Added Benefits of Fundraising for Students

13 Jul

When it comes to teamwork and organizing goals, participating in a fundraiser offers many fun opportunities for students to learn real-world skills. Students who fundraise are engaged in their communities and work hard for a good cause, all while making friends along the way. Here are some of the benefits that students gain from fundraising:

  1. Support Extracurricular Activities

With looming budget cuts and a tightening of resources, some extracurricular school programs are left to continue their activities with less funding. Activities like field trips, guest speakers, festivals and talent shows rely on the help of parents and students every-year.

To help support these extracurricular programs, students and parents can host fundraisers. In fact, organizations like the Girl Scouts of the United States of America began selling cookies in 1933 as a way to raise funding for their Girl Scout council.[1] Fundraising helps students develop a sense of ownership over their extracurricular programs, showing that hard work and dedication can overcome challenges.

  1. Learn Real-World Skills

Students and organizations can learn many valuable real-world skills when they participate in a fundraiser. Depending on the size of the goal and objectives, a fundraiser will need leaders, treasurers, event coordinators and staff members, community managers, promoters, and many other important roles to succeed.

Hosting a fundraiser will allow students to apply these real-world skills as they organize events, manage sales and inventory, balance budgets, and practice organizational communication skills.

  1. Practice Creativity

Fundraising can also be a fun opportunity for students to overcome challenges with creative events, promotions, and goals. From a large scale talent shows to Popcorn Fundraisers, students must get creative on how to best utilize their time and resources available to raise the most support.

  1. Make Friends Through Teamwork

Students who participate in fundraisers will have the opportunity to work closely with their peers to achieve a common goal, enabling students to make friends who are also passionate about helping their community. Another major benefit of fundraising for students is learning how to make decisions as a team. Fundraising for a sensitive cause like hunger relief and animal cruelty sanctuaries can help students explore these topics and organize their efforts through teamwork.

  1. Connect with The Local Community

Fundraising is rarely a solo venture. Many fundraising initiatives work with the local community to promote, host, and offer support to a common cause. Students who participate in fundraisers are better connected to their local communities by investing their time and efforts to improve their surroundings.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of fundraising is learning to be selfless while serving the community. Through fundraising, students are given the opportunity to organize and pursue a cause that they believe in. Students will learn how to prepare goals, manage their resources, and closely monitor their progress to help raise as much support as they can.

Need a fundraiser with no start-up costs to you or your student organization? Then start a popcorn fundraiser with Popcorn Palace! All popcorn is made with all-natural flavors like Brown Sugar Caramel and Cheddarific, giving you the most satisfying crunch in every bite. Also, if your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE!

For more information about popcorn fundraising, fill our form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

[1] “Girl Scout Cookie History”. Girl Scouts. https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies/Cookie-History.html

7 Tips for Fundraising Organizations on Twitter

5 Jul

Knowing the ins-and-outs of social media platforms can make a big difference in promoting your fundraiser. Twitter, for example, has features unique to the platform that are essential for fundraising organizations to quickly get the word out and engage with supporters. In fact, a recent Nonprofit Communication Trends Report, 76% of nonprofits are on the micro-blogging platform Twitter.[1]

Maintaining a Twitter account isn’t too complicated. However, to use Twitter to its full-potential, there are a few nuances about the platform to keep in mind. To get started on using Twitter like a pro, here are 10 tips to help you with fundraising on Twitter:

  1. Post Often

Tweets fly by fast. According to Twitter’s website, 500 million tweets are sent every day.[2] With a 140-character limit, Twitter encourages users to tweet and retweet multiple times a day. If you have planned daily content, spread your tweets for coverage throughout the day. This will improve your visibility and opportunities for engagement with followers.

  1. Take Advantage of Hashtags and Mentions

Twitter is where hashtags take off. There are plenty of active hashtags available to get your fundraiser plugged into the conversation. Conduct a Twitter search for hashtags that are relevant to your organization and fundraiser. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to use broad hashtags that are no longer than two words. Hashtags that are too long or specific will tend offer lower rates of engagement.

