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”We happen to think we’re a pretty great fundraiser, but you can check out the details and decide for yourself.”

CHAPTER 11

How Rada Can Help

Well, we’ve taught you just about all there is to know about fundraising, young grasshopper. You have your tools in hand, and it’s time to nudge you out of the nest. Ok, that’s probably too many animal analogies, but you get the picture.

Before you take flight, consider Rada Cutlery as a fundraising option. We happen to think we’re a pretty great fundraiser, but you can check out the details below and decide for yourself.

History

Rada Mfg. Co. is located in Waverly, Iowa and has been manufacturing cutlery since 1948. Each year we work with over 19,000 fundraising groups (churches, schools, civic clubs, teams and youth groups) sold Rada Cutlery.

Rada Cutlery products are 100 percent American made – from raw materials through construction. Our employees live our mission of “providing our customers the best value of kitchen knives for their dollar.” And because non-profit groups like yours are working directly with the manufacture (no middlemen taking a cut), their supporters get an amazing deal while supporting the group’s cause.

Products
We Offer

  • Cutlery
  • Utensils
  • Gift sets
  • Stoneware
  • Cookbooks
  • Quick Mixes (dips, sauces, pound cakes, soups)

We offer a lot more than cutlery, too.

Benefits of Selling Rada

40 percent profit

Fundraisers that work with us make an average of 40 percent profit from their sales. You and your customers are able to get such great value with Rada because you work directly with the manufacturer; there are no middlemen or sales reps to up the prices.

Customer service

We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of groups since we started and our whole system is geared toward helping volunteers raise money. We offer five convenient ordering options, including phone, mail, fax, web and simple sorted orders (for orders over $1,000). Our catalogs, order takers, order forms and EASY guide continue to evolve based on customer feedback. Our success depends on your success; we keep you in mind every step of the way.

Fast delivery

99 percent of all orders ship out in two working days. How do we do it? Our amazing employees, of course, and the added benefit that as the manufacturer we build and maintain inventory so it’s available right when you place your order. Our whole operation is under one roof – manufacturing, customer service/order entry and packaging/shipping – which makes communication fast and easy.

USA-made

Our company creates jobs in the U.S. and also helps other U.S. businesses succeed as all of our raw materials are purchased from other American companies. This is a huge selling point for you and your group. Your community can feel good about purchasing Rada products and will want to contribute to your fundraiser.

Environmentally conscious

We value our planet. We use recycled aluminum to make our aluminum knife and utensil handles and we recycle all of the scrap metal that’s accumulated during the manufacturing process.

High quality

The steel we use for our knife blades is a high carbon stainless steel, the same grade of steel used in surgical and dental instruments. Our products have earned a reputation of excellence (see our customer comments below if ya need proof).

Useful products

Rada products are never hard to sell, because they’re useful products that everyone already needs. Everyone can use quality kitchen products, and our Quick Mixes and cookbooks make great gifts. They’ll be especially easy to sell to parents, teachers, grandparents and neighbors.

Fundraising Options

Catalog sales – Fundraising groups can order new product catalogs each year starting August 1. Our catalogs are designed to make it easy for your supporters to browse and make their selections. Catalogs have 32 pages of products with prices in $.25 increments for easy adding.

Your group is allowed 10 free catalogs per year. The catalog charges are waived if you sell $1,000 or more.

One Order Taker is sent for each catalog and provides space for 10 supporter orders.

Event sales – Some groups choose to order items and sell from stock at an event. This allows customers to see what they’re buying and eliminates the need to deliver items later.

Selling from inventory is done in many different ways. Some groups sell items after meetings or church. Other groups set up at various events and gatherings with lots of people such as bazaars, craft shows, festivals and celebrations.

Unsold items can be returned within 90 days of purchase (cannot return food products).

Internet sales – Your group can also sign up for a free Internet account for distant supporters to place orders.

To sign up, call customer service (1-800-311-9691) to be emailed or faxed a form to start the account. Then we’ll give you the login information.

Your group shares the login information with friends and family outside your area usually via email and Facebook. Orders placed online are shipped directly to the customers.

Your supporters will place their orders at www.HelpOurFundraiser.com. They’ll pay the same prices that are in the catalog. This option is great for groups with relatives, friends or contacts all over the country.

