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Five Outstanding Ideas for High School Fundraisers

22 May

There are an endless number of ways high schools can raise funds for their band, glee club or other organizations. High school programs often have limited resources, thus leaving it up to the parents and students to supplement the budget. If you need inspiration for your next fundraiser, we can help!

  1. EDIBLES and MORE:

In a traditional fundraiser, students sell an assortment of items such as candy bars, pies, cookie dough, and t-shirts. It is important to offer a unique and quality product that people want. Gourmet popcorn is an excellent way to raise funds because so many people love popcorn, and it’s a healthier and heartier snack than candy and cookies. Edible fundraisers are best when the profit made on each item is high. Also, make sure you only pay after the orders are taken, so you don’t incur any risk for your organization.


Sports teams can rally their supporters and boost team spirit by hosting a pledge event. For example, a basketball team can organize a “Shoot-a-Thon,” and invite friends and family to pledge 50 cents for every successful free-throw a team member makes. Wrestling teams can host a “Lift-a-Thon,” where people pledge a dollar amount for each pound a student can bench-press. It’s a fun way to get fans excited about the upcoming competition(s) and raise money at the same time.


Although it can require a lot of planning and coordinating, an auction can be a fantastic way to raise a significant amount of money. Parents and friends are asked to donate desirable goods and services that can be auctioned off at an event. For an auction to be successful, it’s helpful to find corporate sponsors who can also donate items such as gift certificates, an MP3 player, and artwork. Sponsors can also donate food, drinks or needed items for the auction so upfront costs can be minimized.


A book sale is another great way to raise funds for high school groups and doesn’t require much up-front cost. Friends, relatives, teachers and fellow students are asked to donate their old books. Its best to have a wide variety of books, and you definitely need excellent marketing so you can use posters, flyers, Craigslist ads and social media. Leftover books can be donated to a library, shelter or school, which means everybody wins!


Provide an evening of entertainment and an exciting prize by setting up a scavenger hunt! Plan a route and make a list of interesting or unusual items that participants must find in order to win. Advertise the event and charge a small fee to participate. Be sure to find a company willing to sponsor the price, so all of the money donated can go straight to the organization, and you can include the prize and sponsor on the advertisement. You’ll draw more participants and the sponsor gets an advertising opportunity.

These are five options for successful fundraising for any school group. Be creative, and pick an option that helps your organization and your community. Popcorn Palace is always happy to help high schools reach their fundraising goals! Click here to find out more.



Popcorn is a Profitable and Fun Way to Raise Funds

15 May

While there’s no doubt that everybody loves those delicious cookies sold by savvy little girls every year, eventually people get tired of seeing them. Other popular fundraising items such as candy bars and cookie dough also get tiresome.

Fortunately, Popcorn Palace offers an alternative for schools, churches and other non-profits needing to raise money. Popcorn Palace offers over 12 flavors to choose from, which range from sweet to savory, and supreme. Everyone has their favorite, but some of the most popular flavors are Milk Chocolate Drizzle, Nutty Caramel and Spicy Cheese.

Organizations can take pride in fundraising with Popcorn Palace popcorn because it’s a healthy snack made with premium natural ingredients such as roasted nuts and real fruit oils. Each flavor is made by hand in small batches, which means each kernel is fresh and flavorful.

There are numerous benefits to fundraising with gourmet popcorn made by Popcorn Palace. The number one reason is that organizations earn 50% profit on each item, and there is never an order minimum or up-front costs. Orders come pre-sorted by group or individual, saving you time and distribution errors.

From high school bands to youth ministries, organizations of any size can take advantage of this opportunity. Even organizations in very small communities have successfully met their funding goals, simply because the popcorn is so delicious, everyone leaves happy, and many come back for more!

There’s also an outstanding support staff ready to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. Interested organizations can get started by setting up an account online or by calling 800-873-2686 today.

