Running an Environmentally-Conscious YMCA Fundraiser

Go green

The YMCA has a lot of responsibilities as an organization dedicated to helping people. The policy of the YMCA is that they never turn away anyone, regardless of ability to pay, and this generosity and commitment to helping has a lot of financial responsibilities associated with it.

YMCA chapters do rely a lot on fundraisers to help with money concerns, but it can be difficult to drum up enthusiasm for the same old tired fundraisers year after year.

What a lot of chapters are doing for their local YMCA fundraiser these days is to take advantage of the fact that the public is more earth-conscious and thinking about sustainability. An earth-friendly fundraiser is a great way to get the public interested in what you’re trying to do because it’s a topic that’s at the front of everyone’s minds.

Our Go Green catalog fundraiser is a fantastic idea for a YMCA fundraiser, as it shows the Association’s commitment to the planet, and to progressive thinking. What’s more, it provides your supporters with products they are actually interested in, products that will reflect a desire to live a more green lifestyle.

And the great thing about a catalog-based YMCA fundraiser is that there is so much to choose from – no matter what your supporters might be interested in, there are items in the catalog that will appeal to just about everybody.

If you are running your fundraiser in the late winter or early spring, flower bulbs can be an excellent choice. What better way to give people a wonderful reminder of their gift to the YMCA, than with a beautiful flower they can enjoy again and again? Flower bulbs work particularly well for a YMCA fundraiser in the first quarter of the year, when people are starting to plan their gardens and think about what will happen after the spring thaw.

Band scratch cards

Band scratch card fundraisers offer a simple, easy to handle fundraising option that is perfect for bands. Most school bands depend on band fundraising for their very existence. Band scratch cards let each member keep in step with your money raising goals.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.
As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

 

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Money scratch cards

Our Money Scratch Cards are the top-selling of our fundraising scratch cards because it clearly indicates you are raising money. The neutral, and direct message, makes them appropriate for any type of fundraising group. Scratch card fundraising is one of the highest profit fundraisers available. Each card raises $100.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

 

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Bag Garden Fundraiser

Our NEW Bag Garden Fundraiser is a terrific way to raise money in a very earth-friendly fashion. We offer a wonderful selection of herbs, vegetables, and flowers to attract pollinating insects.  Available year-round, this fundraiser has high-profit potential, free brochures, and order forms, and can qualify for free shipping.

What You Should Know

A Bag Garden Fundraiser is like candle fundraisers. Your profit percentage is not affected by the number of orders you take. You get 50% profit, or half the selling price for every item you sell. That means smaller groups make the same profits for selling bag gardens as larger groups.

If you sell less than 150 bag garden items, though, there is a $65 shipping fee. Orders of 150 or more bag garden orders will qualify you for free shipping.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
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Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Coffee backpacks fundraiser

Be your own barista with a coffee backpack fundraiser. Instead of pre selling coffee, order backpacks filled with 52 packets of assorted flavored coffee. It’s a double shot of goodness because sellers keep the backpacks as prizes. Sell each coffee packet, which makes a full pot of coffee, for $1 each. You can purchase as little as one case, containing 9 backpacks.

What You Should Know

Coffee fundraising profits are determined based on the number of cases of coffee that you sell. The more cases you purchase the lower your cost per case. Take a look at the profit chart below for more details:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
10 or more 48% $245.00
5 – 9 41% $279.00
2 – 4 36% $300.00
1 31% $325.00

Sports Lollipops Show Profit

Lollipop Fundraisers

Get your team revved up and ready to lick the competition with Sports Lollipops. Put other boring fundraisers on the bench. Throw these products into your fundraising line-up and score sweet savings. If we do not have your particular sport check out our selection of other fundraiser suckers that are great pinch hitters.

What You Should Know

You will make a 45% profit when you sell our Sports Lollipops no matter how many cases you purchase. Sell the lollipops for two times the cost of the lollipops. Here is a quick profit chart for you to review:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $175.00 45%
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Go green

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