Archive | May, 2016

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!

Popcorn Giveaway for Teacher Appreciation Month!

6 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.

How to Fundraise with a Tight Budget

4 May

Event fundraising can be challenging, especially when working with a tight budget. It’s easy to fall into a large startup cost for entertainment and attractions, venues, and other expenses that go into organizing an event. To make a return on the investment, you’ll need to careful plan your budget and know where you can cut on costs.

For organizations where its larger fundraising programs are seasonal like schools and sport clubs, knowing how to be conservative with your startup costs can make all the difference from year-to-year. To help you organize your fundraiser, here are 5 suggestions to consider for cutting costs during harder times.

  1. Move Promotions Online

Mailing customized letters, hanging posters, offering free swag, and other promotional efforts can be expensive. While it’s ideal to have a mix of both traditional and online promotion, take into consideration how deeply you invest in both. Most online channels like social media, blogging and newsletters are relatively cheap and effective ways to get the word out about your event. If you’re going to pull back on traditional promotions, invest more time on your online channels to ensure that you’re sustaining the reach you need.

  1. Reuse Materials

This may sound obvious, but it’s always good to be intentional about buying materials that you can reuse multiple times. Materials like tables and chairs, lights, paint, stereo equipment, costumes and props retain their value overtime. Keep track of all fundraising materials with an inventory log for future events. Using an inventory log will give you greater perspective on the materials you currently have, helping you plan for future events.

  1. Invest in Multi-Purpose Events

There are some events that can occur multiple times throughout the year without a problem. Look for events that can be held both indoors and outdoors, and is free from any relation to seasons or holidays. Events like prize raffles, dance marathons and trivia nights are adaptable and retain their interest throughout the year.

  1. Host a BYO– Events

“Bring Your Own— “events have grown tremendously over the past few years. In a “Bring Your Own— “event, participants are asked to contribute to the event. For example, a potluck fundraising event is a classic event that gets a lot of attention around close communities. Fundraisers can charge a small entrance fee at the door and participants are able to share their favorite foods. With creativity, there are endless possibilities with a “Bring your own– “fundraising event.

  1. Collaborate with Other Events

You can greatly cut the cost of hosting a large fundraiser by collaborating with another fundraiser. Keep in mind, that collaborative events will also split the funding raised, as well as the expense of hosting the event. To make the most of your efforts, consider how your existing fundraising campaign can grow through a partnership with another fundraiser. By focusing on event growth, both fundraisers are enabled to raise more funding than they could separately.

Thinking conservatively about the startup costs of a fundraising event is crucial to the success of a campaign. It’s a great best practice to keep in mind as you organize your next fundraising plan, keeping your fundraiser going throughout the year.

Searching for a fundraiser with minimal to no-upfront costs? Then look no further, Create Joy with a Gourmet Popcorn fundraiser from Popcorn Palace! All of popcorn is made fresh using all-natural flavors like White Cheddar and Nutty Caramel. Raise $499 or more in amounts due to Popcorn Palace and we’ll handle your shipping in the contiguous United States for FREE! To learn more about our fundraising programs or for more tips on how to plan a fundraising budget, fill the form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!