Spice Fundraiser: A Fresh Look at Healthy Fundraising

by Tylor J. 22. December 2011 14:07


The spice fundraiser is a new entry into the healthy fundraising realm as an alternative to popular and less-healthy food fundraising options. Green Benefits is partnering with San-Francisco based Community Spice Company to bring healthier eating options to communities across the nation. A spice fundraiser offers organizations a way to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles while providing impressive margins to achieve their event’s goals. As an added social benefit Community Spice Company will donate a portion of its sales one of the many charities it supports. It’s win-win for everyone!

Meals have always created a time and place for conversation, family and friends, and simply enjoying the moment. Community Spice Company provides a wondrous array of premium spice blends that are handcrafted with carefully selected ingredients and credibly proven by top chefs, restaurants, and charities worldwide. Jennifer Johnson, personal Chef to the Gordon Getty Family, was instrumental in creating Community Spice’s first product line. Jennifer, formally trained chef, worked in the famous Chez Panisse Restaurant which is the birth place of the healthy California Cuisine Movement. For over the past 40 years Alice Waters has operated Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.  Community Spice supports Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard Project (LINK TO EDIBLE SCHOOL YARD) whose mission is to transform the health and values of every student by building and sharing a food curriculum in every schoolyard.

Janis Callon is owner and founder of Community Spice Company. Her mission is to save the world with flavor. She firmly believes that foods and food ingredients should be healthy, accessible, and disclosed. Callon is a Licensed Registered Nurse and has a strong clinical background in health sciences. She believes in using only real food – raw – products in her spice blends. Janis is a master at crafting balanced spice blends that have bold fun flavors. What is remarkable is the blends have less than half the allowable sodium content as proposed by the Obama’s Healthy Eating Children’s Program. The blends are finely ground and are easily applied to vegetables, grain dishes, soups, sauces as well as being used as rub for meats.

Community Spice Company believes in saving people time, money and energy. You simply apply the spice blends and cook.  There is no need to take extra time to marinate foods. Each blend boasts 10-13 ingredients. Exotic ingredients as well as local favorites are used. The blends provide anti-oxidants and truly will help you feel better.  Even better and true to form, CSC’s packaging is fully biodegradable and made using sustainable printing practices. Every spice packet and gift box provides peace of mind and amazing taste! Can it get any better?

Why a spice fundraiser? Community Spice Company’s spices are not your average spices. These spices are food inspirations and there are plenty of options for any kind of meal, any time of year. Grilling is not just an outdoors affair. CSC designed the blends to be easily used on indoor grills for super easy tasty healthy meals. Global fusion names such as Mz. Curri and tran Doori  will add a simple, exotic, and tantalizingly sweet and savory taste to any burger or chicken breast on the planet.  South of the Border delights are easy to make with Chimi Chimii and mia Mole. For those who hanker for super hot meals, CSC’s chili Wilii will add  inspiration to chicken wings and ribs. Signature names like “barbi Q” and “tale Gator” make it easy to imagine a summertime or football season barbeque surrounded by good friends, family, and memorable moments. Heck, they even have an SNP 400 spice packet for corporate giveaways! Brilliant! CSC also provides an amazing range of recipes for each spice that are sure to make weekly meal planning not only easier, but a lot more fun.

Our goal at Green Benefits is to spread the special meaning behind meal times and rejuvenate these most important times in our day. The importance of food in our communities is finally beginning to take hold across our nation as families work to regain balance in their lives during harsher economic times. Food grown and shared in our community and from our backyards is recreating the innocence and quality of life lost to the ever-increasing speeds of individuals’ lifestyles. Healthy fundraising and a spice fundraiser are great ways for us to promote greener living and an even better way for organizations to promote healthier lifestyles within their own communities.

This leads to another consideration about healthy fundraising in general. Shouldn’t all fundraising be “healthy”? Would more people give to a cause they felt supported their family, environmental, and community values? Fundraisers are organized around a central theme and organizational need in the hopes of raising extra funds towards that cause, correct? A spice fundraiser offers a package deal for healthy fundraising because it encourages quality food preparation and family-oriented values while simultaneously raising much needed funds for great causes.  

