Fundraising by selling products seems like a pretty simple task, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. In order for fundraiser volunteers to be successful at accomplishing their overall goal, they must have products that will sell well and make good profits.
The first step in choosing a company in kind donations for nonprofits or products to sell for a fundraiser event is to talk to the people in your community. Most fundraisers take place in the communities in which the volunteers are part of. So by talking to them, you can find out what types of products you could sell that would benefit your community a great deal. This will also help you get their support and others once they realize you are interested in feeling a need in the community to help you with your fundraising goals.
Another smart step you can take is by putting an ad in the local newspaper asking for experienced fundraising volunteers to help you out. Not only will you have help getting orders and making deliveries but you can also pick up a few pointers from those who have participated in fundraising events before that may have been similar to yours.
People usually respond well to younger children when it comes to fundraising, so if appropriate, you should try and recruit a few children to assist in the event. Children are often enthusiastic, happy, and full of energy, and adorable. This makes it extremely hard for people to say no to buying your products. Children are also creative and can actually bring some fresh, new, and exciting ideas to the fundraiser, making it fun for everyone involved. Fun is necessary, because focusing on the money too much can cause you to be pushy, therefore pushy potential customers away.