Archive for the ‘Fundraising Ideas’ Category
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Are you planning on hosting a fundraising event soon and still don’t know what products or services to sell to donors? Fundraising events are rather easy to host. People who join the event are not thinking too much of their money’s value, They are thinking more on the cause or reason for the fundraising event. You should be ready with good event fundraising ideas for a product to sell. This way, everyone will be coming home happy. Furthermore, it is important that each fundraising event you host runs smoothly in order to build up reputation as a good fundraiser to allure more and more people each event.
Custom Glass Ornaments for Fundraising Events
One of the best event fundraising ideas is using Christmas ornaments imprinted with your logo, organization name and perhaps the year or date. Not only are they cost-effective but are also flexible and can be cute and cool ornaments with the right designs. Custom made Christmas ornaments are indeed one of the best sellers for fundraising events as they tend to exhibit features that entice donors involved in the event.
Creating your ornament design is really easy. We have an online ornament designer with pre-made ornament graphics borders, elements, Christmas word art as well as hundreds of most popular clipart images. So if you are the artistic type you can try your hand in designing your ornament online. But, you do not need to worry about the ornament design yourself – you do not have to be a graphics artist or spend lot of time, you can always go for ornament art design services you can utilize from our professional art designers who work on our premises and specialize in designing imprinted custom ornaments.
Just email us – and we will be happy to create ornament mock up free of charge without any obligation. In your email please specify:
- what kind of ornament? (acrylic ball, acrylic heart, acrylic medallion, acrylic photo ball, acrylic photo heart, quick ship glass or classical glass ornament)
- what color of the ornaments?
- attach your logo / image and tell us if we should add some text above and or under the image. If you have a font preference for the added text, let us know. You can also pick a design template from the gorgeous collection of ornament design templates on our website and just give the template number/ID to our art team/
- advise what quantity you plan to order (some ornament lines and designs can be ordered as few as 50 but some more intricate designs or color schemes require higher minimum quantity such as 100 or 144 or 250 ornaments per order.
- email all to firstname.lastname@example.org and put in the subject NEED MOCK UP
Our art department will present you with the best designs based on your specifications utilizing the pre made clipart or they can put on your ornaments artwork you email us with instructions. After this, you’ll receive a design for your review, design changes and approval. If you like what you see you can proceed with confirmation of your order either by calling our toll free number 800 761 XMAS or you can also order online in our wholesale website .
Christmas Ornament for Fundraising Event
You can now start handing flyers in your neighborhood to pre sell the fundraising event or the ornaments so when your custom ornaments arrive, you’ll just have to contact your guests or donors to claim the product or have the ornaments ordered well ahead of your event so they will arrive just in time for your event and the donors can purchase the ornaments during your event. The Christmas ornament customized with your organization or team logo will symbolize your event. These ornaments will serve as a commemoration of your fundraising so when you host another one, guests and donors will be able to recognize your organization or group easily. It will stand somewhat your business’ trademark for future events to follow depending on how well your charity event went.
High School Fundraising Ornaments
Doing fundraising events may be somewhat tiring but when finally accomplished with success, you’ll feel good not only for hosting an incredible event but also for doing something good for those in need. For more event fundraising ideas, you can also check the rest of our website.
Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Football Fundraising Ideas for your team, PTO or school.
Many fundraising teams have us print football with the team mascot and logo… and without paying anything upfront. (We accepts school purchase orders or you can team up with a local business to sponsor you)
How is this done?
Find a sponsor : In this sample the football team found a local pizza to co sponsor the order of the footballs to be custom printed. At time the sponsor will pay for the whole production. The footballs then have imprint of the school team logo and also a coupon for a discount at the sponsor’s place of business.
It’s a win – win proposition.
For example the cost of 100 footballs with one color imprint on the front is $2.15 per ball, or if you wanted to fit two sponsors on the same ball, you can have imprint on the front with one sponsor and imprint on the back with another sponsor, then just add $0.35 per ball for the reverse side imprint in one color.
Football Fundraising Idea
You can get the sponsor(s) pay for the footballs and then distribute the footballs at your football games. You can sell those for whatever you want to charge. If the sponsor paid for the whole order, you can sell the balls for something symbolic, say $1.50 or $2.00 a ball or if you contributed a share of the cost then you can raise your selling price by whatever you see appropriate. The sponsor gets the benefit of repeat advertising as the coupon (in our example the ball has 10% off on large pizza) is reusable every time a customer brings the ball to the vendor or for a certain period after the football game. The vendor gets extra and repeat business and your team just raised extra funds!
- Football Fundraising Idea
Who would not want to spend a buck or two for a great mini football with the team logo, when this football will return their contribution by earning a great discount at the local restaurant, oil change, auto repair service or other places who will team up with your school to promote their products and services.
Football Schedule Football Fundraiser Idea
If you do not have a business sponsor, you can still sell the footballs for $5 and imprint the footballs with the team logo and the game schedule!
Fundraising Football Color Choices
7″ long footballs have a valve to re-inflate. You choose ball, stripe color and stripe pattern. Footballs are available in white, black, brown, burgundy,pink,red,orange,yellow, green, blue, dark blue, gold and silver.
