Archive | June, 2014

Why Your School Can Raise More Money with Popcorn!

27 Jun

There are multiple ways to raise much needed funds for your school team or group. Everyone’s very familiar with traditional fundraisers such as selling chocolate and holding a carwash. However, fundraising for any organization, no matter what the method, can be challenging so why not start with the ball in your court?

Healthy & Delicious

Fundraising with premium gourmet popcorn made by Popcorn Palace solves one hurdle right out of the gate. Popcorn is a fresh, new way to raise funds and hasn’t been exhausted the way traditional methods have. Popcorn is also a much healthier alternative to other candy often being sold.

We make popcorn that is both outrageously delicious and mindful. Each batch is handmade using real ingredients such as nuts and fruit oils. We’re not afraid of our nutrition facts and post them directly on the website. One of our most popular sellers is the ‘Better Salt ‘n Pepper,’ which is part of our fundraising package. Kids can eat almost 3 cups of this tasty popcorn for only 160 calories, plus it’s made with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Parents are ecstatic to get behind a fundraiser like this and kids, well, kids just love that it tastes great!

50% Profit & No Up-Front Costs

One of the major factors that should be considered is the expense-to-profit ratio. Some fundraisers can be very expensive on the front end with minimal profit on the back end. With some methods you can even lose money, if you have a lot of up-front costs. However, with a Popcorn Palace popcorn fundraiser, you make a whopping 50% on each item sold and there are no up-front costs. What this means is that you sell orders, collect money, and then place your order. This way, no unnecessary expenses are accrued. This is a relief for most families who are expected to come to the rescue time and time again.

Tools to Help You Succeed

The fact is a fundraiser can fail no matter what method you use. The key is to be prepared and we help you do that! We want you to succeed and so we provide integral tools to aid your group. One of the most important items is the interactive form, which helps you set personal as well as group sales goals. Goals are often overlooked, and without them it’s hard to know where you’re headed. Setting goals helps students stay on track. Make sure to take time to use this tool. You can even take it to the next level, and make a competition of it. Keep track of sales goals and successes for each student on a chalk board and the one with the best sales gets a special prize at the end of the fundraiser. It’s a fun way to keep everyone motivated.

Other great tools Popcorn Palace provides include letter templates, such as a reminder letter and parent letter. Check out our fundraising page here: http://popcornpalace.com/Home/Fundraising. We also provide crucial support. Contact us any time at 800-873-2686 with questions or comments. We are always ready to lend a hand!

Five Easy Steps to Running a Money-Making Popcorn Fundraiser

18 Jun

There are plenty of ways to raise funds, but before you decide which way is best for your particular organization, consider your options thoroughly. Many fundraising methods require money up front or involve other aspects which may get in the way of your primary goal of raising funds.

Fundraising with gourmet popcorn from Popcorn Palace is as easy as, well, popping popcorn. Plus your group makes a 50% profit on every item they sell. Here are 5 easy steps to running your own popcorn fundraiser with Popcorn Palace:

Getting Started

Check out the website to get a sense of what Popcorn Palace is all about. Explore the flavors made with fresh real ingredients. On the top right of the website, click on the link titled “Make Fundraising Easy,” to request more information or start a fundraiser. Also, take a few moments to check out the blog which features testimonials from previously successful fundraisers.

Fundraising Kit

When you’re ready, you can request a free fundraising kit by filling out the form online at our fundraising page. You should have it in approximately 10 business days.

Popcorn Palace also provides a variety of tools to help make the fundraising process simple and fun. We provide a fundraising brochure with an interactive form to help create your own business plan, as well as letter templates for a parent letter, reminder letter, order pick-up letter and more. Make sure to ask for these materials.

Delicious Decisions

Next, it’s time to make some decisions. Pick the launch date and end date for your fundraiser, which should run approximately two to three weeks. Make sure to also give the group time to prepare for the fundraiser. Create a Facebook event page, put up flyers and spread the word.

Now it’s time to choose your flavors. Review the price list to see available options and determine which option is best for the group. By using the interactive form, you can set personal and group sales goals.

Set Up Your Account

Create an account online at: popcornpalace.com/Home/Fundraising. All necessary information will be provided in your fundraising kit or we can send you a PDF file with all of the ordering details.

On Your Marks, Get Set, Sell!

Now, it’s all up to you! Popcorn Palace fundraising is risk free since you sell orders before the product is purchased. Selling popcorn is as delightful as it tastes. Popcorn Palace has been seen on Food Network and is beloved across the country, and you’ll soon taste why!

Once the fundraising is completed, place your order, either online or via regular mail. Once payment has been received, be sure to allow 10 business days for delivery. If you have any additional questions or comments, please call 800-873-2686. We’re always happy to help!

Celebrate Holidays & Sell More Popcorn!

5 Jun

Take advantage of holidays in order to maximize your fundraising potential. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, even 4th of July are great holidays to add spirit to sales. Popcorn is the perfect treat to sell during these popular gift-giving occasions. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to tailor your popcorn fundraiser around major holidays:

Valentine’s Day

Who doesn’t want to get something sweet from their sweetheart on the most romantic day of the year? On Valentine’s Day, buy a box of inexpensive Valentine’s cards that kids can give each other and attach them to the popcorn container. People can personalize the cards themselves. If the fundraiser is for a school, you can charge an extra $1 to personally deliver Valentine’s popcorn to the students’ classrooms. Organizations can also take advantage of Valentine’s popcorn, if they have an event or meeting within a week of this decadent holiday.

Super Bowl Sunday

Although Super Bowl Sunday isn’t an official holiday, there are many people that celebrate it as if it were the biggest holiday of the year. Popcorn is the great addition to any Super Bowl spread, whether it’s wings, pizza, sandwiches or something else. This is a great day to sell in bulk, so offer discounts on multiple orders. Decorate the bags with a sticker of the buyer’s favorite team.

Easter

Easter is another holiday that friends and family expect to get a sweet treat, so make sure to consider this when picking your popcorn flavors. “Fruit Rainbow,” which is made with real tangerine, lemon, apple, grape and tart cherry, is a festive and colorful choice for Easter. Throw in a few plastic eggs filled with even more delicious popcorn and prepare to sell out.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is that special day when we honor our Mothers for their love and dedication. Traditionally, Mother’s Day is a day of flowers, candy and jewelry. Spice up your popcorn bags with a few fresh or paper flowers. You can also buy some simple Mother’s Day cards which can be upsold to people who wait until the very last minute to get a card. Remember that Mother’s Day is a great way to celebrate stepmoms, grandmothers, aunts, and other women who make a difference in our lives.

Independence Day

On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with a day of festivities largely centered on fireworks and food. Popcorn is a perfect snack for outdoor barbecues and picnics. It’s perfect to eat while watching parades or baseball games. Make sure to accent popcorn bags with cute little American flags and pick flavors that work well with your favorite Fourth of July activities.

Halloween

Popcorn has always been a tried and true Halloween treat! For years, families gave out homemade popcorn balls to costumed children and some still do. Offer a trick that’s also a treat with savory flavors like spicy cheese, and enhance your popcorn bags with plastic spiders and handmade paper pumpkins, ghosts and other ghouls.

Christmas

Popcorn has long been associated with Christmas. Many of us used to string popcorn to decorate our Christmas trees. Not everyone can afford expensive gifts, especially when buying for lots of people. High schools and churches can make a killing during Christmas by accenting their popcorn bags with pretty bows or a mini candy cane. Sweeten up everyone’s holiday with brown sugar caramel or milk chocolate drizzle popcorn.

Check out Popcorn Palace Fundraising page for more information!