When Should You Start Planning For Your Mishloach Manot Fundraiser?

The truth is, it’s never too early. The really organized people start around Rosh Hashanah (September), but most wait until Channukah (December) or the end of January at the latest. At HappyPurim we’ve gotten calls from organizations looking to run their first Mishloach Manot fundraiser ever, just 2 weeks before Purim! We are able to help you out even last minute, but to run a really successful fundraiser you should start your basic planning in December. Here is a suggested timeline based upon the March 21st date of Purim 2008. 

  1. In December:
    1. Identify the person/s who will run the fundraiser
    2. Decide on a “theme” for your baskets (not necessary, but popular; we’ll post more about “themes” later).
  2. By January 15
    1. Compile (or get from organization office) a list of all the members in your organization. Make sure to double check for accuracy!
    2. Figure out where you’re getting your Mishloach Monos supplies from. *Email Ari@HappyPurim.com if you’re interested in purchasing either supplies or ready-made baskets.
  3. By January 20 – Finalize all details of your Purim fundraiser; *If you’re using HappyPurim.com’s software, this is when you should setup your administrative console.
    1. Pricing
    2. Are you offering any type of deal? (early-bird discount, send to as many as you want for a flat price, etc.)
    3. Reciprocity
    4. Delivering the baskets or having your members pick them up?
  4. January 27 – Create your order form. (If using HappyPurim.com, we do this for you!)
  5. By February 1
    1. Have your order forms, envelopes and/or mailing labels printed.
    2. Make sure you have volunteers to help with the folding and stuffing on February 3rd.
  6. February 3 (Sunday) – Prepare mailing: Fold and Stuff!
  7. February 6 (Wednesday) – Mail or email order forms. (if emailing, wait until Sunday morning, February 10)
  8. March 9 (Sunday) – Deadline for placing orders.
  9. March 16 (Sunday)
    1. Pack the Shalach Monos.
    2. Print your “scrolls” – that is, the personalized letters that list all the names of the people sending to each recipient.  (If using HappyPurim.com, this only takes a few clicks of your mouse!)
  10. March 21 – Deliver the Shalach Monos!
  11. Sometime after Purim – Bill for reciprocity charges.  Not necessary if using HappyPurim.com, we do this for you!

 You should modify the above timeline to fit your needs. If we missed anything, or you’ve got a suggestion to add please let us know!

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6 Responses to “When Should You Start Planning For Your Mishloach Manot Fundraiser?”

  1. Lisa Says:

    If only we could get our act together in December! This is a great timeline, thanks. How about a post on pricing and different deals that people offer? We have yet to find a pricing scheme that makes everyone happy. . . .

  2. happypurim Says:

    Hi Lisa! Thanks for you comment. Don’t worry too much about sticking to our timeline – it’s just a suggestion. I know of many organizations that don’t even start thinking about their shalach manot fundraisers until late January (not that we’d recommend it!). We’ll certainly post something about pricing in the near future.

    -HappyPurim!

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