BEFORE THE FUNDRAISER
Q. I’ve never coordinated a Fundraising campaign before. How will I know what to do?
A. Gardners Candies has been successfully coordinating fundraisers for over 50 years. We know what works, what doesn’t, and how to make your campaign run smoothly. We use our experience to guide you through your campaign – from beginning to profitable end.
Q. Does a Gardners Fundraiser require a lot of time and work?
A. Not at all. We do most of the work for you, starting from the organization and planning all the way to the delivery date. It is our goal to make your job as easy as possible!
Q. Why should we sell Gardners Candies when some other fundraisers offer higher percentages?
A. Research has shown that, when compared to our competitors, Gardners Candies outsells all other fundraisers 3 to 1. Where some fundraising companies claim higher percentages, you’ll STILL make more by selling products with the Gardners name and tradition of excellence. To make your experience even better, we will not charge for forms, individual packaging, or other necessities for your campaign.
Q. Are the sales forms easy enough for young children to complete?
A. Yes! Some of our most successful customers are elementary schools.
Q. Does Gardners offer prize incentive programs?
A. Yes! We have programs for both team and individual sales efforts. Kids love the added competition, which in turn, boosts your sales!
Q. It seems like everyone sells Gardners. Won't that make it more difficult for my organization to sell it too?
A. No. Most selling takes place within a particular salesperson's neighborhood or within their circle of family and friends. Two people selling Gardners seldom cross paths.
Q. How much money can my group raise?
A. Check out our Profit Calculator under Request Information.
Q. How do I get started?
A. Call us toll-free at 1-800-242-2639, or fill out our Fundraising Form available by clicking here.
DURING THE FUNDRAISER
Q.What all comes in my Fundraising Sales Kit?
A.You will receive a packet with the requested number of color brochures and master sheets. You will also get a delivery form that needs filled out and returned with both copies of the master sheets.
Q.What do I give to the sellers?
A.Each salesperson will need a color brochure and a master sheet. Instruct them to return the master sheet to you. The color brochure will stay with the salesperson for their personal distribution. Click here to see what our Christmas and Easter brochures look like.
Q.How do I motivate the sellers in my group?
A.Encourage the sellers to work hard to raise the needed money. Reassure them that, by doing so, they will reach their end goal and fulfill the sole purpose of your fundraiser.
Q.What deadline do I need to meet?
A. You will be asked to select a delivery date and time. For Christmas sales, orders are due into Gardners Candies 3 weeks before your chosen delivery date. For Easter sales, orders are due into Gardners Candies 4 weeks before your chosen delivery date. Your selected delivery date and time will be confirmed by telephone or email one week prior to the actual date.
Q.It’s delivery day! Now what?
A.Our drivers will unload and stack your order to your specification. All original (white) copies of the master sheets will be returned to you in your Gardners delivery envelope. You will also receive a print out that lists each salesperson, number of items purchased, and individual sales totals. Keep your white copies until your invoice is paid.
Q.What if there is a mistake with an order?
A.We work carefully to prevent any distribution errors from happening, but if by chance something is wrong, have your salespeople notify you immediately. All corrections/replacements must come from you, the chairperson. Instruct the salesperson not to distribute any items until the order is correct. Any additions or corrections to your order must be received within 5 days of delivery.
AFTER THE FUNDRAISER
Q. When will the billing process begin?
A. After 5 days, and you have no additions or corrections to your order, we will assume that your sale is complete and prepare the billing, provided you have been given credit approval. If not credit approved, you will pay the amount less your profits at delivery or pickup.
Q. Can I tell other groups about my fundraising success?
A. Of course you can! As a matter of fact, if you get another group to sign up, you could earn an additional 5% of that group’s first net sales! Make sure you call your Gardners Fundraising Specialist to get more information on this “sweet” deal.
Q. I want to offer my feedback. How do I do that?
A. Please email or call us with your comments/suggestions. We greatly appreciate your participation and take every comment into consideration to make your next sale even better!
Q. What do I do when my group wants to participate in another Gardners Candies fundraiser?
A. Give us a call toll-free at 1-800-242-2639. We certainly look forward to working with you and your group again!