Promotional Materials

We want to help you have the most successful Rada fundraiser possible, so we have a few tricks up our sleeve to give you that extra boost.

For catalog sales and event sales, promotional materials and product samples can be very useful. They draw attention to your fundraiser and provide information about your products while also giving potential customers a chance to handle the products.

We offer several options for promotional materials your group can order along with catalogs.

  • Sampling pack (Regular Paring knife, Tomato Slicer, Cucumber Onion Dill Dip, Cream Cheese 101 Recipes book, Rada Quick-Grip-Clip, fundraising catalog, Fundraising EASY Guide, order form, order taker, Quick Mix Recipes booklet)
  • Poster
  • Banner
  • Table runner
  • Price card
  • Display boxes
  • Tabletop raised display box
  • Demonstrator case
  • Rada t-shirts
  • Car magnet
  • Rada images CD

Our Customers Rock

We value our customers and we like to think they think we’re pretty cool too. Check out what some of our customers had to say about working with us.

“We have done your fundraiser annually and love it! Thank you for your quality products!”

– Natalie D, TygartsValley Band Auxiliary, West Virginia

“We are getting ready to start our Rada fundraiser. WOOO HOOO! It is always a success.”

– Shirley, Relay For Life, Crossett, Arkansas

“Over 30 years our Business and Professional Women’s Club in Plainville, CT sold these knives. They went like hot cakes. I still have all of mine and they are still in perfect condition. My sorority is always looking for a fund raiser.”

– Joan, Alpha Gamma Xi, North Fort Myers, Florida

“The parents will not do any other fundraiser. :)”

– Mary, SoldiersMemorialMiddle School Dance Team, New Tazewell, Tennessee

“We really enjoyed selling the Rada Cutlery for our fundraising last year. We have had many of our family and friends asking when we will be selling it again. Thank you for providing a quality product we are happy to use for our fundraising again.”

– Kelly, Kelly’s Heroes Relay For Life, Skowhegan, Maine

“As a non-profit organization we always look for efficient ways to raise money that won’t take so much time away from our purpose of singing and entertaining. Some of us have Rada products and love them. The 40 percent profit is a BONUS.”

– Zoe, ChristmasCity Chorus, Marion, Indiana

“We and our customers love your products. It’s time for us to have another sale. We appreciate all the products you offer and the assistance you provide us.”

– U. Campbell, ODJFS – EAA, Columbus, Ohio

“I have received several Rada Cutlery products as gifts and they are among my most treasured kitchen utensils – when I saw this notice I was thrilled – I think that it is a great fundraising opportunity and would like to receive more information.”

– Debbie, Pilot Elementary Cheerleaders, Thomasville, North Carolina

“We have used Rada for a fundraiser before and it turned out so well, we have had requests to do it again. Thank you for having such an awesome product.”

– Teresa, BSA Troop 41, Wellsville, Ohio

Order Your Catalog

If you’d like to request a Rada Cutlery catalog to get started with your fundraiser, visit https://www.radacutlery.com/ssl/request-catalog or call 1-800-311-9691.

You can learn more about Rada’s fundraising process at www.radacutlery.com/fundraising.

Chapter 11 Wrap-up

Hopefully you’ve gotten a little taste of what Rada has to offer as a fundraiser and think it’s as awesome as we do (we’re a little biased). Here’s breakdown of everything you need to know.

  • Rada Mfg. Co. is located in Waverly, Iowa and has been manufacturing cutlery since 1948. Last year alone, over 19,000 fundraising groups sold Rada Cutlery.
  • We offer cutlery, utensils, gift sets, stoneware, cookbooks and Quick Mixes (dips, sauces, pound cakes, soups).
  • Benefits of selling our products: 40 percent profit, customer service, fast delivery, USA-made, environmentally conscious, high quality, useful products.
  • Fundraising options: catalog sales, event sales and Internet sales.
  • We offer promotional materials like posters, banners, display boxes and sample packs to help you have a successful fundraiser.
  • Our customers are pretty awesome and have some good things to say about us (check out their quotes above).
  • You can request your catalog by calling 1-800-311-9691 or visiting www.radacutlery.com/ssl/request-catalog. Learn more at www.radacutlery.com/fundraising.

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