I haven't even started THINKING about Christmas yet- even though Hobby Lobby is tempting me to with the Christmas section already up (ok, maybe I have thought about Christmas a little....)
And that got me thinking. People are going to spend money at Christmas buying gifts. Why not offer them gifts that ALSO support our cause of Relay For Life? We want them to spend that money with us instead of a mass retailer, how can we do that?
Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to Noah's Ark Workshop! It's like Build A Bear, but BETTER. I'll tell you why in just a minute.
But first- let me tell you where this idea came from, because this genius fundraiser wasn't my idea! My sister Relay For Life team, Orange Power, has two really smart ladies who already work in direct sales. Those two ladies are Traci Wile, and Bonny Moulton. They are the guru's of direct sales- and guess what? They follow the tried and true Relay advice of doing what you know. One day, Traci came across this fantastic website, and these two geniuses decided to turn it into a fundraiser.
They called me SO excited with the idea, and I was hooked right away. I was so interested, in fact, that I called Dina Amico from Noah's Art Workshop to tell her how the girls wanted to make this small idea into a BIG Relay fundraiser. Turns out, Dina was amazing, and full of amazing ideas herself. She offered to make a special program JUST for Relay For Life fundraisers- and I was SOLD on sharing the idea with all of you (with Bonny and Traci's permission, of course!)
Here are the details of the program:
As a Relay For Life Team or Individual, we would like to offer the following Fundraising Membership:
· * Registration as a Fundraising Member is FREE
· * 35/40/45% OFF of retail prices on plush animals, outfit and accessories
· * 40% OFF of promotional priced animals
· * Free Noah’s Ark replicated website with an e-commerce shopping cart paying 35% commission on
· * Product catalogs at wholesale prices
· * Access to our Graphics Art Department for assistance in creating custom fundraising flyers, Facebook Banners and promotional materials
· * Option for customized teddy t-shirts with your organization logo or fundraising message
· * Workshop and product training and support
· * Free Membership do not come with a Membership Kits * Fundraising Memberships are eligible to earn additional fundraising dollars through our traditional direct sales downline commission payout. Simply sponsor a Fundraising Member into Noah’s Ark, and earn additional funds for your organization based on everything your downline team purchases.
GETTING STARTEDSimply call Dina at 1-866-484-6624 to register as a Fundraising Team or Member (**PLEASE SIGN UP UNDER BONNY MOULTON SO YOU ARE IN A RELAY FOR LIFE DOWNLINE**). You will have immediate access to your membership benefits with immediate website creation.
Now- why is this better than Build A Bear?
1- Relay For Life gets the profit.
2- It's cheaper.
3- You bring the party TO your donors.
4- You have a website donors can order from so people can stuff them at home.
5- You can earn commission on people who sign up under you.
6- IT'S FREE to sign up!
Here are a few ways to make this fundraiser work for you.Team Orange Power did something really neat with the special edition pink bears. The decided to pre stuff the bears, and sold them ready to go at our Pink Out games, online, and in local stores. Here's my favorite part. They also offered people the option of buying a bear to have delivered to a breast cancer patient. Great right? A tangible gift they could love on that also helps fund research for their disease!
Well, I was all over that! I had just got an email from a friend who had been diagnosed. I knew EXACTLY what I could send her to make her smile. So, we called Bonny up and ordered her a bear. When it arrived, my son, Wes, took extra care with it, hugged it EXTRA hard, and said a little prayer to it to give Deb strength. It worked. I cried and cried when she got it in the mail, because it brought her so much HOPE.
You could also host a local party (think of places you could have it that are free- local churches, homes, or town halls!) have people RSVP and pay ahead of time, and order what you need! Imagine the fun little ones would have stuffing a special friend and taking it home THAT day! Or for Christmas- making them for a friend or sibling!
Dina also shared a brilliant idea. You can purchase little plush stars to put inside the bears. Use the stars as a fundraiser! First, choose an animal to stuff for a special person- perhaps a local cancer patient, a survivor, or a child in a local children's hospital. Sell each star for $5, and have the person buying it say a prayer over the star (or a wish for you non religious types), and have them sign a card. Then stuff the animal with all of those happy thoughts and prayers, and deliver it to the recipient. Genius, right?
Hold an online virtual party and promote it on Facebook! Donors buy from your website!
I know what you are thinking- OHHHHHH! We should have a Relay bear! Guess what? If there is enough interest, Dina can make that happen! Imagine a cute purple bear with a RFL logo on the foot!? EEK! I want one!
The opportunities here are virtually endless. If you have one, please comment below! It doesn't get better than this ladies and gentleman. Take a look at Noah's Art Workshop online, and you will be hooked to! I'm already building my Christmas shopping list! I know I will get a warm fuzzy by buying a gift that also helps my favorite cause :)