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Our cookies change the lives of special needs adults.  Your pledge provides them with the opportunity to pursue their dreams!
Our cookies change the lives of special needs adults. Your pledge provides them with the opportunity to pursue their dreams!
127 backers pledged $20,772 to help bring this project to life.

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Spicy Ginger Cookies -- Gluten Free Goodness!
Spicy Ginger Cookies -- Gluten Free Goodness!

Our Story

Reason to Bake cookies was started by Elise Sampson and her daughter, Carolyn Sampson, who has Down Syndrome.  They started the company with two goals in mind.  The first goal is to provide gluten free cookies that are so good you will never miss the gluten!  The second is to allow Carolyn to achieve her dream of becoming a baker and to provide other intellectually disabled adults employment opportunities.

The focus on gluten free cookies came about when Carolyn was placed on a gluten free diet and they realized that none of the cookies commercially available tasted as good as the cookies containing gluten.  

Elise and Carolyn Sampson Co-Founders of Reason To Bake Cookies
Elise and Carolyn Sampson Co-Founders of Reason To Bake Cookies

Elise and Carolyn set out to develop recipes that provided the home-baked taste and texture of cookies your grandma used to bake!  They experimented extensively with all natural, non-GMO ingredients and taste tested them until they were able to see the positive reaction on the faces of people who tried their cookies.  

Highest Quality Ingredients
Highest Quality Ingredients

First, their taste testers had the look of surprise when they heard the cookies were gluten free and then the inevitable question, "Where can I buy more?" or "Please tell me you can ship these to me."  

What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Cookies!
What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Cookies!

For this campaign they will offer twoflavors:  Spicy Ginger (best seller) and Cranberry Oatmeal.  Their cookies are currently being sold in 14 different locations in their local region but in order to expand their business beyond their local area and hire more special needs adults like Carolyn, they need to begin using their new shipping-friendly packaging. 

New Shipping-Friendly Packaging
New Shipping-Friendly Packaging

RTB created the new packaging in cooperation with a team of students in the Clemson University Packaging Science Program.  

Budget

This Kickstarter project will fund the initial setup and production costs for the new packaging.  If the $20,000 goal is met, we will use the funding as follows:

Project Budget For $20,000 Goal
Project Budget For $20,000 Goal

Schedule

The Reason To Bake project will adhere to the following schedule:

Reason To Bake Cookie Fulfillment Schedule
Reason To Bake Cookie Fulfillment Schedule

 We want this project to not only raise the funding to allow us to expand our market but we also want to create a community of fans who will become part of the Reason To Bake family!  Throughout the campaign we will be providing updates about our fledgling business and seeking to engage our community in fun!

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this project are primarily in two areas:
1. That the packaging manufacturer will be delayed in the setup and manufacturing of the packaging.
2. That we will be unable to meet the demand if the rewards sell in greater quantities than we anticipate.

For the first area of risk, we have selected a reputable manufacturer and have already been working with them to define the schedule assuming we reach our Kickstarter goal. We will continue to coordinate closely with them to ensure the schedule is met. The fact that we already have prototype boxes developed should reduce the risk of schedule delays.

The second area of risk can be mitigated in two ways. First, we have created rewards that involve both shipments of cookies that occur right away as the packaging is completed and also Christmas gifts that won't be shipped until December. This spreads the fulfillment schedule out. Secondly, we will train and have available additional part time help that we will be able to call on if the production levels look like they are more than we can handle. This will allow us to create additional shifts, if needed.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Thanks and a Tweet!

    You will have Carolyn's grateful appreciation as we tweet your name out on our Reason To Bake Twitter account!

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    Heartfelt Thanks & OMG Brownie Recipe

    Handwritten thank you from Carolyn

    Recipe for gluten free "OMG Brownies", a family favorite!

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    Two Pack of Cookies

    Your choice of any two 6 oz. packages of our cookies in their new packages--Spicy Ginger, Cranberry Oatmeal, or one of each.

    For an additional $5, we will gift wrap your order and include a small gift tag. If a Christmas gift, it will ship in early December, on or before December 15th.

    EARLY BIRD BACKERS (before midnight on day 7 of the campaign) receive free gift wrapping and the GF O-M-G Brownie Recipe!

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    Four Pack of Cookies

    Your choice of any four 6 oz. packages of our cookies in their new packages--Spicy Ginger, Cranberry Oatmeal, or two of each.

    For an additional $5, we will gift wrap your order and include a small gift tag. If a Christmas gift, it will ship in early December, on or before December 15th.

    EARLY BIRD BACKERS (before midnight on day 7 of the campaign) receive free gift wrapping and the GF O-M-G Brownie Recipe!

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    Four Pack of Cookies Plus RTB Swag!

    Your choice of any four 6 oz. packages of our cookies in their new packages--Spicy Ginger, Cranberry Oatmeal, or two of each.

    Two Reason To Bake T-Shirts (you choose size)

    For an additional $5, we will gift wrap your order and include a small gift tag. If a Christmas gift, it will ship in early December, on or before December 15th.

    EARLY BIRD BACKERS (before midnight on day 7 of the campaign) receive free gift wrapping and the GF O-M-G Brownie Recipe!

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    Holiday Cookie Box

    Gift wrapped box of 50 of our amazing GF cookies including some special Christmas Cookies.

    Just in time for the holidays...your choice of Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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    College Dorm Cookie Party Box!

    Do you have a student in college? How about a dorm-size box of 150 of our great gluten free cookies delivered to your student's dorm?

    Our Clemson student design team raved about our cookies!

    Limited to 300 mile radius from Brevard NC.

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    A Day In The Kitchen With Carolyn!

    How about spending an afternoon in the kitchen with Carolyn and Elise baking cookies. We will try some new flavors and bake some family favorites. Of course, you will be taking home a basket of delicious cookies when you leave.

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    Gluten Free Picnic in Fall Foliage!

    A gourmet gluten free picnic (including our cookies!) for two served either in the beautiful Dupont State Forest near our hometown of Brevard, NC or on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Carolyn and Elise will prepare and serve your picnic lunch and take you on your choice of a personalized hike around the beautiful waterfalls near the site where the movie Hunger Games was filmed (Dupont) or on a driving tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway during peak leaf season.

    Add an additional $50 for each additional person in the group up to six people.

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    Carolyn's Cookie Club

    Each month for a year, you will receive a four pack (four 6 oz packages) of your choice of Reason To Bake cookies. You can pop these in the freezer and pull them out throughout the month or eat them all in one sitting!

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    Backers Gold Club

    As a member of the Backers Gold Club you will receive:

    A year's subscription to Carolyn's Cookie Club receiving a four pack of cookies monthly for 12 months.

    A gourmet gluten free picnic for two served by Elise and Carolyn during peak leaf season in either Dupont State Forest (with guided waterfall hike) or on the Blue Ridge Parkway (driving tour).

    4 Reason To Bake T-Shirts

    Your name listed on our website as a Gold Club Backer!

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Funding period

- (30 days)