Imprint Ink Colors
Choose imprint color from baby blue, black, white, silver, orange, brown, gold, yellow, dark green, green, baby blue, navy blue, royal blue, purple, pink, burgundy, red and teal.
Stripe patterns are Stars, Win!, Champs, Paw Prints or Solid Stripe. Add $0.30 per ball to imprint the stripes.
100+ Footballs $2.15 ea , 250+ Footballs $1.95 ea, 500+ Footballs $1.75 each, 750+ balls $1.70 ea
Prices above include all setup fees and include one color imprint on front.
- For additional colors add 0.35 per color
- For back side imprint add 0.35 per color
- For stock stripes add 0.30 per ball
Please allow 1-2 weeks production time plus shipping. 100 minimum order.
Estimate about $42.00 for Fedex ground shipping per 100 footballs.
Imprint area: Rectangle 2″w x 1.5″h or 2″ diameter circle
Just email us your mascot (or choose a mascot from our clipart gallery), logo and text to email@example.com – put need mock up in a subject of the email….and we will provide a mock up , virtual design sample free of charge without any obligation so you would see what your footballs will look like. Be sure to tell us which football color and imprint color(s) you want.
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Today, we have read about an awesome and original fundraising idea.
We hope that sharing it with our visitors would give inspiration to those looking for unique fundraising ideas and those who can can actually participate and chip in to the original fundraiser to support our heroes.
CLIFTON?PARK — A unique fund raiser for mailing packages to U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East may make someone a big winner come December.
Two upstate non-profits that send the “care” packages have combined on an unusual way to pay their mailing costs. The directors of Operation Adopt a Soldier and Books for Troops are requesting donations of unopened scratch-off lottery tickets. The tickets may be in any denomination.
Once the groups have collected tickets totaling $1,000, they will be used to decorate an artificial Christmas tree. A raffle will be held for the tree with all its unusual decorations. The tickets, which are going on sale soon at $10 each, will give some lucky winner a chance at a very merry holiday.
The idea for the unusual fundraiser came from Clifton Park resident Ellen Keegan, the founder of Books for Troops. “We started sending paperback books to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Adopt a Soldier,” Keegan said.
Scratch-off tickets may be sent to Books for Troops, 192 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2677.
The drawing for the Christmas tree will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 12, at the Operation Adopt a Soldier and Books for Troops Family Christmas party at the Saratoga Springs PBA Range, 54 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs. Winners need not be present.
Read the full article at CNWEEKLY
Friday, August 12th, 2011
If you are looking for ideas how to market your custom Christmas ornaments, take a look at this great article written up by the University Staff, promoting their yearly edition of Historical Association Custom Ornaments:
The full article is published at Quachita Baptist University Website and it presents the reader with information on their current year edition of the Christmas Ornament printed for the Historical Association.
The article highlights the history of the previous ornaments
It also describes an event, which is a reception for the 125th Anniversary of the Institution and it points out the ornament’s special significance because of this special Anniversary.
The article also provides historical information on the building which will be pictured on the ornament and the artist craftsman who designed the ornament.
Providing a story behind this custom ornament presents the potential buyers with more than just a beatifully crafted product, it gives the ornament historical contect and destines those ornaments to be one of a kind sought after collectibles.
Here are few University and Historical Society custom ornaments for inspiration:
If you have any question feel free to call us toll free 800 761 XMAS
Friday, August 12th, 2011
We often obtain information on how to promote, market and help design your Custom Christmas Ornaments.
Here is one excellent example from local news on how one Chamber of Commerce taps into a local community talent to create a successful Christmas ornament fundraiser on yearly basis.
An Article Published in a local newspaper
Chamber looking for ornament photos
Though Christmas may still be five months away, the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce already is getting into the holiday spirit.
Chamber officials announced this week they are again looking for photo submissions from Freeborn County residents for the 2011 Chamber Christmas ornament.
Submissions will be displayed and voted on by area residents in September.
A full article can be found at : Albert Lea Tribune
You can use a similar strategy working with your local newspaper and provide them with a similar article along this format:
- The article calls onto local residents to submit their photos for the annual Christmas ornament.
- It provides deadline and specification for the photo submissions.
- It gives details on the previous submissions that were selected in the past years
- It invites the readers to reserve the current year edition and gives a contact information.
What an excellent way to engage the local community in creation of the ornament and at the same time generate interest in the custom ornaments once printed and delivered!
Here are some samples of Custom Ornaments we have designed for local Chambers of Commerce.
Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Our gallery of custom ornament designs is themed by the focus of the event or a fundraiser. Click on the image to access a themed gallery of hundreds of additional designs in that product family.
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Step-by-Step how to promote your Ornament Fundraiser for a maximum success!
promoting your fundraiser event
- Have members of your community and organization participate in the ornament design. Here is an article on how a Chamber of Commerce announces a contest every year so the community members submit a their photo of the local landmarks for the annual custom ornament. Click to read the whole article here.
- Work with local newspapers to help you spread the word. Reporters are looking for community stories and events and if you write a nice article and submit it to local newspapers you will most likely get it published!
