For some non profit groups, magazine fundraising is a perennial favorite. A magazine fundraiser allows for recurring revenue. Some schools, churches, booster clubs, charities and other non-profit organizations sell them every year with consistent results.
A magazine fundraiser for schools
One reason the school magazine fundraiser works so well for raising money is that most households already subscribe to at least two. Since they will have to renew their favorite subscriptions eventually anyway, they might as well renew it from someone who is promoting a worthy cause—like yours.
The magazine school fundraiser also works because of the tremendous variety of magazines that are available. Most people will be able to find at least one periodical that interests them and fundraising magazine subscriptions are usually a lot cheaper than the newsstand price.
So it’s an easy sale. No pledges, sponsorships or donation soliciting (begging) required.
The magazine subscription fundraiser…so many choices
There are magazines for nearly every topic under the sun. In fact, some companies provide subscriptions to over 650 different titles that your customers can choose from including news, sports, science, fashion, lifestyles, hobbies, home improvements, and many more. There is truly something for everyone. There are even a number of magazines for kids. What a great way to spark a child’s interest in reading.
The mag fundraiser is also easy to run. There’s no product for your school or charity to buy, so your volunteers just show the mag fundraising brochure to family, friends and neighbors, and then fill out a form. That’s it. You don’t even have to deliver the magazines when they arrive since the post office takes care of that. It’s simple. No inventory and no product delivery.
Now it’s even easier since the whole process can be done online.
Why I like magazine fundraisers for schools
What’s even better is that these same customers will likely order from your magazine fundraisers again each year when they renew their subscriptions. Magazine subscriptions also make great gifts.
You’re not limited by geographical area either. Your fundraiser volunteers can expand their customer base to include all their friends and relatives across the country.
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What others say…
Magazines are Fantastic
I worked at middle school and we used a Magazine Fundraiser to raise money for the school. We were raising funds for the field day in the spring, so that we could offer exciting prizes and great food for the kids. We got a great response and it seemed as if the kids had an easy time selling them.
They were discounted rates, and almost everyone either has some kind of subscription they can renew, or are interested in getting a new one for a good cause.
For the children that had less support from home, we had contacted medical offices and professional arenas with waiting rooms. This allowed all the kids to get involved the earn prizes – as well as support the field day!
Brownie Troop Conquers Magazine Fundraiser
Approximately 7 or 8 years ago, I was a Girl Scout leader for my daughter’s Brownie troop in NY. In addition to working full time, I was one of only two moms who volunteered. To say I was overwhelmed with the crafts, field trips, and overnight camping expeditions is an understatement.
I knew about the cookie sales from my days of scouting, so I was prepared for that. I started to panic when I heard about the magazine sale. Needless to say, I had no reason to worry. The magazines basically sold themselves.
Each girl was asked to address something like 10 postcards inviting relatives to order their magazines through us. Most people receive at least one magazine anyway, so we weren’t really asking them to do anything special.
In the end, my troop sold more than 100 magazines and raised several hundred dollars.
We were able to end our year with a trip to Hershey Park, which all of the girls will remember forever. I think a magazine sale is one of the best fundraisers out there. After all, who needs any more wrapping paper?
Sharp Students Raise Over $5000 with Magazine Fundraiser
What we did to make our magazine fundraiser successful was the prizes we offered the students. They all worked extra hard for the prizes, and we ended up making over $5000.
We gave out 4 Wii’s for $500 sales and 3 iPod touches for students who sold over $800 worth of magazine subscriptions.
They would go online and set up a “store” and send e-mails to everyone they knew who had a magazine subscription. How these kids managed to do this I do not know, their parents probably helped them somehow, but that is good that they want to be involved with the school’s fundraiser.