Fundraising gold!

We like wrapping paper and cookie dough from our kids’ fundraisers as much as the next person. 

But you know what would be more fun? Some cool, local products!

Fortunately, this fundraising overhaul is already underway in Minnesota, thanks to two local moms — A.J. Zimmer and Gina Moore (pictured) of Maple Grove and Apple Valley, respectively — who are helping would-be fundraisers sell items that aren’t just tasty, useful and/or healthy, they’re locally made.

Minnesota Brands For Good — their socially conscious fundraising program — features Minnesota-based companies that, in turn, support their own special causes and charities. Double win! 

Schools, clubs and nonprofit organizations can fundraise through catalog sales, online sales and pop-up events and earn a whopping 40 percent of the profits from sales.

Some of the brands include Essence One personal-care products, Hip Pop Gourmet Popcorn and City Girl Coffee, all from Minneapolis; Excelsior Candle Co. of St. Paul; Mike and Jen›s Hot Cocoa of Duluth; and Lollidale sock cards (gift socks with greetings) of White Bear Lake.

Learn more at