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Direct sale fund raising involves selling products like candy bars, cookie dough or pizza kits. We are all familiar with thin mint chocolate cookies and Boy Scout popcorn. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of distributors and vendors pushing a huge selection of products and programs to groups who are looking to raise money for a specific cause. And they are easy to find using Internet.
The BIG question: how do you decide? That's entirely up to you and your group. There is no single answer, no "one size fits all" solution to that fund raising question. Do you expect active involvement from all members of your organization (like a car wash), or will a few volunteers be expected to do a lion's share of work? Fund raising events vary in cost, complexity and final results are based on a host of factors that may be difficult to control--for example, there is no ice on lake for your planned ice fishing derby or it pours rain on your car wash.
The most important tip--keep FUN in your fund raising! Show appreciation to all portions of your organization and support base. Blend in food and fun--use a cake walk to sell a portion of your donated goods at a bake sale, for example. And you can't say thank you often enough to your supporters and participants.
Whether you are selling Krispy Kremes for your church group or running a "dunk tank" at local fair to support volunteer fire department--best wishes for big profits!
Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently Vice President of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing information and valuable resources on a variety of timely topics. For a carnival booth full of resources, tips, and suggestions about fund raising, visit http://www.FundRaisingFolks.com