Category: key for a successful fundraiser

Motivating your Team Members

 

Getting ready to start your fundraiser? Worried about motivating your team members? Don’t, I am here to help with some useful tips and motivational tools.

Fundraising is a very rewarding experience that teaches us many valuable lessons. The importance of teamwork, realizing that you must work hard for what you want, stronger communication skills, encourages creativity and teaches us the importance of community and charity. Whether you are working towards a new piece of playground equipment or planting a community garden interacting and motivating with your team is important.

Stay positive! When you smile the whole world smiles with you. Fundraising can be a very busy time and sometimes the majority of the work involved can fall on one or two members. Keep your team engaged by sharing information such as how much you have raised, all the great things you will be able to do with the money you raise and how far away from your goal you are.

Having a Fundraiser kick off can get your team going in the right direction. Have some competitions along the way to keep the adrenaline pumping. For instance the first person to sell $100.00 or more will win a prize. You can set your own prize limits and at the same time, give your team motivation to do the best they can.

Hold a mid point team building session to catch everyone up. It doesn’t have to be a long session, but an hour with a quick catch up, maybe some munchies or treats and a quick team building game so everyone will have some fun.

The name of the game in motivation is keeping everyone engaged in the task at hand. It is easy to let the ball drop so someone else can pick it up. Keep that ball bouncing with imagination and ingenuity!

So let’s get your fundraiser going. You will be amazed at what you and your team can do. Flower Power Fundraising is there with you every step of the way! Happy Fundraising.

 

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Are you ready to be a Hero?

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Fundraising is an important aspect of engaging children in civic minded activities from a young age. It creates awareness in a young person that they are part of a bigger picture. When they are raising funds for people in need or even their own school, it teaches them to appreciate what they have and to understand that they have the ability, even at a young age, to help others. This position entails a certain amount of responsibility and also self empowerment. It transforms the way they perceive themselves and allows them to do more and be more.
It is a fact that children who participate in civic or public service from a young age are more likely to carry on with that type of work into adulthood. On the other hand, if young people are being helped by others who are doing fundraising for a cause that affects them, they understand that there are people who care about them outside of their immediate circle. This can help them to have a greater sense of self-esteem and self-worth, which can lead to better life choices overall.

Though there are many benefits to fundraising, most people do not like to fundraise. Most think raising funds is hard, frustrating, bad for the environment and our children and sometimes even dangerous. This is not true if you are fundraising with Flower Power.

Fundraising with Flower Power is easy. You can reach your friends and family through a catalog fundraiser, an online fundraiser or both! And because we ship directly to the supporters, you can invite anyone/anywhere to participate in your fundraiser. This takes out the work involved in fundraising. You wouldn’t have to sort or distribute the products. You wouldn’t have to schedule pick up dates or handle supporter complaints, we will take care of that for you.

Fundraising with Flower Power alleviates any frustrations that come with fundraising. We have made our fundraising process as streamlined as possible and as simple as possible. All the hiccups that come with a regular fundraiser are eliminated. We also have expert customer service that can help with any questions and concerns. Whether it’s about setting up your fundraiser or even questions about planting, they are there happy to assist you every step of the way.

Fundraising with Flower Power is good for the environment and our children, because you are fundraising with earth friendly products namely, bulbs and seeds, of the highest quality. In fact, it helps rejuvenate the earth and helps us (adults and children) connect to our environment, allows us to fight childhood obesity and promotes physical activity.
Fundraising with Flower Power is safe. With many people now not opting to go door to door in their communities, we have included an online fundraiser that takes 15 minutes to set up and allows you to invite as many people as possible to support you anywhere in the U.S . It also allows you to post your fundraiser on Facebook for more exposure.

With all these advantages and the 50% profit you earn from every sale, the decision to fundraise with Flower Power becomes easy.

Let us help you reach your goals.
Let us help your children be Heroes for those around them.
Let us help you fundraise!

 

School Gardens

Thinking about building a garden for your school? Great idea! The benefits of adding a school garden are numerous and profound! Some of those include changing eating habits, improving test scores, connecting children to the environment, helping fight childhood obesity, promoting physical activity and changing attitudes towards learning.
All in all, school gardens are a great opportunity for fun and physical activity while serving as an important educational tool to help students understand how healthy food is produced.

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Our first Lady Michelle Obama has been on a mission to encourage everyone to raise healthier children. One of the action steps she recommends is a school garden that would support all the goals that ‘Lets Move‘ campaign is trying to accomplish.

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We couldn’t agree more. And with Flower Power you will not only have the bulbs and seeds to build your school garden, you will raise funds for school projects in the process as well!
Flower Power offers 50% profit on every sale you make! And the products are 100% guaranteed!

