Let's say it up front. A candy fundraiser can sometimes be the most profitable church fundraising idea that provides the least amount of value.
There. I said it. You can agree with me or not.
I just have to admit that I'm tired of my kids bringing home school fundraising catalogs filled with overpriced candy. I cringe when they ask my wife to take the catalog to work and ask people to buy. I'm just not proud of the product – especially for the price that is charged.
How can you avoid a bad fundraiser? Here are a couple thoughts.
- Follow the Girl Scout's example. The Girl Scouts sell cookies – delicious cookies! And they have the product right there so there's no ordering. I think that this is the best way to sell candy too. Buy name brand candy. Have it in hand when you tell people about your mission's project or whatever you are raising money for. Then ask if they want to help out by buying some candy. You can go through fundraising companies like the name everyone knows – Hershey's. But you don't have to. You can arrange with a local store a discount price for buying candy in bulk. Then mark up your product and sell it to everyone you know. Set up tables in front of stores. Sell to everyone in church. Sell it door-to-door. I think this will be a much more profitable fundraiser.
- Ignore all the negative stuff I wrote above if you use name brand candies. See the list below for companies that offer name brand candy.
- Candy bar fundraisers will be your best candy money-maker. It's easy. It's straight forward. Did you ever wonder why movie theaters sell only a limited number of candy products? It's because they don't want people holding up the line while they make their choice. A candy bar fundraiser is a lot like that. People know candy bars. They are familiar with the various types. There aren't a lot of decisions to be made. Tell the customer about your cause and then ask them if they want caramel, chocolate, or whatever else you offer. Then you can move on to the next victim – I mean customer. I suggest you use the name everyone knows – Hershey's.
- Provide prizes or rewards for sales. People are motivated for a candy fundraiser because of the cause you are raising money for. But it won't hurt if you reward sales with prizes. The prizes don't have to be expensive. But they shouldn't be junk either.
- Set the price at even dollar amounts. If you charge $1.50, you are going to have to give change. You don't want to carry around a bunch of change. If you charge one or two dollars, you might have to make change for a five or ten. But that won't weigh down your pockets.
Where Do You Look for These Fundraisers?
Try these companies for help with your candy fundraiser.
- Hershey's. Need I say more? They are the premier candy maker. Their candy bar fundraising products include KitKat, Reeses Pieces, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers, etc. Everyone knows and will buy Hershey's.
- ABC Fundraisers offers a number of different types of candy bars. But they are not from a well-known company. That doesn't mean that you can make a profit from them, though. See their offerings here.
- Easy Fundraising Ideas has several options for candy fundraisers. Take a look at what they have to offer.
- World's Finest Chocolate. Well, my wife, the chocolate expert, might disagree with the name, but they do offer a candy fundraiser. View their products here.
- Just Fundraising offers a couple ways to earn profits from a candy fundraiser. One of them involves selling Hershey's products! See all three of their choices here.
- Bonham Candy offers Hersyey's as well as several other candy types. These include MilkyWay, Almond Joy, etc. See their full line here.
- Fundraiser Superstore offers two types of mixed sales packs. The candy is made by an off-brand company. The quality might be great. But I don't know. See their two candy fundraiser options (as well as their other church fundraiser options) here.
- Old Fashion Candy offers a variety of name brand candy for your fundraiser. They include, Skittles, M&M's, Reese's, Snickers, Rice Krispies Treats, and much more. Read about their lineup here .
- My M&M's isn't a traditional candy fundraiser. But you can turn this into a fun church fundraising idea. You can now personalize the individual M&M candies. You can put a face on them. You can put a message on them. You could put your church name on them. You could put a bible verse reference on them. Or you could promote your school sport's team. Personalized M&Ms for your church, school or business!
- See's Candies has seven fundraising options. They have a Valentine's Day fundraising program. They have other fundraising options for Spring, Fall, all year, and Winter. View their candy fundraiser options here.
Candy Fundraiser Conclusion
Candy can be sold at sports events, at a table in the back of the church, door-to-door, or at work. Everyone has a sweet tooth. Help fulfill their craving for something sweet. Use a candy fundraiser.