Healthy Spring Fundraising Ideas for your School, Club, Band, or Team

At FarmRaiser, we want to make it easy for you to raise money with healthy local food and artisan goods, so we put together a series of healthy, easy, high-profit, and effective spring fundraising ideas. If you’re looking for some creative, fun and inspiring ways to raise money for your school, band, team or cause, you’ve come to the right place. This page highlights Spring Produce Fundraisers, Organic Seed Fundraisers, Coffee and Tea Fundraisers, and the FarmRaiser signature Community Basket Fundraisers.  We will update this post with additional ideas about how you can raise funds for your cause in the spring and early summer season — so check back regularly, view our latest post or browse our Healthy Fundraising Ideas Collection.

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1. Host a Seed Sale Fundraiser in Winter or Early Spring

Great news for gardeners everywhere! FarmRaiser has just partnered with High Mowing Organic Seeds to bring their seed fundraising catalog to your school, band, team or cause. Reach your fundraising goals by offering the highest quality, 100% certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified seeds to your supporters and customers. Top seven things we love about seeds:

  1. Seeds are in demand during the winter months when gardeners are planning for spring and deciding what to grow.
  2. High Mowing seeds can be shipped directly to your school, anywhere in the country, making delivery and distribution a snap.
  3. A great selection of carefully selected seeds allows home and school gardeners to pick exactly what they want to grow this year — dedicated gardeners are going to spend money on seeds anyway, and they might as well support your cause while doing it.
  4. You can add a seed sale to almost any of your existing fundraising plans, and boost your profits while providing countless opportunities for kids to learn and connect with food.
  5. If they grow it, they will eat it when kids experience the magic of gardening firsthand, they are more likely to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their efforts.
  6. You can set up your FarmRaiser campaign so fast it will make your head spin. With our real-time inventory system and the tried and true selection of seeds from High Mowing, you can start selling almost immediately.  Try it, and see just how easy seed fundraising can be.
  7. Planting a seed is an expression of hope for the future, and cultivating hope for the future is what we try to do every day.

If you want to get a jump on the spring fundraising season, login to your account, or contact your cultivator, and we can help you get started today.


 

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2. Fresh Produce Fundraiser: celebrate spring with farm-fresh goodness

Looking for a fresh idea for your spring fundraiser? Turn over a new leaf with a a selection of the season’s fruits and vegetables picked fresh from a farm near you. February and early March is the perfect time to book your fresh produce fundraiser  and take advantage of spring crops like asparagus, greens, and herbs. Fresh produce fundraisers with a local farmer, CSA, or home produce delivery service are:

  •   Effective: everyone needs produce, and we work with farmers to bring you the season’s best at great prices.
  •   Educational: produce fundraisers are a great way to teach kids about where their food comes from, and how to eat healthy.
  •   Sustainable: choosing to sell local farm products helps keep your food system resilient and your local economy strong.
  •   Healthy and Delicious: the best way to get kids to eat vegetables is to serve them great-tasting farm-fresh produce.  Or you could cover it in cheese and butter — either way, you’re in for a treat.

FarmRaiser can have your healthy fundraiser set up in less than a day. You get a customized online farmers’ market, our mobile app, a parent letter, marketing material, and easy-to-read reports that make distribution a snap.


3. Perk up your supporters with a coffee fundraiser

Highly popular, mildly addictive, and yet beneficial to health, coffee makes an amazingly effective and profitable fundraiser. As a nation, the United States spends $18 billion on coffee, with  nearly 2/3rd of all adults in the United States drinking at least one cup per day. This makes coffee a great item to sell in your fundraiser: almost everyone wants it, and is going to spend money on it anyway, so they are delighted to buy some to support your group’s fundraising campaign.

coffee fundraiserFresh, delicious, locally-roasted coffee has been one of the most popular FarmRaiser items since the beginning. Here’s why:

  1. Popular with parents and supporters – 2 out of 3 adults in America drink coffee, and buy it at least twice a month; your supporters are probably no exception.
  2. Widely available – FarmRaiser has artisan roaster partners in almost every area of the country, and we’re getting new ones every day.
  3. Delicious – every town has its local favorite style and type of bean, and with FarmRaiser you can sell exactly what your customers want, rather than some generic, untasted, un-trusted ‘fundraising coffee’
  4. Necessary – whether it’s your 5AM workout, early morning meetings, or shuttling kids to late night practices, rehearsals and events, coffee helps you make it through.
  5. No Refrigeration Needed – you can distribute coffee at a sunny afternoon soccer practice and not worry about it spoiling before it makes it home.
  6. Coffee promotes health, reducing the risk of diabetes, liver cancer and cirrhosis, gallstones, heart disease and Parkinson’s see this interactive info-graphic from Harvard’s School of Public Health.

Login to your account, or contact your cultivator, and we can help you get your coffee fundraiser started today.

4. Community Basket Fundraiser, a win-win for your organization and your community.Community Basket Fundraising

If you’re looking for a unique fundraiser for your school, that will set you apart from other product fundraisers, why not try a Community Basket Fundraiser from FarmRaiser?

Here’s how it works: When you sell a Community Basket in your fundraiser, you keeps 50% of the sale, and FarmRaiser will work with your local food bank to buy locally-sourced fruits and vegetables at bulk prices to distribute to those who need it most. A typical basket of $20, will net you $10, and provide up to 50 lbs of food to your local food bank. The Community Basket can be effective on its own, or as an “add-on” to a seed fundraiser, fresh-produce fundraiser, or a holiday-themed campaign. Our organizers love Community Basket fundraisers because they’re:

  •  Meaningful & high-impact Fresh fruits and vegetables are always in short supply at food banks and pantries, and by purchasing at wholesale prices, even a small donation goes a long way to help families in need.
  • Fast. We can have your fundraiser set up in about half an hour.
  • Easy. With no products to distribute or volunteers to coordinate, a Community Basket Fundraiser is great for those with limited time.
  • A great “add-on” product for a spring produce sale or other healthy product fundraiser
  • Able to reach more people,  because community baskets allow supporters who don’t want to pick up products or who live far away to support your cause and your community.

Just like with our  product fundraisers, you’ll get a customized website for your Community Basket fundraiser, our mobile app, winning templates for your parent letters, and marketing material. Support equitable access to healthy food, while raising money for your school or cause, book your Community Basket fundraiser today.


Thanks for reading our collection of spring fundraising ideas. If you’ve got other great ideas for healthy spring fundraisers that you would like to share with your fellow teachers, PTA members, band leaders and organizers, leave them in the comments, or send us an email.

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Perk up your supporters with a coffee fundraiser

March 18, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

Coffee is a Great Fundraising Idea

Highly popular, mildly addictive, and yet beneficial to health, coffee makes an amazingly effective and profitable fundraiser. As a nation, the United States spends $18 billion on coffee, with  nearly 2/3rd of all adults in the United States drinking at least one cup per day. This makes coffee a great item to sell in your fundraiser: almost everyone wants it, and is going to spend money on it anyway, so they are delighted to buy some to support your group’s fundraising campaign.

coffee fundraiserFresh, delicious, locally-roasted coffee has been one of the most popular FarmRaiser items since the beginning. Here’s why:

  1. Popular with parents and supporters – 2 out of 3 adults in America drink coffee, and buy it at least twice a month; your supporters are probably no exception.
  2. Widely available – FarmRaiser has artisan roaster partners in almost every area of the country, and we’re getting new ones every day.
  3. Delicious – every town has its local favorite style and type of bean, and with FarmRaiser you can sell exactly what your customers want, rather than some generic, un-trusted ‘fundraising coffee’
  4. Necessary – whether it’s your 5AM workout, early morning meetings, or shuttling kids to late night practices, rehearsals and events, coffee helps you make it through.
  5. No Refrigeration Needed – you can distribute coffee at a sunny afternoon soccer practice and not worry about it spoiling before it makes it home.

Login to your account, or contact your cultivator, and we can help you get your coffee fundraiser started today.