- Publish a write up on your website – then you can refer to the news media reporters to the website write up because it will function as a press release. For inspiration take a look at this case study – click here – on how University wrote up the introduction of their anniversary ornament customized with their oldest building.
- Distribute your Fundraising Flyer Everywhere – post it on the windows of the local shops and gas stations with the shop owner’s permission. Post it on the local bulletin boards in your supermarket, community centers, public offices, schools, churches, frequented walkways (if your town permits it), give some flyers to each student to bring home to their parents so they can post them at their workplaces. Also send out letters to the area churches, synagogues, and community groups to post the flyer on their bulletin boards. If you need help with creating your fundraiser flyer, we have additional tips on our fundraising ideas page.
fundraiser event booth
Setup a booth at local sports events, town and community events and fairs. You can either sell your fundraising products there ((( make sure to bring your large banner and decorate your booth with it to stand out ))) or you can promote your event there as well.
- Make the largest banner you can make and post it on the fence or a wall where the even will take place (with the owner’s / management permission). You can make a home made banner, especially if you are a student organization. If you wanted to try for a free vinyl banner for your fund raiser, we hear that you can contact Coca-Cola or Pepsi (Pepsi Representative at 1-800-932-0966) and find out if they can print you a free banner for your event. These companies have been doing so for non profit and student organizations, they just add their logo as a sponsor. The free banner needs to be arranged for well in advance (3 weeks? ) so make sure to contact them as soon as you know your event scope and date. If you do not have the ability to to make your own banner and no time to try for a free Pepsi/Coke sponsored banner, you can order a Personalized banner though our online event store.
use banners to promote your fundraiser event
- If you also ordered our custom printed ornaments, please let us know and we will REBATE you 20% of the banner purchase price, if you purchased the banner from our store in a form of a special discount/refund on your custom printed ornaments order. To get the rest of the funds for the banner, go to local banks, insurance companies, restaurants or other businesses and ask for a $10 donation to print your banner for a Charity cause, most businesses will have no problem donating$10 to become co-sponsor of your banner for the fundraising event, you can even pick our a banner design that will display your sponsors’ names.
- Contact your local radio stations and ask them if you can send them a public service announcement about your fundraising event. If they allow you to do so, write up a short press release talking about your event that could be read by the radio show host or a news anchor. Try the same with local cable TV stations. Write an interesting press release for the editors and news stations. Come up with a catchy headline. Is the fundraiser going to benefit community? Remember it’s always about the group, not you. Make sure the press release informs the readers and listeners about where, when, and how they can participate in helping your cause and clearly explain the cause. You can talk about your group and how the money will be spent, but make sure you show it as positive accomplishments rather than “We want, we need.” If you already have your ornament for Christmas fund raising on hand, send a volunteer to the radio station with the press release or announcement and a sample of your fundraiser ornament as a gift, the station will love it! (We have many radio and TV stations ordering these ornaments from us)
- Send announcements for the community events calendars to your local news papers.
- If your town permits it, you can make A-Frame lawn/street/roadside signs announcing your event and set them up about week before the event, just make sure you remove them promptly after the event. Some cities require a bond to do this, but the fee is refunded when all the signs are removed after the fundraising event.
- Tell the members to email their friends and family about the fundraiser or the fundraising event. This is very effective and it does not cost anything. you can also ask the recipient of the email to forward this email on to their friends to help spread the word about the fundraiser.
- Do you have a blog? A website? A web forum you post to often? Post information about the fundraiser on your website, blog or friendly related websites and forums online. Many members of your organization have their own Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn page: ask them to post the info about your fundraiser on their pages and blogs and favorite forums. You can also post the information about the fundraiser or fundraising even on your local craigslist, it’s free.
- If you have a list of folks who donated or participated in a fundraising event before, send them a letter. If you are a school, see if there is a list of past graduates: send them a letter or a flyer.
- Submit to social bookmarking / recommendation it websites. StumbleUpon Reddit Buzz! DeliciousSubmit your fundraiser to each of these social bookmarking sites. But you need to prepare for this, get all your friends to become members (create a profile on these sites and then get all of your friends to bookmark your link at the same time you do! This can make your submission popular enough to reach other members of these sites… which will drive traffic (and dollars!) to your fundrasier. To do this, save the URL on the social bookmarking site that shows your first vote. Then share this URL with friends who can vote for the same submission. This will maximize the value of your submission and give your friends who can’t give money another way to contribute to your success. You can coordinate this campaign via email.
fundraising Santa Claus
On the day of the event, you can also spend a good part of the day waving at traffic, dressed in a costume to drive additional traffic to your fundraising event. If it is a fundraiser close to Christmas, have a suitable volunteer rent a Santa Costume. The Santa can then have an Elf helper waiving the sign pointing to the event, or better yet, setup Santa with a painted back drop of winter scene and have folks bring their own camera to take free pictures with Santa…. oh wait, this could be a fundraiser on it’s own, if you ask for a voluntary donation to the cause (then you would probably need a polariod camera a give out picture with Santa for a donation).
- Go to the local Mall or a shopping center parking lot and hand out flyers.