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Getting Started with Fundraising

Before beginning your fundraiser, you will want to designate a coordinator who will serve as a link between your group and Semper Fresh Kettle Corn. The coordinator will work with us to determine the group's financial goals, selling dates, order date, and delivery date. Depending on the size of your group, it may also be wise to establish a committee or team of volunteers, such as parents or teachers, who will accept responsibility for subgroups and report to the coordinator.

Decide how much money your organization needs to raise and how much each participant would have to sell to meet that goal. It is best to set your goal somewhat higher than the amount you actually need to make up for those who do not reach their goal. You may elect to provide sales incentives: prizes, awards, recognition for people who sell the most or who beat their goals. We can suggest ideas, based on your total fundraising goals. Just ask us.

Hold an initial meeting to kick off the sales event. Explain how the funds will be used and let people know if there are any prizes that they can compete for. Remind sellers of any potential safety risks and provide guidelines for safe selling (i.e., children should not sell door to door by themselves, etc).  Provide a copy of your safety rules with each order form.  

Frequently reminding your members about dates and encouraging them often will most likely boost sales. Another method of increasing your profits is to advertise to your target customers through newsletters, posters, and signs in public places, as well as ads on local radio and TV stations.

Customers will pay members of your organization the full amount for their order on the day of the sale.  If paying by check, customers should make checks payable to your organization. You will then be able to directly deposit all cash and checks into your organization's account.

Please double check your order for accuracy upon delivery.  Be sure your members know exactly when and where to pick up their orders to avoid inconveniencing your volunteers. Even though Semper Fresh Kettle Corn guarantees freshness, we encourage your members to distribute the bags as soon as possible to ensure customer satisfaction and repeat business.