If you’re referencing a partner, person or place, be sure to use their mentions to tag them in the tweet. This will make the tweet visible to both of your followers for more reach.

  1. Use Twitter to Keep Supporters Updated

Use Twitter to publically thank supporters for helping your fundraiser. If a user is thanked, they are likely to retweet it and expand the reach of your campaign. If you’re working with a partner, volunteers or are receiving ongoing support, send them updates through Twitter. Their public contribution to your fundraiser is also likely to get a retweet.

  1. Focus on Engagement

The key to an effective Twitter campaign is follower engagement. Twitter has recently made its algorithmic timeline the default setting for all users. This allows users large followers and engagement to show higher in the timeline than other accounts.

One method of increasing your engagement is to regularly favorite and retweet articles, links, videos and images that are relevant to your fundraiser. By sharing content from other accounts, you are opening yourself for discussion while at the same time offering your followers something to see.

  1. Use a Link Shortener

A key feature that make Twitter unique is the 140-character limit, including links and attachments. Take advantage of link shortening sites like bit.ly to give your tweets more room to work with. Also, monitor of your engagement rate by tracking activities like replies and retweets around your links. This will give you greater insight on the type of content that you followers enjoy.

  1. Follow and Retweet Relevant Tweets

Twitter is great for branching out and maintaining connections with organizations and influencers. For example, if you’re using Twitter for your school’s athletic department, it may be in your interest to follow College and Professional sports personalities and official accounts. This will allow you to pitch your organization and join conversations about relevant topics.

  1. Maintain an Editorial Calendar

Spend some time every month to plan out some of your tweets. Although the format of Twitter is more conducive for news updates and interactions with followers, maintaining an editorial calendar will ensure that you’ll always have content to publish for the month. Planning the pieces of your editorial calendar will also help you better align your tweets to other promotional strategies.

The attraction of social media is it allows people to have conversations about things that are important to them. Engage with your supporters frequently and develop content that they will enjoy. Keep our 7 tips in mind and you’ll soon see spikes in your Twitter activity.

Need a great fundraiser with no startup costs? Start your fundraiser today with a popcorn fundraiser! All of the ingredients in our popcorn are made from all-natural flavors like Nutty Caramel and Cookies & Dream for a tasty crunch in every bite. If your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace, we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for free!

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[1] John H. “2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends”. John Haydon. http://www.johnhaydon.com/2016-nonprofit-communications-trends-infographic/

[2] Alexei O. “Tweets Per Day”. Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-tweets-per-day-appears-to-have-stalled-2015-6

5 Reasons to Love Fundraising During Summer

28 Jun

There are many reasons to love the summer months. The grass is greener the sun shines brighter and people have larger smiles. The combination of joy and sunshine are perfect for fundraising during the summer months. Below are some of the reasons why we love fundraising during the summer.

  1. The Warm Weather

People are always happier when the sun is bright, the grass is green and the birds are singing! Communities are more likely to help support a fundraiser when they’re in a happy mood. Use warm colors and summery imagery in your promotions to better connect with your supporters.

  1. Students are Out of School

Most students have vacation from school during the summer months. Taking a break from homework, studying and test may seem like fun at first. But after a few weeks away from friends and teachers, students can grow bored.

Fundraising gives students something fun to do with their friends and peers, all while working for a great cause. Students can ask their after-school clubs or athletic departments if there are fundraisers held during the summer months. Some athletic departments to use the summer months to raise money for transportation, equipment and competition fees for the school year.

  1. Celebrate Summer Holidays

The summer holidays, particularly Father’s Day and the 4th of July, are overlooked by fundraisers. Having fewer fundraisers targeting these holidays can give your fundraiser the field advantage as you organize supporters.

Take a few weeks before Father’s Day and the 4th of July to plan your fundraising campaign. Causes that can relate to these holidays, such as raising money for veterans or those affected by natural disasters, may find it ideal to host larger fundraising campaigns.

