offerings at:

Sherwood Farms

Coffee Fundraiser

A third band fundraiser that produces great results is a coffee
sale. Like the other two fundraisers we’ve already discussed,
a large selection of pre-bagged coffee products are sold via an
order-taker brochure.

Your supporters can select from twenty or more flavors. Most
suppliers have small “dollar bags” or the better selling half-
pound package.

Usually, the cost for a half pound of quality coffee is $3, and
the retail price is $5 or $6. You can offer a choice of whole
bean, or ground varieties.

The idea here is to tap into the market for something that
almost every household buys regularly, then expand upon it
with multiple flavors.

Their names conjure up images of a cup of coffee wafting delicious
aromas throughout the kitchen – flavors like Hazelnut, Toasted Almond,
Hawaiian Coconut, Butterscotch, or Morning Glory.

Again, success is best achieved by presenting your offering to
large numbers of prospective supporters. Set up a table at any event
that draws a large crowd. Offer samples from tiny paper cups.
Get the word out to as many people as you can.

A good supplier of high-quality blends is

Boston’s Best Coffee.

Your band group works hard. Make sure you pick a band fundraiser
that works just as hard by being impossible to resist.

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Krispy Kreme Fundraisers

Krispy Kreme fundraising has been helping schools, youth sports groups, and churches raise money since 1937. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a great fundraiser. Raise money by selling fresh doughnuts. Works well for school fundraisers, churches, clubs, and youth sports teams.

Krispy Kreme fundraising has three different programs:

  1. Traditional doughnut sales
  2. Gift certificates
  3. Partnership cards

Krispy Kreme Fundraising – Traditional Doughnut Sales

Perfect for the fund-raising needs of schools, clubs, churches, and other non-profit organizations. Doughnuts are made fresh and packaged by the dozen in special fund-raising boxes.

Customers buy them by the box and your profit is generally 50% or more per box. Pricing and availability will vary.

Contact your local Krispy Kreme store for fundraiser group sales pricing.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser – Gift Certificates 

They are an alternative to actual product sales. Customers redeem each certificate for one dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts at any participating Krispy Kreme retail shop.

Certificates give your customers the option to help your organization and pick up their doughnuts at their convenience. Minimum order required.

Contact your local Krispy Kreme store for gift certificates for fundraisers.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser – Partnership Cards

These partnership cards allow customers to get a free dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts with the full price purchase of any dozen of their choice.

Ten punch cards allow the customer up to 10 free dozen doughnuts with the purchase of 10 dozen. (Limit of 3 free dozen per visit with the purchase of 3 dozen.)

Pricing allows for 50% profit for each card sold.

Program availability varies by market and cards may not be valid in all Krispy Kreme locations. Minimum order required.

Contact your local Krispy Kreme store to purchase your fundraiser partnership cards.
Contact: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Phone: (336) 733-3786
Fax: (336) 733-3791

Address: 370 Knollwood Street, Suite 500
City: Winston-Salem
State: NC
Zip: 27103

Krispy Kreme Fundraising

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Easy Fundraisers

Everybody wants easy fundraisers. The problem is that you
also want good results. So, how do you get the best results
from an easy fundraiser?

Three things to consider in evaluating easy fundraisers:

  1. Effort Involved
  2. Resources Needed
  3. Duration of Fundraiser

An easy fundraiser shouldn’t take a lot of effort, but let’s be
honest. It is going to take SOME effort.

The level of effort is often directly proportional to the size
of your group’s monetary goal, but not always. That’s why you
are considering an easy fundraiser in the first place – you’re
looking for less effort, not more.

Resources are always a problem in small group fundraising. You
can never have too many volunteers and you usually never have

For an easy fundraiser, you want programs that don’t require an
excessive time commitment from a large number of people.

You want either a single weekend-only activity or a program
that takes only a small amount of time each week. It’s easier
to get people to help with something that doesn’t require more
than a two-hour commitment from them.

Conserve your resources with an easy fundraiser and you’ll have
more folks to draw on later when you really need help.

Duration is important. An easy fundraiser that lasts more than
a single weekend should not require a lot of attention to keep
it productive.

