If you or your child has ever been a part of an organization like girl scouts or a town soccer team, you know that the bulk of the parent duties have to do with fundraising. As inconvenient as it is to have to pay these high membership prices so that our children can learn social skills with their peers as well as gain experience in whatever the activity it is they choose, it’s something that all parents sacrifice.
The kicker comes when your child comes home with things like apparel forms that have the name of their new club or organization printed everywhere. It’s never enough to just buy a t-shirt. Instead your child wants the t-shirt, the shorts, the crew neck sweater (that you know he or she is never going to wear), the sweatpants, and even the hat.
It’s a tough thing to say no when your kid is just so excited that they’re a part of something, so you buy one of everything for your kid and then of course one of everything for his or her sibling, and you can’t look like you’re not a proud parent so you throw two t-shirts in for you and your husband or wife as well. Before you know it, a 3 month long commitment just cost you 3 months of car payments.
The spending doesn’t end there. No matter how much you’re paying, there’s always going to be a need for fundraising. Sometimes it’s hard to mind when you know the money being raised by the fundraiser is going towards a team trip or the registration fees to enter a tournament they qualified for. Other times however, that money is just going towards more apparel you don’t need.
Fundraisers are also a pain in the neck when you’re spending your money on completely useless items. Some of the traditional fundraisers that we as parents don’t seem to mind include car washes, clothing drives, beefsteak-type dinners, and if we have self-control, chocolate bar sales. On the other hand, selling wrapping paper, candles, more apparel, or fruit baskets is like throwing money down the drain.
There comes a point when you’d almost rather hand your cash over to the club or organization and say “I’m paying you to not give me what you’re trying to sell me”. But we all end up doing it…because of course, it’s for the kids.
There is however a newer fundraiser that parents everywhere will love. It’s a lot easier to spend your money on a fundraiser when you’re getting something enjoyable or useful out of it. While it might sound a little funny at first, holding a laundry detergent fundraiser is probably one of the most practical events you could plan. There’s one thing you know for sure, everyone uses laundry detergent. While not everyone uses the same brand, people are willing to sway from their chosen brand if the price and the quality are right.
Good Clean Fundraising is now offering laundry detergent fundraisers that are extremely effective and profitable for programs in schools, towns, teams, churches, etc. The liquid detergent that’s being sold comes in a 5 gallon bucket and sells for around $45 retail. If you break down the unit price Good Clean Fundraising sells for about $0.07 per ounce compared to what people are paying in their local food market at $0.13-$0.15. It’s not something that people can say “they don’t need” or “it’s too expensive”, because everyone knows that they both need it and won’t be able to find a better deal anywhere else.
The difference in a laundry detergent fundraiser compared to those chocolate, wrapping paper, or candle selling fundraisers is that you’re selling something that people are already using and buying on the regular. Good Clean Fundraising reports amazing profit margins for both small and large groups that chooses to fundraise with them. Small groups find it very realistic to raise somewhere between $3,000-$5,000 in just a few weeks, large groups raising almost 5x that with $25,000.
Like most fundraisers, the more laundry detergent your group purchases, the cheaper the purchase price. At retail, the 5 gallon bucket sells for $45. When you go through Good Clean Fundraising on the other hand, you buy the 5 gallon bucket for only $32 when you sell 0-300, $31 when you sell 300-500, and $30 when you sell more than 500 buckets. The break down for profits is just as easy. When you sell 100 buckets, you profit $1,300. When you sell 300 buckets, you profit $4,200.
When you sell 500 buckets, you profit $7,500. Good Clean Fundraising will supply your group with the order forms enabling you to make copies to hand out around town or to people you know who might be willing to buy a big bucket of laundry detergent. A typical laundry detergent fundraiser will last anywhere from 2-4 weeks, but it’s all about how quickly you want to get your laundry detergent to your customer as well as how long it takes you to reach a solid audience.
If you haven’t already, you might want to contact your team mom or the head of the booster club and let them know that there’s a fundraising option out there that’s not going to make all of the parents hate him or her. Fundraising doesn’t have to be frustrating, but it does have to be effective and profitable.
If the kids aren’t having fun with selling laundry detergent (because they can no longer sneak a candy bar from the box they’re carrying around), feel free to make it a competition. Since the profit margins are so high, your club can easily afford a small prize for the top seller. There’s no need to dread that sale you know is coming every year and you no longer have to feel bad about your kid guilting your neighbors and family members scattered around the country to buy what they’re selling. This time, you’re actually doing them a favor.