Schools, school groups and other small non-profit organizations find many creative ways to raise funds — from bake sales, spaghetti dinners, auctions and school carnivals to more aggressive advertising, affinity programs, grant writing and straightforward donation requests. But few fundraisers are more reliable for reaching specific fundraising goals than a good product sale.
Product fundraising has been around for over a century. It typically involves the purchase and re-sale of popular consumer products by a non-profit group whereupon the group sponsoring the sale keeps a portion of the gross sales. Products can be sold directly to the customer like chocolate bars. Or, products may also be ordered using a catalog, order forms and other methods. Supporters pay for the product when the order is placed so there is no risk of loss for the organization.
Product fundraising usually involves a professional fundraising company – like Blue Ribbon Farms – which serves volunteers responsible for the fundraising drive. We provide advice, trouble-shooting, support, products, guidance and other valuable services that can reduce volunteer time and energy and maximize sales. Special events and other “do-it-yourself” fundraising methods are more labor-intensive and frequently yield smaller results. Product sales work because results are fast and people like buying products for a worthy cause. Each year, non-profit groups net approximately $1.7 billion by selling products.
For some people, product fundraising has mistakenly become synonymous with the term “door-to-door sales.” In fact, most product fundraising sales are made to parents, family members, friends and close neighbors. A successful product fundraising drive does not require volunteers – young or old – to canvass neighborhoods. Parents are very involved with these programs, often soliciting support from co-workers. Blue Ribbon Farms instructs students on campaign kick-off day not to go door to door.
We provide products and services to schools, parent-teacher organizations, booster clubs, church groups, youth sports leagues, scouting groups and other non-profit organizations to assist them in their fundraising programs. Blue Ribbon has the knowledge and expertise to help groups select safe, effective approaches to fundraising. Service and customer focused first. And, last and certainly least providing high quality products with great value to the group and end consumer!
There is no charge for brochures or fundraising packets to get your fundraiser started.
Sometimes checks are payable to the parent organization and other times to the school. Your parent letter that is included in the fundraising sales packet envelope will have the specific directions for that. Please refer to your group coordinator to verify the exact name for checks to be made payable to.
Blue Ribbon asks the organization or school to pay us no later than delivery day. Your fundraising process if two weeks of collecting orders and money. We need approximately 3-4 weeks to deliver your products back to you. Therefore, your treasurer has had plenty of time to deposit all your monies locally before we deliver and ask for payment.
We provide products and services to schools, parent-teacher organizations, booster clubs, church groups, youth sports leagues, scouting groups and other non-profit organizations to assist them in their fundraising programs. Blue Ribbon has the knowledge and expertise to help groups select safe, effective approaches to fundraising. All the supplies including sales brochures, collection envelopes and complete preparation to start your fundraiser is provided.
We follow the tax laws in your state. If your organization has the proper tax documents required by your state, you are not required to pay tax. (We require documentation to be on file to verify this fact). If you do not have a tax exemption number or your group is not tax exempt, you will be charged tax. Verify your tax status with your organization.
Of course and we highly recommend it. Please call or fill out the information on our website and we will be happy to schedule and appointment to speak with you. No high pressure sales pitch. Just patient assistance with your needs or questions. Feel to give us a call!