Direct and Pre-sell Fundraisers

direct and pre-sell fundraisers

When I think about fundraisers, my mind immediately remembers buying chocolate bars or filling out a form with my choices for wrapping paper, snacks, or cookies. I and many others pull up these images because they represent the two main modes of product-based fundraising, Direct Sell and Pre-Sell Fundraisers.

So, what’s the difference between Direct Sell and Pre-Sell Fundraisers?

Direct sell fundraisers are the most straightforward method. Your group purchases products at a wholesale price and sells them at a retail price.  This method’s benefit is the profit is yours to keep, and the earnings are in-hand immediately. Direct sell products have a low price and are usually an easy sell. In this style of fundraising, you pay for the products up-front. The downside is if you don’t sell all the product, it is yours to keep. There are no refunds or returns. Also, because the price per item is low, if you need to raise a lot of money, you have to sell many items.

Pre-sell fundraisers are also known as no upfront costs fundraisers. Your sales team is equipped with colorful brochures that describe the items being offered. Supporters choose what they like, place their order and pay, all in one transaction. Once all the customer orders and payments are collected, your fundraisers’ organizing team will place a bulk order from the fundraising company and pay with the funds you’ve collected. The benefit of a pre-sell fundraiser is the products have higher price points, which means higher earnings. However, there are more steps to execute. Planning, organization, and timing are crucial to pre-sell fundraising success.

If you have more questions about which style is right for your team, please call us to discuss at 888-874-8383. Our fundraising consultants are happy to guide you to the right program for you.

coffee and tea fundraiser

The popularity of coffee is undeniable. What was once just a morning ritual has become an all-day affair. Take advantage of this demand with a coffee fundraiser. Give your supporters their caffeine fix and perk up your profits.  You will sell 10 oz bags of freshly ground coffee for $10 each. There are seven great flavors along with a gift coffee tin. Even though there is no off-season for drinking coffee, coffee and tea seem to sell more easily in fall and winter.

What You Should Know

Tea and Coffee fundraisers are very similar to candle fundraisers. You will make a specific profit percentage on every item you sell. For tea and coffee fundraisers you make 40% profit, or $4 each.

If you sell less than 150 bags, though, there is a $65 shipping fee. Orders of 150 or more bags of coffee or tea 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)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 40% YES
1 to 149 40% No
Color Xploder Lollipops

Color Xploder Lollipops are a super fun candy.  These swirl lollipops look like a tie-dyed shirt. All of the different flavors are mixed together to create a unique mixture of color and flavors. Since no two lollipops are exactly the same you are offering a new, fresh product each time someone buys one of your Color Xploder fundraising lollipops.

What You Should Know

You will make 50% profit when you sell our Color Xploder Lollipops no matter how many cases that you purchase. You will sell the lollipops for two times the cost. 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 $160.00 50%
Cookie Dough Fundraisers

Cookie dough fundraisers are one of the most popular fundraisers for schools, sports, and church groups to raise money. It is the top fundraiser, year after year.  For all of our premium cookie dough options, we offer brochures with no upfront cost. You only pay for what you sell. Below you will find the answers to all your cookie dough fundraising questions. Learn secrets like why offering ONLY the most popular flavors; Classic Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar Cookie, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, and Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough simplifies your fundraiser. We also offer pre-portioned cookie dough and cookie dough mix options.

Find out more from one of our successful and satisfied customers.

Scroll down to see 3 of the best cookie dough fundraisers available:

Heritage Fundraising Candles

Our $10 Heritage Fundraising Candles are the most affordable 55 hour burn time candle in the fundraising industry. Designed specifically to be sold as fundraising candles, these are some of the finest candles available today. They are hand-poured, highly fragrant, long burning, and affordably priced. Choose from 6 wonderful scents.

The 8oz Heritage Fundraising Candles offering is our newest no upfront cost fundraising option. With an attractive $10 price point, this product has broad appeal. Perfect for your friends and family to use themselves or to give as gifts,  the highly fragrant, long-lasting Heritage Candles are a fantastic candle fundraising option. Plus,  your groups can sell this product year after year!

