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Direct Sale Products vs. Order Taker Fundraisers

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The Scoop on Cookie Dough Fundraisers

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Starting A Fundraising Campaign

Funding Sources and Prospects:

Tapping The Philanthropic Well

In Search Of The Elusive Major Giver

Rating And Evaluating Prospects: Whom Do You Ask For How Much?

Annual Fund Giving & 'Getting' Guidelines

Organizing a Campaign:

How To Recruit Your Volunteer Fund-Raising Team

12 Things You Should Know About Setting A Capital Campaign Goal

For Want Of A Campaign Solicitation Kit A Campaign Was Lost

Managing a Campaign:

Designing A Communications Plan To Enhance Your Fundraising Campaign

The Name Is The Game: Memberships And Named Gifts

Asking for the Money: If You Don't Ask You Won't Get

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Direct Sale Products Vs. Order Taker Fundraisers

What should your group use, direct-sale fundraising products or pre-sale brochures for your next fundraiser? Get the pros and cons on both.

  1. Fundraising With Direct Sale Products

    How Direct Sale Fundraising Typically Works:

    Your group orders an inventory of products; these products are distributed to your group members who sell the products directly to their supporters; funds are collected at the point of sale.


      Requires only one contact with individual consumers

      Direct sale takes less time than Pre-Sale because there is no product to deliver and no returned goods to deal with

      Usually has a very low retail price per item which results in an easy sale

      Slight risk if you over-purchase

      Less variety of products to offer


  2. Fundraising With Pre-Sale Fundraisers (Order Taker Brochures)

    How Pre-Sale Fundraising Typically Works:

    Your group requests one brochure per fundraising participant. The participants show the brochure to potential supporters. The supporter selects a product from the brochure which the participant records on the brochure order form. These order forms are then returned to your fundraising company, who fulfills the order and ships the products to your group. Your group members and volunteers deliver the products to their supporters. Funds can either be collected at the time of the selection or upon delivery.

      No risk because it requires no guess work on how much to order

      Brochures offer a wide variety of products and range of prices

      Easy to include parents and adults in the fundraising efforts by having them circulate the brochure at work

      Can require more time to complete because products must be delivered and may require dealing with broken or missing items

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