Fundraising Success #55

Fundraising Success #55

Fundraising Success – Issue #55 – Article: “Mini Golf Fundraiser”; Supplier Spotlight: “Gateway Spice”


Fundraising Success #55 – June 2007


=> Kimberly’s Column: “June Wedding”
=> Reader Q & A: “What’s the best fundraising product to sell?”
=> Feature Article: “Mini Golf Fundraiser”
=> Supplier Spotlight: “Gateway Spice”
=> SiteSeeing: “American Cancer Society; Design Life Now”

Kimberly’s Column: “June Wedding”

Hi everyone!

June is the favorite month for weddings and now it’s my turn to enjoy one. The oldest son, Wyatt, and his longtime love, Sara, are tying the knot this Saturday. Talk about lots of last-minute to-dos!

But, at least when you are on the groom side of the wedding, it’s a lot less stressful. Plus, you don’t feel like you have to do a fundraiser just to cover all the costs. We’re looking forward to a beautiful ceremony and the weather forecast couldn’t be any nicer.

It’ll be an eventful weekend with the Saturday nuptials followed by Father’s Day, but everyone will be together and that’s a wonderful thing. You don’t know how much you miss your kids until they’ve grown up and moved away!

Enjoy your Summer!


Readers Q & A: “What’s the best fundraising product to sell?”

This one’s from our forum:

Question: What’s the best fundraising product to sell?

Answers: The answer is it depends!

In general terms, the best fundraising product to sell is like the best stock to buy.

It’s low cost, worth a lot more to someone else than what you paid for it, and it’s in high demand.

In specific terms, the variables are the time of year, how much money you need to raise, how many people you have to sell the product, how much time you have available to sell the product, and the size of your target market.

There are a lot of good products to chose from such as cookie dough, scratch cards, chocolate bars, candy, magazines, doughnuts, etc.

Most have profit margins of 50% or so, but not all are suitable for summertime sales.

Hope this helps!


Good answer Barb, especially that comparison to a good stock pick!

I always suggest fundraising cards because they appeal to a wide range of people, have high profit margins, and deliver good value to the customer.

Plus, they don’t melt in the summertime…

Sandy G.

Fundraising cards always do well for any group. The two-for-one pizza offers go over particularly well.

The key to raising lots of money fast is selling them in large quantities and you do that by getting your fundraising offer in front of as many people as possible.

Get permission and setup fundraising sales tables in front of high-traffic retail locations like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, grocery stores, etc.

Use two handmade large-print signs, one that says why you are raising funds and the other detailing the value your product delivers.

Work your sales table in pairs on a two-hour shift basis for eight hours on a Saturday and then again on Sunday afternoon.

With several good locations, you can easily raise several thousand dollars in a weekend, even with just a small group.

Here’s an article that describes the shopping center sales location approach:

Here’s one about fundraising cards:


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FEATURE ARTICLE: Mini Golf Fundraiser

Mini Golf Tournament Profit Tips

Hosting a mini golf tournament is a great fundraiser for school clubs, youth sports teams, church groups, and cheerleading squads. It’s great fun and done right, a mini golf fundraiser can raise considerable funds.

Getting started
You will need to arrange a place to play and that’s best done well in advance. Seasonal factors will affect price and availability, but most of the time you can arrange either a flat payment for exclusive facility use or a per game fee that’s substantially lower than standard rates.

To maximize attendance, price your golf event tickets at reasonable prices. Offer attractive variations like a flat-rate family ticket or discounts for students or advance purchases.

Once you have a date booked, you will need to publicize your event. To get the word out, put together a press release and get it the major media outlets in your market. Keep the focus on the most newsworthy aspect of your mini golf tournament, such as why you are raising funds and what the ultimate benefit of your golf fundraiser will be.

For example, if you are raising funds to help a specific person with medical expenses, feature that person’s story in the press release. If you are raising funds for a cause, focus your story angle on the positive effect those dollars will provide.