Flower Power has two programs, the Fall program, which we are currently in, offers ‘Spring Blooming Bulbs’ which you plant in the fall and see blooming in the spring. In the Spring program we offer ‘Summer blooming Bulbs’ and vegetables. From Tomatoes, radishes and lettuce to cucumbers, onions and beets! We also have green beans , carrots, zucchini and squash. For the fruit lovers we offer red strawberries and white strawberries. We also offer seed mixes that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, which can be a great topic of discussion with school children.

As you can see, it’s a ‘win-win’ situation, you build your school garden and raise funds for other projects at the same time.

Don’t forget to check out this checklist for building a school garden.

For more information on Flower Power Fundraising go to http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com or call us at 1-888-833-1486

If you would like to get started and order Sales Supplies for your fundraiser, click here.

If you would like to build an online fundraiser, click here.

Happy Fundraising and Planting!

2 easy steps to start your fundraiser now!

Everyone can fundraise with Flower Power.

You don’t have to be a school, part of a PTA or PTO, an organization or a church to fundraise.. all you need is a reason to fundraise.
Maybe you want to go to Italy this year. Maybe you want to collect funds to support a sick friend. Maybe you want to build water wells in Africa or even raise funds towards medical research to cure cancer. Whatever your calling is, Flower Power can help you achieve it.

In 2 simple steps you will be already on your way to achieving your goal.

Step One: Order your FREE Info Kit

The Flower Power Fundraising Information Kit contains everything you need to plan your successful fundraising campaign. Information contained in our kit explains the basics of how our program works. In the Info Kit is our beautiful color catalog with all products as well as a price list, along with a sample order form.Simply go to our website and order your info kit. Or call us at 1-888-833-1486 and we will have one sent out to you immediately.
If you are already convinced that Flower Power is the fundraiser for you, you can skip this step go straight to Step 2!

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Step Two: Order your Supplies or Build Your online campaign.

If you’ve decided that Flower Power is the fundraiser for you, go ahead and order your FREE Sales Supplies. Simply fill out the Sales Tools Request Card also enclosed in your Information Kit, or call us at 1-888-833-1486 or go to our website and Flower Power Fundraising will send you your sales tools to get your fundraiser started.
Sales supplies include Full-Color Sales Catalogs, Order Forms, Collection Envelopes and
Master Tally Sheets. You can have as many as you want delivered to your door step for free.
You will also get a Chairperson’s Checklist that provides you with tips about running a successful fundraiser.

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OR, you can start building your Personalized Online campaign. To run an online program all you need to do is set up an account and customize your special landing page. From there, we’ll do the rest, from sending emails to generate sales to shipping flower bulbs directly to your supporters. Call us and we can even walk you through it every step of the way.

You can do both! Run a door to door fundraiser and an Online Fundraiser our results show a 60% increase in sales when running both programs concurrently.

Is there anything easier!
And the best part is

You earn 50% profit,
The bulbs get delivered directly to your supporters,
They are 100% guaranteed.
No minimum order required
No upfront cost required

So there is no risk to you whatsoever!
What’s even more exciting than an easy fundraiser is what you’ll be fundraising with! We have an absolutely beautiful fall product line-up which includes Rembrandt Tulips, Giant yellow Daffodils and the ever popular Giant Purple sensation Allium. So you are adding beauty to your community, rejuvenating the earth and enjoy the wonders of gardening all the while raising funds for your cause.

Start your fundraiser today and be the Hero that you know you can be!

Call 1-888-833-1486

Visit http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com

 

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How to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

How to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

Here we are! Spring has finally sprung and we are shipping out all the beautiful bulbs and seeds you have ordered over the winter. They are now ready to be planted in you gardens and pots! How exciting!
You will feel elated when you start planting and visualizing how your garden or home will look once the bulbs start to bloom.
We thought that there would probably be no better time than this to share a few tips on how to plant your lovely summer flowering bulbs.

Summer-flowering bulbs add drama to your garden from late spring right into fall. They are often tall, showy plants that have rich colors and make great cut flowers. Summer flowering bulbs have a way of illuminating borders and creating wonderful container garden displays. And like all bulbs, they are also very easy to grow. Simply put them in the ground and leave them to it!

However, there are some tips you can use to ensure bigger and healthy flowers. We will address planting the gorgeous dahlias our favorite flower here at Flower Power Fundraising, the ever so sweet lilies, the delicate irises, and dramatic gladioli!