  1. Community Festivals and Live Music Events

Some communities host festivals and live music events in the summer months, drawing large numbers for fun and excitement. Use the fun and excitement of the festivals and live music events for inspiration to create great fundraising campaigns that will help spread joy.

Tourists and festival goers can workup an appetite going from event to event. Fundraisers that sell food and tasty snacks like gourmet popcorn can especially benefit from the festive atmosphere.

  1. More Event Fundraising Opportunities

Most people spend time outdoors during the summer months to enjoy the great weather. Between the pool parties and days at the park, fundraisers should use the warm weather to host outdoor fundraising events. Here are some examples:

  • Walk-a-thons
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Golf Fundraisers

Some fundraisers may find it easier to combine efforts with other organizations to host these events. Ask your city or local business about partnering with a local park, donating equipment and helping with promotion to give your fundraiser more attention.

The summer months are a great time to fundraise and create joy in your community. Most cities and communities experience a boost of activity during these months. Planning ahead and working around other local events is a great way to launch your cause forward through the summer.

Need a fundraising program with no-wait time? Then start fundraising today with a popcorn fundraiser! All of the ingredients in our popcorn are made from all-natural flavors like Fruit Rainbow and Brown Sugar Caramel for the tastiest crunch in every bite. Also, if your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE!

To learn more about popcorn fundraising during the summer months, fill our form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

Why We Love Fundraising

22 Jun

We’re halfway through the year and summer has officially started! We’ve worked with so many great fundraising organizations and project teams over the past few months. It always brings us joy to see so many active groups come together and fundraise for a great cause.

With the second half of the year to go, we at Popcorn Palace like to reflect on the things that most excites us about fundraising. We started working with fundraisers nearly 10-years ago and are always inspired by their hard work.

To help organizations and teams feel inspired, we organized a list of 5 reasons we love fundraising:

  1. Fundraising Serves to Make a Difference

Organizations and project teams host fundraisers because they want to make a difference. From restoring a community center to buying a high school football team new gym equipment, fundraising allows people to do give back and do great things local communities.

  1. Fundraising Brings the Community Together

Fundraising welcomes people of all ages, professions, backgrounds and interests to solve issues. When organizations and project teams work with the community to reach a common goal, it helps build a sense of unity that brings the community closer.

  1. Fundraising Encourage Youth Participation

Fundraising encourages students and youth groups to have a greater interest in solving the problems of their communities. We’ve had the pleasure of working with many after school programs dedicated to fundraising and community service and are always inspired by the hard work and creativity of their projects.

  1. Fundraising Is Fun

When you’re working hard on creative fundraising campaigns with friends, family, and neighbors, it creates a fun environment. Fundraising also encourages organizations to start exciting events and projects.

  1. Fundraising Is a Great Learning Opportunity

There are plenty of opportunities to learn about your community’s history, explore nature, and gain first-hand experience in working with your local officials. Organizations and teams who fundraise feel a deeper connection to their communities and the environment as they work on preservation projects and bring attention to good causes.

  1. Fundraising Gives You Experience

Organizing a fundraiser can be a process, but it’s well worth the time as you grow a team and plan campaigns that inspire change. There are many responsibilities that come with organizing a fundraiser like being a treasurer, working with promotions, collecting and managing supplies, and being a Master of Ceremonies. Fundraising gives you the opportunity to explore new talents.

  1. Fundraising Creates Joy

Fundraising allows our team at Popcorn Palace to work with amazing organizations and teams to bring about change in their communities. It’s always a thrill to offer expert fundraising advice and help teams organize their popcorn fundraisers and Create Joy.

The best thing about fundraising is it inspires causes and creates joy while allowing the community to join in on the fun. To help fundraising organizations and project teams with their cause, fundraisers that raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace get free shipping in the contiguous United States as part of our Create Joy Campaign.

Looking to for a fundraiser with no startup costs? Start fundraising today with a popcorn fundraiser by Popcorn Palace! Our popcorn ingredients are made from all-natural flavors like Fruit Rainbow and Brown Sugar Caramel, giving you the tastiest crunch in every bite.

