We understand that a catalog fundraiser isn’t always the best option for your school, group, or organization. Fortunately, there are other ways to raise money while still supporting authentic Fair Trade. We have two alternative fundraising ideas for your group to try!
A table sale can be really effective if you are interested in running a fundraiser on your high school or college campus or at your congregation. To do this, start by setting up a wholesale account with us. With a wholesale account, you will receive discounted prices when you order by the case. If you are unsure of what products to order, give our customer service team a call at 774-776-7366 and they’ll help you determine what’s best for your goals. We recommend selling the products at 1.5 times the cost that you purchased them for.
If you are looking to hold a table sale on your campus, think about setting up the table outside a sports game, in your dining hall, or at a school concert or play. Promotion is still key with this type of fundraiser. Put up posters around campus before the event letting people know where, when, and what they can purchase. Post on social media leading up to the sale and during the sale. And don’t forget to let everyone know what you are raising money for. It’s also always a great idea to open a chocolate bar and give out some samples for people to try when they stop at your table.
If you are looking to hold a table sale at your congregation, consider doing so after your Sunday services. Put a notice in the bulletin, explaining more about Equal Exchange and your fundraising efforts. If you are continuously trying to raise money for your group, consider a table sale at your congregation once a month. The members of your congregation will look forward to purchasing their coffee, tea, and chocolate at your monthly sale. After a few months of running the sale you’ll have a better understanding of which products your community enjoys and can focus on selling those items.
The perfect time to have your first table sale is around the holidays! Check out a blog post written by one of our co-owners, Bethany Karbowski, about holding a holiday sale.
Create a new tradition and lasting memories by putting together a community-wide fundraising event! This is a great way to get your everyone involved in a fun and exciting way. From an auction including Fair Trade gift boxes to a walkathon serving iced coffee and tea, there are hundreds of events you can choose from.
With an event, you have a platform to share more about your group and why you are raising money. While you can include this on posters and social media posts, at an event you can meet people face-to-face who are interested in helping your group. This is a great opportunity to share more about your group, your mission and how the fundraising event will help your group achieve your goals.
If you are interested in still supporting authentic Fair Trade and small farmers through your event, we do accept donations requests. We try to accommodate organizations whose work is most aligned with our mission. (Please note that, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all the requests we receive.)
However you decide to fundraise, we hope you reach your goals, share your mission and engage your community through positive action!