Archive | June, 2016

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!

To learn more building a great fundraising team, fill our form below and a fundraising expert will contact you soon!

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!