What You Should Know

8oz Heritage Candle fundraiser is pre-sell or brochure sales. That means you sell the candles using free brochures and order forms we provide. We suggest a two-week selling period. At the end of your event,  tally together all the order forms and money, then place your order online or call us with your candle order. There is no minimum to order; however, there will be a $65 shipping fee for orders under 150 candles. Call us toll-free (866) 874-8383 if you have any questions.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Main Street Sweet Shoppe Candy Fundraising

The Main Street Sweet Shop has reinvigorated candy fundraising. It has exciting new products, and people love the 1 case minimum. This fundraiser comes with free shipping and has high-profit percentages.  Plus, gummy bears and sour gummies keep people ordering more!

What You Should Know

You will receive 2 carriers per case. There are 13 bags of each fantastic flavor!

  • Original Sour Jacks
  • Buddy Bears Gummi Bears
  • Nuclear Sqworms
  • Sour Jacks Watermelon

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 65% $72.80
40 – 59 60% $83.20
20 – 39 55% $93.60
1 – 19 50% $104.00
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%
Pizza Fundraising Cards

Wouldn’t you love to take a big slice out of your operating expenses?  Pizza Fundraising Cards can help you do just that. Cards entitle the holder to a free medium one-topping pizza when they purchase a large one topping. Depending on the pizza establishment, a one-topping medium pizza might sell for up to $12, giving the card a $240 Value! Good at thousands of locations, there are sure to be a ht with your supporters. Major chains including  Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, and more participate in this program.

What You Should Know

Pizza Fundraising Cards are one of the most profitable fundraising programs we offer. Your profit is determined by the number of cards you sell. Take a look at the profit chart below to calculate your profit:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
# of Cards Cost Per Card FREE Cards Profit
75 min $3 0 $525
100 $3 20 $900
200 $3 50 $1,900
300 $3 75 $2,850
400 $3 100 $3,800
1000 $3 300 $10,000
Preformed Cookie Dough

Brand New! We are thrilled to offer two new flavors of Nestle* Toll House* Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! Now you can sell it through our gourmet preformed cookie dough fundraiser. The dough is shaped into perfectly portioned cookies. When the cookie craving hits, just grab the number of cookies you want to bake. You don’t even have to thaw the dough. Convenient and delicious, people love this product. Cookie dough may be frozen for up to 1 year, refrigerated for 6 months, and is shelf-stable at room temperature (66°F – 77°F) for 21 days. Cookie dough may be thawed and refrozen.

What You Should Know

Your profit is determined by the number of boxes of preformed cookie dough you sell. There is a 120 box minimum for this fundraiser. The minimum order of 120 boxes earns 25% profit, the more boxes you sell the more profit you make. This cookie dough fundraiser has the potential to make up to 55% profit. See the profit chart below for an idea of your profit potential:

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Boxes Bought Cost Per Box Average Selling Price Your Profit $ Your Profit %
5000 $9.00 $20.00 $55,000 + 55%
1664 $10.00 $20.00 $16,640 + 50%
664 $11.00 $20.00 $5,976 + 45%
336 $12.00 $20.00 $2,688 + 40%
200 $14.00 $20.00 $1,200 + 30%
120 min $15.00 $20.00 $600 + 25%
Smencil School Fundraisers Image

“What’s a Smencil School Fundraiser?” It’s a cute name and a great school fundraising product. Smencils are scented pencils made from recycled newspapers. They are the perfect fundraising product for schools. Shipped in cases containing 10 buckets, each bucket contains 50 Smencils. Each scented pencil sells for $1. Kids love them making Smecils easy to sell.  Smencil school fundraiser pencils come in two varieties. Regular black lead as well as assorted fun colors. Best of all, shipping is free!

What You Should Know

Profits on Smencil school fundraiser pencils are extremely easy to calculate since you are buying them by the case. Smencils have a 40% profit margin. The retail price is $1 per Smencil. You will make a $200 profit for each case you sell.

 

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cases Bought Cost Per Case Profit %
1 min $300.00 40%
Snackin' in the USA Fundraiser

The Snackin’ in the USA fundraiser gives you 20 mouth-watering treats to choose from. All products are made from premium quality nuts and candies. It costs absolutely nothing to get started. Simply let us know how many participants you have and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them, at no charge.

What You Should Know

Snackin’ in the USA is a fantastic fundraising program. Easy Fundraising Ideas give you a 50% profit on each and every snack you sell. The only additional charge is a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 snacks.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No

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