Fundraising Tips

School | Church | Sports Team

The advantages of using GrowOrganicLocal.com for your next fundraiser


  • Easier for you to raise funds. By promoting high-quality, trusted resourced
    products, clean products that are backed by a name that is trusted and
    make your supporters happy. People are tired of supporting fundraisers
    that offer products that are over-priced that they can purchase at a local
    retail outlet for much less. With items to choose from priced from $6.00 to
    $68.00. Choosing GROW Fundraising will give your supporters a product
    that they recognize as “A Healthy Way to Fundraise”, trust and will be
    proud to give as a gift or a treat for themselves. Our products are priced
    comparable to retail stores and your group earns % of profit. Products are
    shipped right to GROW customers front door.
  • Easy to run. There are no materials costs to you, no order minimums, we
    tally all orders, ship each sellers orders to their front door, with their
    names on their box, have a customer portal for our GROW Coaches to
    understand how the sale worked.
  • Easy to wrap up your sale. Our Customer Service Center is open to make
    it easier for you and your fundraising supporters to resolve any issues you
    may have GROW Fundraising will deal directly with your sellers. We do
    everything we can to let your job end at delivery. We believe we are a
    partner to ensure your organization has a success with your goals.

How to Spread the Word About Your School’s Fundraiser


Successful Campaigns Tell Their Story Often

Congratulations! You’ve begun…or are about to begin… one of the most gratifying, worthwhile projects a school community can
undertake: raising funds to support your school. Whether the money is to bolster a special project, class trip, or particular club, your
fundraiser will promote teamwork, raise school pride, and—with the right approach—successfully meet your goals.

You’ve already taken the most important steps by choosing a dollar goal, or a project goal, the products you’ll sell, and what the money
raised will fund. But now what? To reach your goal you need enough people to know about your fundraiser and be moved to
participate – in other words, it’s time to get the word out!

Communication is the Key to Your Fundraising Success

This step-by-step plan will help spread the word about your school fundraiser:
Make a list of everyone who can help support your effort.

Start with students, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, school
supporters, graduates, anyone who has a personal interest in you and your school. This is the base from which you’ll start building
excitement and raising money. Bring in the PTA and weekly school newsletter, the great news GROW marketing team will provide
you with a library of pdff’s e-flyers to post out to your families and community.

Get your fundraising website ready to go.

One of the easiest ways to raise money is through a website your supporters can order from no
matter where they live. If you are raising money using GROW you are in luck—the work of preparing a website is already done. The
GROW website is in place, ready for supporters to shop for your cause. All you need to do is tell your supporters how to get to get to
the website and provide them the link to your GROW-Campaign. They can order directly and easily from there and the profits go
straight to you.

Build your GROW-Campaign.

Make sure you go on the GROW website and build your GROW-Campaign, tell your story and reasons why
you are starting a campaign to help you goals. Post pictures and video of your store.. Our Trained GROW Coaches will walk your
team through the process to make your GROW-Campaign a huge success.
Prepare emails and printed flyers that give the details of your GROW-Campaign / fundraiser. Be sure to include the dates and goals of
your fundraiser and why you are raising money. The GROW Campaign link and make sure to include the URL of your fundraising
website.

Get your message out early and often.

Start by putting notices up on bulletin boards at school, sending home printed notices with
students, broadcasting your fundraiser during school PTA announcements, and posting information on your school website to let
everyone know your fundraiser is going to begin soon. On the day the fundraiser begins, send more detailed notices to everyone to
let them know they can begin buying. Remember to update people during important phases of your campaign: when you reach
certain money goals or are getting close to the end date.

Put social media to work for you.

Create a buzz for your campaign and spread awareness by using texts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or
any of your favorite channels to spread the word. You can even tap some budding filmmakers to create a short video about your
fundraiser and post it on YouTube.
Let local newspapers know about your campaign. Make a list of the newspapers in your area, write a short press release about how and
why you are raising money for your school and share it with them. Make sure to try for postings on their online community news

Church fundraising ideas with proven results


Running a successful fundraiser for your church

It’s easy to get fired up when planning a mission trip for your youth group or a special outreach into the community. But
the next step time is often the hardest: Deciding what type of fundraiser will produce the best results and will be a
comfortable fit for your church’s mission. Those considerations, plus time and budget constraints, make it important
to focus on fundraising ideas that produce proven results and don’t run counter to what you stand for.

