Dulaney High School
Sell blankets! The students of Dulaney High saw shivering spectators
at their school football games and realized they had a great opportunity
to do some fundraising. They had a local sportswear store make
custom blankets with Dulaney's colors and name embroidered on them,
and then sold them to students and their families.
stadium blankets are somewhat pricey to make, customers filled
out order forms ahead of time. That way, the blankets were sold
before they were made - there was no risk of losing money by
having leftovers. They also decided to have some extras made,
too, knowing that once some people saw the blankets, they'd want
one. With a little bit of advertising, they sold almost every
blanket they ordered. Out of 145 blankets, only three went unsold
- and the fundraiser made a tidy profit.
is better than sorry when it comes to money. Think about
ways to minimize your fundraiser's risks, the biggest of
which will probably be not getting enough customers. Pre-selling
items means you have customers before you have to spend any
money of your own.
it personal. A blanket by itself isn't that amazing -
but one with your own school's colors and name can become
something people will treasure. If you're planning to sell
things for your school's fundraiser, try to make them somehow
personal or memorable.
the word. When you pre-sell items, you have to overcome
people's natural reluctance to buy something they haven't
seen yet. Advertising can help you out, whether it's showing
a demo item or just helping to build word of mouth.