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Suggested Timeline for Rosh Hashanah 2017

April 5, 2017

Important:  The dates below are simply suggestions. There is plenty of wiggle room in this timeline.

  1. In June
    1. Make sure you get your contract in to qualify for the Happy Rosh Hashanah early bird discount (June 15)
    2. Identify the people who will run the fundraiser. Often it’s one or two people to handle the website and marketing of the fundraiser, and a separate group that’s in charge of the baskets.
  2. In July
    1. Figure out where you’re getting your Honey jars or cards from.
    2. Compile (or get from organization office) a list of all the members in your organization. Make sure to double check for accuracy!
    3. Send the list to support to update your online database or update it on your own. You can email the list to, but please make sure it’s in the proper format!
    4. Finalize all details of your Rosh Hashanah fundraiser and setup your account via the administrative website.
  3. July 20 – July 27
    1. Prepare an email and/or letter to your members informing them of the details of your Rosh Hashanah project. (HappyRoshHashanah has templates available)
    2. If you have a large contingent of non-internet users, prepare a physical order form or download Happy Purim’s order form.
    3. Have your order forms, envelopes and/or mailing labels printed. (not necessary if you’re only emailing your members)
    4. Make sure you have volunteers to help with the folding and stuffing on August 16th!
  4. On August 2, Wednesday – Prepare mailing: Fold and Stuff!
  5. On August 3, Thursday – Mail or email order forms.   Typically 3-6 weeks is a good ordering window. Read this post for a discussion about the length of ordering windows.
  6. September 7, 11:59pm (Thursday) – Deadline for placing orders
  7. September 8 through September 15 – Print and Mail your cards or honey jars.

Make sure you include the names of the people sending to each recipient.  Using, this only takes a few clicks of your mouse!

Note that you’ve got a bit of wiggle room here to extend your deadline if necessary. Make sure you leave enough time to print and mail, and if you’re selling honey jars, enough time to place an order with your supplier.

  1. September 21 – Rosh Hashanah!
  2. Sometime after Rosh Hashanah – Bill for reciprocity charges.  Not necessary if using, it’s automated!

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 by emailing!


Tips For Raising More Money

September 8, 2008

So you’ve been running a Mishloach Manot fundraiser for a couple of years and want to increase the amount of money you raise? We’ve got some tips for you.

1. Baskets for personal use: Level of difficulty: Easy; Dollar Potential: A couple of thousand dollars

Sell baskets for “personal use” to your members. In addition to the “communal baskets” that are the mainstay of this fundraiser, offer baskets for sale to your members for them to distribute on their own. Your members likely have friends, family and neighbors who are not members of your organization, whom they would like to give baskets to. Instead of making baskets on their own, or purchasing them from a store, why not give your members an easy solution that supports your school or synagogue at the same time? You should charge a higher price than what you charge for “communal baskets” — you must ensure that you’re making a profit off of these baskets!  This is very easy to add to your Purim project by using Happy Purim’s Personal Use” module.

2. Shipping Baskets: Level of difficulty: Hard; Dollar Potential: A few thousand dollars

Selling personalized baskets with delivery or shipping included is a great way to significantly increase the revenue of your fundraiser. Many of your members probably order shalach manot from stores or websites and have them shipped to friends and family across the country. Why not capture those orders for your organization? This does add a significant amount of extra work, but people are usually willing to pay a nice premium for this service (just look online for what others charge). Happy Purim’s “shipping basket” module makes this much easier to do by capturing the addresses and personalized messages for these special orders.

We have some other ideas, and tips that can ONLY be done using our system–feel free to call 646-345-4032 or email Ari (at) to find out more!