Fundraising Tips

Getting Started

A successful fundraising program is easy when you follow these fundraising tips. If you’ve never planned a fundraiser or if you need to improve your next fundraiser, use the following information to plan a profitable and rewarding fundraising program.

Establish a Fundraising Goal

  • Determine what the group’s expenses will be for all programs.
  • Determine how much money the group will need to raise by subtracting expenses from amount of money in group’s treasury.

Organize a Fundraising Committee

  • Select one adult per ten children.
  • Maintain a list of members and their phone numbers.
  • Assign one person to be responsible for collecting the money.

Decide What Products You’re Going to Sell

  • Choose the products you want to sell.
  • Select a start and end date for your fundraising event.
  • Avoid holding your fundraising event during a holiday.

Promote Your Fundraising Event

  • Print out a promotional sign to display.
  • Discuss the fundraiser at school meetings such as PTA’s.

Collect the Money

  • Determine a deadline to have all the money given to the assigned money collector.


  • Celebrate after a successful fundraiser
  • Recognize anyone who participated, especially the top sellers

Selling Tips

Be Polite
If someone says “no,” don’t keep pushing. Just thank them and move on–you’ll feel better, and you’ll be able to move on to someone who does want to buy.

Be Positive
Smile! Be proud of what you’re selling and why you’re selling it. If the customer sees that you believe in the product, he or she is more likely to buy it!

Dress to Sell
You don’t have to put on a suit and tie, but clean clothes and a good appearance will help you sell more candy. If you can, wear a uniform or a T-shirt with your school, team, or organization’s logo.

Say, “Thank You”
When someone buys from you, be sure to thank him or her for helping you meet your goal. When they don’t buy, be sure to thank them for their time.

Maines Food & Party Warehouse would love to hear your ideas and fundraising success stories. Send your tips, successes, and pictures to [email protected]!