A Hershey fundraiser offers one of the most successful fundraising products in the country, being very popular especially among sports groups, school clubs or other youth groups. Hershey fundraising can bring up to 50% profit for your organization if you consider a good plan to maximize your results, since candies in general are small dollar items and need to be
sold in big quantities.
Did you know that Hershey means…
- Large selection of chocolate and candy available such as Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Chocolate with Almonds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s S’Mores, Twizzlers and Kit Kat Bars etc.
- Straight and varied packages of perfect sizes;
- Perfect for schools, classes, sports team, leagues booster clubs, day care centers, scouts and other civic organizations;
- 92% of households buy candy;
- In 2004 more than $70 million fundraised money was collected by selling Hershey products.
Getting your fundraising started
A successful fundraising program is easy when you follow these helpful candy fundraising tips. If you’ve never planned a fundraiser or if you need to improve your next fundraiser, use the following information to plan a profitable and rewarding fundraising program that starts by first asking for Hershey:
- Establish a fundraising goal and determine how much money you need to raise and what the group’s expenses will be for all programs. Since candies come at a low dollar price, you will need to work with a high number of volunteers;
- Choose a person responsible with coordinating the whole activity. Consider someone with good organizational, motivational and communication skills;
- Organize a fundraising committee and s elect one adult per ten children;
- Decide what Hershey products are best suited for your organization and plan ahead a selling strategy and location;
- Promote your fundraising event . Distribute printed flyers around the neighborhood, at grocery stores and malls. Solicit free radio or TV advertising. Print an ad in the community newspaper;
- Starts selling the candies taking safety rules for children who sell door to door. Respect the following safety tips during your fundraising program:
- Use the buddy system – never sell alone.
- Never enter someone’s home.
- Never carry large amounts of cash.
- Collect the money ; determine a deadline to have all the money given to the collecting person;
- Evaluate your campaign, what went wrong, unpredictable costs, prizes.
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A Rainy Day Selling Chocolate
I attended a Catholic school in Baton Rouge, LA as a child, and every year we sold chocolate bars to help raise money for our school’s needs, as a private school does not receive any funding other than what it can raise through tuition and fundraisers.
I remember one year, near the end of the week of selling, I hadn’t done too much in the way of selling chocolate. In fact, I had eaten more than I had sold and it was all coming out of my allowance which was dwindling fast!
So I opted to take my sister’s kick scooter around the neighborhood, with the box hanging from my handlebars, and go door to door and try and sell them all, lest I eat them myself. As lucky would have it though, it rained that afternoon, and it was the last afternoon I had to sell. Let this be a moral against procrastination!
Still, I was determined to go, and go I did.
As soon as the rain broke, I headed out, splashing through puddles, dodging last minute sprinkles under carports and front porches, going door to door, trying to get rid of all the candy. Oddly, I noticed that everyone seemed willing to buy that day!
I have never had so much success going door to door.
It was years later that I realized my neighbors must have taken pity on me, for surely I was a sorry sight, damp with the rain and heat humidity, pitifully asking if they wanted to buy some chocolate, and obviously shy.
I didn’t go home until I had emptied the box, and that was the year I raised the most selling chocolate for my school. (Sorry I don’t remember how much, but it was a lot)
The moral of the story? Try pitiful and cute. It works.
Buy a Box for a Book!
Volunteer work can take on a life of its own and it can also become a full-time job. When I got talked into presiding over the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) for my son’s school, I knew fundraising would be involved.
Our group met and we decided it was important for our PTA to provide updated books for the media center. As the president I had the task of introducing the idea as well as the “system” for paying for it.
It was easy for teachers and parents to get excited about new books in the media center. Participating in a fundraiser was a bit tricky. Most believed it was not the job of the students to go door-to-door. It was a liability and basically unsafe. We had to choose something that would be relatively easily and would not put children in any danger. We decided upon chocolate bars,
At our first parent-teacher meeting we sold the idea. Fortunately, they thought it would be easy. There were only two product choices and each choice was $1.00.. That eliminated handling a lot of change.
We asked parents not to send students door to door, but to carry their box with them to swimming, family gatherings, ball games, and the like. We asked each child to commit to selling one box. We knew there would be some who would not commit and some who would sell more than one box.
On our school’s “morning news” we promoted the sale. Everyone who sold an entire box would receive a free homework pass. The person who sold the most boxes would win a popular DVD and have a book stamped with his or her name on the inside cover as “provided by ___________.”
When promoting the sale, we made sure the students knew what the money was being raised for. We were able to receive some preview books and while we were promoting the sale on our school’s news, we made an exciting display.
We tried to get the students excited about the books, not the chocolate. It worked relatively well. We were able to purchased 46 books for our media center.
After purchasing the books we showed them off at our final PTA meeting. We recognized the one who sold the most then and on the school’s news. The parents and teachers all said they felt good about the results.
Limiting the sale and prize choices made it easier on us. As the president, I felt like we had accomplished something good for our school, without causing unwanted stress and complication.
A Family History Of Selling
I can still remember the very first fundraiser that I ever participated in as a student. In 3rd grade the Parent Teacher Organization decided they would like to raise some money in order to sponsor a student’s fair. I remember being very excited by the prospect of peddling chocolate.
As soon as I got my batch I became the first student to sell any to the teacher.
My sister would go through the same class. Unfortunately, her year never got the opportunity to sell any chocolate.
However, when she entered the seventh grade she joined the jazz band. They were granted a wonderful opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to participate in a musical festival. To raise the money, they immediately began fundraising with Hershey’s chocolate bars.
My sister, being as smart as she is, started close to home. Her first entire box was sold to us and our neighbors. For weeks the house was riddled with wrappers and coupons for pizza. But selling just one box wasn’t enough for my sister.
Determined to make more sales, she waited until a local art festival was in full swing. Then, seizing her opportunity, she set up a lemonade/chocolate stand, with a large banner proclaiming, “All proceeds to the Mustang Jazz Ensemble!” and as fast as that, there went another box.
I figured that my sister had now reached her salesman’s limit, but she was merely resting.
A week later, at a church fundraising event, we agreed to help sell parking spots. As I collected money and directed cars towards their spots, my sister stood by with chocolate.
As each family walked by on their way to the nearest attraction, my sister gave them a grin and asked them if they were hungry. Many of them were tempted, but the fact that it was for charity really sold them.
I gotta tell you, my sister sure knows how to sell ’em.