When looking for fund-raising ideas to earn money for your school or organization, it literally pays to get your patrons involved. Holding a candy gram fund-raiser is one way you can get everyone to spread special messages to friends and loved ones while your organization rakes in the earnings. Candy grams also tend to be fairly inexpensive to create, so you save money when putting them together and maximize your return.
Schedule your candy gram fund-raiser close to a major holiday, like Halloween, Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you can take advantage of all the candy on the market at those times of year. It will also give your buyers a good reason to send a candy gram.
Choose simple, inexpensive candies, like lollipops or candy canes, which can be purchased in bulk at a low price and resold for profit.
Buy card stock and create small cards to attach with ribbon to the candy gram. You can get creative with these little cards; for example, cut them into shapes like hearts for Valentine's day, snowmen for Christmas or jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween.
Advertise for one to two weeks before the big event so people have time to save up for participation. You can hang up fliers or have your school add it to their daily announcements.
Set up your table in an accessible area that people will see. Try to keep it out of the way but near a high-traffic area to draw attention and offer customers room to move around while filling out their candy grams.
Make your price reasonable. Calculate the cost of supplies into the cost of your candy grams, allowing enough room to earn a profit. For example, if you spent 10 cents per piece on candy and five cents per piece on card stock, charging 50 cents per candy gram would earn you a 35-cent profit per piece.
Leave markers or pens on the table so customers can fill out their own cards and add personalized messages.
Offer to deliver the candy grams to their destination and keep track of addresses in a notebook or ledger. In order to make things easier on yourself, you can pair up each candy gram with a number on the back of the card, then match that number in the ledger to organize deliveries.
Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.