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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 email@example.com or drop us a line at 877-463-3946.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-463-3946
Spring Planters and Bedding Plants
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.
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:
- 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!
- 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!
- 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).
- 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.
We get it – fundraising is not glamorous – but it certainly is one of the most important positions out there in the PAC world. We realize you were probably the only one to put your hand up at the PAC meeting when the word ‘Fundraising’ came up. Everyone else pretended to be on their phone or didn’t make eye contact with anyone until the topic had passed! Because of your commitment to help out, we want to make your life as easy as possible!
Over the last 20+ years, we’ve helped many fundraising coordinators with their campaigns and we recognize what is needed. Let’s just say that when it comes to running fundraisers, we know what you need, and we know the kind of person you are! Here are some of the trends we’ve noticed with the coordinators we have worked with:
- You are well organized and with your kids involved in many different activities, you are pulled many directions on any given day, but you know how to break things down step by step
- You are an excellent communicator and have the ability to delegate when needed
- You are strongly committed to your family, your school, and your cause.
We also know that being the coordinator can sometimes feel overwhelming. We can empathize with this completely and are committed to supporting your fundraiser from start to finish. From the first phone call or email – we are here to answer any questions, and help you out in your role. Whether it’s your first fundraiser or you’ve been at this for ten years, there are always questions and concerns that need attention. We want you to meet your fundraising goals and succeed! At the end of the day, when your fundraiser has provided cash for a new wheelchair, ice time, a new playground or funds for a class trip, your time is worth it!
We should all be giving a big thanks to those people who raise their hand and say “I’ll take the lead and be the fundraising coordinator!” It is a selfless role that takes time, effort and desire to make things better for the group – ultimately this makes it better for communities we live in!
What’s your fundraiser made of? In-Dey-Go Fundraising is proudly Canadian and we source as many of our products from Canada as possible. Mind you, we’ve never come across a coconut that was raised in Canada, but any other ingredients that can be sourced in Canada, you can bet we are using it! Over 70% of our raw ingredients are sourced from Canadian producers. The quality of our fundraising products are second to none. You can’t beat the attention and care put into every item and In-Dey-Go stands behind each product 100%.
We are proudly supporting other Canadian businesses; some big, and some small. Our In-Dey-Go Frozen Cookie Dough, Muffin Dough and Cinnamon Buns are made in our world class facility. We’ve been creating recipes and jobs for over 20 years!
In-Dey-Go Beef Jerky, Coffee/Tea, and our newest member, Pasta, are all hand made in small Alberta businesses. We love supporting this activity and the wheel keeps going around and around, because the end users are supporting your group or school as well!
So, the next time you are choosing a fundraiser for your group, ask yourself, where is it made? What is it made from? What is the time frame for delivery? Is there support throughout the process? At In-Dey-Go we can stand proud in our answers!
Everyone knows that there are thousands of causes out there competing for fundraising dollars. Many times it’s a strategic marketing ploy or a gimmicky challenge that get people to donate. Let’s ask ourselves, out of the biggest of non-profit challenges, how many of the donors have returned to donate more than just once? Probably a very small percentage! Here are a few tips to retain your donors and your volunteers and ultimately raise more funds:
- Gratitude – send your donors and volunteers a warm Thank You card or email. Send this out soon after the donation of time or money – don’t forget!
- Sharing Information – Where has the money been used? What good are the donors’ dollars up to? Share what the volunteers have been participating in and have an ‘hours donated’ chart (our pic for this month’s Blog is from the Calgary Food Bank). Something fun, engaging, relevant and impactful!
- When fundraising with a product, keep it simple for your volunteers and clients; ask yourself the following to ensure success:
- What is the profit margin?
- Is this product/company local?
- Is this a quality product?
- Can my volunteers easily sell this?
- Relevance – Will my donors buy this?
4. Make it easy – Set up an online store or a central location where people can buy your fundraising product or make a donation.
5. Keep good records and goals – how much did we raise last year? How many new donors versus repeat donors and what will our goal be for this year? Use your database and keep it clean in order to follow up with your valued clients and volunteers!
When we started Indeygo Harvest Bundles in the Fall of 2016 we never dreamed that the Food Bank Donations would be so popular! We’ve teamed up with a local Edmonton grower to offer fresh vegetables to schools in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary. Not only do participants have the opportunity to sell parcels of fresh veggies to family and friends, there is also an option to buy a bundle for the local food bank.
As we saw orders come in from the schools, we were astounded at the generosity of each participant’s customers. The first year we offered the Harvest Bundles, we donated 3000 lbs to Community Food Banks, but 2017 blew this number out of the water, when we took over 12,000 lbs to local Food Banks!
Many small actions add up to big things! Our participating schools and students have so much to be proud of. The schools make money for their cause, the students are selling healthy vegetables to family and friends, and the food bank donations go straight to an amazing cause. If you are interested in running an Indeygo Harvest Bundle Fundraiser for Fall 2018, give our team a call (877) 463-3946 or visit www.indeygo.com. It’s easy, it’s local, it’s healthy, and the profits are great!