Back to School and Back to Fundraising!

September marks an exciting time for everyone, back to routine for parents and back to school for kids! With a backpack full of new school supplies and packed lunches, kids get to see classmates again and get involved in their favourite team sport, after-school club, or other extracurricular activities. All of this also comes with a tremendous amount of organization and (sometimes) cost to parents, teachers, and PTA members, which is where we can help!

More and more these days, fundraisers are needed to help pay for sports teams, school clubs, music programs, and field trips!

With the help of Indeygo, the days of crunching the numbers to find the most profitable fundraiser are long gone. We’ve come up with a super handy guide to some of the most profitable (and fun!) fundraising activities which are bound to be a success!

Host your favourite “A-thon”

Pick a local favourite or popular activity and turn it into a light competition where individuals or groups can raise funds by moving their bodies or using their brains! This can be done with any activity like skating, walking, music, dancing, biking, or swimming just to name a few! Categories can include individual entry, team, or even relay to keep things interesting. Maybe cross-country skiing is the popular thing to do near you, so pick a short loop and have participants pledge a certain dollar amount per lap they complete! Looking for something less physical, host a Chess-A-Thon and fill a gym with chess boards where players can enter into a round-robin style competition to win a grand prize!

Look for opportunities to showcase sponsors

Sometimes seeking out plenty of smaller donations is easier than asking for one big donation. In exchange for a small donation, offer a sponsored brick, tile, or component. For example, if you’re fundraising to build a new playground, you may incorporate tiles around the park with the logos of sponsors highlighting their donations. This crowdfunding concept is a great way to showcase strong community ties between sponsors and your fundraiser.

Hold an Experience Auction

Instead of approaching local businesses for free or discounted products, turn to participants’ network of family, friends, and close contacts to create a compelling list of fun experiences! These experiences could be fun, useful, or a little bit of both! Think, you could offer a lesson in changing tires and basic car maintenance from your car mechanic neighbour, or a kayak trip with your raft guide cousin. It could look like a pair of concert tickets for the next gig your local band books, or a dinner for two at the restaurant your best friend’s uncle owns. These auctions can be held in person which offers an opportunity to gather and promote your fundraising goal. Alternatively, this can easily be held as a silent auction which also gives you the option to host it online and over a longer period.

Try an Off-Screen Challenge

As parents and teachers, we all secretly (or not-so-secretly) wish our kids and students would spend less time in front of their electronic devices! While the kids may disagree with this idea, they do all love a good challenge especially when an enticing end prize is in store! So how can you convince them to do this? Have students be sponsored for spending time away from all their devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, gaming devices, and so on). The more time they spend away from the screen, the more money they rack up! This can be a relatively easy-to-organize fundraiser if you’re looking for a quick fundraiser with very little setup needed.

Don’t forget the tried-and-true Cookie Dough Fundraiser!

It’s no surprise that our Cookie Dough is our most popular fundraising product at Indeygo – it’s easy, effective, and delicious! Available in a 2.7 lbs. tub or 48 pre-portioned cookies, our cookie dough is guaranteed to make any sweet tooth in the family excited. The best part is that our cookie dough stays fresh for months in the freezer and can be thawed and then refrozen if you don’t want to make them all!

Our Cookie Dough fundraisers typically make between a 30% – 40% profit, which makes it a financially viable and effective way of raising funds for your school, group, or club. We’re also proud to offer 11 amazing flavours and source over 70% of the ingredients from Canadian farmers. Find out more about your next Cookie Dough fundraiser here.

Hopefully, we’ve been able to inspire a few fresh ideas for fundraising this school year. Just don’t forget the most important part of fundraising – promote, promote, promote! Making sure people know what you’re fundraising for and how to get involved is key. And don’t forget to share the results as well, people love hearing about an effort that leads to great results!

As always, if you need help with your fundraising efforts, make sure to reach out to our helpful team at Indeygo to plan your next successful fundraiser! We can’t wait to hear from you and help blow your fundraising goal out of the water!