For more information about Create Joy Campaign, fill our form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

The 4 C’s of Building a Fundraising Team

16 Jun

When it comes to fundraising, having a great fundraising team can make all the difference in reaching your fundraising goals. A great team can offer your fundraiser the support it needs to do more tasks in less time, extends the reach of your connections, and can diversify ideas for an effective campaign.

A great fundraising team doesn’t form on its own. It takes time and clear communication to help your team to gel and reach its potential. To help you with strengthening your team, use our 4 C’s of building a fundraising team.

  1. Create a Team Identity

When people think of a team, the first things that come to mind are jerseys and mascots. This is because team identities give members a sense of belonging to something big and exciting.

A simple name and image can go a long way. Create a collective team identity for your members to lean on. If you’re working to help another organization like a school or youth group, consider adopting a rendition of their name.

For example, if you’re raising money for the Midtown High School Wolves basketball team, consider a name like the Wolfpack and use similar colors. This will help motivate your team by reminding them what they’re fundraising for and why it matters to them.

  1. Comradery Strengthens Relationships

The best fundraising teams have members who are invested in working towards a common goal. Look for engaging opportunities, outside of team meetings and fundraising, to build up your team and foster these relationships.

Some fun ideas for strengthening your team are a game night or dinner party. As your team grows and members change overtime, fostering relationships will become a larger priority.

  1. Communicate Clearly and Often

The backbone of a great fundraising team is clear communication about goals and progress. Before each team meeting, communicate how the fundraiser is doing and what the plan is for the meeting. After the meeting, have a recap of what was discussed and review major plans for the future.

In addition to communicating progress, it’s also essential for your team to have a clear understanding of the big picture. After accomplishing a major goal or milestone, touch back on the big picture and how the fundraiser is helping support its cause.

  1. Celebrate Small Victories

Fundraising take time and effort. It’s a game of inches, and every bit of support helps the fundraising team realize its goal. Help relieve stress and build morale by celebrating the team’s progress, including small victories.

Celebrations don’t have to be a spectacle. The key is to give thanks and offer recognition for a job well done. For example, teams can celebrate their progress by highlighting individual accomplishments or thanking each member for their dedication.

Building a great fundraising team is an investment that will not only help your fundraiser reach its goals, it will also make the experience more enjoyable. Sharing the success and challenges of with a team of people who have the same goals is what makes fundraising fun!

Start fundraising today with a popcorn fundraiser by Popcorn Palace! Our popcorn ingredients are made from all-natural flavors like Fruit Rainbow and Brown Sugar Caramel, giving you the tastiest crunch in every bite. Also, if your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE!

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Our Favorite 5 Sports Movies for Families

7 Jun

With Summer just around the corner, we love watching sports movies to get ourselves pumped for sunny weather and the chance to play ball! There are many sports movies to choose from, but we wanted to make a list of some of our favorites for families. So grab a tub of gourmet popcorn and enjoy our list 5 favorite sports movies and quotes to get you ready for summer:

  1. The Mighty Ducks (1992) PG

The Mighty Ducks is the first installment of three and is easily a modern classic in sports films. The movie stars Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a young and down-on-his-luck lawyer, who coaches little league hockey team the Ducks against all odds to join the playoffs with their rivals – The Hawks. Can Coach Bombay fly the Ducks to victory?

Favorite Quote: “Quack… quack… quack… quack…” – The Ducks

  1. Little Giants (1994) PG

After former Heisman Trophy winner Kevin O’Shea (Ed O’Neill) heads his local Pop Warner football team the “Pee-Wee Cowboys, his geeky younger brother Danny O’Shea (Rick Moranis) sympathizes with the kids who didn’t get picked to form the “Little Giants”. This leads to a sparking of their old sibling rivalry as the Little Giants climbing up the league in a hilarious underdog story, taking the field against O’Shea’s Pee-Wee Cowboys and star player, Spike Hammersmith.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t you be talkin’ ‘bout my momma!” – Jake Berman

  1. Space Jam (1996) PG

Swackhammer, owner of the amusement park planet Moron Mountain, sets his sights on capturing the Looney Tunes for his latest attraction. He sends his tiny alien minions to Earth to kidnap the Looney Tunes, but instead find themselves challenged to a game of basketball. When the aliens steal the talent of real NBA all-stars and turn into the gigantic Monstars, it’s up to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Michael Jordan to lead to Tune Squads in an all-or-nothing basketball game.