Belting it Out

12 Nov

Montbello Falcons Athletic Club Inc is a youth sports organization for youth ages 4 to 14 for football, baseball, cheerleading, volleyball and soccer.  They are dedicated to providing the youths a positive environment in competitive sports.

Montbello Falcons

Cheerleading is fundamentally about three things: athleticism, hard work and dedication, and coming together as a team.  These traits helped the girls reach their fundraising goal.

“The Montbello Cheerleaders did the fundraiser and they just had a blast”, said Necce Rattler, “It brought in a nice of amount of money to help the girls cover the high costs of their uniforms and accessories.”

The fundraiser was so successful that they plan on running more fundraisers throughout the year. Great job girls!

For more information on Montbello Falcons Athletic Club Inc, visit

For more information about Popcorn Palace’s fundraising program, visit

$8.95 Rush Shipping on Select Valentine’s Day Items!

7 Feb
CALL Popcorn Palace at 800-873-2686 and mention coupon code POPLOVE13, and you’ll get rush 3-day shipping on select Valentines Day items for only $8.95.
This offer is valid on the items below:
Hurry! Offer ends at 5 pm CST on Friday, February 8th, 2013! Call Popcorn Palace at 800-873-2686, and make Valetine’s sweet for your loved one!
Offer can not be used with other promotions or POP Dollars.

Create a New Flavor Twitter Contest

22 Jan

Calling all crafty and creative Popcorn Palace Tweeps! Are you culinarily inclined? Gastronomically gifted? Put your genius to the test in our Create a New Flavor Twitter Contest. Between now and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday, January 28, 2013, tweet your most adventurous, creative, and delicious flavor ideas to #PopFlav.  We’ll announce the winning entry by Tuesday, January 29. The winner will receive a $25 credit to the Popcorn Palace online store!


– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Open to US Residents only.
– Entries must include #PopFlav to be accepted.
– Contest ends Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
– Winner will be selected by a Popcorn Palace judge based on creativity and culinary appeal, and will be announced on or before Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
– Winner will be notified via Twitter Direct Message. Once notified, winner is responsible for responding with their email addresses and phone number.
– Employees, interns, contractors and vendors, as well as their immediate families, of Popcorn Palace, its affiliates, and any representatives or agencies of Popcorn Palace or other persons professionally connected to the Contest are not eligible to participate.
-Popcorn Palace assumes no liability or responsibility for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, or technical or human error which may occur in the processing of entries.
– Judges’ decisions are final.

“Quest for Success” Winner

26 Jul

The votes are in and the competition was fierce! We’re proud to announce the winner: Open 4-H!

With fundraising coordinator, Tamela Hutchins, helping rally thousands of votes, Open 4-H will be taking home the $2,500.

We caught up with Tamela, who worked hard in spreading the word of the contest:

“We received support from other Open 4-H chapters, schools and the community. My boss let me distribute flyers to every grocery shopper. I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Congratulations, Open 4-H!

Bridging Cultural & Political Borders

10 Feb

Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, People to People Ambassador Programs offers extraordinary, life-changing educational travel opportunities for students, educators, and professionals. With nearly 50 years of experience, more than 500,000 alumni, and destinations on seven continents, People to People Ambassador Programs is the world’s most recognized and respected educational travel provider.

To become involved with the People to People Student Ambassador Program, you must be nominated in school for standing out as a mature, responsible, and respectful student and having academic excellence.  Once you are nominated, you have the opportunity to attend any Information Meeting for any delegation you choose.

Rachel knew that once she was accepted to be a student ambassador with People to People, she would need to fundraise her way there.  She conducted hours of research on the computer to find a different and unique fundraiser that she thought would be most appealing to her audience.  Long and behold Popcorn Palace popped up on her screen.

“ I did not fully understand the fundraiser and how it would help me, so I ordered the information packet,” said Rachel. “ I was blown away by the popcorn and the information. The popcorn tasted great and I had never seen such a variety of popcorn flavors. I knew right away that this was a perfect way to start me off on my People to People fundraising journey”.

