For many schools, product sales have been a staple, profitable fundraiser for decades. As school budgets get crushed, fundraisers become significantly more important and product fundraisers take a leap forward with new and interesting merchandise options.
The most successful product fundraisers showcase products your school parents want – either for themselves, their families, or to simplifying gift-giving for those they care about. Consider boosting fundraising profits by adding a product fundraiser to your school's next event.
6 creative ways to add product fundraisers to popular school events!
1. Carnivals - Pump up your school carnival by adding a booth to sell this year's product, or let attendees redeem winning tickets towards a product purchase. Consider offering seasonal specialties like gourmet lollipops and pumpkins at the Fall Carnival, poinsettias, bulbs, and toffee at the Winter Fair, and See’s Candies chocolate eggs at the Spring Carnival.
2. Auctions - Setup a small booth at your auction and take product orders then raffle off a special prize or gift basket to purchasers. Not only are you adding extra incentive towards your sale, but you are seamlessly integrating two fundraisers into one.
3. Fun Run/Walkathon - Profits from Fun Runs and like fundraisers come largely from registration fees and concessions. Amp up your active event with a product sale! Encourage spectators to purchase product as a prize for their runner or in appreciation for a favorite volunteer. Great fundraising products for active events include reusable water bottles, school spirit wear, and energy snack bars.
4. Rummage Sale - Set up a "Brand New" table at your school's rummage sale to sell your fundraising product; visibly post signs that detail where funds raised will go to encourge participation. Popular product for events like rummage sales include reusable shopping bags, pet products, cookie dough, luxury linens and gourmet coffee.
5. Science Fair – Many school science fairs start in late January – this is a perfect time to setup holiday-themed tables to sell your fundraising product to parents. Consider a Valentine’s booth complete with cupids and order forms for See’s Chocolate Hearts to be delivered by Valentine’s Day.
6. Community/Back to School Night - Include a "school store" where parents can purchase fundraising products for their kids. Think sprit wear, colorful shoelaces, braided necklaces, scented pencils and reusable lunch bags as appropriate school-related products that parents and kids will definitely want to purchase.