Fundraising Success #13

Fundraising Success #13 Fundraising Success – Issue #13 – Article: “Soccer Fundraiser”; Supplier Spotlight: America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.; Free ebook: “How To Increase Your Auction Profits”

Issue #13


News Flash: “I’m removing the clutter.”  Details in my column.

Free Ebook: “How To Increase Your Auction Profits.”

This month’s Freebie is a tote bag from  Details at
the end of the SiteSeeing section.

=>  Kimberly’s Column
=>  Reader Q & A
=>  Feature Article
=>  Fundraising Spotlight
=>  SiteSeeing, freebies & more
=>  We want you in an upcoming issue
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I’m definitely cutting back on the clutter!

Regular readers will spot one change right away – I’ve cut in
half the number of links to various freebies, suppliers, etc.
Now, there’s just one link for regular mail and for HTML mail
clients.  No more double links to everything.

What’s up with that?

Bottom line – I couldn’t stand the cluttered look it gave the
newsletter.  I’m also cutting back on being too wordy.  Read the
“How To Write” tips from Robert Louis Stevenson and you’ll see
how I’m shooting for “less is more.”

So, what else is new?

Soccer season has kicked in.  I was out there sipping coffee
with the rest of the soccer moms at Saturday’s 8:15AM practice.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that This month’s article is about
Soccer Fundraising.

Soccer leagues are usually looking for ways to finance new
uniforms, pay for field upkeep, and to cover increasing travel
expenses.  The article covers three approaches that can be done
as one-time fundraisers or ongoing producers.

As always, please note that these ideas are not exclusive to
one type of team sport or group.  You can apply them to any
similar sized fundraiser.

On another note, the free giveaway of my book was a resounding
success.  More than 750 downloads in one month.  Wow!  I’ll keep
giving away copies as long as it’s economically feasible.  My
plan is to give away as many as I sell.

I’ve also kept in place the low price of $7.77 for the full
version in order to reach as many groups as possible.

Why am I doing that?

My thought is that right now every school-related group is
getting organized for the year. This way, I can help as many
groups as possible.

The Fundraising Spotlight is on America’s Fund Raisers. They are
a top-notch supplier that offers a tremendous array of products.

This month’s Freebie is a tote bag from  Details at
the end of the SiteSeeing section.

The free ebook is: “How To Increase Your Auction Profits.”
It’s a nice addition to “eBay Marketing Secrets” as it focuses
on maximizing your results through using key action phrases,
making yourself easy to do business with, etc.  It’s a must read
if you’re active on eBay or Yahoo auctions.

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READERS Q & A:  What’s On Your Mind?

Kimberly, I love your site, but the graphics are slow to load.
Any ideas on what to do? – Adrianne F.

Adrianne, I’m working on a revamp that will shorten page load
times.  We’ve switched to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) so that
should help.  You’ll notice text popping up now before the page
finishes loading.  BTW, thanks for the feedback!

Kimberly, We’re a small group and have very little money to use
for fundraising.  Plus, we need our funds in a couple of months.
What do you suggest? – Dana G.

Dana, Get your team to put together either a large multi-family
garage sale or gather donated items to sell on, eBay’s
sibling.  Both approaches can get you money quickly.  You can
get more for books, electronics, and other items with an online
auction than you can at a garage sale.

All this and more is explained in my book, Fundraising Success!
FEATURE ARTICLE: Soccer Fundraiser


by Kimberly Reynolds

It seems like soccer fundraising is either a season-long effort
or a quick hitter that doesn’t cover all your needs.  Well, the
good news is that there are some ways to make good money either
quickly or all season long that merit your consideration.

What are your soccer fundraising goals?

Many teams and leagues want a fundraiser that:

1 – Can be done with little effort
2 – May be done sporadically
3 – Will produce significant results

In this article, we’ll examine several fundraisers that are
quick hitting and sure to score.  They are bottled water, a
“shot cage” with a radar gun, and fast-food discount cards.

First, let’s look at bottled water.  Consider for a moment that
each team member will bring water to every practice and every
game.  That’s at least a couple dozen bottles right there and
probably a whole lot more.

