New technology has made it easier and more affordable than ever to personalize items for your next fundraiser. Popular ideas for personalizing include t-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, calendars, stationery, silicone bracelets, bottled water, food items – the list seems to go on forever.

There are hundreds of items to choose from and this can be a little overwhelming at first. The good news is that with so many items to select from, you’re sure to find one product that is perfect for your event.

Depending on the approach you want to take, different programs will offer different sales methods. Many will offer an on-line shopping option and almost all programs have some version of the “pre-sales” brochure. Or you can simply buy items in bulk for more event driven sales.

Support your favorite team or cause with a custom designed t-shirt like this one

Support your favorite team or cause with a custom designed t-shirt like this one

One increasingly popular idea for personalization is the school spirit fundraiser. Frequently, this consists of the immediate sale of items like plastic cups, cheering accessories (like megaphones, giant foam #1 fingers, or pom-poms), t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts and the like.

This idea does exceptionally well when sold through the school store (if you have one) or at the concession stand for sporting events but does well with the order-taker approach too.

A fun take on the school spirit idea is the personalized Teddy Bear. Normally, the bear is wearing a sweater in your school’s colors that is personalized with your school name, initials or saying like “Go Wildcats”.personalized teddy bear

With this kind of fundraiser, it’s possible to take personalization to whole new level – bears can be dressed as football players, or cheerleaders, or in a graduation robe, and these are just a few of the possibilities.

Another product that allows for personalization is chocolate candy bars. We may not usually think of candy this way, but one company, Fundraising.com, is customizing their fundraising chocolate bars (well, technically the wrappers) with your organization’s message, logo and even photo.

That’s an easy way to gain credibility with your customers.

Where To Go

Fundraising.com – offering Colored T-Shirts W/ 4-Color Ink and up to 85% profit, these t-shirts will go fast and help you raise lots of cash for your group. Fundraising.com will even help you with the design if you need it.

Cafe Press – get a free web store and sell a variety of products for your fundraiser, including t-shirts, mugs, calendars and teddy bears, without spending a dime.