Those that only last a single day or weekend shouldn’t require
a tremendous amount of prep time.

So, which easy fundraisers only take a little effort, few resources,
and have the right duration?

Three simple easy fundraisers:

  1. Printer cartridge recycling program
  2. Onsite or Online Yard Sale
  3. Seasonal Specialty Item Sale

Recycling Program

A recycling program for collecting used printer cartridges costs
nothing to put together. All collection boxes and shipping needs
are covered by the supplier. We recommend FundingFactory.

Your effort involves finding businesses to participate in the
program, leaving pre-labeled boxes with a site representative,
and providing directions on calling UPS to pick up a full box.

A used cartridge is worth between $1 and $20, depending on the
popularity of the printer and the cost of a new cartridge. Many
businesses encourage recycling efforts. For good prospects,
check with the leasing manager of large office buildings that
house multiple companies.

Another good location is an electronics store or office supply
retailer. Customers often bring in their old cartridge when
shopping for a replacement. You are doing the retailer a
service by providing them with an environmentally safe way to
dispose of these leftovers.

A good recycling program will cover a couple of dozen sites and
not require much work after the initial placement. Over time,
working this many sites can produce a considerable amount of
funds for your group.

One good source for a complete turnkey cartridge recycling setup
(at no cost to your group) is the Funding Factory. They recycle
inkjet cartridges, laser cartridges, and old cell phones.

Click here to check out the FundingFactory.

Mega Yard Sale

A big yard sale is another easy fundraiser to pull off. It’s
short in duration, usually just a Saturday sale with some prep
time the night before.

Choose a nice high-visibility location like a school or church
parking lot. Advertise in the local paper and put up signs for the
cagey veterans who troll around on Saturday mornings looking for

Group your items together by category – kids clothes, tools,
toys, books, pictures, music, etc. Place general price signs
around items instead of pricing everything individually.

For example, “$5-$10 Tools” or “Books: $1-$3” are signs that allow
people to haggle and help you avoid putting price stickers on
hundreds of items.

Resources are needed most for helping to sell. Recruit outgoing
types who can be enthusiastic about these odds and ends. Make
it a fun time with some helium balloons for small children and
have coffee and doughnuts available for adults.

By grouping items together from multiple households, you create
a bigger draw as well as a bigger workforce.

If you attract enough shoppers along with enough donations, you
can raise as much as $500 per participating household.

Online Yard Sale

A variation on the yard sale fundraiser is to sell the items
online. The best place to sell large quantities of lower-priced
items is on eBay.

You’ll get more for books, music, and consumer electronics that way.

Keep it in mind as a way to get better results on some items or
as an easier fundraiser to do for very small groups.

You’ll need to spend some time creating the listings. Having
online pictures posted seems to help with higher-priced items.
All in all, it’s an easy fundraiser that produces results.

Click here to check out Fundraising on eBay.

Specialty Item Sale

The third type of easy fundraiser is a weekend specialty sale of
a seasonal item. Examples would be a Pumpkin Patch sale, a
Christmas Tree sale, a Spring Flower Bulb fiesta, and so on.

This involves an effort similar to having a large yard sale.
You’ll need a high-traffic location and some advance publicity.
Your goal is to capture seasonal sales from the general public
as well as those from within your group.

Avoid stretching these sales over more than one weekend or
you’ll run into resource issues. Make it quick and keep it
fun. Setup on a Friday, sell hard on Saturday, and wrap it
up by Sunday afternoon.

Make arrangements ahead of time with your supplier about how
to handle left over items. Source pumpkins from the local
Farmer’s Market, Christmas trees from grower’s associations,
and flower bulbs from national suppliers.

Be sure to price everything competitively and offer great
customer service. For Christmas trees, have able bodies
standing by to tie them down on vehicles.

For pumpkins, help place them in the trunk. The easier you
make it for customers, the more you’ll net for your group.

Check out our supplier cross-reference section for sources of
specialty items for easy fundraisers.

Easy Fundraisers – Wrap-up

Putting together an easy fundraiser isn’t hard. It does take
some effort and it does require resources, but nothing too

Give your group a helping hand by taking it easy.
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