It’s a new year and time for more fundraising. Valentine’s Day is the perfect jump start for the year!
Creating Valentine’s Day Candy Grams for your school is a quick way to make a large amount of money. My children’s school raises close to $2,000 in just two weeks! It was easy, if you follow these simple steps.
However, there is a problem with this system that you don’t see until you do it. Paperwork! It all comes down to one mom who collects the paper order forms and cash. Then there are the parents who turn in forms late saying they forgot to try paying in a different way. It becomes stacks of orders, stacks of money, a large headache, and more time than you originally anticipated.
This year, you can be the mom who simplifies and gets even more orders. How? Create a PopUp!
Create a PopUp in just a few minutes and post it on all of your school’s social media account. This allows parents to act on it and pay for it easily. Because let’s be real, who has cash or want to write checks anymore. Also, cash limits the orders to what parents have in their wallet.
Worried about the fees? Add a little to the price. (We added $.10 to each) We have found that when people are given the choice to walk in a pay by cash or pay a little more for online, 85% choose online even if it costs a little more! Parents want life to be easy and are willing to pay a tiny bit more to save them the headache of going to the bank or writing a check. Plus they will fee accomplished getting it done without having to walk into the school.
Taking it online also allows for you to have a record of the money collected and you can print out all of the orders on a spreadsheet when you need them to fulfill them. Or use your dashboard to find all of the information.
Ready to create your PopUp but need ideas for the actual Valentines? We found these great websites for some ideas.
With just a few adjustments and the proper wording you can collect monetary donations and allow for your donors to keep the receipt for their records.
When creating the PopUp, make sure to include the reason why you are raising funds. It helps people feel more at ease knowing there is a purpose and it gives them a more personal investment in your group. It can also be helpful if you clearly state how much the things you will buy or provide cost. That way a donor can feel like they have helped with something very specific. Ex: One band uniform cost $150. Or $50 pays for a band scholarship. Continue Reading…