Favorite Quote: “Too bad you can’t practice getting taller, boys!” – Daffy Duck

  1. Miracle (2004) PG

Based on the true story of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placed. Kurt Russell stars as U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks, who must lead a team an inexperienced U.S. team to victory against the undefeated Soviet hockey team. The 1980 Winter Olympics acts as the grand stage for the events of the Cold War, creating hardship and struggle for the U.S. team as the underdogs.

Favorite Quote: “Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles?” – Al Michaels

  1. The Sandlot (1993) PG

As the new kid in town, Scotty Smalls wants to make friends and learn how to play baseball from the neighborhood legend Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez. One game, Scotty gets The Sandlot Boys in trouble as he hits a baseball signed by Babe Ruth into the backyard of the Beast. It is up to Scotty and The Sandlot Boys to get the ball back from the Best and become local heroes!

Favorite Quote: “You’re killing me smalls!” – Ham

There’s nothing quite like a good sports movie to get you pumped for summer victories! The classic underdog story always pairs well with tub of Cheese-Caramel and Chicago Chic® Gourmet Popcorn. You can help raise support for your local school or club athletic programs and take them to victory with a popcorn fundraiser from Popcorn Palace.

Our popcorn flavors are all-natural and made fresh for maximum tastiness. Raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace and we’ll handle your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE! For more information about our fundraising programs, fill the form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

Score Big! Summer Sports Fundraising

31 May

Preparing for your summertime sports fundraising is kind of like training for the big game – and with the season quickly upon us, it’s time to go big, or go home!

First, you’ll need to identify your coach. You’ll want to choose a volunteer – hopefully, an experienced fundraiser, with time to spare, and a strong connection to your community. This person should act as a bridge between your team of students, parents, and volunteers, and your school’s planning commission (you might think of them as the manager’s council). Your fundraising coach will be in charge of communicating the plan to volunteers, and making sure that they understand the goals, schedule, and guidelines for your sports fundraising efforts.

Next, you’ll want to plan the season. Create a basic schedule, and map out the major milestones of your fundraiser, and you’ll make it easy for your team to remain on the same page. You might also consider taking a look at the calendar and scheduling around any special events you’d like to coordinate with. For instance, sports fundraising could benefit greatly from teaming up with your local minors-league team, and announcing your fundraising plans at their play-offs – or by setting up a booth at their championship game.

After that, you’ll want to fill your team roster. You’ll need to form a group of real team players to make your sports fundraising a home run! But don’t just rely on your students – call on your PTO, PTA, and booster clubs to help spread the word, and do your best to connect with others in your local community. This will not only help you ensure you’ve got all the manpower you need – it will help you widen your network, and grow your fundraising reach!

Once you’ve chosen your best players, dust off your playbook. Every successful team needs a winning strategy to bring their efforts together – so put some thought into your game plan! Teaming up with a partner like Popcorn Palace can help your school or organization entice donors with tasty rewards. Their fundraising program can guide you through the process of successful sports fundraising – all while offering your supporters delicious, nutritious treats. And Popcorn Palace’s expert fundraising team can help you save time and money – by offering the coaching you need to score fundraising support, with no out-of-pocket cost!

Now, you’re ready to put on your game face. Once you’ve gathered your team, outlined your strategy, and prepared your plays – you’re all warmed up. Remember, sports fundraising should be fun – so try not to take it too seriously. Every dollar you raise is a score for your school or organization – so just dust off your heels, and dive into the game!

Just remember – do your best to keep it fun, and lighthearted. This way, you’ll be sure to maintain an outstanding team spirit, and encourage good cheer (not to mention – making sure that your fundraising team and supporters show up to root for your sports team, next year!).

