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Our rainforest products can help your organization raise money while
being socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and culturally
All our products are available for fund-raisers, but food items are
particularly good for fund-raisers since they are consumables.
That's why they are listed on our fund-raiser
"Adding value" to tropical lands by selling carefully-harvested
resources is a key part of an integrated conservation strategy.
Non-timber forest products are becoming important exports, providing
additional sources of income for forest peoples and giving them
incentives to conserve forest resources. These products can include
handicrafts, nuts, fruits, seeds, essential oils, and other materials
that have been used locally for centuries.
We work closely with conservation and development organizations,
ensuring that our products and projects protect biodiversity and
maximum benefit is provided to local communities. Most of our
products are manufactured in-country to add value, increase economic
multipliers and enhance their role in sustainable development.
We invite you to use these socially and environmentally responsible
products for your fund-raising project. Our program is designed to
provide you with low-cost items that can be sold directly to
consumers, whether door-to-door, taken to homes or offices, or sold
at craft fairs and other fund-raising events.
By working with us for your next fund-raising sales effort, you can
help demonstrate that trees left standing are worth more than clearing
the land for timber or unsustainable agriculture.
Advantages of our program
- You'll be supporting environmentally and socially-responsible
causes while at the same time earning equal or greater support
for your own important projects! Instead of selling just the same old
t-shirts or candy, you'll be selling products you can really feel
- Our products are educational. Fund raisers and customers alike
can learn where and how the products are made and how they support
conservation. Selling these products provides an opportunity to
really do something about environmental issues, and can even help
raise cultural and environmental awareness and responsibility.
- Consumers have additional incentives to support your fund
raising project, supporting other worthwhile causes -- gifts that give
Three Ways to Work
I. direct sales
Some of our products may be sold door-to-door directly to customers, avoiding the need to follow up with the customer to deliver merchandise and collect payment. Products that should be used for this category are lower-cost, lighter-weight items with broad appeal. These may be easily purchased in bulk and carried in a bag or box for door-to-door sales. Examples include: Rainforest Seeds, Rainforest Candy, Jungle Gum, Honey Sticks, Twig Pencils, Woody Ball-point Pens, Bookmarks, and Keychains.
II. brochure orders
Products may be sold door-to-door, using the our fund-raising brochure. Each fund-raising kit will include a black & white or color brochure picturing the products. Also included will be sales sheets for recording order information such as names and addresses of purchasers and products ordered.
III. fund-raising at fairs and bazaars ("Rainforest-in-a-Suitcase")
Fund-raisers can also be conducted at school fairs, flea markets, or bazaars. We recommend one of two methods: 1) Purchase samples to display, and take orders using a brochure (much like II above, but with samples for purchasers to look at and handle), or 2) Pre-purchase products and sell them directly.
Selling at our suggested retail price will yield a profit margin of
35-40%. However, the suggested retail prices are meant as a
guideline. Fund-raisers may control their own profit margins by
establishing their own prices for products, though of course higher
prices may affect the number of products sold.
Prospective fund-raisers get a kit which includes:
- A brochure showing our rainforest products, with color marketing
sheets for some products, and a retail price list;
- Price lists which list all products for sale along with retail
- Instruction sheet describing how to take orders;
- Sales Sheets and Consolidation Sheets - Included will be an
instruction sheet on how to take orders, and itemized lists of all the
products for sale with prices, and lines to list names, addresses and
telephone numbers, the total quantity ordered and cost. Sales Sheets
can be faxed or mailed (make sure to photocopy before mailing).
Numerous small orders can be transferred to the Consolidation Sheet
and faxed or mailed.
- If you purchase samples from us, the samples will also be part of
your sales kit. Samples may also be provided for some of the best
selling, lower cost products. Samples must be prepaid. Samples can
be purchased with a certified school purchase order, cash on
delivery (COD) or prepayment terms. Shipping will be added.
Order Fulfillment: Each Sales sheet should be reviewed by the Fund-Raising Organizer and
transferred onto a Consolidation Sheet. Then, orders can be faxed, mailed or
called in to Forests of the World.
Minimum Order: Submit orders after a minimum of $100 is reached. Minimum reorder is $50.
Order Recipient: Products you order will be sent directly to the fund-raising organizer for delivery.
Prepayment: You may prepay your orders with check, money
order, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Prepaid orders receive a
Net 30: You may receive Net 30 with receipt of a certified
school purchase order, or upon approval of a credit check.
To perform a credit check we will need at least three (3) references
or suppliers whom you have established credit, as well as a bank
reference where you have an established checking account. Sorry to be
so bureaucratic, but we have to be careful with our own resources and
our suppliers' resources.
Important Note: Perishable food items (i.e. chocolate) can
not be shipped during the hot summer months June through
Orders will be filled in 3-6 weeks. Unless we are otherwise
instructed, orders will be shipped UPS ground or priority mail
(whichever is least expensive). Shipping charges reflect our actual
costs. If we prepay for shipping, we'll invoice you for the shipping
Damage and Returns:
- Returns will not be accepted without prior authorization.
- If you receive damaged goods, please contact us at once. We
can ship extras if there is damage, just let us know. Save all
packaging material and damaged goods for freight carrier's
[Special Offer: A 10% discount is available for all Forests of the
World Educational Products (such as the Classroom Tropical Ecology
Kit, Rainforest Discovery Kits or any of the many other FOW
educational products) for teachers or the school classroom, if
fund-raiser is used to make the purchase.]