One very good way to raise money for your cause is to utilize a candy-bar fundraising campaign. Candy is a sure hit with just about anyone; and chocolate, especially, is always a bit hit!
As you narrow down your choice of which candy distributor you will use, have a list of questions ready to make sure there will be no unexpected and unwanted surprises. There are a lot of logistics involved, so having all the necessary information clearly in front of you is paramount.
There are, also, some specific approaches you will want to incorporate to make sure your candy fundraiser goes safely and efficiently, without a hitch.
Whenever door-to-door sales are utilized, no child under the age of 15 should participate in this type of campaign unless accompanied by an adult.
Questions To Ask:
Different candy-fundraising companies operate differently, so make sure you choose one that is best tailored for your team’s specific needs. Questions you should ask:
1—Do you ship to all 48 states?
2—Do you have a minimum order?
3—How much profit can my fundraising team expect?
4—May I mix different brands of candy?
5—Who pays for shipping and how will the candy be shipped?
6—How do I pay for the candy?
7—How long does it take for the candy to arrive?
8—May I return unsold candy?
9—Do you offer 24-hour reorders?
Have All Your Ducks In A Row:
Below are the basics with getting started:
1—Know Your Expenses: You’ll need to determine what all the required expenses will be for the fundraising team.
2—Select a Chairperson: Select someone who is organized and articulate and has the free time it will take to help get the campaign off the ground and maintain it until the last candy sale date.
3—Assign Specific Duties:
**** Select one adult to supervise every ten children
**** Compile a list of all members’ names, addresses, phone numbers and emergency contacts
**** Assign a highly-trustworthy person to manage all money transactions
**** Arrange weekly meetings before and during the campaign, for all participants, to review safety rules, etiquette, discuss any concerns or questions, etc.
**** Help children ‘warm up’ to the sales techniques and etiquette protocol by encouraging them to utilize friends and family as potential customers. You can, also, perform mock sales during the weekly meetings.
The Buddy System:
Safety is of utmost importance! Review this information multiple times:
**** Never solicit alone—always use the buddy system
**** Never enter anyone’s home
**** Never carry large amounts of cash
Do a bit of research to find out what specific types of candy bars typically sell the best. Will you sell $1 or $2 candy bars, or both?
Determine the date your campaign will start and end. Candy-bar sales, typically, last two weeks. Research indicates that fund-raising projects don’t do well during holidays, so avoid those times of year.
What candy distributing company will you use? Will it be Hershey’s, Van Wyk Confections, Whitney’s, Brach’s etc.? Customers will remember the candy’s quality; and that will be important if you plan to run your campaign more than once a year. Satisfied repeat customers can really drive up sales!
The company you choose will give you plenty of information to help you kick off a successful candy bar fundraiser! Best of luck in this fun, worthwhile and profitable endeavor!
Writing is a priviledge. As a professional educator, that is something I teach to my students regularly, and I am honored to do it vocationally. – Karen from one of the Corn Belt states, Iowa.