Profitable Fundraising Ideas For The New School Year

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 7/25/2015
Profitable Fundraising Ideas For The New School YearI just volunteered to be in charge of fundraising for the senior prom at my daughters high school. The first thing I did was contact Amber, the person who was responsible for last years fundraising. Amber told me last year 328 seniors attended the prom held at the Innwood Country Club and it cost a staggering $24,687! She also told me that she held dance-a-tons, washed cars, sold candy, cookie dough, Tupperware, candles, popcorn, magazine subscriptions and wrapping paper. She even told me that they had a basket raffle at Christmas and sold bulbs and flowers in the spring. What was I thinking," I thought to myself after I hung up with Amber. "Too many events," I proclaimed. "There has got to be a better, more efficient way to raise money."

Over the course of the next 3 days, I spent many hours researching fundraising ideas and how to fund them. I made a list of the key features I wanted in my fundraising program. (1) A good quality product that people want and that both appeals to the masses; (2) A product that is reasonably priced; (3) A product that has a high profit margin product; (4) A fundraising program that requires no upfront money to get started, and (5) A program where the students can get involved by selling through their social media channels

Suddenly, I realized I was holding the answer right in my hand-sell coffee. "Yes," I thought, as I began to get excited. "Gourmet coffee. That's it!" The more I thought about selling coffee the more I realized this was the way to go. It then came to me to also sell hot chocolate. "Everyone loves hot chocolate," I thought. "Everybody!"

dry mix beveragesWritten by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®

Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

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