Archive | September, 2016

Ice Breaker Ideas for Team Fundraising

29 Sep

The first day of a team fundraiser can be a make-or-break time in the level of commitment of members. The keyword in team fundraising is “team”, and without starting a strong team dynamic then fundraisers with challenging goals may not build the momentum needed to overcome future obstacles.

This is where the ice breaker comes in. While some members feel that ice breakers are a fun way to start the first day, there are also members who feel like ice breakers are frivolous use of time. A great ice breaker is an essential component of developing a connection with the team and the fundraiser. The difference is in choosing an ice breaker that fits the objectives of the team.

The Key to Successful Ice breakers: Be Intentional

Before you launch into questions, you’ll need to first understand what it is that you want to achieve. In an ice breaker, the ice is the “thing” that you need to break. By the end of the ice breaker, this “thing” should no longer be an obstacle to the growing team dynamic.

For example, if the fundraiser is starting up a new season with a team of people who’ve never worked together before, then a primary objective is to get people talking for collaborations. The objective for the ice breaker would then be to get people comfortable to not only share ideas, but to be open to critiques. An ice breaker that focuses on teamwork and creativity can help facilitate that dynamic.

When you start with the end-goal in mind, you’ll find that your ice breaker has direction and time is better invested.

Easy Ice breakers for Fundraising Teams

There are many fun ice breakers to choose from that will bring a fundraising team closer. The best ice breakers use an activity that requires teamwork and personal investment. Here’s a list of some easy ice breakers for your fundraising team:

  1. Name Your Reason Game

Ideal for larger fundraising teams, members stand in a circle facing inward and the facilitator starts by telling their name and their reason for joining the team. The next person recites the previous person’s name and reason for joining the team, then introduces themselves and their reason. The circle goes around until each member has had a turn.

  1. Crossword Connection

The facilitator writes their name, straight with even letters, on a chalk board and shares a goal that they have for the fundraising team. They then pick the person closest to them and asks them to write their name across theirs in like a crossword puzzle, also sharing a goal they have for the team. Once all students have written their name, the end result is a crossword puzzle for the class to enjoy.

  1. Epic 30 Seconds

The object of this game is to have members of the fundraising team tell an epic story about an object without pausing. This can be about anything found in the room or on their person. This game is perfect for small groups and fundraising teams who need to brainstorm ideas as it engages the imagination.

Hosting an ice breaker is a great way to start conversations and build confidence between members. The key to an effective ice breaker is to be intentional about its purpose and the end-goal of the first meeting. Most importantly, it’s a time to have fun and enjoy the comradery.

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School Fundraising Tips for Parents

22 Sep

In the long tradition of school fundraising, parents have always been the essential team members that help their child in meeting fundraiser goals. From great advice to attending after school meetings, there are many ways that parents can lend a helping hand. In celebration of parents and their dedication, here are 5 school fundraising tips for parents that will help their child succeed:

Tip #1: Help with Budget Plans

One of the most impactful ways parents can help their child is by walking through a budget plan. A well-planned budget is the life of the fundraiser. While some school fundraisers won’t have overly complicated budgets, it’s crucial that the fundraiser has enough budget to last its campaign.

For more help on planning a budget, check out our previous blogs. We’ve recently created a comprehensive checklist for a successful school fundraiser, including steps for planning a fundraiser budget.

Tip #2: Be a Resource

Organizing a school fundraiser takes a lot of time and resources. Parents can help their child by offering their resources like transportation, a place to host meetings and celebrations, storage for goods, and a hand for preparation. Resources can also bite into the school fundraiser’s budget. Finding creative ways to recycle household items like kitchen utensils, tables, chairs, and paint will also go a long way.

Parents can start by creating a list of things they need to make their school fundraiser a success. Then, write-off resources that the school fundraiser can borrow. Don’t forget to consult with the other parents and see if there are any resources they can offer.

Tip #3: Lead Through Challenges

Taking part in a school fundraiser allows students to learn valuable lessons in time and resource management, team building, and business. When helping your child with their school fundraiser, it can be tempting to take on a heavy load of the work. However, taking too heavy of a load can keep your child from earning the valuable experiences of school fundraising.

Parents can best help their child by limiting their involvement to tasks that require an adult’s supervision. For example, if the school fundraiser is hosting a sale, talk with your child about their comfort in dealing an exchange. If the child feels comfortable handling the money, calculating transactions, and handing the change. However, supervise the exchange to ensure that the correct change is being given.

Tip #4: Aim to Motivate

As your child is working on the fundraiser, be sure to pass them words of encouragement for a job well done. School fundraisers can be stressful, sometimes discouraging. Parents can help their child by reminding them of their progress and evaluating short-term goals.

Tip #5: Use Your Network

A great way that parents can help their child is by introducing the school fundraiser to their network. This can include family, friends, church, recreational groups, and in some workplaces co-workers. There are three ways parents can help their child’s school fundraiser through their network:

  • Sales: The most direct way parents can use their network to help with the school fundraiser is by channeling sales. Introduce the fundraiser to your network and offer to take support for the fundraiser.
  • Promotions: Parents with large social networks can help their child by promoting their school fundraiser. Another great way to promote the fundraiser is to hand-out flyers.
  • Networking: Organizing resources is a great way to save on budget. Parents with connections to recreational facilities, sponsorship, and media can help their child’s school fundraiser by networking these opportunities.

Parents make a great addition to a school fundraiser’s team. With their invaluable experience and resources, schools can get the funding they need for sports programs, after school clubs, field trips, and more. Most important of all, they help their child succeed in meeting their goals.

