How to use the internet to boost your fundraiser’s sales?

  • Use your website
    • Communicate your goals
    • Thank your sponsors
    • Showcase offerings
    • Recognize success
    • Honor goals being met
  • Use Social Media
    • Create awareness
    • Communicate the cause
    • Show your progress
    • Thank your customers
  • Use Email – Communicate with the parents
    • Beginning of the sale
    • Mid-way through the sale
    • After the sale is complete

 

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10 Tips To A Successful Sales Fundraiser

Make any sales fundraiser a success by following these 10 pointers.

  1. Make contact with other groups
    Be aware of what other fundraisers are going on within the school. Try staggering the fundraisers out or run them together if the merchandise selection is unique.
  1. Get everyone on the same page
    Call a brief committee meeting to review key dates and activities of the project. Be sure to discuss what their expectations are.
  1. Create enough selling time
    Schedule your sales so it spans at least two weeks and preferable three weekends, starting on a Thursday or Friday and ending on a Monday or Tuesday. Keep it in front of everyone as much as possible. Send filers home, put in the newsletter, display on bulletin board and school website.
  1. Kick the fundraiser off right
    Get the students and parents excited, if they are excited they are more likely to participate.
  1. Get the message to the parents
    Ask the fundraising company to provides samples of the products for the parents and sellers. Consider doing this at the school’s open house. Make a display of what the money will be used for if the goal is reached.
  1. Put it in writing
    Send the product catalog home with a detailed letter attached to the front. Customize the letter with specific information (over dollar goal, where the money will be used, key dates, payment instructions, check payable to who, contact name and numbers).
  1. Give frequent reminders
    Make several announcements over the course of the sale to remind students of goals, what the money will be used for, and key dates.
  1. Line up volunteers
    Volunteers will be needed the day of delivery to help pack and organize the orders. Some students may sell to much for them to carry home, but aware of this and be prepared to send notices home if that is the case.
  1. Make pickup easy
    Pick the least disruptive pickup time and location. Set signs around the school to direct parents of pickup location.
  1. Remind everyone why you did this
    Whether the money is used for a specific project or general fund, let the teachers, parents and students know why their effort was worthwhile.

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10 Ways to Stay Optimistic in Fundraising

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln

  1. Plan Your Week and Day

Having a clear fundraising plan in mind can greatly reduce stress and planning priorities for the day and week gives us a peace of mind. It’s simple:

  • Clearly define your fundraising goals
  • Brainstorm the tasks that are required to complete them
  • Define the roles that you will take, as well as the roles of others who will be assisting you
  • Start scheduling

 

  1. Understand that Things Won’t Always Go as Planned

It’s better in life to realize that not everything is going to go as planned all the time. Expect the unexpected. If you expect everything in life to go the way you hoped for, you will quickly be disappointed. Accepting that things go wrong sometimes, makes it much easier to stay optimistic.

  1. Be Thankful

There is always something to be thankful for. Recognizing these great things in life is sure to bring positivity. Reminding yourself of your blessings will always put you in a great mood and ready to bring out the optimism in your fundraising partners!

  1. Surround Yourself With Positive People

The people we surround ourselves with have a big impact on our attitude. If we surround ourselves with negative people, we tend to catch their negativity. Fortunately, the opposite is true as well. If we surround ourselves with optimistic people, we tend to be more optimistic as well.

  1. Get Spiritually Connected

Becoming spiritually connected is sure to give a positive outlook on your fundraising and on life in general. You can do this through prayer, meditation or reading scriptures.

  1. Don’t give in to the Negative Self-talk

You are in control of your mind, your mind is not in control of you!

  1. Read Positive and Inspiring Books

You can maintain an optimistic mindset by reading a positive or motivational book. This could lead you to some fundraising inspiration!

  1. Be Willing to Let Things Go

Take some time to clear your head of all the physical clutter. It is much easier to keep an optimistic outlook when you learn to let things go. Start with the small, and then get the momentum building.

  1. Take Care of Yourself First

The first person we always neglect is ourselves. It is important to remember that in order to be of great service to others, we must take care of ourselves first.

  1. Find Opportunities in Negative Situations

Not all of your fundraising work will be successful. Use your mistakes to open new doors and pave new opportunities.

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