Archive for February 2012

Cookie Dough Fundraisers- 5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Supplier

The supplier you choose for your cookie dough fundraiser is very important. They will provide you with all of your cookie dough and ordering materials. The right supplier will make the school fundraising process easy and enjoyable, but the wrong supplier might leave you regretting your decision to hold a cookie dough sale. Luckily there are many great cookie dough fundraising suppliers out there. Here are five key questions to ask potential suppliers so that you can be sure that you are making the right choice for your next school fundraiser.

How is the Cookie Dough Made?

Delicious cookie dough is an important part of any cookie dough fundraiser. You will want to choose a cookie dough supplier that makes their dough using high quality ingredients. Look for companies that use fresh ingredients like flour, sugar, butter and real vanilla extract. This will ensure that each batch of cookies will taste like homemade. Delicious cookies will be easier to sell. Plus your purchasers will be more likely to spend money on your next fundraiser if they were pleased with the quality of product that they receive on this one.

What Profits Will My School Receive?

Profitability is an important consideration for any school fundraiser. Most fundraising providers offer schools a percentage of the total amount sold. For example your fundraising company might offer you 40% of your sales total. This means that if you sell $10,000 worth of product your school will receive $4,000. Each cookie dough supplier’s profit potential can vary so it is a good idea to check with several companies so that you can find the best rate available. Remember that quality is important and you may need to work with a fundraising company that offers lower profits to get a better product.

Do You Offer Customer Service?

During the fundraiser you might have questions, so choosing a supplier that offers customer service is important. Ask if customer service is available and what options you will have if assistance is needed. Some companies offer email support, others assign sales representatives to each school and some may offer phone support. It might be a good idea to contact customer service once or twice before choosing a company to learn more about the quality of the customer service team before you make your final choice.

What Fees Can I Expect?

Hidden charges and extra fees will take away from your school’s profits. Talk with your fundraising supplier and find out what fees your school can expect. Some companies charge for shipping and handling. Other companies might have an order fee or supply charge. As you compare company profitability don’t forget to include these fees.

Why Should I Choose Your Company?

This question might seem simple, but the answer that is provided will teach you a lot about the potential supplier. Many companies offer special services that their competitors do not, and asking this question will give the supplier a great opportunity to explain the benefits that they offer. Asking companies why they are a great choice will help you to see which companies really are a good choice.

The cookie dough supplier that you choose will have a big impact on the overall success of your next school fundraiser. Take time and do your research so that you can pick a great one.


Candy Bar School Fundraising- Choosing Your Candy

Candy is an essential part of any candy bar school fundraiser. The candy that you choose will determine how easy it is to sell your product and will determine how much money your school is able to earn. Choosing the right candy doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind as you make your selection.

What is the Profit Margin?

Different types of candies offer different profit margins. Make sure that you know how much profit you can earn with each candy bar before you make your choice. Profitability is important, but so is being able to sell the candy. Don’t choose a high profit candy bar that won’t sell over a popular candy that will easily sell. By choosing a candy choice that is both profitable and popular you will earn more money.

Does My Fundraising Company Offer The Candy?

Your students may want to sell a particular type of candy. Before you commit, make sure that the candy is offered by your school fundraising company. While you can go out and purchase candy on your own, it is much easier to work with a fundraising company. In most cases it is also more profitable since they are able to offer candy at a much lower initial cost than if you tried to purchase the same product on your own. If your fundraising company doesn’t offer the candy that you want, see what other options they have available.

Will It Melt?

Chocolate bars are always a popular choice for school fundraisers, but you do need to remember that they can melt. This is especially important to remember if you live in a hot climate. Melted candy bars cannot be sold or returned and will just be lost profits for your school. If you do choose to sell candy that will melt during warm weather have a plan in mind for candy storage so that you can sell your candy bars without ruining them.

Can We Sell It?

Many schools have instituted strong guidelines for treats that are sold at school. This means that in some areas you will not be able to sell candy bars on your school campus. If this is the case in your school, you might want to consider selling healthy treats since the school is one of the best places to make money on a candy bar fundraiser.

Suckers, Chocolates or Other Sweet Treats?

Many school fundraising companies offer a variety of different treats to schools. These treat options often include suckers or lollipops, chocolate bars and candy items like gummy worms or jelly beans. Each type of candy has its benefits. For example chocolate bars often earn more profit per item sold than smaller treats like a lollipop. Lollipops are often very affordable which means that almost anyone can buy one using just their spare change. Some items melt and some are popular choices with students. Before you make your final decision think about the benefits of each type of candy and use these benefits to choose the best choice for your school. Remember if you have trouble choosing, you can always hold more than one school fundraiser.

The right candy is essential to the success of your fundraiser. Make your decision carefully and don’t forget to ask your student sellers if they have a preference about the type of candy your school will sell.