It’s Time to Leave Food-Based Fundraising in the 90s

We’ve all been there. Walking fast to awkwardly avoid eye-contact with some young kid trying to sell people some overpriced chocolate that you don’t even want. All the while their parents sit at the table scrolling their phone and giving mean glances to people who don’t buy from their kid.

Maybe you’ve been there yourself, getting stuck with countless chocolate bars you were forced to sell so your little league team could get new uniforms. You knew no one wanted to buy them but you had to go door to door and get rejected by strangers over and over again.

Let’s face it, food fundraising is beyond outdated. Not only does it put undue pressure on students to sell something people don’t want to complete strangers, it also frankly just doesn’t work.

Fun Fact: Did you know that according to current USDA guidelines, students aren’t allowed to sell chocolate anywhere on a school campus? This sounds an awful lot like "stealing candy from children" (the only ones who actually eat it) if you ask us...

 

So what does fundraising look like in the 21st century?

You’ll see plenty of companies using the same model to sell the most random and undesirable things imaginable (think mattresses). Then there are crowd funders.

The simple solution to getting the funding you need without the hassle of selling products that no one wants. Since the first platform launched in 2006, countless causes and inventions have gained more funding than they ever thought possible, all because of crowd funding.

We’ve been taking a look at the landscape and noticed a common theme among most platforms. They don’t work well for groups and teams to fundraise.

If you’d like to see our solution to this, click the button below:

Benjamin Johnston