Get your church fundraiser off to the right start

The first thing you need to do is set a fundraising goal. Whether it is per person (in the case of individuals going on a
missions trip) or a total goal (i.e., contributing to a homeless shelter), choose an amount that your team can rally
behind and your supporters can strive for. Everyone performs better with a specific goal in mind. Here are some
quick ideas and things to consider before you embark on your fundraising:

Product vs. Event Fundraisers.

One of the main differences in fundraisers is whether you sell a product or put on an
event. Often an event can achieve great interest and good results in the first year, despite the time and up-front cost
to put it on. But fatigue—for both volunteers and supporters—can set easily set in after the initial excitement.
Product fundraisers usually have the advantage of a selling system already in place with little or no upfront
commitment.

The Unhealthy Food Debate.

There was a time when nearly everyone was eager to chip into a cause by buying candy
bars, cookies and other non-nutritious “food” items. With the emphasis now on health and fitness, unhealthy food is
increasingly becoming a tough sell.

On-Line vs. Catalog Sales.

Forget the debate, you’ll have more success with a combination of catalog and on-line sales.
Catalogs are a great tool for selling in person, while on-line sales broaden the reach of your fundraiser immensely.
Successful fundraisers make use of both these important tools.

Sell the right product…

Remember, you are selling to family, friends and neighbors. Most of your sales are to people you
know. Why would you sell anything other than a high quality product? With Yankee Candle Fundraising, your
supporters choose from the same well-known, high-quality products they buy everyday.

…at the right price.

We offer our products at the same price your family and friends find them for in stores or online.

Reap big profits.

Just looking at percentage of profits is a narrow-minded approach. You might receive 90% profit on a $1
item, but have to sell dozens and dozens to creep toward your goal. Or, by earning $10 on the sale of one Yankee
Candle, you’d only have to sell 10 to reach $100 profit.

Let the website do the heavy lifting.

One of the easiest ways to raise money is through a website your supporters can
order from no matter where they live. If you are raising money using Yankee Candle Fundraising, you are in luck—the
work of preparing a website is already done. Yankee Candle Fundraising’s website is in place, ready for supporters to
shop for your cause. They can order directly and easily from there and the profits go straight to you.

Your church fundraiser is an important project.

Making it a success is equally as important. The right product at the right
price will deliver proven results without overworking your church or your team.

Easy fundraisers for sports teams

Winning strategies for your next sports fundraiser. Get ready. Set. Go.


One of the many benefits of participating in school sports is the opportunity to ingrain habits that will last a lifetime: teamwork,
perseverance, fitness, and healthy living. So maybe it’s time to just say “no” to that tub of cookie dough or calorie-laden
candy, and other unhealthy fare that’s sold by teams for their sports fundraisers.

We all know how important fundraisers are for sports teams. Whether your kid plays soccer, football, basketball, baseball,
lacrosse, field hockey or is on the cheerleading squad, their team relies on sports fundraising to help cover the costs of
participation. That’s a fact of life in cities and towns with dwindling resources.

The Right Game Plan for Fundraising Success

No matter what sport your child plays, working together as a team is key to success. However, unlike team sports, successful
sports fundraising does not require a lot of hard work…if you choose the right product to sell and the right strategy.

This step-by-step game plan will produce a big win and big profits for your program:

  • Set a fundraising goal. Choose an amount that everyone can rally behind. But don’t be afraid to aim high. Athletes and their
    supporters thrive on reaching for goals.
  • Choose a product to sell that complements the healthy lifestyle sports promote. Remember, you’re asking people to support an
    athletic endeavor.
  • We offer our products at the same price your family and friends find them at in stores or online.
  • Let the website do the heavy lifting. One of the easiest ways to raise money is through a website your supporters can order from
    no matter where they live. If you are raising money using, you are in luck—the work of preparing a website is already done.
    website is in place, ready for supporters to shop for your cause. They can order directly and easily from there and the profits
    go straight to you.
  • Get your GROW-Campaign off to a great start with a sports fundraiser that’s easy, profitable, and offers products your supporters
    love to buy. That’s a win-win situation for everyone!