Cooking and baking is one way you can raise money and make a difference. Here are some steps- I would love to hear more ideas in the comments!!
Get the Word Out
Spread the word with parent help? to neighborhood mailing lists, the app NextDoor.com, and possibly Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. Think about your mission, or why are you raising money? Why is it important? Can you say it in one or two sentences? If you can explain it to your customers, they will be excited to buy or contribute more.
Make it Easy for People to Donate
People might donate even if they don’t buy a lot of goodies. Have a jar, labeled with something that matches your cause. For example “Fight Cancer”. If you have an interesting jar, or pitcher, or container, that can be helpful- make sure you place it in a location on your table where everyone will notice it.
Make your products look amazing! Nice wrapping, decorations and labels help a lot! Showing that you put time into your products can make a difference.
Keep it Simple
Keep your menu simple – 2 or 3 popular items (see below). Try not to make things no one has heard of, even if they sound amazing to you. I have found people like the classics. Also consider if your item will melt in the sun or break easily. It is always best to go with things that are not too fragile. (This means, sometimes cupcakes don’t work!)
Set your prices to raise money. You can ask an adult for help with this. Don’t underprice, it is for a good cause, but don’t charge more than people would be willing to spend.
Be sure to set up in a place that a lot of people will pass and have signs so people know what you are doing. You can also have flyers about your cause- someone might take it home and get back in touch, or help you to spread the word.
Make sure you have change on hand. ($1s, $5s, and quarters) A lot of people will have a $20 bill only!
- Popular and Best Selling Items:
- Rice Crispy Treats
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cupcakes- this depends on weather and audience- can be the most popular of all.