Coffee is Good for Your Health

Good news! Finally, the scientists are catching up with the truth that we know in our hearts to be true: coffee is not only necessary for daily survival, it also promotes health, reducing the risk of diabetes, liver cancer and cirrhosis, gallstones, heart disease and Parkinson’s — click on the smug coffee drinker in the graphic below to see an interactive guide to coffee’s benefits from Harvard’s School of Public Health.

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Community Basket Fundraiser – Raise Money While Helping Those in Need

March 13, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

Community Basket Fundraising

FarmRaiser’s Community Basket raises money for your cause while sending fresh, healthy food to a local food bank– it’s win-win for your organization and your community.

If you’re looking for a unique fundraiser for your school, that will set you apart from other product fundraisers, why not try a Community Basket Fundraiser from FarmRaiser? Here’s how it works: When you sell a Community Basket in your fundraiser, your cause keeps 50% of the sale, and FarmRaiser will work with your local food bank to buy locally sourced fruits and vegetables at bulk prices to distribute to those who need it most. The Community Basket can be effective on its own, or as an “add-on” to a seed fundraiser, fresh-produce fundraiser, or a holiday-themed campaign.

Support equitable access to healthy food, while raising money for your school or cause, book your Community Basket fundraiser today.

Our organizers love Community Basket fundraisers because they’re…

 – Meaningful & high-impact Fresh fruits and vegetables are always in short supply at food banks and pantries, and by purchasing at wholesale prices, even a small donation goes a long way to help families in need.
 – Fast. We can have your fundraiser set up in about half an hour.
 – Easy. With no products to distribute or volunteers to coordinate, a Community Basket Fundraiser is great for those with limited time.
 – A great “add-on” product for a spring produce sale or other healthy product fundraiser
 – Able to reach more people,  because community baskets allow supporters who don’t want to pick up products or who live far away to support your cause and your community.

Just like with our product fundraisers, you’ll get a customized website for your Community Basket fundraiser, our mobile app, winning templates for your parent letters, and marketing material. Click here to schedule your Community Basket fundraiser and help ensure that everyone in your community has access to fresh, healthy food.

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Fresh Produce Fundraiser

spring_produceLooking for a fresh idea for your spring fundraiser? Turn over a new leaf with a a selection of the season’s fruits and vegetables picked fresh from a farm near you. February and early March is the perfect time to book your fresh produce fundraiser to take advantage of spring crops like asparagus, greens, and herbs.

FarmRaiser can have your healthy fundraiser set up in less than a day. You get a customized online farmers’ market, our mobile app, a parent letter, marketing material, and easy-to-read reports that make distribution a snap.
Fresh produce fundraisers with a local farmer, CSA, or home produce delivery service are:
   1 – Effective: everyone needs produce, and we work with farmers to bring you the season’s best at great prices.
  2 – Educational: produce fundraisers are a great way to teach kids about where their food comes from, and how to eat healthy.
  3 – Sustainable: choosing to sell local farm products helps keep your food system resilient and your local economy strong.
  4 – Healthy and Delicious: the best way to get kids to eat vegetables is to serve them great-tasting farm-fresh produce.  Or you could cover it in cheese and butter — either way, you’re in for a treat.
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Higher Grounds is a Certified B Corporation

February 12, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

We wanted to share the good news about FarmRaiser partner, Higher Grounds Trading Company — just achieved their B Corporation Certification. The B in B Corp stands for benefit, and certification means that Higher Grounds holds their business to an exacting (and verified) standard of social, environmental, and legal accountability. Read more on their blog below:

When we first learned about the nonprofit B Lab and their work to build a global community of like-minded organizations called “certified B Corporations” who meet “the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability,” we were immediately intrigued. Higher Grounds has always been committed to those very values, and pursuing the opportunity to engage with others who shared those values seemed like a no-brainer.

