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If you’ve resolved to raise money this year for your church, support group, or favorite charity, you know it can feel like a long road. But we’ve helped thousands of organizations raise money with our cookbook program, and we can help you navigate to success with a cookbook fundraiser, too. As you travel this road, follow these 10 steps to fundraiser success.

Step 1: Form a cookbook committee.  As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Your committee will not only help with the work, they will also be your best sales force.

Step 2: Set your fundraising goal. It’s easier to plan the details of your cookbook when you have set a financial goal. This goal will help you decide the number of recipes you need to collect, the number of cookbooks to order and even the design of your cookbook.

Step 3: Decide on a delivery date. Work backwards using the following guidelines:

30 calendar days to collect recipes

+10 days to organize order to ship to Cookbook Publishers

+30 to 50 working days for production and shipping*

Step 4: Determine the number of recipes and cookbooks. Generally, the more recipes in your book, the more you can charge. Keeping in mind your fundraising goal; our Price Chart will help you determine the number of recipes and number of books you’ll need.

Step 5: Decide whether to type in your own recipes. You can save time and money when you type in your own recipes on U-Type-It™ Online.*

Step 6: Gather and organize your recipes. Ask everyone and anyone for contributions. Make your cookbook project the talk of the town using social media and creative calls for recipe donation.

Step 7: Design your cookbook. We offer hundreds of design choices, from standard covers and dividers to completely custom DIY.

Step 8: Sell advertising. Advertising sales, although not necessary for the financial success of your cookbook, can significantly boost your profits. Get more advertising information here.

Step 9: Place your order. Our Order Form is where everything comes together. Make all of your design selections on the form, and call us if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign the contract! We can’t start your order without the signature.

Step 10: Sell your cookbooks. Community cookbooks are more popular than ever—they really do sell themselves. And fundraising is easy when you’ve created such a unique piece with input from your whole community. We’ve also got some free marketing materials for you.

Now, how many people can say they kept 10 New Year’s resolutions? And the reward for keeping your resolution is a more money for good causes and more good work being done in your community. Well done!

*If you type your recipes on U-Type-It™ Online, you can expect to shorten the length of collection/organization time by 5 to 10 days. Expect your production time to be 20 to 25 working days, and you will save 25¢ per book (maximum $300)!