Planting Dahlias

 

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Dahlias are highly productive plants that make great cut flowers. They like any rich soil with good drainage, so dig plenty of compost into the planting hole. You can also add a layer of grit on heavy soils to aid drainage. Dahlias are frost-tender plants, that’s why we start shipping when we are sure there is no longer a risk of frost in your area. Most people start dahlias off in pots indoors. If so, place the pots in a brightly lit spot and keep the soil moist. If you wish to plant dahlias directly in the ground, which is less work, bear in mind that they will flower a little later. You can also plant dahlias in containers. Use large, deep pots and general purpose compost. Add a slow-release fertilizer and plant as normal.
Pinch out the growing tips back to a pair of leaves once the plants are around 40cm high. This makes the plant bushy and encourages vigorous flowering.

Planting Lilies

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Lilies add something special to the garden and thrive in pots and borders.Our Star Gazer lily has been a best seller for several years! They need a sunny spot and rich soil that doesn’t get waterlogged. Plant the bulbs as soon as you get them because they die if they become dehydrated. Lily bulbs need planting very deeply, up to three times the height of the bulb itself. If you want to grow them in pots, choose tall, deep containers and plant closer together than normal. The best flower displays come when the plant’s stem and flowers grow in full sun, but the bulbs are kept cool and shaded. Plant them deeply and add a mulch, or grow ground-cover plants around them.
Lilies are hungry plants and will need regular feeding. Add a high-potassium fertilizer like tomato feed every two weeks. Continue feeding after they have finished flowering to swell the bulbs for next year’s display. Stake tall lilies to stop the stems snapping in the wind. Tie them to garden canes with soft twine and loosen the ties when needed.

Planting Irises

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Again, Irises like Dahlias are frost tender plants. You don’t have to worry about that because before we ship the summer flowering bulbs we make sure your state will no longer get frost, so it’s safe to plant irises once  you receive them. Irises are technically rhizomes, which is a clump of fleshy root. This means they should be planted near the soil surface, rather than deep underground like traditional bulbs.
Place the rhizomes just on the surface and cover the little roots with a soil. Position the crowns of moisture-lovers just below the ground.
Irises do not like to be crowded, so follow the spacing directions on the packet and avoid surrounding them with dense planting.
Irises need to be left exposed to sunlight after flowering – this is how they develop flowers for the following year. You can either remove the leaves when they wilt or leave in place for frost protection.

Planting Gladioli

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Gladioli corms prefer light, sandy soils in full sun. You can add plenty of coarse grit if you have heavy soil, and line the bottom of the planting hole with a layer of grit too. You can also enrich the soil with a low-nitrogen fertilizer, but make sure it is well mixed in or it could burn the corms.
Plant the corms deeply (10-15cm) and leave plenty of space between them. Plant even more deeply on loose, sandy soils to stop plants being uprooted by the wind.
Keep well-watered, especially once the foliage appears. Apply a layer of mulch around plants in dry weather. Unless they are supported by surrounding plants, tall gladioli varieties will need staking.
If you are growing gladioli for cutting, plant a few corms every couple of weeks for a continuous supply. Cut the stems when the bottom flower bud is opening and the rest of the buds are showing color.
How to lift and store summer bulbs

Unlike hardy bulbs which are bulbs planted in the fall that bloom in the spring like daffodils and tulips, summer flowering bulbs, get damaged by frost and should be stored indoors over winter. Wait until all the leaves have died down at the end of summer. Lift the bulbs out of the soil with a garden fork, taking care not to damage them. Remove any dead or dying leaves and cut back the leaves or stems to within one inch of the bulb. Leave the bulbs out in the sun to dry out. Then brush all the soil off them. Store the bulbs in mesh bags in the shed or garage. They need air circulation to stop rot setting in. Keep checking the bulbs and remove any that start to rot so you can replant them in spring! Or start a new fundraiser and get a fresh new batch of different flowers 🙂

Happy planting everyone 🙂

 

Fall Bulbs and Spring Bulbs

Fall Bulbs and Spring Bulbs

When fundraising with flowers, it is important to know when to plant the bulbs and when to expect them to grow. We thought we would address this topic to make it easier for everyone to understand and plant successfully.

We will start with a little background information.

What is a Bulb?

The word “bulb” is used to describe plants growing from an underground mass of food storage tissues. In other words, the storage tissue is like the bulb’s lunch box, packed with enough food for the whole growing season!

Bulbs are divided into two categories based on when they bloom.

Spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, are planted in the fall.
Those are the bulbs you buy during the Fall fundraiser which starts in May and ends in October. You will eventually plant those bulbs in the fall and expect them to bloom in the spring, hence the name ‘Spring Flowering Bulbs‘.

