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Valentines Day Fundraising Tips

01-19-2006 08:21 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Fundraiser Help

Valentines Day is a great time for fundraising, particularly for school groups and small nonprofits. Fundraiser Help offers four quick ways to raise funds with Valentine's Day fundraisers.

RALEIGH, NC - January 18,2006 - Looking for a quick fundraiser? An easy way to raise funds is selling roses for Valentines Day. You can offer single roses, flower bouquets, or even better, offer delicious chocolate roses.

Each can be sold for a 50% profit margin. Source discount roses from supermarkets with flower departments, wholesale florists, or websites specializing in bulk shipments from rose-growing areas.

Men are your target market, so gear your marketing to them. Pre-sell your roses plus stake out high-traffic areas to reach last-minute buyers.

Chocolate roses are a great seller in schools and workplaces. They are a great gift that fits a good niche on Valentines Day. Chocolate roses provide a safe gift for non-romantic purposes, plus they never go to waste.

Take advance orders and designate a central pickup point. Increase your results by providing gift delivery, singing telegrams, gift certificates, etc.

Create Gift Baskets
To create gift baskets for your group to pre-sell for Valentines Day, simply purchase the quantity of baskets you'll need from a crafts store. Then shop major wholesale clubs and discount stores for your gift basket contents.

Create baskets with a selection of wine, cheese, chocolates, coffee, candy, gourmet biscuits, etc. Give them each a theme and establish a variety of price ranges.

Once your samples are ready, start pre-selling. Use a simple order form and collect payment upfront. Then, create the rest of the baskets needed to fulfill your advance orders. Offer local delivery or UPS shipping for an extra charge.

Auction Gifts
Another great Valentines Day fundraiser is to conduct auctions of gifts appropriate for the holiday. Your choices include running an event-based auction, conducting a silent auction, hosting one on your website, or listing your gifts on eBay. You can even do combinations of these four auction styles.

Auction the gift baskets mentioned above. You can also offer restaurant gift certificates, specialty items, business services, or donated products. High-ticket items to offer include spa visits, limo rides, romantic weekend getaways, or a night on the town. Offer gifts for men such as sports memorabilia, event tickets, bottles of wine, etc.

Raffle Themed Prizes
Raffles offer an easier way to reach a larger potential audience than you might draw for an event or an auction. Raise funds by selling raffle tickets for related prizes or for ski vacations or a week at the beach.

A raffle requires a larger sales force to work than other methods. Check your local regulations regarding selling raffle tickets.

Final Note
A key point with any fundraiser is attracting plenty of advance publicity. Here's an article explaining how:

Good luck with your Valentines Day fundraisers!


Kimberly Reynolds
(919) 870-8889

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