The discount card fundraiser has taken the fundraising community by storm. Customers love them because they get to support a good cause and can save a lot of money at the same time.
High in perceived value and low in “fuss”, a discount card with your organization’s logo will generate a lot of profit and goodwill for your group.
Essentially, a fundraiser with discount cards is based on a wallet-sized card printed with your logo. The card contains prearranged discounts from merchants in your area.
Most of the cards contain special offers that save the bearer either a fixed amount or percentage off, or a “buy one, get one free” offer. The cards are usually good for one year from the date of purchase.
As far as fundraising ideas go, this one is FANTASTIC. The costs are negligible – you only have to pay for the printing of the card. In addition, the cards are small and easy to handle and since it’s an outright sale, there are no storage or transportation issues.
The cards typically retail in the $10 range and provide for almost unlimited usage of the special offers. In addition to a flat discount, the offers can include things like free beverages, free desserts, savings on video rentals, haircut discounts or oil changes. The possibilities are truly endless.
Fundraising discount cards are a relatively easy to sell too since customers recognize (and appreciate!) the value. And since the cards are credit-card sized, and carry anywhere, they’re easier to use than coupons.
Another excellent way to raise money and help your supporters save money is through restaurant discount cards, which are now available through eFundraising. Aimed specifically at eating out, these cards have the following benefits:
- 50% profit for your group
- Supporters save big money on dining
- Thousands of restaurants across the US to choose from
- No expiration dates on cards
- Free shipping
Discount card suppliers
Fundraising.com – Profits up to 90%, Fast and Free! Discount card fundraisers are highly profitable and raise thousands of dollars. A discount card is a custom printed plastic card that group members sell to local community residents.
What others have done
Athletic Boosters Fundraising
We raise funds to provide uniforms and other equipment for all the high school and middle school teams in our area. There are many different fundraisers during the year, but we wanted something to actually get the athletes themselves involved. We came up with the idea of developing a discount program card for popular local merchants. Two of our trustees solicited local merchants to provide cardholders with some discount at their establishment.
Most of the restaurant type gave 2 for 1 deals while other merchants gave discount percentages.
We had the cards printed with our school logo, a bear. We then organized a Bear Card blitz day. We got all the athletes together in the High School gym for a pep rally type event. We set aside some money for individual and team prizes. Then we send the athletes out in groups to assigned areas. Younger athletes ( middle school ) are provided with parent drivers/chaperones.
We then have everybody back at the High School for a wrap up and pizza party. We hand out prizes and have fun recognizing the teams and individuals. We have netted over $8,000 each time we do it. Plus the kids have fun too!