Looking for a great place to start? Try Popcorn Palace! For more details on how our experts can help your team put the FUN back in sports fundraising, fill out the form below.

Free Popcorn! Giveaway for Teacher Appreciation Month

23 May

board-953154_1280It’s National Teacher Appreciation Month!! We work with teachers regularly to help them organize and assist with fundraisers to support their students and schools. So many teachers go above and beyond… putting in hours of extra work, buying supplies with their own money, and creating joy both inside and outside of the classroom.

We’d like to honor teachers and give a little back to the people we work with. In honor of all of the teachers and the work they do, we’re hosting a May Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Has an amazing teacher impacted you or your child’s life? We want to reward both that teacher and you for nominating him or her. Fill out the form before, let us know why this teacher is important to you, and we will select winners on the very last day of May. We will send both you and that teacher a free tin of popcorn to enjoy.

Contest Rules and Disclaimers

  1. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contestants will enter by filling out an entry form.
  2. Entries must be submitted before midnight CST on May 31st, 2016.
  3. There will be a maximum of two pairs of winners. A pair consists of the teacher nominated and the person who nominated them. Winners will be selected by a small committee at Popcorn Palace based on teacher stories from all eligible entries received.
  4. Each winning team will receive two tins of popcorns—one sent to the nominated teacher and one sent to the nominating party.
  5. All form fields must be filled in accurately or entry may be considered ineligible.
  6. By registering, you consent to answering a few short questions about your experience with Popcorn Palace, and give Popcorn Palace the authorization to use your name, photo, and quotes in promotional materials without further compensation.
  7. One entry per person.
  8. Must be 18 years old or older to enter.
  9. Participants and winner(s) must be U.S. residents, void in HI, AK, PR and international.

About Popcorn Palace

The company began over 15 years ago with just 2 winning flavors: our signature Brown Sugar Caramel and Cheddarific. One by one, as new flavors have been perfected, we’ve expanded the Popcorn Palace flavor realm. Even as the company quickly grows, our focus remains the same: to deliver the best tasting popcorn you’ve ever eaten. Starting with premium ingredients. All of our flavors are heightened by the toasty crunch of freshly popped gourmet popcorn to ensure that your every bite is “a heavenly experience.” Guaranteed!

Popcorn Palace also offers a fundraising program perfect for any size organization or organization type. With 50% profit on each item, no up-front costs, no minimum orders, and an excellent support staff—we make fundraising easy and effective. Request your free information kit today.

7 Reasons to Appreciate Your Teachers

19 May

At Popcorn Palace, we’ve helped many teachers and after school clubs start their fundraising journeys. The teachers we’ve worked have always been enthusiastic about creating change with their students. We wanted to give a special “Thank You” to teachers for helping their students do incredible things happen in their communities. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Month, here are our 7 reasons to appreciate your teachers.

1. Teachers Work Hard

Being a teacher is hard work. They don’t just clock in and sit behind a desk. They spend hours every morning preparing lectures, organizing materials and helping students before a full-day of molding minds. The life of a teacher is a full one with long hours and many responsibilities. But it’s one that their passionate about.

2. Teachers Are Creative

Teachers can explain the most complicated concepts in a variety of ways. They’re masters of taking long and challenging ideas and turning them into fun and engaging activities that will capture the attention of any student.

3. Teacher Encourage Students

No matter how challenging the material, teachers believe in their students and go the extra mile to see them succeed. Teachers are always encouraging students to take pursue their curiosities and ask the big questions that matter. With their love of overcoming obstacles, there is no limit to what students can achieve.

4. Teachers Connect with Parents

Teachers believe that learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. There are always opportunities to learn something new, especially when parents are involved in the process. Teachers stay after school for parent-teacher meetings, engage in PTA meetings and proudly show off the work of students during Parent Night.

5. Teachers Love Teaching

With hours of hard work, long lectures and lesson plans, teachers still find a way to smile because they love teaching. Each day in the classroom is an opportunity to help young minds grow. They know their work serves a greater purpose in building a brighter future for their students.

