An important step in fundraising sucess is constant contact with the parents - at least 3 times with reminders - e-mail (if you can), backpack mail, and school newsletters are good for this. Also, experts recommend that the actual fund raising period be of a short duration; about 2 weeks. It can be helpful for the kids to have different levels to work toward ... particularly in this economy. Our school's fundraising effort was down this year - partly due to the economy, and partly because the fundraiser was stale (wrapping paper for the 3rd year).
I'm the owner of a mom-based organic coffee company called Emerald Frog. All of our coffee is Fair Trade Certified, which means strict child labor standards ... which is why we sell it.
And if you like, we can help you run your fundraiser.
We provide coffee-based fundraisers. It's a nice break from the wrapping paper and popcorn. And I'm not sure where you're located ... but if you are in the Chicago area, we can come to your school and talk to the PTA, we will provide all paperwork, advertising materials and also deliver for free.
We can even private label the coffee and accept internet orders. Emerald Frog recently did a fundraiser for a Naperville-area girl with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
I would invite you to check out our website, which is www.emeraldfrog.com. And since the products are 100% organic, and 100% Fair Trade - it is something that people actually want. For people who don't drink coffee, we have flavor sprinkles ... and it makes a great gift.
I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts, and also how much your school would like to earn.
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