Cookie dough fundraisers can be a great way to earn extra money for your school or organization. These fundraisers tend to be easy to run, profitable and delicious as well. Of course, even though this is a profitable fundraising choice, there are ways to increase profits and the overall success of a fundraiser. Here are three great tips that will help you to make the most of your next cookie dough school fundraiser.
Choose Your Timing Wisely
Timing is critical in planning a fundraiser. If you plan on hosting multiple fundraisers during the year you need to be sure that you schedule enough time between fundraisers. Generally those making purchases will be the same with each fundraiser and you don’t want to overextend your buyers.
Another timing factor to consider is scheduling your cookie dough fundraiser at a time when it won’t conflict with other fundraisers. Cookie dough fundraisers are very versatile and can be done any time of the year so it is important to schedule your seasonal fundraisers, like holiday gift wrap and spring bulbs, first and then to find a convenient time for the cookie dough. This will allow you to fill your fundraising schedule and increase the profit potential for your school.
Set Clear Goals
The best way to ensure success is to set a goal and then work toward it. For example if you would like to sell 150 tubs of cookie dough set this as your goal. Once you achieve your goal you can know that your fundraiser was successful. In addition to setting school fundraising goals, you need to learn to communicate and share these goals with others. Let the students know how many tubs of dough the school hopes to sell and update them as progress is made. Remember that the best goals require us to stretch, but are still achievable. With a clear goal in mind you will be able to better determine how your fundraiser is doing and where modifications are needed. If you don’t reach your goal determine what went wrong and make plans for doing better the next time.
A school fundraiser is a group effort, so don’t try to do everything on your own. Make a list of all the tasks that you will need to complete and find parents and other school volunteers to pitch in and help. One of the biggest challenges of a cookie dough fundraiser is distribution. The dough is typically made fresh and must be refrigerated at all times. This means that you will need a lot of fridge space and coolers when it comes time to pass out orders to students. Talk with potential volunteers weeks before you will need them so that you aren’t struggling at the last moment to find the help you need.
Cookie dough fundraisers are a great fundraising choice for schools. These tips will help you to plan and execute a successful school fundraiser time and time again. While fundraising might be a lot of work it is a great opportunity to earn the money that your school needs.