As you are undoubtedly aware, athletic booster clubs play a critical role in the fundraising process. Without ABCs, many athletes would not be able to access the equipment they need to play the sports they love. But centralized ABCs are not without their shortcomings.
The following are the advantages and drawbacks of centralized athletic booster clubs.
Pros of ABCs
From a logistics standpoint, having a centralized athletic booster club is a huge advantage. When a school is working with a single entity, only one organization has to file taxes, manage funds, rally participants, etc.
Additionally, an athletic booster club can redistribute funds when a smaller sport needs money. This is a common occurrence, especially among larger schools that have one or two sports teams that are wildly popular.
For instance, let’s say that your school’s football and basketball teams always have an easy time generating revenue, but lacrosse hasn’t quite gained traction in the community. In this scenario, your booster club could provide the lacrosse team with leftover funding that was generated as part of basketball or football fundraising efforts.
Another advantage to a centralized ABC is that this type of club can encourage community members to support sports that they may not otherwise.
If relatives of a student athlete on the football team had positive interactions with the club, they might be willing to contribute to non-football-related events in the future. An all-in-one club can help smaller teams raise funds more effectively.
Cons of ABCs
High school sports are notorious for schedule overlap. This overlap not only creates headaches for parents but can also produce scheduling conflicts for booster club members when arranging fundraising events.
A centralized ABC, especially one with a relatively small membership, may not have the flexibility to accommodate the needs of all of the teams.
The lack of flexibility among centralized athletic booster clubs is one of the major factors fueling the trend toward activity-specific clubs. If a team has its own dedicated group of boosters, it can more effectively raise funds for its club. This is particularly appealing to less prominent groups, such as fine arts clubs and smaller sports teams.
Are Activity-Specific Clubs the Better Answer?
Some believe that activity-specific clubs offer a better solution than centralized ABCs. Whether that holds true for your school is a question that you and the other boosters will have to answer.
When exploring both models, be mindful of the benefits provided by a centralized booster club. If you elect to transition to team-specific booster clubs, you will no longer be able to tap into that collaborative pool of resources.
With that in mind, you may want to consider adopting a centralized platform that facilitates better communication between club members, coaches, parents, and supporters.
Dedicated booster club software empowers you to create custom calendars, collaborate, track resources, and more. Such a platform will allow you to reap the benefits of a centralized ABC while also increasing your ability to serve all teams and groups at your school.
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Our Club Has Been Using Charms and Has Student Accounts — Why Is This a Bad Idea?
There’s a lot to like about Charms Office Assistant. This program has been a music program stalwart and can help schools and boosters communicate with students, manage assessment data, and collect payments.
We get the appeal of using Charms to support your band’s billing activities — the system is already in place, and you can collect payments from students and parents all in one platform. However, Charms wasn’t really designed for booster clubs. It was really designed to be used by the school or music director.
Most booster clubs are non-profits. The activities and best practices are different. For instance, non-profits can not fundraise for the benefit of one person. They must fundraise for the group as a whole. Also, fees can not be mandatory in a non-profit. You can certainly say “100% participation is highly encouraged,” but you can not require anyone to pay to participate.
By replacing Charms with a purpose-built booster solution, your club can:
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Round Rock Volleyball Is Ahead of the Game by Using BoosterHub MVP
After each sports season, the coaching staff gets together to review what went well and what they can do better next year. Often, coaches will turn to league winners for inspiration. During this process, they analyze film, look at stats, and explore ways to incorporate these insights into their own coaching strategies.
Your athletic booster club can apply these same principles to get better at fundraising during the off-season. On that note, let’s turn our attention to the Round Rock Volleyball booster club and how they’re delivering for student athletes with BoosterHub.
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Is SMS a Good Way to Communicate with Donors and Booster Club Members?
Finding effective ways to communicate with donors and members is a problem as old as your school’s rivalry with the neighboring high school football team. And just like that generation-spanning rivalry, you never seem to be able to maintain the upper hand for long.
During your time as an athletic booster club member, you’ve probably tried a variety of communication techniques, from phone calls to flyers and even email. If that’s the case, you know that none of these strategies are especially effective for relaying information to your membership.
While you’ve probably considered using SMS messaging to talk to donors and booster club members, you may be hesitant to make yet another change to your communication strategy. But trust us — SMS messaging is the way to go. With the right SMS messaging tools in place, you can effortlessly share information, keep parents in the loop about upcoming events, and make 2023 your most productive fundraising year ever.