Farm Fun for the Whole Family

As summer rolls along and fall starts to creep closer, many of us a looking to find the perfect way to spend some quality time with our families before the busyness of back-to-school starts again.

What better way than to celebrate Alberta’s deep farming history and tradition than visiting a working farm to learn about where our food comes from and interact with the people at the heart of it all. Through the past couple of years of pandemic times, the important of shopping local was highlighted more than ever before and now is the time to continue support businesses and farms close to home! Plus, visiting local farms is a great way to support local and enjoy great food all while reducing your environmental impact and food transport kilometres.

So, where can you get started in finding a great farm experience for your family?

Alberta Open Farm Days is a province-wide open house on August 13 & 14, 2022 designed to bring together Albertans through educational and educational agricultural-based initiatives. Events span from interactive and educational farm tours to delicious farm-to-table culinary events, so you’re bound to find something for everyone in your family.

Whether your interests lie in fields of lavender, picking fruit from an orchard, or giving some loving pets to our favourite furry farm friends, there’s no doubt that everyone in your family can have a great time at a participating farm. Click here to find all participating farms and farm experiences over the two days.

If you’ve always been interested in knowing the inner workings of a dairy farm or want to know more about what goes into operating an apiary, this is the time to discover it all! Farm visits are great for the entire family providing a fun and educational experience to help connect the dots when it comes to understanding where your food comes from and how it gets to your dinner table.

If you’re looking for the perfect date-night or adult-only outing, there are some great options to visit a local winery, brewery, or distillery this weekend. Alberta is now the proud home of nearly 50 distilleries and over 130 breweries showing a marked increased in the liquor and beer industry in the province over the part 5+ years. Be sure to check out the closest winery, brewery, or distillery to you and make a plan to head out for a tour or tasting (just make sure you’ve planned ahead for a safe way to make it back home!)

Want someone else to take care of planning for the day so you can just sit back and enjoy? No problem – there are two amazing options for Bus Tours during this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days. Visit four great farms in the Mountain View County or enjoy a Hops/Mead Tour on the Re-Connect with the Farm Tour or enjoy a VIP Bus Tour and Long Table Dinner at Taste of the Heartland.

Need another reason to visit a local farm this weekend? Alberta Open Farm Days is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, which means there’s bound to be some extra farm-fun events planned throughout the province. In the past 10 years, over 800 farms have participated in the event, amounting to nearly 150,000 farm visits!

To celebrate this important milestone, Alberta Open Farm Days is focused on recognizing how farming is dependent on one another. The best demonstration of this is the work of a fan favourite pollinator, the honeybee who works hard to pollinate the fruits, vegetables, and legumes that we consume on a daily basis.

At Indeygo, we are committed to sourcing over 70% of our ingredients locally and from Canadian suppliers so we know how important our local farming community is.

For this reason, we can’t forget to mention our great farm partner, Erdmann’s Garden & Greenhouses who will be providing farm-fresh veggies for our Fall Harvest Bundle Fundraisers! This is perfect for schools and groups fundraising during the last two weeks of September with the Harvest Bundles being delivered in the first half of October (dependent on harvest time).

Can’t make it to Alberta Open Farms Days this weekend, or looking for even more farm fun to enjoy with your family as we ease into harvesting season? Check out Farmzy, an online platform that makes finding and booking farm tours, events, and experience easy! Search by location or by farm to find the perfect activity for your family that suits your schedule and price range. 

Want to find out more about the fundraising opportunities we can support, be sure to check out our website and download our free e-book with all the details! Our team is always on hand to answer your questions about how our fundraisers work, provide a handy coordinators checklist, and even provide tips on fundraising during the pandemic. Once you’re ready to fundraise, get in touch and our Indeygo team will reach out to get started!

Not fundraising right now? No problem – keep us in mind for next time and check out some of our past blog posts in the meantime for some great tips and tricks!

The Deeper Value of Volunteering

An undeniable part of our role as busy parents is volunteering for our kid’s activities – be it a soccer team, gymnastics club, or after school club.

That volunteer responsibility gets even more complicated when you’re the parent that has been assigned with organizing the fall fundraiser! At Indeygo , we’ve created an easy and tasty solution to put the FUN back in fundraiser.

