School Fundraising Catalogs- Choosing the Right One

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There are many different school fundraising catalogs available. With just a little looking you will be able to find catalogs for gourmet treats, holiday goodies, Christmas gifts, gift wrap, magazines, garden products and more. These many catalogs allow each school to choose a fundraising option that will work well with their specific school fundraiser needs. Choosing the right catalog can be difficult so here are some ideas to help you determine which school fundraising catalog to choose.

Consider the Season

Seasonal school fundraisers can be very profitable. People are often very willing to purchase holiday gift wrap just before Christmas or Easter treats in the spring.  When you are planning your school fundraisers look at a calendar and see if there are any upcoming holidays. If there are upcoming holidays you may want to consider a seasonal school fundraiser.  You may also not want to schedule particular fundraisers if the seasonal timing isn’t right. For example if you are planning a November fundraiser selling garden bulbs and products might not be the most profitable choice.

Look at Profits

You will also want to consider the profitability of each fundraising catalog that you are considering. Even when working with one particular school fundraising provider profits can vary.  The holiday gift fundraiser may offer higher profits than the gift wrap fundraiser or the gourmet treats guide.  Ask about the available profit margin for each fundraiser you are considering.  Remember to find out if there are any charges for shipping, what the minimum order is and if profits increase with higher sales volume. This will help you to choose a school fundraising guide that is both practical and profitable.

What Has Worked Before?

You past school fundraisers will give you a good idea of the type of fundraisers that might be successful in the future. If your cookie dough fundraiser was very profitable last year, hold another one.  On the other hand, if you weren’t happy with the profits from your magazine fundraiser, try something new. The past successes and failures of your school will help you to see what works in your situation.  Every school is different and the fundraising opportunities that work for others might not be the ones that work for you.

Consider the Size

Next you will want to consider the size of the fundraiser.  Most school fundraising companies offer several fundraising catalogs of each variety. They may have a cookie dough fundraiser that offers 10 products and another that offers 20 products. The larger fundraising guide may work well for larger schools and organizations while the smaller is a better choice for schools with just a few students. Your school fundraising provider will be able to help you determine the size of fundraiser that will be best for your organization.

Ask for Input

Talking with parents, teachers and volunteers can help you to further narrow your selection. Think of a few potential fundraisers and then ask for advice. Parents might be able to provide insight into the products that their children would be most interested in selling. Parents also know the products that their friends and family would be most likely to purchase. By getting input from others you will be able to choose a fundraiser that everyone will want to participate in.
Choosing the right fundraiser is important and will play a direct impact on the amount of money that you will be able to earn. Use these tips to narrow down the many choices available and to choose a great fundraiser for your school.

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Rick Wiersma has 69 articles online

The Goodies Factory fundraising company specializes in cookie dough fundraising. In fact, we make our own cookie dough in our FDA inspected facilities. We have over five different cookie brochures, over 15 gift brochures, over 20 types of lollipops and Dollar and Hershey's candy bars. We also have an extensive prize program which includes daily prize programs and grand prizes like limo lunch and bouncy house.

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This article was published on 2011/10/14