Fundraising Success #12

Fundraising Success #12 Fundraising Success – Issue #12 – Article: “Band Fundraiser”; Supplier Spotlight: Little Caesars Pizza; Free ebook: “How Do I Get A Job When The Economy Sucks?”

Issue #12


NEWS FLASH: “I’m losing my mind. Find out why in my column.”


=> Kimberly’s Column
=> Reader Q & A
=> Feature Article
=> Fundraising Spotlight
=> SiteSeeing, freebies & more
=> We want you in an upcoming issue
=> Subscribe/Unsubscribe information


Yep, it’s true. I’ve lost my mind!

Not really, but some astute readers noticed that I’m giving away
free copies of my book on my website.

What’s up with that?

Just giving back a little to the world around me. Sometimes you
forget just how good you have it until life delivers a reminder.

I believe there are plenty of people who can benefit from my
book. Giving it away for free will do a lot of good in
unexpected ways.

I’ve also put a really low price on the full version ($7.77) to
reach as many groups as possible.

Why am I doing that?

I’ve sold way more copies than I expected! Not only that, but
we’re adding 500+ new readers a month for this newsletter.

Plus, all the search engines have discovered the website and
given us really high rankings, which has led to even more
traffic. We’re even number one for “fundraising suppliers” in
Google! Not bad for the first twelve months on the Net.

So, I figured (here’s where I lost my mind) that giving away my
book for free would attract even more people to my website and
I could help a whole lot more folks and that would draw even
more traffic and I could help them with their fundraisers and
they in turn could help even more people and…(see what I mean?
I have lost it!).

Well, go figure that within two days after posting the free
giveaway offer, was getting three times its
usual traffic. Could be the back-to-school surge or just the
way the world works. As of this morning, more than 300 people
have downloaded their free copy.

Speaking of back to school, today is the first day of the new
school year here in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. The
kids are all “a flippety-flap and a flutter” over new teachers,
new classes, and new “peeps.” They grow up so fast…
(wistful sigh)

This month’s article is about band fundraising. Band groups are
always hard workers with big financial goals. The fundraisers
I recommend involve some effort, but they produce big results
for medium-sized groups.

By the way, that reminds me. Just because an article is about
a certain fundraising segment – band, cheerleading, school, or
whatever, those same fundraisers will work just as well for
other groups of similar size.

The Fundraising Spotlight is on Little Caesars Pizza. This the
source of the famous Little Caesars Pizza kits where you make
your own pizza from their high-quality materials and add some
special toppings of your own.

This month’s Freebie is a free mouse pad. The free ebook is good:
“How Do I Find A Job When The Economy Sucks?” It’s loaded with
tips on unique ways to jump-start your job search, even before
you’re in the market. Links to both free items are at the end
of the newsletter.

This month’s Hot Tip is about a wonderful local organization that
makes gorgeous cancer awareness/survivor bracelets. The group
is Carolina Cancer Awareness and its run by two caring ladies –
Patti Snow and Salley Wilkerson.

*—————–HOT TIP——————*
Looking for a unique sales item for your next cancer

Check out the bright, beaded jewelry with silver
accents produced by the wonderful ladies at
Carolina Cancer Awareness. Each design symbolizes
your support for someone battling one of the many
cancers that afflict family, friends, and neighbors.

*—————–HOT TIP——————*

READERS Q & A: What’s On Your Mind?

Kimberly, our group needs to make a lot of money quick for new
band uniforms. What do you suggest? – Stacy T.

Stacy, I incorporated the ideas that were covered in my email
response to you into This month’s article. Good luck with your

Kimberly, we need to raise a lot more money this year because
of budget cutbacks. Any ideas? – Rhonda C.

Rhonda, you’ll need to mobilize your team and pick up as many
volunteers that you can. From there, you need to choose the
right fundraiser for your group and community. To maximize
your success, you have to let prospective supporters know
exactly how the money you raise will be spent. You also need
to get the word out to your community in a big way. That means
lots of publicity and lots of visibility.

All this and more is explained in my book, Fundraising Success!

FEATURE ARTICLE: Band Fundraiser


by Kimberly Reynolds

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 program.

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

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

One fundraiser that fits the band 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.

Another fundraiser that’s a good fit for band fundraising 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 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 and profits are approximately 40% of the selling
price on many items.

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 before Thanksgiving.

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

One company who has supplied nonprofit organizations since 1954
is Sherwood Forest Farms. You can check out their offerings at:

A third band fundraiser that produces great results is a coffee
sale. Like the other two fundraisers we’ve already discussed,
a 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 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 fundraiser
that works just as hard by being impossible to resist.


(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: Little Caesars Pizza
Phone: (888) 452-5487
Fax: (313) 983-6101

Address: 2211 Woodward Avenue
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48201-3400

Description: Offers a pizza kit fundraising program to help
organizations raise funds. $5.00 profit for each pizza kit sold.

Also offers cookie dough, Crazy Bread, Cheese Bread, Pizza
Cutter, Gourmet Spice Kit, and a pizza serving paddle.

Each Little Caesars Pizza Kit contains all the ingredients to
make delicious pizza and snacks at home in less than 10 minutes.
All items are individually packaged, so that what is not used
immediately can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Each Pizza Kit retails for $17 and has all the ingredients to
make 3 pizzas.

Crazy Bread Kit retails for $13.50 and has all the ingredients
to make 3 sets of 18 pieces of Crazy Bread.

Product Lines: Catalog Sales, Cookie Dough, Food Items, Pizza

Terms: Prepay

Notes: 16 distribution centers across the U.S. Shipped
palletized. Offers seller and group prize packages.


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That’s all for this issue. See you next month.


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Thanks for sharing!
Copyright 2004 Kimberly Reynolds

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