With options for all sorts of delicious treats like cookies, muffins, cinnamon buns, coffee, tea, dog treats and more, fundraising has never been easier with the help of our Indeygo team. We’ll help you organize your fundraiser, give you all the tools to execute successfully, and then support you right to the end as you count your hard-earned profits!

Now, let’s take a step back and dive into the importance of volunteering.

When we say volunteering is important, we don’t just mean for your kid’s team, club, or group—volunteering also plays a crucial role in building community, personal well being, and social engagement. Not only is this an opportunity to connect with others who have similar interests and values, but in the case of volunteering for your kid’s activities can have lasting benefits like establishing and supporting positive friendships between kids and even finding other parents that can help lighten the load in the future. Think about it, how great would it be to find another set of parents that your kid can carpool with?

We need to shift away from the “volun-told” mindset.

This is a term that we’ve heard thrown around a lot and casts a negative light on volunteering. We won’t deny that there are times when volunteering isn’t ideal – maybe you’re busy at work, have family commitments, or generally don’t enjoy the activity or task for which you must volunteer. However, trying to see the benefits of volunteering when the situation arises is an easy way to make the whole experience more exciting and enjoyable.

So, what are some of the benefits of volunteering?

Helpguide.org posits that there are four main benefits to volunteering that impacts your health and happiness:

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Not only does volunteering provide an avenue for meeting new friends, but you may also make connections with people that could have an impact in other parts of your life. Imagine that you are starting to chat about moving into a bigger house and need to start looking for a realtor, then next thing you know you happen to be paired with a parent who happens to be a real estate agent at the volunteer shift you picked up for your child’s hockey team.

After a couple of long years spending lots of time inside with your family, getting back out in social situations and interacting with new people can have a huge positive impact on your mind and body! Naturally, humans have a hard-wired desire to help others and when we do so by volunteering, our mind and body can feel the positive effects. It’s also a great reason to get out of your house, on your feet, and moving your body – something we could always use a little more of!

Depending on the task, volunteering can also be a great opportunity to learn new job skills and gain more experience that can translate to your career. In some cases, volunteering can even serve as a trial run into a new career or different position before you make a full commitment to switching things up. Volunteering is also a great way to learn the behind-the-scenes aspects of your favourite organizations or businesses and even to possibly connect with some of the leadership team members.

Lastly, volunteering is a fun way to explore different interests you may have. Not only are you supporting your child’s activities but finding a way to meaningfully volunteer can provide an escape from the chaotic busyness of everyday life! It’s also a great way to meet integrate yourself into a new community if you’ve recently arrived in a new neighbourhood.

Being able to approach the sometimes-daunting task of volunteering can be instrumental in your overall experience while you volunteer. Be sure to show up as an active and engaged volunteer, don’t be afraid to ask questions, be clear on expectations, and speak up if you’re uncomfortable with a certain task.

And, if it isn’t yet your turn to volunteer, make sure to give thanks to those who are!

Many of our kid’s teams, clubs, and organizations wouldn’t operate nearly as well (or at all!) without the tireless efforts of volunteers. A small gesture of thanks in a cup of coffee or an offer to help with a small task like taking out the trash can make a world of difference!

So, next time you’re looking for a great fundraiser, think Indeygo! Our Harvest Bundles full of fresh vegetables will be available again this fall for those in the Calgary-Edmonton area. We’ve partnered with Erdmanns Gardens & Greenhouses to provide some amazing farm-to-fundraiser boxes, as well as offering a Food Bank Bundle option as part of our Giving Back Food Bank program.

Want to find out more about the fundraising opportunities we can support, be sure to check out our website and download our free e-book with all the details! Once you’re ready to fundraise, get in touch and our Indeygo team will reach out to get started!

Farmers Markets, Food Banks, and Fundraising, Oh My!

Summer is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! 

As we reflect on a great school year of successful and exciting fundraisers, we’re grateful for all the hard working volunteers who supported their schools, soccer teams, gymnastic clubs, dance programs, and so much more! 

