MLM Fundraising Ideas

What should you know about MLM Fundraising? Well, I believe there are two aspects of network marketing fundraising you should know about. For the purpose of this post, I will teach you more about how network marketing companies participate in fundraising. I will also teach you how you can leverage your network marketing business to raise funds for a charity you are passionate about.  Let’s get started.

Just about every MLM Company in existence supports non-profit charities.  A few examples include:

• Mary Kay® supports the Mary Kay Foundation®

• Isagenix supports Childhelp®

• Nu Skin® supports the Force for Good Foundation®

I could go on and on, but my main point is that most MLM Companies donate a good amount of money to charities. In many cases, they even started the charity. Personally, I like that fact that most MLM Companies give back to these organizations.

Additionally, you can use your network marketing business to raise money for charities you are passionate about.  Here are several things you could do:

# 1 Donate the wholesale-retail difference from each retail sale to a charity of your choice

As you acquire retail customers for your network marketing business, you can keep track of your retail sales and donate the profit from each sale to a charity of your choice.  Most companies have a 20%-50% wholesale-retail markup, so on an average $100 customer order, you would have somewhere between $20 and $50 in retail profit that you could donate.  Not bad!

If you can find 20-30 loyal customers you could donate a significant amount of money each month to the charity of your choice.  I also think it’s a good idea to tell your customers what you are doing. This could definitely help increase sales.

# 2 Donate a portion of your bonus check to a charity of your choice

When you get paid your bonus check each month you could donate the entire bonus check amount (or a portion of it) to a charity of your choice.  Start out by donating a percentage of your check, say 10%, and send it to the charity you want to.  As you start to make more money with your company, the amount you donate will increase drastically.  Over the period of a year this could add up to a large donation.

# 3 Wear your company shirt at a charity race such as a 5k 

You could run in a fundraising race and wear a shirt or outfit that has your MLM Company’s logo on it.  You could get people to sponsor you and all of the money you collect would go toward a fundraiser that you choose.  This is good publicity for the company and for your business.  Just make sure you run the idea by your company’s legal department to make sure it is okay with them.

# 4 Sponsor a youth sports team as an independent distributor 

You could find a youth sports team in your local community, either a baseball, soccer, football or basketball team (or any other sport) and sponsor that team.  For a good $1,000 to $2,000 you could sponsor a team and have a year’s worth of free advertising for your business.  Your company name and your name would be on all the jerseys and maybe even on a sign on the sports field.  This creates goodwill with the parents of the kids on the team, and with your community.  It also lets people know about what you are doing.  Once again, just run this by the company’s legal department to make sure it is okay.

# 5 Raffle for free products

Another great fundraising idea you could do is offer a raffle for free products.  Create a basket with a couple hundred dollars worth of products and do the raffle.  Any amount of money above your cost for the products can be donated to the charity of your choice.  This is also a great way to get more leads for your business.

# 6 Do a contest with your team 

Another great MLM Fundraising idea is to do a contest with your team.  See if you can find 10-20 or more people on your team who want to participate in a fundraising contest.  Maybe you could get everyone on your team to donate a percentage of their bonus check to a charity in a given month.  Or, you could do a raffle with members on your team.  Or, you could get people to donate their time.

# 7 Donate unused inventory

If you have some old inventory, or a few products in inventory that are hard to sell, you could donate those items to the charity of your choice.  Depending upon what type of products your company offers you’re bound to find at least one charity that can benefit from it.

Final Thoughts

These are a just a few MLM Fundraising Ideas I can think of. You are only limited to your imagination.

In summary, MLM Fundraising is done by both MLM Companies and independent distributors. You will quickly discover that most MLM Companies donate a portion of their proceeds to different charities. They understand the importance of giving back and supporting their local community. And you will also find that many distributors do the same thing.  Personally, I believe it’s a good idea to donate to charities, especially charities that are close to your heart.

What are your thoughts? Do you have any MLM Fundraising Ideas that you would like to share with the rest of our community?  What have you done in the past that worked for you?  Leave a comment and let us know.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks.

Best Regards,

chuck holmes
Chuck Holmes
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14 thoughts on “MLM Fundraising Ideas

  1. Diamond Grant

    I really like these ideas. They are all practical and helpful. I strongly believe in giving back and all of these ideas are solid ways to do that. I really appreciated the tip about wearing your company shirt at a race. It makes so much sense because you can promote yourself and do something good for the charity/community at the same time. I think everyone should give back. It is so rewarding and if you believe in karma, good things will come to you when you give unto others.

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  2. Greg Boudonck

    This was a great post Chuck. As humans, I believe God gave us a responsibility to help other humans. We do this with our abundance. With that being said I need to point out the other side.

    Please look closely at the charities you are donating to. There are many in which very little goes to the main objective the charity describes. I have seen supposed charities that pay people that “work” for them outrageous sums and the actual humans who are supposed to be benefited only get 1% of 1%.

    It is our responsibility to make sure who we are giving to is legit. Please make sure.

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  3. Bonnie

    I’m in Shaklee and I do fundraisers all the time. Sometimes I sponsor churches and local businesses into my Shaklee business to help them raise money. It works every time.

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  4. Karen

    MLM can be used for fundraisers. We’ve done it at my church and with my son’s football team. In both cases we raised more than $1000 for each organization. You simply need to get creative.

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  5. Jeannie

    Whenever I do a home party with my Mary Kay business, I donate 5% of the total sales to a different charity. I even let the people at the party help me pick the charity. In most home parties I sell between $1,000 and $2,000 worth of stuff, depending upon how many people are there, so we normally raise $50 to $100 per party. Over the course of a year, I probably contribute several thousand dollars worth of donations to different charities, just from my Mary Kay sales.

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  6. Lisa

    I’ve been with Avon for many years and every year I give away 10% of my profits for my business to local charities. In most years, that is between $2000 and $4000. I always do this in December and it feels really good to know I am helping out charities in need, especially around the holiday season.

    Lisa

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  7. Amy Skalicky

    There are a number of discussions about value on this site, and this article is a good example of opening up your MLM to augment your efforts to deliver value first. Supporting a worthy nonprofit organization or charity is a win/win direction to take. Some MLM’s actually partner with a nonprofit organization or charity by signing the organization up as a distributor and allowing them to keep profits that they generate. This relationship should be considered with a word of caution, however, because a legal gray area arises concerning a nonprofit organization making money. Should you venture into this kind of an arrangement, be diligent in learning all of the associated legalities and limitations.

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    1. chuckholmes Post author

      Good points, Amy. If you’re thinking about doing MLM Fundraising, make sure you contact your company, and maybe even a lawyer first, do you don’t do anything wrong and wind up in hot water.

      Chuck

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