Fundraising Products

Written by Sierra Rein
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Fundraising products can be educational, fun, or edible in nature. Most organizations choose to contact a professional manufacturer of these products who can provide proof of their effectiveness. However, some people can also take the time to research alternative fundraising ideas that are able to replace any "tried and true" ideas that have gone stale and unpopular over the years.

Since many school and church-related fundraising tasks fall into the hands of parent and teacher groups, it is up to them to find out what has worked in the past, and what may work better in the future. Fundraising products should be picked based on the ease of the selling pitch and how much they inspire others to buy them. Most people buy fundraising items because of the cause; however, well-chosen products can actually inspire people to search out the fundraisers to buy the products themselves, without a sales pitch!

Some organizations choose to create fundraising products by having children make personalized pieces of art and then making t-shirts, pins and magnets with these images on them. Some schools also hold drives for running and reading marathons and use the products as incentive gifts for donators to pledge. Another idea is to ask community members to purchase ceramic tiles in their name whenever a new building needs funds--once these tiles are decorated, they can become a permanent part of the structure itself.

Using Fundraising Products to Reward Students

To make any fundraising project fun, many teachers offer the fundraising products themselves as rewards for such titles as "seller of the most items in a week," or "student with the best sales pitch." Or, an item can be set aside for each student as soon as he completes the sale of all the products in his box. If this item is considered too "educational," the student may not be as inspired to sell the products, but if it is fun and enjoyable he'll jump at the chance to empty his box.


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