Rachel is going on the European Odyssey delegation which travels to France, Italy, and Greece to explore their cultures and customs. This program not only give students the opportunity to explore other countries, but gives them the opportunity to be a leader and learn to do things on their own without holding their parents hands the entire way.

“My People to People trip costs over 7,000 dollars. I live in a family where we don’t have extra spending money. With an older sister in her first year of college, and the expenses of living in a house with a 4 person family, 7,000 dollars is a difficult goal to reach. Although I know the journey will be hard, I refuse to give up. Popcorn palace has helped me to make my first payment of 500 dollars and given me hope that I am more than capable of raising the rest of the tuition.”

Popcorn Palace wishes Rachel much success! For more information on People to People, visit

Win $2,500 for your cause!

3 Feb

Even with Popcorn Palace’s easy and profitable fundraising program, raising money for your school, non-profit, church, team, band etc. can be tough. Since Popcorn Palace cares, we are giving away $2,500 in our newest contest.

Submit your organization picture and tell us how Popcorn Palace’s fundraising program helped achieve your organization’s fundraising goals and you can win $2,500 for your cause!

Click here to learn more about our great gourmet popcorn fundraising program

“Pictures are Worth a Thou$and Dollars” Contest Winners

10 Jan

For the last three months, Popcorn Palace has been picking a monthly fundraising winner and now you get to pick our grand prize winner! Each month’s winner has won $250 for their cause and the winner you pick will win an additional $250!

Review the winners and pick your favorite!

OCTOBER: Fairmont Preparatory Academy
The Fairmont Music program is trying to raise $180,000 so that they can perform at the London Festival of Music in April 2012. ““Our biggest challenge every year is money. We do not receive financial support from our school beyond classroom necessities, so it is up to the students to raise money for their uniforms and competition costs.” – read more.

NOVEMBER: Port Huron Northern Bands
The band raises money so that everyone has the same opportunity to go to trips such as New York City, Disney World and Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Our dedication goes beyond driving the band members to competitions, games, concerts, and community work.” – read more.

DECEMBER: Midwestern Christian Academy
Located in Chicago, Illinois, Midwestern Christian Academy offers excellent Christian educational curriculum for Jr. Kindergarten through 8th grade students.  As many other private schools have closed or are in danger of closing, MCA has not only survived these tough economic times, but has flourished.  They depend on outside resources, such as fundraising, to maintain programs and make improvements to the school.

read more.

"Pictures are Worth a Thou$and Dollars" Contest

14 Oct

Does your organization have a compelling story to tell? If so, enter in our “Pictures are Worth a Thou$and Dollars” Contest.
We will be selecting a winner for the month of October, November and December! Monthly winners will receive a check made out to the organization for $250. Then it will be up to the Popcorn Palace fans to vote on which organization will receive the grand prize of an additional $250!

To enter, fill out this online survey at send an organization picture to

If we do not receive a picture, your entry will be null and void.

As a token of our appreciation, every complete entry will receive a gift!
We look forward to reading your stories!

Your entry is not complete until a picture is sent to
Only fundraisers that completed a fundraiser during 2011 are eligible
All submissions become the property of Popcorn Palace
You may only enter once
October entries are due on the 31st. October winner will be announced Nov. 7th
November entries are due on the 30th. November winner will be announced Dec. 7th
December entries are due on the 31st. December winner will be announced Jan. 9th
Voting for Grand Prize winner ends January 31st, 2012. Winner will be announced Feb. 4th
Prize is non-transferable
Winner will be contacted via email
Once notified, winners are responsible for responding with their postal addresses, email addresses and phone numbers (for our shipper)
Postal addresses must be submitted within one week of (seven days) of notification
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Blogger nor Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Popcorn Palace and not to Facebook, Twitter nor Blogger
Employees, interns, contractors, vendors, as well as their immediate families, of Popcorn Palace, its affiliates, and any representatives or agencies of Popcorn Palace or other persons professionally connected to the Contest are not eligible to participate
Judges’ decision is final


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