When looking for a fundraising opportunity, most people haven’t recognized that using candy vending machines are a unique fundraiser. You’ve probably seen them at various places of business and wondered how they got there. Only a few charities have realized the ability of using candy machines to raise funds for their organization.
While churches have vending machines on premises and parishioners who use them are contributing to the churches upkeep, this would not be a good general fundraising opportunity for them. However school local schools and also other charitable groups can use the candy vending machine fundraiser as a unique fundraiser.
I have found two places to go to obtain the materials needed to run a successful candy fundraiser. They are Sam’s Club andLarge Size 15″ Metal and Glass Candy Gumball Machine, Silver Color“> Amazon. Both of these establishments sell the candy machines and the price range is somewhere in the neighborhood of $60-$80 apiece. They also sell an assortment of candies to put into the machines. They are the typical gumballs, but some are pretty unique. The average gumballs when bought in bulk cost about 1.2 cents, and then can be sold for a quarter. That’s quite a profit margin.
I would suggest you hire a graphic designer to design a decal with your charities logo, to paste on the machines you place.
Where would you place those gumball machines? Obviously if you have members or others, you are close to who have retail establishments, you can ask that they place one of your machines in their stores. Other areas that are good possibilities include Laundromats. Family-style restaurants, and any other place for that would attract a family type of crowd.
You will be amazed at the results! A typical machine in the proper store or indoor area, will yield about $30 a week. If you have 10 machines placed that means $300 a week or $15,000 a year. Of course you have to subtract costs involved, the largest of which would be the machines themselves which would be about $600 and the cost of the gumballs. Add these costs together and you still find that you would have a very good profit with very little work on behalf of the volunteers.
A small disclaimer here! Local laws may make the requirements of obtaining a business license to place the vending machines. Be sure to check them out before attempting to start this fundraiser. I believe you will find this to be a unique fundraiser and a fantastic fundraising opportunity.