Is your troop looking for something new for your next boy scout fundraiser? How do you decide what will work for your group? There are a few things to consider when choosing the next fundraiser.
Troop size: There are lots of programs out there made for various sized-groups. If you have just a few boys in your troop, look for a fundraising program that will offer high profits. With scratch cards, you make lots of money with just a few people. If you have a bigger group consider a fundraiser that has a high minimum the more people selling, the more likely you will be to reach your goal. No matter what size your troop is, always check for minimum orders and shipping fees.
Timing: When are you planning to run this boy scout fundraiser? Find a product to sell that will benefit the time of year you will be selling. Flower bulbs sell best in early spring, cookie dough makes a great Christmas gift, and calendars sell well at the beginning of the year.
Audience: Who will be buying? Make sure you know your customers. If your typical customers are adults, think about having a coffee and tea fundraiser. If you are selling to children, candy and lollipops will be your best bet (hint: try to sell concessions at a baseball or football game).
Before you venture out on your next fundraiser quest, do a little research. Learn everything you can prior to starting your boy scout fundraiser, and call your fundraising consultant for any last-minute advice.