As any non profit police explorer post knows, fundraising is most likely the only way to pay for the posts needs. The type of fundraisers your post does, and how often is what really matters. I’ve heard a lot of explorer post’s doing car washes for their fundraising. This is a great idea, but does it pull in a lot of money? Not usually, and you can only do this a few times a year. There are tons of other types of fundraisers out there, which do not require the safety risk of going door to door.
In my final years as an explorer, I was in charge of the fundraising. It was a great and a fun experience for me to handle such an important task for my post. One of the best fundraisers we did, that made a lot of money, was clothing orders and coffee mug orders. The clothing orders made probably the most income for our post, and the police department loved that time of year, when they can order new clothes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that all explorer post’s look into this for their fundraising needs.
I am going to give you all the information on how to get a clothing and mug order started, if your explorers post does not already do this. Please before you proceed with anything; make sure you go through the proper channels to get this fundraiser approved.
My explorer post personally went through North American Embroidery. Your department can also go through this company, because they cater all over the USA. I recommend that you visit their website at www.naeusa.com and request a catalog. My explorers post order form allowed for employees of the police department to order and personalize their clothing.
The sizes we offered were XS-2XL (Large sizes would cost an additional $4.00), we also gave a choice between colors. The colors will be different per your department’s colors; my department was blue and yellow so we offered a variety of colors. We also let the employees choose to have our department badge on the clothing, along with a name of their choosing. Also, whatever items you choose, put them on the order form, so your buyers can see what they are buying. I will include a picture at the end.
The types of clothing we offered and our prices were:
Cotton T-Shirt – $13.00
Crew Neck Sweat Shirt – $24.00
Nylon V- Neck Pullover $28.00
Hooded Sweat Shirt – $32.00
Zipper Hooded Sweat Shirt – $32.00
Sweat Pants – $28.00
Jacket – $40.00
You can work with these numbers if you want, but we went with these item and numbers, which made the employees happy and made us a profit.
North American Embroidery’s contact information is as followed.
Toll free 1-800-348-3131
435 Kietzke Lane
If you are not from Nevada, then check with them on shipping fees, because you may need to rearrange your prices.
250 Penny Ln.
Grants pass OR, 97527
For the mug orders, we allowed for only white cups, with the option of having a name included for .50 per letter of the name. All mugs included the department’s badge.
11 oz. Mug – $12.00
15 oz. Mug – $15.00
I hope this information can help your explorer post, as it was wonderful for mine.