Schools, Charities, and other organizations struggle to come up with ways to raise money and keep overall costs down. We see their efforts every day; the community car washes, bake sales, garage sales and auctions. These events are great for community awareness and exposure; however, many require maximum participation with most often minimal results. This is when fundraising card programs began to take front and center! There are many reasons why Fundraiser card printing programs are successful.
There are two things you need to do first in order to figure out the direction you need to go. First, you need to decide what types of discounts people are willing to spend money on. Is it discounts on movie tickets, food items, sporting events or department stores? Look at popular places that everyone frequents in your community. Because once you figure that out, this leads you straight into who you want to partner with. This is called a co-op program where many organizations benefit for a joint venture. They get increased sales, of course at a discount, by agreeing to participate in your program so they will need to decide what they are willing to offer to get your cards to sell. You can use one or many partners to join the fundraiser. Some businesses might even pay you for the option to join, help with artwork and design, or even help with the cost for your plastic fundraiser cards. There are many different ways to work a co-op program where everyone can benefit.
Second, come up with a monetary goal and how much you are willing to pay to achieve that goal. Plastic cards can start as low as a $1.00 each; even less if you order higher quantities. If you sell you fundraiser card for $10 or $20 each, you are looking at a very nice profit. As mentioned above, you may even be able to get your partnered businesses to pay for the cost of the cards. Although many cards are plastic, paper cards are an option as well if you are using a program that requires a hole punch. Buying a simple business card, which can start anywhere from $.10 each and up depending on options, seems like the way to go cost wise; however, the one big downside is they are fairly fragile. If they are for a single use only, then paper is the way to go. But if you need something that will hold up a bit better, stick with plastic.
Once you have decided on these two big factors, you are ready to design and print your fundraiser cards. If you have done the research, and chosen great deals, discounts and partners, your fundraiser cards will fly out the door. Start selling to friends and family first and have them pass on the word that you are selling fundraising cards. The more people pushing the cards, the more people know they are out there. Take to social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to let the community know what you are doing and why it is so important. When trying to raise money, especially if the event is local, your community will rally around your efforts. If one organization succeeds, they all do!