What we really think of chocolate fundraisers…

Funnily enough, we don’t actually hate them!  Yep, you read correctly; whilst we are all about healthy living and sustainability, we also believe in balance, and what’s balance without a little chocolate?  We also don’t deny that chocolate fundraisers can work really well for some groups so hardly blame you for continuing with the chocolate drive if that’s what has worked for you in the past.

HKA choc veg graphicHaving said that, it can also be a good idea to mix things up a little – you never know what you could be missing out on!  As our friends at Healthy Kids Association have demonstrated, Living Fundraisers offers the same profit margin as a typical chocolate drive with even less products to sell.  Plus, we all know that chocolate isn’t for everyone, so why not give your families the option of chocolate or something else?  Sure, it may be a little extra administration but if everyone is happy with the products they’re asked to sell, you’re likely to end up with a higher profit in the long run, making that extra little bit of admin all worthwhile!

To make things simple, we recommend sticking to just one other product to offer families as an alternative to chocolate.  Your chosen product could be anything from other types of snacks, growing kits or cards.  Check out our range of products here.

You may also want to look at our “Opt-in” and “Opt-out” templates.  Some organisations like to include these types of notices for parents or community members who are too busy, don’t like fundraising, or who would prefer to donate funds rather than sell products.  You can also use them to ask your participants their product preference – simply tweak the wording to suit your needs.  Sending out these notices will give you a clear indication of who wants to sell what and save you time in the long run as it means you are aware upfront of who won’t be involved.  We recommend using Opt Out, rather than Opt In, as most people will be involved if products are sent home.

We have plenty more resources available and are always happy to help with any questions or planning.

Here’s to fundraising that is both profitable and welcomed by parents!