School wide Coffee Fundraiser
If your school staff, parents, and surrounding community are tired of being asked to buy candles year after year, perhaps it’s time to try a new fundraising option! One of the latest trends in the fundraising world is gourmet coffee. Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in this country, with more than 50% of the population drinking it daily. Good coffee is becoming much more appreciated in this country as hipsters across the US have brought more awareness to what makes a good roast/brew. Many people in our nation are no longer satisfied with the familiar brands offered at the local grocery store. All these facts point to a successful fundraising opportunity for your school!
The profit of a coffee fundraiser is similar to a candle sale, but the market is much wider. A typical 1 pound bag of coffee costs around 10 to 15 dollars. Many coffee fundraising companies will split the profit 50/50. This is a wonderful profit margin for your school. And the product is not as heavy or hard to sell.
Offering a variety of roasts and the option of whole-bean vs. pre-ground will allow your market to widen. Most people who drink coffee appreciate a great roast, and if they are going to purchase it anyway, why not purchase for a great cause! Another selling point is that coffee makes great gifts for the coffee-lovers in your life. It is an easy sell to any door you knock on.
One of the other hassles of selling food items, which are among the most popular and successful fundraising ideas, is that they are perishable and often temperamental in how they need to be stored. Coffee is a relatively stable commodity in comparison with pizza or cookie dough (two other increasingly popular fundraising sellers). Coffee is packaged in a way that is unlikely for anything to be damaged in the multiple transitions (unlike wrapping paper fundraisers).
There are many reasons why gourmet coffee is becoming the new face of fundraising for schools, non-profit organizations, and other causes. Perhaps it is time to lay to rest some of the tired fundraising traditions and bring something new to the table. Parents, teachers, and neighbors will thank you as they enjoy their coffee each morning, and perhaps this will also remind them to be more ‘awake’ in other areas when it comes to getting involved with your school!
Categories: Fundraising with Coffee
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