Source: Higher Grounds is a Certified B Corporation

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How to get great products for your FarmRaiser

February 12, 2016 / All / Comments: 1
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In some locations,  there are dozens of FarmRaiser producer partners with a complete range of healthy, local products for your fundraising sale. In others . . . maybe not so much. To see which businesses are active in your state, visit our producer-partner directory here. If you don’t find the farmer or artisan whose products you’d like to sell in your fundraiser, you can send us an email with their name and contact information, and we will reach out — or you can simply write them an email, using our template below.  We’ve found that 9 out of 10 producers will sign up as FarmRaiser partners once they understand the benefits for them
Hi Kristen,
I’m writing because    (organization name)    is hosting a FarmRaiser, to raise money for (details on what you’re doing). A FarmRaiser is a new kind of fundraiser where we sell healthy local products through their online farmers market and app — we can sell just about anything that is healthy and locally produced, and we would love to make your (product name (s) available for sale in our FarmRaiser! People in our community love your products because  (reasons why they are worth buying), and as a group, we want our money to support local businesses in our community. Learn more about growing your business with FarmRaiser
This is not a request for donation, but an opportunity to help reinvent the product fundraising industry while gaining customers and supporting your community. If you join the FarmRaiser Partner network, not only will we be able to sell your products in our fundraiser, other schools, bands, teams, and causes in our community will be able to select you as their preferred supplier for their FarmRaiser, which could result in hundreds of new customers for your business.  If you have questions, please email FarmRaiser’s Chief Cultivator, Lauren Smith (or call her at 571-279-8873). We’re really excited about being able to fundraise in a way that recognizes and strengthens our local food system and I would love for you to be a part of it.
Locally yours,

Copy and paste it into your email program, customize it and make it yours . .. or simply call the the business and explain, many will sign up while you are on the phone. Once a business has signed up, they will receive our complete guide to adding products, merchandising, and selling on the FarmRaiser platform, and you will be able to start your healthy fundraiser with your dream products.

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FarmRaiser Success Story: Tutu’s Pantry at Stevens Elementary Seattle

February 11, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

No kid should have to go hungry. See how FarmRaiser helped Tutu’s Pantry create a healthy fundraising campaign to fight weekend hunger at Stevens Elementary School in Seattle.

THE CAUSE: Each week, Tutu’s Pantry at Steven’s Elementary School provides backpacks with a weekend’s worth of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare meals for children who need it. The program sources most of its food through targeted food-drives but requires money to shop for items when donations run low. –> Download the Case Study Here

Looking for more resources, ideas, and support for your healthy fundraising effort, our blog has plenty of resources and ideas to help. Want to get started with your own campaign, sign up here for free account. 

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Thaw. Learn. Grow — February 2016

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plant early to harvest fundraising success

February is full of promise. While winter still holds us firmly in its grasp, the days start getting longer, and plants begin preparing for spring. Soon bold bulbs will peek above the cold and sodden ground, and overwintered crops will extend their first tentative green leaves, setting the stage for spring growth.  Now’s the time to plan our gardens, selecting seeds that will determine what we harvest throughout the year.

In February we also celebrate the Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent (and more). Each celebration provides an opportunity to connect with our communities, culture, faith, traditions, and families.

FarmRaiser can help you create authentic fundraisers around these traditions–as fundraisers, advocates for healthy food, and educators– instead of dressing up the same old fundraising appeals in a seasonal story. This issue of the Cultivator is about how to create the real deal, using the FarmRaiser platform–and we actually do sell garden seeds now from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Vermont!

If you’re ready to bring authenticity, connection and education to your organization’s spring fundraising efforts, read on, send us an email, or sign up for a free FarmRaiser account, and start planting the seeds to greater health and wealth in your community.

Locally Yours,

Mark W. Abbott Founder and CEO

“My father taught me that the fate of a seed can be predicted by the health of the soil where it takes root. This is true of summer crops. It can be true, in another sense, of people. We all need a healthy environment and a community that lets us fulfill our potential.”— Will Allen, urban farmer, author, retired professional basketball player, and MacArthur genius grant recipient.


Will Allen and the Growing TableIdeas for Creating Authentic Fundraisers with Themes, Books, and Local Businesses
Imagine you are a politician campaigning to create more jobs in America, and then you get your campaign t-shirts and yard signs printed in Hong Kong– how long do you think it would take before someone noticed, and called you on it? Now imagine you are raising money for a sports team or school gardening club that promotes health, fitness and connection to nature and you were selling candy bars.

