Fundraising with Pies

Cheryl Cirelli
Pie making
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Bake sales have long been among the most popular of fundraising ideas. Holding a pie fundraising sale is a slightly different approach that can be a fun and profitable way for nonprofit organizations to raise money. If you want to hold a pie fundraiser and you don't want to make your own pies, consider working with an established company that offers a structured fundraising program. You can simply have your participants take orders, then distribute them when those orders are delivered.

Three Pie Fundraising Programs

1. The Pie Shoppe

The Pie Shoppe claims to have the "recipe for cash." Why? They send out their homemade pies and rolls exactly when and where you need them. You don't have to do anything to prepare them. The company has been in business for over 60 years, so they're doing something right! You can check out their detailed plan at the Fundraising Program page, but the basic breakdown is this:

Reserve your pies fundraising date with The Pie Shoppe as soon as possible. It cannot be on a Sunday or Monday unless your sale will be around the holidays. Visit the website for the office number and hours. Start taking orders, then contact The Pie Shoppe with your order. You'll then get the pies and other items to distribute, followed shortly by an invoice. Profits will vary based on what you choose to charge for the pies and rolls. According to the company's website, The Pie Shoppe charges a flat rate per pie, dozen cinnamon rolls, and pumpkin roll. Your profit comes from the additional amount your organization decides to charge.

You can view the selection of pies for fundraising at the Fundraising Items page. Want to check them out in person before committing? No problem, you can chat with someone from the organization at a fair or festival.

2. Watts Fundraising

Watts Fundraising has a few options for pie fundraising. Look through Ovens of Ashley for pies that are ready to serve, such as "Banana Cream Pie, Apple, Medley of Fruit, Peach Praline, French Silk, Pumpkin, Caramel Apple Walnut and Pecan." Other options to consider are the Simple Pleasures and Gourmet Creations-Frozen.

If you want a pies fundraising program that will really motivate your participants, this one may do the trick. Watts Fundraising has prizes, from a subscription to Texas Cheerleader magazine to cash.

To get started, you can contact Watts Fundraising by going to the Services tab and checking under Let's Get Started. You can then discuss having someone from Watts come out to speak to your group about the program, the products, and the prizes. You can also talk about whether to have your participants collect money as they take orders or when they deliver the product. The items are conveniently packaged by participant when they arrive at your location, and if you wish, they can even include the prizes with each group of items.

3. Achatz Handmade Pie Co.

The Achatz Handmade Pie Co. gives you fundraising choices if you live in Michigan. You can sell ready-to-bake pies along with quite a few other products (cookies, brownies, soups, jams, salad dressings, and teas).

Instead of going that route, your organization can sell booklets of coupons for the Achatz Handmade Pie Co. locations. You make a profit from each booklet of coupons sold. For example, with 200 participants committed to selling 20 books each, your organization could make up to $40,000.

If you're interested and your organization is based in Michigan, visit the website to download your application. If you want more information first, you can also look through the brochure found there as well.

Make Your Own

If you have willing volunteers who can bake, consider making your own pies to sell for profit. This option will bring in the most funds for your organization since you will be not be dealing with an outside company. Have volunteers bake several versions of pies to sell for a set price. You can take pre-orders then set a date to have the pies available for either pick-up or delivery. The cost upfront for your organization will be the ingredients used for the pies, unless you are able to get that donated. The less expenses incurred for your organization, the more money you can expect to earn in profits.

Pies, Fundraising, and You

Selling pies (or pie coupons, in the case of Achatz) can make your organization a great deal of money if each participant is committed to selling just a few pies. For those who are able to make the pies themselves to sell, expect to bring in more profits since there will be no fees from outside companies. After all, who doesn't like a homemade pie that requires no attention-just cut and eat? And who doesn't like pies fundraising that's just as easy to manage?

Fundraising with Pies