Why are chocolate candy fundraisers so powerful?
Candy bar fundraisers are always popular and help raise a lot of money because candy is so well-liked.
As humans, we’re wired to like things that are sweet because sugar fuels our brains.
Despite our dentist’s warnings, everyone wants it. And everyone eats it. Some people can’t get enough. Sweet tooths (teeth?) abound. Diabetics and weight watchers can partake of the sugarless varieties.
Candy fundraisers for schools are often annual events, but even small groups do well with this kind of activity because you don’t need many volunteers to sell candy bars for fundraisers successfully.
Candy fundraisers for individuals?
Candy has high profit margins and is fairly cheap for you and your customers, which is one reason why these fundraisers work so well for fundraising groups of any size – even for individuals.
Most of us have purchased over-priced products from fundraisers, but we don’t mind paying a little extra for candy if we’re only spending a buck or two and especially if we know that we’re helping a worthy cause. And candy works well for all types of fundraising groups, in both affluent and less affluent communities.
Kids and candy bar fundraisers for schools
Kids are great salespeople for fundraising products in general, but perhaps more so with candy, which is probably why school candy fundraisers occur every year.
As long as an adult accompanies them, kids can sell door-to-door to the neighbors, or they can get on the phone to their relatives and friends. Parents can help by selling to their coworkers.
But don’t stop there. To make the best of your money raising efforts, talk to local businesses, call out-of-state relatives, ask a local grocery store to set up a booth, and search for buyers everywhere you can. Potential customers are plentiful.
Candy fundraisers for churches too
Try to get as many volunteers as possible too. Obviously, the more volunteers you have soliciting donations and sales, the more money your group will raise, which is why this fundraiser is ideal for both churches and schools, given the large pool of potential supporters.
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What others say…
Bars to Dollars
I’ve been doing fundraising for over twenty years for churches, youth groups, and athletic teams, and one product that seems to work well is candy. Usually, the name brand bars of candy work best, because people usually know the taste already.
The profits seem to work out well and the participants really don’t have to put much effort into the sales pitch. Young and old can raise quick cash selling these candy bars, in less than two weeks. This is how we turned a quick profit for a Girl Scout troop.
Our troop was a small group of girls that did not do very well during the annual cookie sale. One of the reasons was there were so many more troops in Newark and the surrounding areas, and Irvington is a small town with employees leaving the town, the cookies that were brought, were sold to the residents outside the community. This posed a problem for the girls, who depended on the money to attend a weekend of fun at camp. The troop leader and parents tried to come up with ways to raise the needed $600 for the 10 girls but could not come up with any feasible ideas.
My coworker has a girl in this troop and she was telling me the story and I suggested selling candy bars, mixed choices, and even agreed to help. I set them up with a company that gave you 30 days to pay and the cases were there by the end of the week.
I took a case to work, set it in the break room, with a locked money box and watched those bars disappear by days end (there are 1400 people employed at my job). Each day, I took on another box, each time a different assortment, to find them gone by the end of the day. The profit from each box was $40 per case.
Within two weeks, the troop had the money, with enough left over to take the girls on another trip the leader had desired for the girls. She took them to New York to see a Broadway show (of course the tickets were discounted $15 per person). The girls loved it.
So to make a quick profit, try the candy bar sales, they really work.
Cheerleader Candy Fundraiser Competition
I was in a fundraiser a few years back involving selling candy. I had been on a cheerleading squad for quite some time and the goal of our candy fundraiser was to get new uniforms. We desperately needed them! Half of the girls had to pin their uniforms smaller or wear them oversized and it was awful for the team and especially the girls themselves. When we were able to do this we were all quite eager to try to meet the goal.
We luckily got a good variety of chocolate in our boxes so it wasn’t too hard to accomplish. We didn’t have any specific “training” from the coach but we were told effective selling points. What I remember most was this… we were having a game against a team we really had a lot of issues with. They were doing the same fundraiser and one of the girls had bet the other team that we would win. If we did they had to buy some of the chocolate and vice versa. Although some people may frown upon that, we won the game and raised more money for our team.
The football games we had in general helped a lot. A lot of the time people would run down from the stands to buy candy from us during the games. We would do cheers sometimes to show spirit for buyers and to get more purchases which was a good technique.
Although they told us door to door sales a lot of the time aren’t effective, I know a lot of people in my neighborhood. It wasn’t the most popular way of getting money for the team because so many girls were selling candy but we definitely gained some through that. Also, since I was in middle school at the time it was a GREAT age group to sell candy to. Kids absolutely love candy!
The school allowed us to bring our chocolate to class and sell them in the beginning and end if kids wanted it, or if the teacher permitted so during the class depending on what was going on.
Another good way of making the money was when I had my family buy some or when I had close family, especially my mom, bring boxes to their work. I know that whether your a kid in school or an adult sitting in your office, you crave chocolate, especially when its right there available for you. This was a great way of making money. And since it was right there I also had bought quite a bit myself. It was convenient because I was helping my team out and I didn’t even have to go to the store, it was right there in my home!
Lastly, if you educate the squad and parents about how much is raised and how much more you need and by when… a lot of the parents out there will throw in the extra $20 or so each just to help you out if they can. Seeing how close you are and meeting the deadline can push parents to help out as much as possible to help their kids.
In the end we succeeded far past what we needed, which was awesome and we finally were able to wear uniforms that actually fit us! I think candy fundraisers are definitely a great idea to help out a cause.
Building Sweet Futures
About twelve years ago when I was eight years old, I had a major goal set for myself: to sell enough candy bars to pay for my trip to Florida to compete in a Nationals tumbling competition. I distinctly remember standing outside of stores for hours on end trying to snag each exiting customer and talk them into buying my candy bars.
With the help of my mom and dedicating more than a couple months to selling our sweets, I finally raised enough money and reached my goal. I was going to Florida!! I do not know for sure how much I ended up raising, but due to the support of my family, friends, and complete strangers, I was able to fly to Florida and compete at the National competition.
Twelve years later, I once again find myself selling candy. The only difference is that this time I am not raising money for myself, but to fund the Childreach International USA project of building schools in Tanzania, Africa. As a Futurebuilder, my task is to raise money to send over to Africa. This money hires workers to build schools and efficient plumbing systems, which in turn will promote the idea of sustainability and working toward the goal of sustainable growth.
I will embark on a journey much farther away than Florida, and I will have the opportunity to help work on these new schools that were built from my and other team members’ fundraising efforts. We will build desks and chalkboards and also create a schoolroom setting.
While I personally am very excited for this journey to begin, I cannot even imagine how much more exciting it will be for the children who will have a place to attend school.
Through my previous fundraising experiences, I recall a few key ingredients to a successful sale. One should never expect anyone to buy the items being sold nor expect donations. Money is something that everyone values, and it is not an easy task to convince people to give some of theirs up for you. The best way to promote your fundraiser is to be enthusiastic about your cause and why it is important for you to raise money toward that cause.
Keeping my past in mind as well as the tips I have created for both myself and others, I hope to accomplish my highest goal I have ever set for myself. With a current goal of over $5,000, I know that no goal is ever too high, and that any dream can become a reality.