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They are also called hardy bulbs because they survive cold winter conditions. In fact, they need exposure to cold temperatures in order to flower properly. The exact timing for planting hardy bulbs varies by region, but they need to be in the ground before it freezes.
Bulbs develop their roots soon after planting, and then lie dormant during much of the winter. When the weather begins to warm, they draw on that “lunch box” of stored energy to produce leaves and stems, and then flowers. Some bulbs, such as crocus, require fewer cold hours and less warming to bloom, so their flowers emerge in early spring. Others, including tulips, need a longer cooling period and warmer temperatures to emerge, so they bloom later in the spring. The differences among bloom times allow you to plan a bulb garden that will bloom for weeks and weeks!

If hardy bulbs don’t get enough chilling, they may not bloom at all or if they do, their flower stalks may be stunted. Some regions in the United States are too warm to successfully grow hardy bulbs. To find out whether your region is suitable for the bulbs you want to buy, you can head to our website, where we have all the information you need about your zone.
Summer-flowering bulbs, including dahlias and gladiolus, are planted in the spring. Those are the bulbs you buy during the Spring fundraiser which starts in January through till May. You eventually plant those bulbs in May and expect them to bloom in the summer, hence the name ‘Summer flowering bulbs‘.

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They are tender and do not survive cold winter conditions, so we plant them in the spring after the last chance of hard frost has passed, and enjoy their blossoms in the summer.

After planting, they grow much the same way as spring-flowering bulbs, and produce and store food for next year. Most keep their leaves and continue to photosynthesize until fall temperatures turn cool. In northern climates, gardeners must dig up tender bulbs and store them in a dark place that stays cool enough to keep them from sprouting prematurely. Where winters are warm enough, it’s safe to leave tender bulbs right in the ground. It is important to know the hardiness zone of your bulbs to determine the proper care.
We hope that we were able to shed enough light on the bulbs you buy during the Fall Fundraiser (Spring Flowering Bulbs) and Bulbs you buy during the Spring Fundraiser (Summer Flowering Bulbs). If you have any questions, please let us know! We have experts who can help you, not only with your fundraiser, but also with your gardening!

Happy Fundraising!

How To Implement A Successful School Fundraiser

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You did it!
You took the first step and you’ve decided!

You are going to run a fundraiser this school year.

You know it is one of the most satisfying, worthwhile projects a school community can undertake, but ahead you can see the mountain you’ll have to climb, and the finish line seems to recede everyday. Raising funds to support your school is no easy feat. You need to get everyone on board and motivate them until the very last minute of your campaign.

Breathe!
Believe it or not, you’ve probably already made decisions about the toughest part of fundraising, without even realizing: the “PAP”!
The Project(s) the money you’ll raise will go towards,
the Amount of money these project(s) will require,
the Product you’ll fundraise with.
Now what? Well, a successful fundraiser relies on a lot of motivated people joining you by purchasing what you are offering. It’s all about awareness; it’s time to spread the news, which is a key to your fundraising success.

Here are our tips to spread the news about your school fundraiser:

1. Make a team member list. A list of reliable people you can count on to drive this effort.

2. Get your team members to enlist the efforts of their friends, parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, friends and co-workers anyone with a stake in the schools success. Just like that, you now have a solid foundation from which you can build your most successful fundraiser ever.

3. Create a platform, a web site for your campaign. One of the easiest and fastest ways to raise money is through a website your supporters can order from regardless of where they live. You’re in luck if you are raising money using Flower Power Fundraising; we’ve done the work for you.

With Flower Power Fundraising, you can customize a landing page for your campaign. Here, you can upload a photo of your group, set a fundraising goal and add a personalized note telling people what projects you are fundraising for.

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4. Send emails that deliver the details of your fundraiser. Flower Power Fundraising also allows you that advantage. All you have to do is enter the email addresses of your groups team members; the content of your email comes ‘ready to send’, but you can also customize it. Reminders get sent for you periodically. The more addresses you enter the more successful your campaign will become. This comes in handy during the colder months, when it’s difficult to go door to door.

4. Disseminate information about the campaign at school. Broadcast your campaign. You can begin those efforts by putting up notices on bulletin boards throughout the school hallways. Include details in the schools newsletter. Mention your fundraiser during school PA announcements. Post information on your school website to let everyone know about your fundraiser. It is a great idea to update your supporters during important stages of the campaign. ie. when you reach certain money goals or are getting close to the end date.

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5. Let social media do some work too. Use the many social platforms readily available and spread awareness about your campaign. Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are great places to start. Try creating a little video to get your message out there.

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6. Why not let local newspapers know about your campaign. They will want to support you, because supporting the school is supporting the community.
Look up the newspapers in your area then send them a press release about your cause, and why you are raising money for your school. Make it short and sweet. Check if they have online community news sections where you can post.

And this is it!
Once you’ve you’ve exhausted these options, now it’s time to have yourself a great fundraiser. Relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. They’ve never tasted so sweet.

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