FarmRaiser offers you three ways to create harmony between your fundraiser and your cause:
1. Add a thematic and educational element with books.  For instance, you can celebrate Black History Month with a book about pro-basketballer-turned-urban-farmer Will Allen, who has inspired a new generation of youth in Milwaukee and around the country to connect with food and farming. See the whole catalog of Readers to Eaters educational books here

2. Choose fundraising products to reflect the season: Try a Valentines-themed Fundraiser with a home-made meal kit, artisan dark chocolate, or a trip to local restaurant that your supporters (and their sweethearts) will be shopping for anyway. Another great winter or spring fundraising idea is a seed sale (see below).

3. Support the businesses that support your community: Local businesses are a cornerstone of every community — they provide jobs and opportunities and they create a unique character and flavor that makes the place you call home special. They also depend on you as a customer. When you sell local products in a fundraiser, the whole community benefits, and people are more likely to know about it and support it.

Sign up for your Free FarmRaiser account and get started today. 

If you’re ever need some inspiration or ideas for your next healthy real-deal fundraiser, stop by our blog. We’ve got dozens of posts, hints, tips and tricks to help you get the most from your fundraiser.

7 Reasons we Love Seeds Fundraising

High Mowing Seed Fundraiser

If you’re looking for an idea for a high-profit, easy, and healthy winter fundraiser, we have some great news for you: FarmRaiser has just partnered with High Mowing Organic Seeds to bring their seed fundraising catalog to your school, band, team or cause. Reach your fundraising goals by offering the highest quality, 100% certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified seeds to your supporters and customers.

Seed fundraising is easy to do, can be set up very quickly, can be done anywhere in the country, and deliver high profits — read our blog post on 7 Reasons we Love Seeds Fundraising for the full story on how seeds can deliver the results you need to support your cause.

One secret to a great gardening and great fundraising is to get started early — now is the perfect time to plan your Spring FarmRaiser — Sign up, or Login today, and prepare for successful harvest.

A Trove of Ideas and Resources 
We’ve been hard at work this winter, moving our anecdotal experience and knowledge onto our blog. If you’re looking for tips for organizing an effective fundraiser, help merchandising your products on the FarmRaiser platform, or a collection of ideas for your next fundraising effort. Some posts we’d like to highlight:

We welcome your ideas and contributions in our comments sections — thanks for your help in creating a new generation of healthy, sustainable fundraising.

 

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Handbook for your Healthy Fundraiser

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With instructions on everything from selecting and merchandising products and setting up your account, to managing volunteers, writing letters to supporters, and activating your student champions, the FarmRaiser  Fundraising Campaign Organizers Guide is an indispensable resource for first-time or veteran fundraisers. If you’re like me, the email with our guide to hosting your healthy fundraiser with FarmRaiser is buried under 2,732 emails in your inbox.

So, here’s your permanent link to our fundraising handbook: download it here

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Healthy Fundraising with FarmRaiser

How to talk to your friends about Healthy Fundraising

Ready to kick off your healthy fundraising campaign with FarmRaiser, but maybe the rest of your committee, group or PTO/PTA is not? If you want to quickly explain how organizations can raise money, support local farmers and artisans, and connect kids with healthy food, we’ve created some materials for our partner organizations to share with their networks, and for individuals who are interested in trying a healthy fundraiser at their school, nonprofit, church or athletic organization. You can download them, or simply fill out our referral form here, and we’ll reach out to them directly.

2016 School and Organizer Brochure

If you know someone at a school or non-profit, who might be interested you can share this link, add it to your web site, or simply download and print it out to share with your fundraising committee, coaches, teachers and others who are involved with fundraising at your school

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2015 FarmRaiser Video Introduction to FarmRaiser

If you want to share a multi-media introduction to healthy fundraising with FarmRaiser, here’s our video, featuring the incredibly energetic and dedicated staff, students and parents of Hemingway Elementary.

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2016 Introductory Presentation

For an in-person presentation, you can download our introduction to FarmRaiser here: Healthy Fundraising with FarmRaiser. If you want to create your own, or customize it for a particular audience, drop us a line, and we’ll send you the original PowerPoint file.

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