How to be Successful at a Charity Bake Sale
Bake sales are a great way to raise funds and raise awareness for your local cause or group. Most people like to support their local organizations and it doesn’t hurt that most people also love desserts!
Whether you are organizing a bake sale for your local church, an after-school club, a sports team, or a community effort like a creek clean-up, bake sales promote community within your group and provide a good, fun way to earn some money. Follow these steps to organize your own bake sale.
Pick a Date and Location
If you are going to have multiple people contributing to your bake sale, you’ll want to make sure you have picked a date and location that is feasible for everyone. If you get a decent amount of foot traffic around your house, you can hold the bake sale in your front yard. Otherwise, if you want to host your bake sale at a church, school, or local business, you will need to get permission from that organization in advance. In this case, make sure that your volunteers don’t disrupt the normal flow of traffic for that organization and be sure to clean up all of your mess at the end of the day.
Look for volunteers within your organization or group and ask for support from others in your community. For example, if you are hosting a bake sale for a junior football league, get the parents and neighbors of the young athletes involved in the effort. Give your volunteers specific directions. If other people will be contributing baked goods, let them know exactly when and where to drop them off the day before or the day of the event. Make sure you have a good count well beforehand of how many baked goods you will have to sell and how many items you think you will need.
Prepare Your Setup
You will need the following supplies for your bake sale:
- One or two card tables and plenty of folding chairs, at least one for each volunteer who will be on shift at any given time.
- Signs and decorations. If you aren’t very crafty, you can get custom signs delivered to your house in advance for the day of the event. Post signs around the area for your bake sale, but also be sure to make/order a sign for your booth that advertises the name of your group, your website, contact number, etc.
- Napkins, plastic cutlery, paper plates. You will probably also want to provide a cooler of water or lemonade and plastic cups. Provide a recycling bin for the cups and a large trash bag for other waste.
- Cellophane and ribbons for wrapping up your baked goods.
- Small signs or sticker labels for each baked good. This is especially useful if you will be coming up with cute names for your baked goods.
You will be more likely to sell your baked goods if they come with cute, silly names. These could refer to local landmarks (like Appalachian Trail Cookie Crunch Bars), recent events, or could just be totally silly. Ask your volunteers to help come up with names or to provide names for their donated baked goods.
Next, you’ll want to work on setting prices. This is a charity, so of course your prices should reflect that. You can set a few price points like $1, $3, $4, $5, $10, $15, and ask your volunteers to set their own prices on their goods.
And take advantage of this opportunity to spread the word about your cause or organization. Be sure to bring flyers and business cards along to hand out to others. Be sure that all of your materials advertise your name, website, social media links, phone number, email address, and a brief description of what your cause or group is all about.
You can also host a raffle to boost sales and interest. Contact a local baker to find out if they would be willing to donate something to be raffled off. This could be a box of donuts, a particularly fancy cake, or a gift card. Hand out slips of paper for people to put down their names and phone numbers for the raffle and include a bowl to collect the slips.
You should also include a tip/donation jar. There may be plenty of people who want to support you without actually buying something from you!
Have you had success with a Charity Bake Sale?
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Masshole Mommy says
Good to know! I Have never participated in one before, so now I will know.
I have donated baked goods, but not worked at the table. I like the idea of the donation tip jar!
I haven't had a bake sale since I was a kid, but I know they're a great way to fundraise! Everybody loves homemade baked goods. It's a win-win!
A tip jar is a really good idea. Bake sales are feeling the effects of nut, gluten, and other allergy issues and people trying to eat healthier. So, giving people a way to support the sale without buying an item is a great idea!
Laura Funk says
We have done these a few times. They work great, pull in a few hundred dollars and typically have delicious left overs 🙂
Charity bake sales are such a great way to raise funds, especially for schools. I mean, who doesn't love supporting a good cause while satisfying their sweet tooth?
Maria Long says
I usually just provide a product to sell for any bake sales in our community. These are really great tips.
I think the setup is the most important … there are so many Bake Sales during this time of the year and Its important to stand out
Our church has an annual charity bake sale. It always goes really well. I try to make cute cookies or something for it.
Lois Alter Mark says
These are great tips. Bake sales are such an effective – and delicious! – way to raise money for a cause.
Charise Rohm Nulsen says
I haven't done a bake sale since I was a kid, but I'm sure I'll be doing them again soon once my kids start school!
I love the idea of coming up with cute names for the treats. Thinking of having a bake sale for my next fundraiser so thanks.
Great ideas! I would love to do this with my kids, I think it's something they would really enjoy.
I'd love to host a bake sale for our daycare. I find that when it comes to cakes and cookies, people find extra dollars to donate!
Danielle Wells says
Yeah, I think that you would REALLY have to prepare and plan ahead for such a thing as this!
Amanda Love says
Really great tips. I've never done a charity bake but if I do I now have an idea of what would make it successful.
I've never organized a bake sale, but you may have just inspired me to do so! It seems easy enough 🙂
Krystal Butherus says
What good timing! I'm actually planning my first one! This would be so awesome.
Ruth Zankich says
I like the idea of boosting interest by doing a raffle. I feel like people don't necessarily want to purchase the goods but with a raffle they will be more open to it.
Mama to 5 says
I have never held a bake sale before. I know my church teenage group has them to raise money for mission trips. Great info.