6. Teachers Are Also Students

The reason why teachers are great at exploring new ideas and reviewing challenging materials is because they’re also students. Teachers take the summer to update lessons and learn new techniques for their students.

7. Teachers Are Always There

Not only do teachers take time before school to help students, they also stay after school as extra-curricular supervisors. They’re also expert fundraisers for fieldtrips, club competitions, after-school shows, student galleries and student led community service groups.

Being a teacher isn’t easy. It takes patience, creativity and a heart of gold to see that every student becomes successful. Take some time to day to tell a teacher how much you appreciate their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Month. In honor of Teacher Appreciation month, Popcorn Palace is giving away free popcorn. Enter here to win.

Need help with a school fundraiser? Popcorn Palace can help you get started today with Popcorn Fundraising! All ingredients are made from all-natural flavors like Cookies & Dream and Nutty Caramel for a tasty crunch in every bite. If your raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace, we’ll take care of your shipping in the contiguous United States for free!

For fundraising tips or more information about popcorn fundraising, fill our form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

Do’s and Don’ts of Fundraiser Messaging

12 May

The best fundraisers present a clear message that is easy to follow and ends on a point. A message that is too convoluted can be distracting, taking away from its impact and making it tougher to reach your fundraising goals. The differentiating factors are a focused narrative, expressed positivity, and a good pace. Although this sounds simple, it’s in the details where the point of a message can get lost.

Take the time to ensure that your message best represents your fundraising efforts. To help you get started, we’ve created this list of 6 “do’s” and “don’ts” for optimal messaging clarity.

Expressed Narrative

Do Start from Beginning to Conclusion

When promoting your message, you want to make sure there’s a beginning that it leads to an end – asking for support. The beginning of the message should highlight why you’re raising money to support your cause. Fundraisers with long legacies tend to fall into the trap of leaving out this information, because they assume that people already know.

Don’t Bury Your Message with Unnecessary Fillers

Filler is information in your messaging that doesn’t build-up a case to support your fundraiser. For example, if you’re raising money to buy new uniforms for your school’s football team, adding that a local business donated a new goal post in your messaging doesn’t build-up to why the team needs the uniforms. The focus of your message’s content should be around why people should support your cause.

Emphasize Positivity

Do Focus on Solutions

The power of positivity cannot be understated. It can leave a wonderful, lasting impression of your efforts for future support. The key to emphasizing positivity in your messaging is to focus around solutions. Your message should outline the important steps that your fundraiser will take to solve the problem.

Don’t Forget Your Affected Parties

Fundraisers that deal with sensitive topics will want to handle their message with the upmost care. If your fundraiser is working with an affected person, family or group, it is important for them to be involved in organizing how the message is being communicated.

Maintain A Good Pace

Do Ask for Support

The ending of your message should get straight to the point – ask for support. Telling your fundraiser’s story about how you met your cause and the steps you’ll take to solve the major issues won’t make much progress unless potential supporters know how they can help.

Don’t Take “No” For an Answer

Hearing “No” shouldn’t be a discouraging experience. It’s important to keep in mind that people can offer their support in different ways. While they may not offer monetary support, they can indirectly help your fundraiser by volunteering as an advocate, donating their time or offering their goodwill.

Someone who declines an offer to support your fundraiser today may say “Yes” tomorrow. Include in your message the option to follow your progress by offering your fundraiser’s contract information, social media pages or website. This is the best way to offer more opportunities to support without coming off as too aggressive.

A well put together message can make all the difference in your fundraising campaign. The message should drive change with a positive impact, guiding potential supporters through your fundraiser.

Create Joy with a gourmet popcorn fundraiser from Popcorn Palace! All of popcorn is made fresh using all-natural flavors like nutty caramel and fruit rainbow. Raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace and we’ll handle your shipping for FREE! To learn more about our fundraising programs or for more tips on how to craft a perfect fundraising message, fill the form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

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