Category : Types of Coffee Fundraisers

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In the realm of coffee fundraisers, there are many avenues one may take to spread awareness of their cause while simultaneously gaining a decent amount of donations. If you’re interested in unique fundraising ideas here is the best way to raise funds for your school, church, band, youth group or any other organization: a coffee fundraiser. Much like any other form of fundraising, there are several ways this form of fundraising can be carried out. The two most popular coffee fundraising methods are brochure-based and direct sale. While the primary goal of each fundraising type is universal, the techniques used to meet this goal can greatly vary.

Brochure Coffee Fundraisers

If you or your child has been involved in a school system within the past couple of decades, then you’ll likely be familiar with this type of fundraising option. In the most basic terms, brochure fundraising is just that – raising funds by selling products from a brochure. In the realm of coffee fundraising, brochures come from a coffee supplier, along with order forms.

Once the brochure’s and order forms are received, they are handed out to fundraiser participants. From here, they may be shown to relatives, co-workers or neighbors. If the potential donor finds an item within the specialty catalog that interests them, they fill out the order form and include some form of payment. At the conclusion of the fundraising event, all order forms are collected and sent to the coffee supplier, or vendor.

From here, the coffee company processes payments, delivers products to the donors and then delivers a check to the fundraising organizer based upon the number of sales they achieved. This is perhaps the easiest and most cost-effective way of holding a coffee fundraiser. Because brochures and order forms are sent free-of-charge to fundraising organizers, there is literally zero upfront cost of getting started. In fact, there is no cost associated with this type of fundraising event. Because of this, it’s ideal for organizers who are working with little-to-no investment money.

Direct Sale Coffee Fundraisers

This form of fundraising is much different than the aforementioned. Within this model, fundraising participants sell physical bags of coffee, instead of simply taking orders via a brochure. While this provides donors with instant access to their purchase, it also requires a significant financial investment from the fundraising organization. While this may not be the best choice for every fundraising campaign, it can be quite lucrative when setting up a physical booth at a festival, school production or community event. By setting up a booth and including information about your cause, you’ll tackle two birds with one stone (or booth): Raising funds by selling coffee and communicating with your local community regarding your cause and need for funds.

In the modern fundraising world, there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of the various methods school, church or youth group can use to raise funds. While some of these are highly successful, others fall flat. Perhaps one of the most significant fundraising options for all organizations sell coffee. Coffee fundraising events can be quite lucrative and prove to be an excellent way to communicate and engage with your community. However, if you wish to have a successful and respectful fundraising campaign, then you must be careful where you receive your coffee products. In the realm of fundraising, it’s essential that your organization only chooses fair trade coffee. But why?

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

According to Equal Exchange and Fair Trade USA, fair trade coffee is coffee that meets various standards and regulations set forth by various organizations and agencies. Because many coffee beans come from subpar growing conditions, who also treat their workers poorly, fair trade coffee ensures you receive the highest quality coffee beans harvested using the best practices for coffee safety and worker stability. While there are several components that constitute fair trade coffee, the following elements are most important:

Coffee is purchased from organized and regulated farming co-operatives.
Coffee is priced at a level that ensures farmers and workers receive fair compensation for their work.
Coffee is imported by company’s who promise to assist farmers achieve their financial livelihood goals.
Wholesales and importers pay for the fees to certify coffee meets fair trade certification requirements. This reduces the financial burden on farmers and workers.
Coffee is grown using the highest standard of growing techniques as farmers are financially rewarded by importers and wholesale companies.
Coffee is grown and harvested utilizing purely organic methods. This ensures no chemicals and other compounds are used within the cultivation and harvesting of coffee beans.

Why Choose Fair Trade Coffee for your Organization?

The last thing you want to be associated with as a fundraising organization is a coffee company that utilizes standards that are considered harmful and detrimental to the livelihoods of farmers. When you choose a fair trade coffee company, the money you raise for your organization, as well as for the company, is used in a responsible and respectable manner. This is an essential component for any coffee fundraising campaign. Therefore, before you agree to use the coffee from any supplier, make sure that the coffee features the Fair Trade seal, and is grown, harvested and imported based upon the strictest standards for fairness and quality.