While fundraisers may slow down for a couple of months as summer break kicks into high gear, we wanted to share some tips for those who may still have an upcoming fundraiser or anyone who might be already thinking of their fall fundraisers! 

For most of us, summer signals the return of farmers markets and fresh produce! 

At Indeygo, we love a great farmers market. A day at the farmers market can be the perfect family outing that has a little something for everyone, and it doesn’t get much fresher than buying your produce right from the farmers hands. If you’re unsure of where the nearest farmers market is, be sure to check out this link

So, what better way to support local farmers by creating a fundraiser selling harvest bundles that feature local produce? Not only are you supporting local,  you’re also creating an opportunity for families to connect through high-quality, locally grown food and supporting your local food bank.

Indeygo has you covered for your next Harvest Bundle Fundraiser

Every fall, we partner with Erdmann’s Gardens & Greenhouses to put together amazing bundles of fresh produce to create the perfect “Fresh from the Farm” vegetable fundraiser! Erdmann’s Gardens & Greenhouses is family owned and operated farm in Westlock County, Alberta that grows a wide variety of fresh, locally grown, and sustainably farmed produce. 

Our veggie bundles have great profit margins at 33% profit! This fundraiser also offers the Giving Back Food Bank Option which provides an option for schools and groups to give back by providing fresh produce to their local food banks! Since the inception of the Giving Back Food Bank program, schools in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Canmore have donated over 30,000 lbs. of fresh produce to local food banks! 

Indeygo’s Harvest Bundle Fundraisers are available to schools and groups during the fall months in the Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer areas. Schools and groups typically fundraise during the last two weeks of September can look forward to the delivery of fresh produce during the first half of October (dependent on harvest time). 

If you just can’t wait until the fall to try some of Erdmann’s Gardens & Greenhouses fresh produce, you can find them at various farmers markets around the Edmonton area or go right to the source and visit their farm

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the fall to support local food banks! 

With the soaring prices of groceries and fuel, food banks are also seeing a higher demand for support from community members while battling higher operational costs. Finding your local food bank and finding out how you and your family can help is a great way to keep kids occupied during the summer! Supporting your local food bank doesn’t have to be a hit on your wallet either – volunteer tasks like sorting, preparing, and hosting food pick ups can be a huge help. Check out this link to find the food bank closest to you! 

If you are still in full swing with fundraising efforts, don’t worry – Indeygo has got you covered! 

Our most popular Cookie Dough fundraiser is always available year-round and guaranteed to be a huge people pleaser! 

By making up to 40% profit per tub of cookie dough sold, this fundraiser is a no brainer. Choose from 10 amazing flavours that come in either a 2.7 lbs. tub or in a convenient box of 48 pre-portioned cookies! We’re also proud to say that over 70% of the ingredients in our cookie dough is sourced from Canadian farmers. The best part is that our cookie dough stays fresh for months in the freezer and can even be thawed and refrozen for on-demand cookies anytime you or your family finds the cookie craving hit. 

And of course, we can’t forget about our four-legged furry friends, so we put together the most deliciously irresistible Doggie Dough. These make for a healthy and nutritious snack for our most loyal companions who deserve a little treat from time to time. 
So, as we look forward to warm weather in the forecast and long summer nights, don’t forget to check out your local farmers market and get your hands on some fresh produce. Nothing is better than a backyard gathering with fresh farmers market produce, a barbecue, or the perfect cob of corn to bite into.  And if you need an easy, ready-to-go fundraiser for your soccer team or summer camp be sure to reach out to see how we can make it the easiest fundraising effort you’ve ever experienced – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Big Shout out to all you AMAZING Fundraising Coordinators and volunteers.