Add in sales to spectators and you’ve got at least 500 bottles
that could easily be sold.  Sure, you can buy in bulk at a
warehouse club, but there’s some extra value to “private
branding” your bottled water, either as a team or as a league.

The initial setup for each label is $75 and afterward, the
unique label with your logo emblazoned in color costs nothing
extra.  Prices for the bottled spring water are wholesale, which
allows your group a comfortable 50% profit margin.

When you think about it, doesn’t it make sense to capture the
wholesale-to-retail markup for your group while building team
spirit at the same time?

For more information, contact Crystal Beverage Company at

The second fundraiser is best suited for a league-wide effort.
On Picture Day, during a tournament, or at any other event with
high attendance, set up a soccer “shot cage” with a radar gun
to measure velocity.

Every player will want multiple chances to show just how fast
their shot speeds toward the goal. You can set up contests with
prizes for various age ranges, team awards, Top Gun, etc.

A radar-equipped shooting cage is actually an inexpensive event
to host.  Several companies rent the equipment by the month with
radar gun, cage, and freight all included for less than $350.

You can also find suppliers who will work a revenue split with
your group and supply a hosted radar cage, so there would be no
upfront cost.  Price the shots in a multi-shot package such as
two for $1 or other combinations.

Count the number of players in your league or potential shooters
at a tournament event and determine if this type of fundraiser
is right for your group.  For additional information, you can
contact a national supplier, Absolute Amusements:

A third fundraiser that your soccer group can use one time or
even all season long to raise funds is selling fast food
discount cards.

This is a simple item to sell.  Each card contains a certain
number of two-for-one meal packages at a well-known fast food
outlet.  Participating companies include McDonalds, Burger King,
Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dominoes
Pizza, and other large chains.

Your group purchases a certain number of these cards in advance
and sells them to families or individuals that will appreciate a
substantial discount.  The number of two-for-one deals on each
card varies by company.  Pizza Hut’s card offers twenty free
pizzas with the purchase of another pizza.  McDonalds card seems
to offer the least number of “double deals” but its also one of
the most popular.

Each card retails for $10 and costs between $1 to $2.  Each one
features the fast-food company’s logo on the front along with
a message stating that 80-90% of the price of this card goes to
support this fundraising group.

It’s a nice way to tap into the consumer spending revenue stream
with an attractive product that benefits both parties.  Find out
more from the only supplier that handles all the different ones,
Krazy Kard Fundraising.
These soccer fundraisers allow your group to reap an excellent
return by offering quality products that only require moderate
effort.  They’re guaranteed to score a goal every time out with
your supporters.

FUNDRAISING SPOTLIGHT: America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.

(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: America’s Fund Raisers, Inc.
Phone: (877) 949-3863
Fax:  (860) 529-4658
Address:  943 Silas Deane Hwy
City: Wethersfield
State:  CT
Zip:  06109

Description: Catalog sales offering a variety of gift items for
almost any group: home decor, toys, jewelry, and household
items.  Tremendous selection of fundraising products.  More
than can be mentioned here, but including all popular ones.
Seven catalogs, seven candy packs, school store, food, pets,
gift wrap, spirit merchandise, club-specific, etc.

Product Lines: Americana, Auctions – Silent, Bumper Stickers,
Candles, Candy, Case Candy, Catalog Sales, Cheesecake,
Chocolate, Chocolate – Gourmet, Clothing – Logo, Cookie Dough,
Gift Cards, Gift Items, Home & Garden, Jewelry, Lollipops,
Pet Products, Pizza, Planters, Plants, Popcorn, Safety, School
Store, Scratch Cards, Snacks, Special Event Night, Spirit
Merchandise, Sports, T-shirts, Website Shopping.

Terms: Prepay

Notes: Offers $1 Subway coupon on back of each $1 candy bar and
a $10 Footlocker coupon for the seller of each case candy pack.
AFR has sales reps around the country.

Offers different catalogs for a specific ethnic focus. Truly an
amazing selection of fundraising merchandise along with good
incentive programs for buyers, sellers, and volunteers.


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


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