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Fundraising 101: Finding the Right Company

4 Mar

Coordinating a fundraising is a very generous commitment that demands time and energy. To get the most out of the experience and to maximize your success, choose a company that best matches your organization’s needs and goals.

There are many wonderful fundraising programs available to organizations, and the key is determining what type of product your group wishes to sell and how you will approach selling those products. You might want to begin by taking inventory so you can determine your group’s objectives and how much money you would like to raise. The number of participants in your organization and the number of helpers may influence the type of fundraiser you wish to pursue. Also important is whether your group has the funds to use a program that requires money up front or would rather pursue a program with no up-front costs.

A great place to start your research is the internet, which is an easy way to search for fundraising ideas and programs. When you find some that interest you and seem to be good matches for your group, you can contact the companies directly for more information regarding their specific programs. Many companies will even send samples or information kits that you can present to other member’s of your group.

Here are some questions to consider while you are researching fundraising programs and contacting companies:

  1. What is the profit margin?
  2. Is this program a direct sales, order form or online sales opportunity?
  3. Are there ordering minimums?
  4. Are there any up-front costs?
  5. Does the company provide incentive programs?
  6. Will the company charge for order forms or samples?
  7. Are there any discounts based upon group or order size?
  8. Does the product require refrigeration?
  9. How does the product ship and are there shipping costs?
  10. How is the company’s customer service? Did you have a good experience with the initial conversation?
  11. Does the fundraising company provide attractive and useful marketing materials?
  12. Does this product appeal to a specific type of customer or is there a broad range of possible clients?

Once you have collected information about possible fundraising options, consider your experience with the companies you contacted. This initial contact could be a clue as to what working with this company will be like later on. In the end, select the program that best suits your organization and its goals, which will make for a profitable and enjoyable experience.

Running circles around Cancer

17 Feb
“You can raise some really good money without trying to sell yourself and the product.” 



For the last six years, Janet Robin has been raising money for the American Cancer society.Ever since I lost both my parents to cancer, I have been raising money to put an end to this deadly disease.


She’s seen great success with Popcorn Palace fundraisers, “It is my best and easiest fundraiser, ” she says. “The popcorn is out of this world and the people cannot wait until my next order goes out.

She had looked at a variety of fundraising options but knew that she’d found the answer when she came across our website. “A lot of people where I work are always selling candy bars and I wanted something different.” And differentiating herself paid of, “You can raise some really good money without trying to sell yourself and the product,” says Robin. “The flyers were very appetizing and people just came over to my desk to order.


Raising funds to beat cancer is a family affair as Robin’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law also use Popcorn Palace to raise money for the American Cancer Society.


Click here to learn more about the American Cancer Society

Individual effort

4 Feb

Without the help of my favorite fundraising program, I don’t think I will be successful.

Pratin Kraisornkovit of Monrovia, CA is, by his own admission, “not part of a school, club, sport team, church, booster club, 4-H club, PTA or PTO. But even so, Pratin is a dedicated fundraiser.

Pratin approached Popcorn Palace about our fundraising program in September of 2010 after 25 of the schools, churches and charities he’d donated to wrote letters, asking for additional help. “My goal is to raise money for these organizations around Christmas 2010,” wrote Pratin. “Without the help of my favorite fundraising program, I don’t think I will be successful.


Well, Christmas has come and gone and we are pleased to report that with our popcorn and Pratin’s dedication, 17 organizations received checks for Christmas, including: Boy’s Town, AARP, Smile Train, The American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and more.


This just goes to show that you don’t have to be part of a big organization to make a difference. Thank you Pratin for your hard work!

Fundraising With Popcorn to Fight Cancer

28 Jan

“Once you have tasted the popcorn, you want more. I will definitely do more fundraising with Popcorn Palace.”
Lorraine Robin uses Popcorn Palace’s fundraising program to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Smithfield (Rhode Island). She says, “Your popcorn is delivered fresh, no kernels and so many choices.Her first fundraiser was so successful that she decided to sell popcorn again, “My first customers liked it so much that on my second fundraiser, in addition to my new customers, most of them bought it again.” And it’s not just her customers who love Popcorn Palace’s gourmet popcorn, Lorraine has become quite the fan herself. “Once you have tasted the popcorn, you want more,” she says.

