Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy ThanksgivingFrom our family to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving! We want to give a special thank you to all of our awe-inspiring fundraisers – thank you for inviting us into your causes and for allowing us to help you reach your goals one reusable bag at a time! We can’t do what we love with you, and today we honor you with many, many thanks from all of us at Mixed Bag Designs.

Our team will be celebrating with our loved ones today, but we will be back in the office tomorrow! Remember our Free Shipping offer is still available: Shop now and get free shipping on any order over $50! Have a happy holiday!

5 Simple Ways To Improve Fundraiser Sales

Simple fundraiser tips from Mixed Bag DesignsWe understand that running a fundraiser is stressful and we want to help. Here are some simple ways to improve your fundraiser sales. No two fundraisers are alike so you can use these tips and customize them for your group or school fundraiser.

Make a fundraiser board in your classroom – This may apply only to school fundraisers, but teams and other organizations can take the idea to their locker room or meeting room. Making a central board is easy for publicizing goals, promoting deadlines and keeping everyone on track throughout the fundraiser.

Set a seller goal and track it – In our parent letter templates, we encourage each fundraiser to promote a seller goal of at least five items – but each fundraiser can customize this idea to suit the group. Better yet – you can ask your sellers to think of their own goal and add it to your classroom fundraiser board. Displaying each seller’s goal is way to share their commitment to the group and also promote accountability so they are more likely to participate. Set up a thermometer or goal tracker on the board and as they get closer to their goal, move their marker up.

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Year End Fundraising Tips for Success

Mixed Bag Designs Fundraiser TipsAs we head into the holiday season, many organizations choose to ramp up their fundraising. For some, it can be a great tie-in to the gift-giving spirit so popular around the holidays but in some cases the year-end fundraiser can be a bust. Here are some tips to ensure that your end-of-year fundraiser is a profitable success.

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How To Run a Fundraiser: Your Silly Side

Silly Fundraiser Ideas - Promoting Successful FundraisersFundraising does not always have to be serious – in fact, many of the best school fundraisers from this past Fall reported that they boosted sales by adding some goofy contests into the fundraiser program. Humor is a fantastic way to connect with kids and adults alike, but most importantly, loosening up and having fun makes people excited to be a part of the program and want to get involved. We often talk about how personal connections are key in setting up profitable fundraisers and being silly and a little goofy is a big part of that. Loosen up and put a funny spin on your fundraiser!

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The Plastic Bag Breakdown

We use tons of plastic, but everyday Mixed Bag Designs tries to lessen the plastic bag waste one reusable bag at a time. In an effort to promote change and raise awareness, we have found that discussing the educational facts help people to rethink their choices. We hope some of these numbers and ideas will help you remember your reusable bags!

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Celebrating World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day - Mixed Bag DesignsWorld Kindness Day (celebrated on November 13) highlights good deeds in the community by focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the modern divides found in society today.

This year, World Kindness Day is less than a week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, leaving thousands dead and even more displaced or injured. If you’re looking for a simple way to help the Philippines, you can check Google’s list of verified donations and updated information: http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/2013-yolanda.html

World Kindness Day also falls in the month of November, just in time for families giving thanks across the United States. A great way to give thanks and show kindness is by giving back to your own community. Try a small deed like doing a job for free, or lend a helping hand by raking leaves or shoveling driveways after a fresh snowfall. Even smaller gestures like holding a door open for someone, letting someone go in front of you in the supermarket line or even letting cars merge ahead of you will not go unnoticed.

For even more inspiration, look no further than the Olivet Middle School football team. Check out this video on how these middle school kids inspire us to do better not only today, but everyday.

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How will you celebrate World Kindness Day?

Sources: Wikipedia, http://www.randomactsofkindness.org