Setting your school fundraising deadline is something you should think about before starting your fundraiser. We are referring to determining the last day for accepting orders and sticking it to it.
There are many reasons people do not enforce their school fundraising deadlines. The most obvious is that they want their fundraiser to raise as much money as possible. Most folks figure all orders are good orders. They do not consider the extra work involved on their end by continuing to take orders after their deadline passes.
Adhering to a strict deadline is even more important for larger groups since tallying order forms, and cash is a big job. Once that is complete and submitted to the fundraising company, it is not always simple to add to an order. That is especially true if you are holding a time-sensitive fundraiser like cookie dough. Cookie dough fundraisers have delivery dates set up in advance. If you are holding a candle fundraiser or flower bulb fundraiser, firm delivery dates are not required. In that case, accepting late orders is not as difficult.
Another point to remember when accepting late orders is shipping costs. Once your original order has already shipped, you may no longer qualify for free shipping.
The best thing to do is to set firm school fundraising deadlines in writing and include it with the fundraiser paperwork. If possible, do not set the deadline for a Friday or Monday. Students who do not turn in their orders for a Friday deadline will likely not remember to bring them Monday after the weekend. This is the same reason for not setting the deadline for a Monday either.
Plan for a grace period before beginning to tally your orders. Set a specific date and know you are willing to accept additional orders for 2 more days. After that, if supporters would like to contribute to your cause, let them know that cash donations are always appreciated.