With Lorraine’s help, the first-ever Smithfield Relay for Life was able to surpass their goal and raise $41,000! According to the American Cancer Society’s website, 
“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.”

Popcorn Palace would like to thank Lorraine Robin for choosing Popcorn Palace to help in fighting cancer. 

Riverside Apostolic UPCI: Fundraising all the way to Greece

20 Jan

“It’s easy to sell Popcorn Palace Popcorn because it tastes very good, the profit we make is awesome and people find it worth the investment.”

As the Secretary and Treasurer at At Riverside Apostolic UPCI, April Peckham knew just where to turn when she needed to raise funds to send Jacinda, a young parishioner, on a mission trip to Greece to minister to the Gypsies.Popcorn Palace was instrumental in helping us raise funds for that life-changing trip.” They’ve used Popcorn Palace to raise funds for Youth Camp/Convention scholarships, which April says, “impacts their lives in a positive way.” 



Although they’ve only been fundraising with Popcorn Palace for a year, April is sure that they’ll be back. “We’ve tried bake sales and brat fries in the past but made little profit,” she says. “When I looked into Popcorn Palace I was excited because we keep the 50 percent profit right away, there’s no expense to put into it before we see results, and you guys make it easy to raise funds!


And it’s not just the ease of selling the popcorn, which April says is “delicious,” that makes Popcorn Palace their top choice. “Your online system is convenient so I could place my order any time I had a moment to do so,” she says.



Riverside Apostolic UPCI strives to “minister to as many needs possible,” and as you can see by the photos, their work certainly seems to be reaching those in need.  

FUNdraising IN THE SUN

17 Jan

As the 2011 kicks off, we are pleased to announce the launch of our 2011 Spring/Summer fundraising catalog.

 


Featuring 12 decadent flavor options, each is available in three different sizes. For a flavor sample, the Snack Bag, with 4 cups of popcorn, is the best way to go. If you’re looking for a more substantial snack, try the Classic Jar, which contains 8 cups of popcorn. And for the popcorn fanatics or those feeding a large group, our 1 gallon Value Bags, which hold 16 cups of popcorn, are the perfect choice!

Our Spring/Summer Order Forms also offer 3 different gourmet gifts! First is the 6-Flavor Gift Sampler, which features six of our most popular flavors in a convenient carrying box. There are also 2 sampler tins, the Popcorn Palace Gift Tin and the Smiley Gift tin, both of which contain 12 flavors in 20 single serving bags. 

“Popcorn Palace” has done a great job in providing quality product that meets satisfaction.” – Fabi Rodriguez 





Email us at fundraising@popcornpalace.com or to call us at 800-873-2686 for your fundraising form.


Popcorn Palace + Aberdeen YMCA Childcare Center = $uce$$!

7 Oct
“We love fundraisers l like [Popcorn Palace]. Everyone loves popcorn!” 

Amy Severson, the preschool teacher for the YMCA Childcare Center in Aberdeen, SD, for the past 19 years, doesn’t quite remember how she became in charge of the fundraising program, but has been doing it for the many years.

The center takes care of infants from six weeks up to six-year-old children, and another building houses a program for school-aged children. In the past, they hadn’t had very many parents participate in their fundraisers and so, Severson was looking for a change. 
My children went to stay with their aunt and came home and told me about some chocolate-drizzled popcorn they had and loved,” she says. I Googled “popcorn fundraising” and that’s how I found Popcorn Palace.”  
Severson says that the product sells itself: “With this past popcorn fundraiser, we heard a story about someone’s grandparents grumbling about the price of the popcorn, but after they received it they were begging us to tell them how they could get some more! We love fundraisers l like that. Everyone loves popcorn!” They do, indeed! 

Check out the Aberdeen YMCA on Facebook here and Popcorn Palace here.

