Fund raising is an integral part of any school community, church organization or youth group. And even if you haven’t been involved directly in a fundraising event, you have at least bought the stuff! Wrapping paper, candy bars, candy-coated popcorn, chocolate covered peanuts and magazine subscriptions galore! These traditional fundraising events have been done and done again.
It’s time to add a little bit of personal back into raising money for organizations. Offer a fresh approach to increasing a group’s income using your Ken Kirkpatrick personalization software.
When considering fund raising opportunities as networking portals, energetic entrepreneurs can tap into this market to boost overall sales as well. The more exposure your products have, the more they will be talked about in your local community and the more they will be sought out for events and occasions not associated with an organization. And if you’ve got a personal interest in the group or organization that you are supporting, like a child in a cooperative preschool, or your status as a member of your church’s choir, the more rewarding this experience can be for you! When you are approaching an organization to offer your services, you will need:
· a professional portfolio of your best sample materials.
· a special price list detailing the products you will offer for this event.
· business cards with your company’s website information to help increase your visibility in the community.
· a clear profit margin for the organization you are working with. What portion of the profits will you be donating to the organization? 10 percent of the total sales? 50 percent of the profit after costs have been deducted? Decide what is comfortable for you.
Supporting your business image with the above items can help you to achieve a solid, working relationship within your community. When you are prepared and present professional materials, you are perceived as a reputable and dependable vendor and people will want to work with you. After you have secured an agreement with your fundraising organization, you can simply provide them with some supplies and wait for the orders to arrive. Limiting your product choices for an event can help to market tried and true favorites, control supply costs by ordering items in bulk and give people a manageable amount of products to choose from. Your organization will need:
· ample copies of custom order forms for each seller. For example, if the class has 25 children, you will want to provide at least 30 order forms.
· ample copies of sample items for the sellers to show to customers.
· your business cards to give to customers for future reference or if more samples are available online.
And because the organization is responsible for taking orders, collecting payment and delivering products, your job is simply to make the orders and deliver them to one representative.
Now that you know how to do it, find out what you can do with the many Ken Kirkpatrick personalization software programs and packages available. Fund raising events often appeal to an eclectic group of people, so be sure to include a variety of options in your custom order forms.
First Name Almanac Pro
This name meaning software program has a wide appeal to many customers of fund raising sales. It accesses a database of over 250,000 first names and features product templates to artfully display a name and its meaning on beautiful parchment or specialty paper of your choice. Name poems are another popular choice for framed wall art. Each letter in a person’s name is linked to a special attribute or characteristic, making this the ultimate in personalization products. Traditional personalized mugs or tee-shirts are other highly requested items that are great for selling in conjunction with fund raising.
Last Name Almanac
Use this program to offer products that take a little bit of history home. Just like the first name certificates, print these on fine parchment paper suitable for framing. The recipient gets a detailed history of their surname including country of origin, how it traveled across the world and how the spelling may have changed from period to period. A virtually untapped market niche, this product is sure to create a buzz around the neighborhood!
The Gift Factory
Choose two or three of more than two hundred poems used to celebrate friendship, children, siblings and guardian angels. You can showcase the most popular choices as one of your custom fundraising choices. Print these certificates on one of the backgrounds provided or choose your own specialty paper. For your extended clientele, these poems are completely customizable and editable.
Welcome Baby, Kinder Prints, This Day in History—the list of available software programs goes on and on! Use your software programs to help support your local community by sponsoring a fundraiser. In order to provide a variety of products, invest in bundled software. Pre-bundled software is available at deep discounts, or choose 2 to 5 products of your choice to create a custom bundle. Remember, the more you buy, the more you save!
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