The influence of a good healthy fundraising event, and the products it sells, should not be dismissed. Sure, many people may contribute to the cause if it is an organization close and meaningful to them but there is something about food that gets everyone excited to participate. Food is meant to be shared and inspired food is exciting to share.  Consider a spice fundraiser as a fresh and healthy method to inspire your community to enjoy food the way it is meant to be enjoyed. As well, take a look at Community Spice Company for yourself and check out what they are doing around the country to reestablish the meaning of good cooking and good times!


Fundraising Ideas For A New Year!

by Tylor J. 21. December 2011 11:46


Every holiday season we take a moment to reflect on the journey of the last twelve months and look forward to the ones that lie ahead. Chances are there are a great many people considering healthier ways to live and contribute to their communities. It’s also the perfect time of year for businesses and individuals to look at their own goals and missions for the coming year and how to achieve them. There are many wonderful fundraising ideas available to organizations and Green Benefits offers green fundraising ideas to meet any objective, including:

§  Spice Fundraising with Community Spice Company

§  Stainless Steel Water Bottle Fundraising

§  Reusable Bags Fundraising

§  Personalized Apparel Fundraising

These are just a few custom fundraising ideas to kick off a New Year of fundraising events.  Green Benefits also provides tailored fundraising ideas to meet the specific needs of individuals and organizations. In fact, we thoroughly enjoy fundraising ideas that generate awareness for a particular environmental or social cause. That said, let’s explore some various green fundraising ideas for the coming year.

With a focus on educational systems and local school districts, Green Benefits hopes to attract a younger generation to the environmentally and culturally-aware ranks thus promoting sustainable values of economy, environment, and equity within their communities. Schools are wonderful ways to reach entire communities because both are often intertwined. Kids learn exciting information during the school day and bring that knowledge home with them. Many green fundraising ideas are full of fun information and products that promote conservation and recycling efforts within communities. They offer families, schools, and other organizations a simple, enjoyable, and profitable way to contribute to important causes while instilling sustainable living habits.

Awareness campaigns are another form of green fundraising that address topics of local, national, even global concern. An awareness campaign or event can serve several simultaneous purposes which is why they are a great fundraising idea. An organization can set out on a campaign to raise awareness about a concern or movement by using traditional fundraising ideas, like reusable bags or stainless steel water bottles, to self-promote and encourage others to join in or contribute to the cause. Quite often an organization will produce a custom logo or message to print on a sustainable product and sell their goods to raise money for the cause and gain valuable attention as a committed supporter. Local causes are a very effective way to rally a community and gain exposure to your organization’s goals.

One great example is the Take Back the Tap Campaign for schools. This is a great cause, a great fundraising idea and a great way to raise awareness. Take Back the Tap is a program initiated by Food and Water Watch to help consumers and organizations better understand the importance of eliminating bottled water from our daily lives and why tap water is the healthier, safer, and the more environmentally sound choice. Green Benefits has used this initiative with local universities to help them reduce the use of plastic on their campuses while boosting school spirit with custom stainless steel water bottles and coffee mugs.

Another wonderful fundraising idea can be built on the Green Benefits Spice Fundraiser. Working with Community Spice Company we’ve created a fundraiser to encourage more time at the dinner table and in the family kitchen. Food and meal times have historically been the glue of family life and today’s fast-paced world has diminished this to some degree. We feel it is important to re-instill those values in our communities and what better way to do it than offer tantalizing, premium spices as an original, simple, and widely-loved fundraiser? Let’s bring the family and communities together through inspiring foods and creative kitchens!

There are many other fundraising ideas and awareness campaigns to explore and ultimately make your own. The Green Benefits team is always ready to help you build and create an event and the New Year is the best time to start planning for how you will contribute to your community, health, and our planet.