Now I've got another concert coming up and have been tallying cookie dough orders, which I have to turn into the company tomorrow. And at some point I need to put together a presentation on a paper about phytochemicals in olive oil for my biochemistry class (which means I should probably read the paper). And I heard back from UW (got accepted into the MS, but wait listed for the RD program, so that was disappointing and I'll probably be reapplying this coming December). I've signed up to volunteer for a Cooking Matters class again, which means I need to find someone to watch Mal for those six weeks. And the food science class I was thinking I'd take in summer is actually being offered in spring, so I'm now signed up for that and microbiology for spring quarter. UW starts a week before NSC for spring, so I won't get much of a spring break (which is when we are planning to do taxes; I'll have about 3 days off).
Anyway, here are some things I've learned thus far while doing this fundraiser.
- Don't assume people will know who to write the checks to. I really didn't want to write who to make the check to on 450 forms (nor did I have time to do so, as forms went home right between our basement water discovery and my concert) and thought this was obvious. We made announcements through the school newsletter and the 3rd grade newsletter, but still had people make the check to the cookie company or leave the check blank (by far the easier issue of the two to solve).
- Definitely have someone help with the tallying. Having two sets of eyes counting the money and orders is helpful. And makes the process go quickly.
- I really like when people are able to just write a single check for the order, whether it's because they're the only ones who ordered or because they collected money from others and then wrote a check. They're the fastest orders to tally and verify.
- Don't let little kids fill out the order form themselves. This inevitably ends up difficult to decipher at best, with lots of mistakes at worst.
- In the same vein, don't let a little kid do the entire process all alone. If this happens and things don't quite match up, it's impossible to verify what's going on if the parent hasn't been involved in any way.
- Basic "chocolate chunk" is by far the most popular cookie dough flavor of our sale, selling 3x as many tubs as the next highest-selling dough.
- While this seems to be a successful fundraiser, I'm not a huge fan of selling something perishable. I'm already mentally stressing about the people who are going to forget to pick up their order, meaning we have to find a freezer to store it in until they get it.