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Tips to Boost Support for Your Gourmet Popcorn Fundraiser

15 Sep

Fundraising is made easier when you’re offering a tasty gourmet popcorn treat. Not only will supporters back a great cause, they’ll also get a delicious, shareable snack for their contribution. While gourmet popcorn is favorite snack for fundraising, the success of your fundraiser rests on a crucial step – your proposal.

When a supporter contributes to your fundraiser, they’re buying into your goals and cause. If your fundraising team can propose these things effectively, then you’re more likely to win support. Here are some tips on how to effectively propose your gourmet popcorn fundraiser:

Tip 1: Simplify Your Popcorn Pitch

When proposing your gourmet popcorn fundraiser to potential supporters, a refined pitch that grabs their attention can make all the difference. A pitch that filled with too many details and complications can be jarring, resulting in lost opportunities. Instead, the pitch should be a single quick line that is simple to understand.

Your pitch should focus on two things – what it is you’re asking for and how will the cause benefit the community. This format creates a simple cause and effect without drowning out the purpose of your fundraiser. Once you’ve grabbed their attention, then you can break down the pitch into its major details.

Tip 2: Create a Digital Presence

While focusing on a quick and short pitch is effective, you’ll want to have information about your cause, goals, and team readily available. With most information moving into the digital space, an effective method of distributing information is through social media pages and/or a website.

There are many social networks to choose from – each with their own advantages. Pick a social network that suits your fundraising team best and that you’re most familiar with. For example, if your gourmet popcorn fundraiser team has a talented graphic artist, then you may want to explore visual platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.

Tip 3: Work Your Way Up in Support

One advantage of working with a gourmet popcorn fundraiser is the ability to scale up the size of contribution. For example, Popcorn Palace offers supporters the ability to buy packages ranging from a 1/3 Gallon Snack Bag to a 2 Gallon Signature Gift Tin. This allows fundraisers to find the best package for their supporter’s contribution.

When giving your fundraiser pitch, it’s important to start small and gradually work your way up. Asking for too large of a contribution can be intimidating, leading to a loss in potential supporters.

Tip 4: Be Transparent About Your Progress

Not only is being transparent about the progress of your gourmet popcorn fundraiser is a great way to motivate your team. It can also motivate potential supporters to be part of your growing cause.

Before contributing, one question that most supporters have about a fundraiser is – how does my contribution add up to your cause? Offering an illustration or follow-up information on the progress of your fundraiser is a great way to show off the successes of your team.

When displaying the progress of your gourmet popcorn fundraiser, it’s essential to start off with smaller goals. As your campaign starts to land its milestones, incrementally increase the height of your goal. Starting with too steep of a goal can have the reverse effect and discourage potential support.

Tip 5: Have a Follow Up Plan

Getting first-time support is great, but recurring support is even better. Creating a follow-up plan for supporters keeps them in the loop, allowing them to offer more support later on.

As you pitch your proposal, ask supporters to follow your fundraiser on social media and/or ask if they’d like to join your newsletter. This will allow your fundraiser to continue communication about progress and open opportunities for recurring support.

Keep in mind that gourmet popcorn is a shareable, tasty snack that is fun to eat at a party or movie night. With so many flavors to choose from it’s likely that supporters will want to order more!

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Why Supporters Love Popcorn Fundraising

6 Sep

When leading a fundraising organization, it’s important to consider what types of activities and sales will help generate the most support. There are many creative ideas to choose from. While each fundraiser has their advantages, popcorn fundraising stands out from rest as being a favorite with supporters. Here are a few reasons why supporters love popcorn fundraising:

  1. More Pop for Their Support

Unlike other fundraisers that sell cookies or candy, a popcorn fundraiser gives supporters more treats for their donation. Most popcorn fundraisers sell large bags, jars, tins, and tubs that carry the popcorn. At Popcorn Palace, sizes range from a 1/3-gallon bag to a huge 2-gallon signature tub.

Having a container like a bag or tub also makes it easier to travel with the popcorn. Other fundraisers that sell cakes or cookie dough have storage requirements to keep them fresh and intact. This can be burdensome for students or professionals who must carry their treats around.

  1. A Variety of Flavors

When you ask someone about their favorite flavor, chances are they’ll find it difficult to pick just one. Most popcorn fundraisers allow for multiple flavors and combinations per-container, making it the perfect snack for even the pickiest of foodies.

Popcorn Palace goes through great lengths to find the perfect balance between sweet and savory flavors, for a variety of assortments. From the classic Brown Sugar Caramel to the adventurous Spicy Cheese, Popcorn Palace has a flavor that everyone will love.

  1. Perfect Snack to Share

One of the biggest reasons why supporters love popcorn fundraisings is because popcorn is a snack that keeps giving back. Popcorn tastes much better when enjoyed with a group of friends and family. A large container like Popcorn Palace’s 2-gallon tin is the perfect for birthday parties, get-togethers, and movie nights.

In fact, we believe so strongly that popcorn is the perfect snack for parties and movie nights, we’ve written a blog on our favorite sports movies for families. So grab some friends and enjoy a tub of popcorn!

  1. Helps to Create Joy

When people supports a popcorn fundraiser, they’re supporting a good cause that gives back to the community. A motto that we proudly at Popcorn Palace is, “When people help each other, amazing things happen”. There are many great causes that host popcorn fundraising. From student led organizations to animal shelters, supporting a fundraiser helps them achieve their dreams and accomplish their goals.

Popcorn fundraising is a favorite amongst fundraising organizations and supporters because it allows people to help with a cause while enjoying a tasty treat. The joy of having fresh gourmet popcorn can be shared with friends and family while proceeds go to a bigger cause, leading to smiles all around!

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