One of the fastest-growing money raising ideas, cookie dough fundraising has become increasingly popular over the last several years. One reason may be because of the convenience of having cookies on hand whenever your customers want them, without having to make them from scratch. Plus, a tub of cookie dough can be easily stored for later use. This is especially true with the pre-portioned variety.
The cookie fundraiser works well for lots of different groups:
- sports teams
- youth groups
Also, cookie dough fundraisers can be used as a nice add-on to other money-raising events and activities, particularly those where there will be a large gathering of adults who have kids; classic school events such as ball games, pep rallies, musicals, plays, and even picnics and parties at companies where parents work. There are lots of places and occasions to raise money with these gourmet treats.
It’s certainly not surprising since everyone loves cookies and, really, who can resist them? They’re a favorite with kids and their parents and a proven winner with customers.
And if your potential donors understand the value of the cause they’re supporting, you shouldn’t have much difficulty selling them. There are lots of different flavors to satisfy anyone’s desire.
It’s really important to tell potential donors the specific reason for your frozen cookie dough fundraiser. Example: “Our group is raising money to finance our trip to the annual soccer tournament.” This will help influence their decision to buy from you.
As long as you can buy the cookie dough at a low enough price that you can sell it for a reasonable profit and, at the same time, not gouge your customers, then it makes sense.
More cookies please…
One of the advantages of buying fundraiser cookie dough is that your customers can thaw the dough and use only what they want and refreeze the tub whenever they want more. They can usually do this as many as five times without any loss in quality. Of course, this is less of a concern with the preportioned kind since you only remove what you need at the time.
So your supporters just pop them in the oven for delicious cookies any time.
What to say
Here’s a sample script your volunteers can use after they’ve run out of friends and relatives to approach:
“Hi, my name is (insert name). I’m helping to raise money for (name of group). We’re raising money to finance (reason for raising money). Would you like to help support our group by buying (product you’re selling)? Thank you so much. We really appreciate your help.”
Where to buy cookie dough fundraiser tubs
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What others say…
Key to Saving Key was Cookie Dough
This year, at our high school in Pennsylvania, we needed money for our Key Club (a volunteer organization) that was going to shut down soon because the school district had no money to keep it running.
With no idea how to keep the club open, we started consulting many students of the school on what action we should take. Eventually, we thought that we could have a cookie dough fundraiser to save our club.
We started advertising our fundraiser all over our club. We also advertised the great things Key Club does for the community (we help serve food to the homeless, we do relay for life, etc.). We got everyone in the school excited to buy cookie dough. As soon as we got started, we started to get orders left and right. Everyone wanted to buy it to support our club.
Not only was the cookie dough good, but the fundraiser helped support our club and save it. All together, we ended up raising about $700!
I would say the advertising and the worthy cause we were fundraising for really helped.
I would recommend that everyone try this fundraiser! Just make sure it is well advertised and organized. After all, cookie dough saved our volunteer organization!
Cookie Dough for Everyone!
I had to sell cookie dough for a fundraiser for my community association- we were planning on buying trees to plant a windbreak around the building, and it was going to be fairly expensive as we wanted to buy trees that were at least a few years old.
Fortunately we chose to do it in the fall- my main way of marketing was to send around an email to everyone in my mailbox being very low-key about buying, suggested that they could buy a pail to keep in the freezer in case they had guests over for the holidays, or small kids around, or to my friends that had little kids that it would be quick and easy for them to hand to the kids to do with no preparation work or mess to make.
That really seemed to work well- I raised over five hundred dollars.
My tip is to market the item so the person will find it useful- making them see how it will help YOU out isn’t going to make them want to spend their money, you want them to see why it is a great deal for the customer.
Next time… I’m thinking of going door-to-door in the community with photos or something of what we would like to do and emphasizing that it is for everyone to enjoy. That should get things rolling!
Cookie Dough Fun!
My daughter’s school, Lyon’s Elementary, ran a cookie dough fundraiser to raise money for playground equipment. Each child was given the cookie booklet from the fundraising company, which contained the info and pictures of each product.
The cookie dough was sold by the 3lb. tub or by preformed, ready to bake cookies.There were also brownies and a soft pretzel kit.
Prizes were offered for each level sold. 1-5 units, 6-10 units, and so on. The highest unit listed for a prize is 75.
We did the obvious, brought it to work and sold for our kids. There were people outside of Walmart selling also. Once the orders were in, it takes about 3 weeks before the cookies come in then you have to distribute.
I believe our school got 30% of the proceeds and they ended up with $25,000.00 It was definitely worth doing as they are planning on building another playground for the bigger kids soon.