And don’t forget to use posters in store windows, community newsletters, email, and other methods to stimulate interest in you golf tournament.

Profit tips
One way to raise funds is to get local businesses to sponsor a hole. Keep the prices reasonable, such as $25 to $75 per hole. Sponsors would get signs acknowledging their contribution beside each putting tee.

Think like a business person and encourage sponsors to offer something creative that will bring them customers such as two-for-one coupon given to all players. Or, a business could offer a prize to everyone who beats a certain score or gets a hole in one on the 18th hole.

Besides sponsorships, you can also ask businesses to donate items or services to use as prizes for lowest score, best bank shot, etc.

Fundraising activities
There are lots of activities you can include at your mini golf tournament to raise funds. Your group can sell raffle tickets for a donated prize or, lacking a suitable prize, conduct a 50/50 cash raffle where the winning ticket gets half the raffle sales amount.

Food and drink sales is another source of potential profits. With course owner permission, you could even run your own concession stand offering grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, etc.

You can also offer silent auctions of donated goods and services. Place the items along with attractive descriptions and bid sheets on tables near high-traffic spots. Be sure to tape down paper and pens to make it easy for players to get in a quick bid while still holding their putter.

And don’t forget to ask for donations. You can oftentimes raise a considerable amount just by placing a jug labeled donations right next to where players pay for their rounds.

A mini golf fundraiser is fantastic fun and can be a very profitable event if done right. Maximize your turnout through getting plenty of advance publicity.

Employ multiple fundraising activities to generate additional funds. Conduct raffles and silent auctions or run your own concession stand. Offer prizes for low scores or conduct a hole-in-one contest.

Make your event as much fun as possible and you’ll be surprised at how well you do with your mini golf fundraiser!

Supplier Spotlight: Gateway Spice

(Excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success!)

Supplier: Gateway Spice, aka Gateway China
Phone: (888) 460-4619
Fax: Unknown

Address: P.O. Box 2209
City: Butler
State: PA
Zip: 16003

Description: The newest product for the fundraising industry. No up front cost, five customer choices, 45% profit.

Offers five different three-pack bundles of spices that each retail for $10 and cost $5.50. Each bottle of spices is 3.25 ounces and there are 15 varieties in all.

Product Lines: Spices

Terms: Prepay

Notes: Free shipping and free brochures

This company profile is an excerpt from my book, Fundraising Success, which provides complete how-to information on all aspects of raising funds for schools, churches, youth sports teams, and nonprofit groups.

Places To Go, Things To See

Places to go:

American Cancer Society: Life Kiosk

The American Cancer Society is intimately involved with cancer prevention and
creating various tools to help people who might be dealing with the effects of
cancer. They have recently created this site that can be used by the general
public or people working in the field of public health.

From the homepage, visitors can look over sections that include “When should
the doctor check for cancer”, “Quitting Smoking”, and “Eat Well & Be Active”.
Within each of these sections, visitors will find helpful and well-researched
tools designed to help them in each of these different areas.

The “Health Tools” section is definitely worth a look, as it contains an
interactive body mass index calculator and a feature that tabulates the cost of
smoking based on an individual’s particular habits.

Things to see:

Design Life Now

Design is one of those elements that we encounter hundreds of times each day
in our wanderings, yet many give it nary a second thought. This recent
exhibition from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York has given
it about 86 second thoughts, as it features the work of 87 designers and firms.

All told, they include those in the fields of architecture, robotics,
interactive media, landscapes, interiors, and film. Visitors to the site can
click on an alphabetical list of the designers featured here, or they can take a
look at a list of popular tags, such as “defense research”, “magazines”, and

Not surprisingly, the site includes a number of podcasts that feature
interviews with selected designers, including fashion designer Han Feng and
textile designer Jessica Smith. The site is rounded out by a blog, which
includes the posts “The Craft of Manufacturing” and “Are Designers the Enemies
of Design?”

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


Copyright 2007 by Kimberly Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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