Here we are: the end of another school year and what a crazy COVID year it has been for everyone! Big Shout out to all you AMAZING Fundraising Coordinators and volunteers. Schools are out for the summer. Here are 3 tips for turning things over to the new Fundraising Coordinator:

  1. Introduce new volunteers and fundraising coordinators in an email/newsletter/tweet/facebook post. Include a mini-bio for each volunteer with fundraising goals for next year. Engaged and involved parents understand the challenges and triumphs of fundraising plus it builds stronger relationships between parents, teachers, staff and students.
  2. Set up your fundraising goals for next year. How much money will be needed for fun events and field trips? How will you raise the money? Update your fundraising binder with current information for the new fundraising coordinator. This is where you call Indeygo Fundraising or visit indeygo.com.
  3. Get others involved! Harness the power of volunteers and don’t be afraid to delegate. Schools with increased parent volunteering also enjoy increases in average grades, attendance and over all student wellbeing. You can make a difference!

Have a great summer – feel free to contact Indeygo Fundraising with any of your fundraising questions!  www.indeygo.com (877) 463-3946 info@indeygo.com

Have you heard? Indeygo is Proudly Canadian!

For the last 25 years, Indeygo has provided Fundraisers for Canadian Schools, Groups and Teams, but did you know that they are 100% Canadian owned and operated.  Oh Canada!  We have enjoyed meeting our clients over the years and running fundraisers in some amazing places!!

Did you know that the farthest North we’ve every sent cookie dough was to Iqaluit, Nunavut?  That’s way up on Baffin Island!  We’ve also had many fundraisers on Vancouver Island and all the way to the East Coast.  We have also run Fundraisers everywhere in between!  And I mean everywhere!

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Iqaluit, Nunavut has been our most Northerly client!

Indeygo now has fundraising options that can be shipped easily through Canada Post or other Couriers if your location is hard to reach via transport trucks – try our Coffee/Tea Fundraisers too!  Either can go by mail 🙂

Contact Indeygo to get started. www.indeygo.com info@indeygo.com or drop us a line at 877-463-3946.

What’s new for 2019?

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We have Soap and Bath Product Fundraisers!

We’ve added to our fundraising line!  In-Dey-Go Fundraising is excited to offer our new Soaps, Bath Bombs and Mineral Baths!  Bring happiness to your face and body with our artisan hand made bath products plus make excellent profits for your group fundraising goals.  Contact us to find out more info@indeygo.com or 877-463-3946

Spring Planters and Bedding Plants

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Don’t forget about our amazing Hanging Baskets, Planters and Bedding Plants for fundraising.  This year we are proud to add Strawberry Baskets, Tomato Tumblers, Mixed Herbs, as well as Easy Wave Petunias perfect for your garden or patio.  All plants have been grown locally and are perfect for our climate.  Planter Fundraisers are available in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and the surrounding areas.  Contact In-Dey-Go Fundraising to get started.


How to Kickstart Your Fundraising for the New School Year

Need Help Fundraising?  It’s no secret that schools, groups and sports teams have fundraising needs.  In-Dey-Go Fundraising can help.  We recommend the following to help your fall fundraiser be successful:

  1. Plan Early – Let’s get out of the gate early!  Plan to run your fundraiser Sept/Oct and have all the orders in by the end of October.  In over 20 years of business, we have found that this timeline ensures maximum success.  It also frees up your time (less stress!!) closer to the holidays!
  2. Choose a Fundraising Company that sets your group up for Success – Did you know that In-Dey-Go Fundraising will provide everything you need free of charge?  Glossy, colour order forms and support materials are sent out complimentary to your group.  You can easily set up an online store too!
  3. Communicate to your group and customers – make sure that your goals and intentions are clear.  What are you fundraising for?  What is your target amount?  Your customers will be willing to spend money if they know where the cash is going.  Your participants will be willing to take part and meet the goal if it is clearly defined (for example – each person needs to sell 4 tubs in order to reach our goal of raising $1800 for the new playground).
  4. Choose a quality product – In-Dey-Go Fundraising provides products made in Canada and supports local producers where possible.  Cookie Dough made us famous, but we’ve got other amazing products in our line up!  Did you know that In-Dey-Go also has Frozen Muffin Dough, Cinnamon/Sticky Buns, Beef Jerky, Coffee/Tea Fundraisers and new to select areas – we have Pasta!  Our Harvest Bundle Veggie Fall Fundraisers are also available in select areas.