Booster clubs are wonderful organizations, often supported by dedicated parents. However, most members do not have fundraising experience. It’s not easy to come up with fun and engaging booster club fundraising ideas.
Even if an idea seems like a good one in theory, it can be difficult and expensive to organize. Some fundraising partners and platforms charge as much as 40% of the proceeds. In addition, busy parents often don’t have the time required to organize a large event, or even attend one.
For these reasons, it’s critical that you think carefully about the best ways to maximize engagement and boost attendance. Here are a few ideas for booster club fundraising.
Boost Attendance with a Restaurant Fundraiser
Hosting a fundraiser at a restaurant is one of the easiest and fastest ways to put an event together. Local restaurants are often more than happy to host a booster club night and share a portion of their revenues with you.
Parents and supporters are more likely to attend because attending a dinner doesn’t require a lot of commitment. It’s also affordable. You can organize several restaurant fundraisers throughout the year to give supporters multiple chances to attend.
Restaurant fundraisers also give you the opportunity to invite the kids you’re raising funds for, and they can make a connection with supporters in the community. Your only real challenge is getting the word out so that as many people as possible know about the event.
Keep It Simple and Try an Online Fundraiser
For busy parents, online fundraisers are often the easiest way for them to support the club. If you’re using software, like BoosterHub, to organize the fundraiser, it doesn’t take much time or effort to set up.
Within just a few minutes you can complete the setup and start promoting your campaign. Parents can simply click a few links to support the club. In addition, online fundraisers significantly expand your reach because there’s no limit to the audience. Make sure to send your campaign to groups that may be interested, including:
The Chamber of Commerce
In addition to maximizing your reach, make sure that your fundraiser is clear about what you’re doing and why you’re fundraising. Give your audience a reason to donate. Include photos for the campaign, and tell them how their donation will benefit the community.
Finally, make the fundraiser easy to share and encourage your audience to pass it on to their networks.
Fundraise Year-Round with T-Shirts
T-shirt fundraisers are an easy and fast way to boost your fundraising efforts. Ordering shirts is much easier and less expensive than organizing a large fundraising event. In addition, you can sell t-shirts throughout the year, and it’s a great alternative to simply asking supporters to donate.
Consider selling t-shirts at the concession stand, setting up a booth in the school, or even asking a few local businesses to set up small t-shirt stations in their establishments.
Booster club fundraising is not always easy, but these simple ideas should help encourage engagement and make your efforts more successful.
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Does My Booster Club Need to Collect Sales Tax?
When managing a booster club, one of your top goals is generating as much revenue as possible for the athletic team or fine arts group you are supporting. One way you can maximize your revenue is by taking advantage of any price breaks and tax exemptions offered in your state. This brings us to the topic at hand: booster clubs and sales tax. Sales tax is a fee imposed by state governments on transactions involving services or goods. Because these fees are primarily imposed at the state and not the federal level, tax percentages vary from state to state. So does your booster club have to collect sales tax? Let’s explore.
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BoosterHub – The #1 Booster Club Software
In an October 2022 press release, Yahoo! Finance recognized BoosterHub as the #1 booster club software in this emerging industry. Since it launched, BoosterHub has experienced championship-level growth. In just nine months, BoosterHub surpassed the $1 million gross merchandise volume threshold.
BoosterHub’s overnight success speaks to the fact that the dynamic platform fills a long-standing void in the school booster club space. As of the press release, BoosterHub has more than 5,000 members and facilitated over 45,000 transactions. Our platform has an incredibly low single-digit churn rate, which is undoubtedly due to the fact that our customers are extremely satisfied with the product.
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Does My Concession Stand Need a Food Service License?
A concession stand is one of the most effective ways for your booster club to raise money for sports teams. However, if you have never run a concession stand before, you undoubtedly have tons of questions about it. Running a successful concession stand is not quite as simple as it may appear. In order to do so, you need to familiarize yourself with food service requirements, explore state tax laws, and much more.
The good news is that there are great resources to jumpstart your efforts. In addition to creating this beginner’s guide, the team at BoosterHub frequently tackles important concession-related topics. In this post, we take a deep dive into food service licensing requirements for concession stands. Whether you are already running a successful concession stand or have recently taken over these responsibilities for your booster club, this playbook will help you comply with state and local guidelines.