How to Create a Local Business Discount Card Fundraiser

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How to Create a Local Business Discount Card Fundraiser
Discount card fundraisers benefit organisations, purchasers, and encourage sales. (discount banner image by tomdesigner from

Discount cards are excellent fundraisers because they are easy to sell and save purchasers money. They are cards that provide discounts from local retailers who have agreed to support the organisation. A discount card manufacturer will take care of signing up retailers to participate in the card, so organisations can spend their time marketing and selling the cards.

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Things you need

  • Telephone
  • Discount cards
  • Posterboard
  • Markers
  • Copier
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Computer (optional)

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  1. 1

    Organise a committee to work on the discount store fundraiser. A minimum of four members should be sufficient to ensure that no one is overburdened. One person can arrange for the discount cards, one can handle publicity, and two can organise sales.

  2. 2

    Make a list of companies that create discount fundraiser cards.

  3. 3

    Contact companies that manufacture discount cards and compare prices. Ask about pricing, minimum orders, and whether you can request certain stores to be included on the discount card.

  4. 4

    Create signs and flyers about the discount cards. Offer a pre-order sale price so that you can have cards sold before you obtain them. Pre-ordered sales will also help you estimate how many discount cards you should order.

  5. 5

    Choose a company, order the discount cards, and request a complete list of retailers who will be giving discounts to purchasers using the card.

  6. 6

    Ask participating stores if you can put up a flyer about the fundraiser discount card or sell it in front of their store. A customer might be willing to purchase the card if it instantly saves them money.

  7. 7

    Send home forms with organisation members asking them to sell the cards to friends and neighbours, purchase them, or sign up to sell them at a community location for a few hours. Offer small prizes or incentives to the person who sells the most cards.

  8. 8

    Arrange to have a table selling the discount cards at a busy shopping centre or popular community area. Make a schedule and organise members to sell the discount cards at the table. Display a list of retailers giving discounts and create a sign identifying your organisation and how they plan to use the funds.

  9. 9

    Designate one committee person to collect and keep track of the money raised.

Tips and warnings

  • When advertising the fundraiser, highlight popular retail stores that will be giving discounts.
  • If you do this fundraiser around a holiday,promote the discount cards as gifts.
  • Make sure sellers know who should be given the sales money.
  • If children will be selling the discount cards, discourage door-to-door sales.

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