When you need to raise funds quickly and effectively with minimum cost and fuss, a fundraising calendar can be the solution. As with fundraising cookbooks, there are two main types of calendars, those made or designed by yourself, and those made by a company.
There are good reasons for choosing one over the other and overall it comes down to how much effort and time you are willing to invest before raising the money, such as for printing costs.
The best way to get a good price is simply to buy in bulk, however there is a balance between the number of calendars you can sell, and their price. Don’t buy a thousand cheaply if you can only sell six hundred, as long as you follow these simple rules you should be fine.
If on the other hand you decide to make your own calendar, you will have to have a small amount of money as an investment. The key to making a best seller calendar and raising money for your school is to get pictures of local areas, monuments and people.
You can ask for students or parents to take the picture or even make them out of art created by the students. An excellent way to promote the calendar is to hold a competition, this gets you both great art and great publicity and this means more money.
Don’t forget timing is all important, no one buys a calendar in June, and they make great Christmas presents.
Café Press gives you the flexibility of offering calendars to your supporters one by one. That is, they’ll print as many calendars as your supporters order – no over or under ordering, and no waste.
And you can supplement your calendar fundraiser with lots of other products too. Your supporters can buy t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and all sorts of other products that are adorned with your group’s logo or slogan…or anything you wish.
They provide you a free online store, which you then share with everyone you know. You set the price for all items in your store. There is a base price for all items and your profit is the difference between the base price and the price you sell the items (calendars, etc.) for.
If you already know how many items you plan to sell (e.g., the members of a sports team) they’ll give you huge discounts on orders of 15 or more of an item.
Have a penchant for the risqué? How about a nude fundraising calendar ?
What others say…
Fundraising with Safety Calendars Works for PTO
I am a parent and also the PTO President of my daughters school in Lincoln, Nebraska. At her school we have a parent coffee group that meets every other Friday. We came up with the idea of a safety calendar to raise money for the PTO.
Since October is National Safety month we thought we would get the students involved in helping making a calendar for the year. We as a group came up with safety issues for the school as well as outside of school environment. Some of the subjects included, playground safety, crossing the street with an adult, bus safety, internet safety, keep you shoes tied, stair safety are just a few. We as a group selected a subject for each class. We have K-5 and two classes of each.
Each teacher had the students draw a picture on their safety subject. The pictures were handed in after a two week period of time. The parent coffee group then narrowed the entries down to the top 3. The pictures then were posted on a wall and the students then were able to vote on their favorite picture to go into the calendar.
Once the pictures were voted on myself and another lady went to the Monday morning meeting the school had for the students and announced the winners. We then found an online company that would print the calendars for us.
The other lady scanned, cropped, and added text to the pictures for the calendar. We sent out flyers for pre-orders and then submitted the orders to the online company.
For our first fundraiser of this type it went fairly well. Things we would change about our next safety calendar would be to start sooner than we did, and also give each teacher a specific subject instead of letting them choose which subject we choose to let their grade level draw about.
Also instead of doing 2 orders we will only be ordering calendars once. While doing this fund raising the students got excited about drawing the pictures to see who the winners would be. This was a lot of work to put together but was well worth the effort. I would do this again with slight changes.
Clever Senior Center Calendar Fundraiser Nets $15000
Our local senior center raises money every year by selling calendars. They raise the money to pay for special outings for the seniors that reside there.
I wanted to get involved and help them raise as much money as possible.
I had the idea to sell their calendars at our local ribs cook-off. In our town this is a major event. People come from all over the U.S. to attend. But getting a booth at the cook-off is costly. I knew a local restaurant owner that has a booth at the cook-off every year and I asked him if he would allow me to sell the calendars for the senior center if I did all of the work. He agreed.
It was a huge success! We sold 1,000 calendars at $15 each. So we raised $15000 for the senior center.
3 Cheers for Our Pet Calendar Fundraiser
I am the mother of a 7th grade cheerleader in Austin Texas. We decided to do a calendar for fund raising purposes. We needed to raise money to attend a cheerleading camp in east Texas. We planned on taking photos of classmates and putting them into the calendars.
We have found that, not surprisingly, parents are much more likely to purchase a calendar that features their child. However, discussing the subject matter of the calendar we decided that instead of taking pictures of the kids from school we would do their pets instead. We chose pets thinking that people who owned the pets featured would be likely to purchase it, and that kids, in general, like calendars of animals and would be more likely to buy it.
So, we set aside a Saturday and encouraged all kids in her grade to bring their pets up to school. We had costumes ready for the pets. We tried to get as many pets together onto each frame as possible, thereby increasing the number of peoples pets that would appear in the calendar.
It was a huge success. The calendar sold itself. We ended up printing 250 copies and they sold out at $15.00 apiece.