If you have a cause that you need to raise funds for (or you just love the taste of gourmet popcorn) visit Popcorn Palace today!

The Mighty Tiger Band Booster Association

28 Sep

We are proud, hardworking, and a close knit family of believers in music and how it helps us improve our lives and the lives of others in our community.
This inspirational story was brought to you in part by Ethel Burns, a loving grandmother.

Mrs. Burns agreed to become a member of her grandson’s band parent organization and within a year became, and still is the financial secretary. “I am not the fundraiser coordinator, nor have I ever been,” she explains. “However, I fill in whenever and wherever I’m needed. I love the students and I love it when I see them grow and blossom into beautiful members of society.

She continues, “The band director, Richard Beckford, is awesome. He takes kids that are literally about to be kicked out of school and society and turns them around. He takes kids who do not fit into the ‘norm’ because of some physical handicap or some label that the medical world has placed on them and within one school term they are playing music and marching with other kids in the band.

It would take hours for me to tell you how great our high school band is. Our kids are graduating with 4.0 and 3.0s and these are students that others said ‘would not make it.’ We are an inner-city school with no funds and limited instruments,” Mrs. Burns explains. “However, we are proud, hardworking, and a close knit family of believers in music and how it helps us improve our lives and the lives of others in our community.

In order to raise the needed funds for these students, the booster association has turned to Popcorn Palace. Mrs. Burns says, “God has blessed us tremendously through fundraisers and contributions! Popcorn Palace is the greatest. The product is so good that people say it is ‘addictive.’ We have so many repeat customers. Whenever I call in to place an order or to ask a question, whoever answers the telephone is so polite and courteous.” 

When school opened for the 2010-2011 year, Popcorn Palace was their first major fundraiser. The booster association offered incentives with the goal of each of their more than 200 students getting $200 or more worth of orders.  

Where does the money go? Mrs. Burns proudly reports, “This year we won Superior in every area of our state competitions. We have been invited to represent the State of Florida in a band competition to be held in Washington, DC in October at the White House Ellipse.” 

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have this open fundraising activity,” she states. “We love you and we appreciate you, POPCORN PALACE, the greatest!

Check out the Mighty Tigers on Facebook here and Popcorn Palace here.

If you have a cause that you need to raise funds for (or you just love the taste of gourmet popcorn) visit Popcorn Palace today!

Tis the season for seasoned popcorn

16 Sep

As the holiday season quickly approaches, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new 2010 holiday fundraising catalog.

This year’s catalog contains all of your favorites plus two exciting new flavors, Sea Salt and Spicy Cheese. Other additions are two brand-new tin designs, the  PP Gift Tin and the decorative Holiday Gift Tin.

Email us at fundraising@popcornpalace.com or to call us at 800-873-2686

Fundraising for Futbol!

9 Sep
“Popcorn Palace” has done a great job in providing quality product that meets satisfaction.”

For close to two years, Fabi Rodriguez has worked hard as the fundraising coordinator for the North San Diego Futbol Club (NSDFC) Stallions, a soccer club in Vista, CA. The players, aged between 11 and 19, sell Popcorn Palace gourmet popcorn to raise funds for their registration fees, tournament fees, uniform and more.

The team has had great success with both under-11 and under-15 the boys teams winning berths in the finals of the Hotspurs Labor Day Soccer Tournament, one of the largest labor day soccer tournaments in the country.

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Hotspurs Labor Day 2009 from Ted Bendrick – TVX Video.com on Vimeo.

According to Rodriguez, “Popcorn Palace” has done a great job in providing quality product that meets satisfaction.

The fundraiser has proven very popular in the past and the Stallions plan to keep selling it to raise funds for their soccer stars, “Popcorn Palace offers a great profit percentage for our players at NSDFC and we all love popcorn, which makes it easy to sell.” says Rodriguez.

Check out the Stallions on Facebook here and Popcorn Palace here.

If you have a cause that you need to raise funds for (or you just love the taste of gourmet popcorn) visit Popcorn Palace today!
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