Booster clubs can be fun, and they’re a great way to support your students and make new friends. However, like any organization, sometimes the daily operations or coordination of events can be frustrating. Today, we’re looking at common booster club frustrations and how to solve them.
Unless you’re hosting concession stands at each event, holding more than a few fundraisers throughout the year can be frustrating for both parents and booster club officers. It’s a common mistake to think that more fundraisers equals more money, but often, members may be tapped out after a few fundraisers. Plus, the ongoing workload of many different fundraisers can exhaust even the most enthusiastic committee chair.
Not Understanding the Club’s Job
Sometimes booster clubs may overstep boundaries with coaches or their role regarding school-sponsored activities. Meeting with the school administrators and the team’s coach or sponsor can help ensure that the club provides support all around. Clear and precise communication ensures good working relationships. Many booster club problems arise from a lack of boundaries and communication.
Conflict Between Booster Club Members
Conflicts can arise when committee chairs or executive board members don’t completely understand their roles and responsibilities. Confusing policies or lack of best practices may put members at odds with one another, leading to fighting over responsibilities and duties. Putting clear operating policies in place can reduce frustrations. Strong leadership with defined roles can help mitigate conflict among members.
Senior Parents Running the Club
Many senior parents may feel like they’ve gained, well, seniority after four years of participating in the booster club. While they may have the experience and may know more of the kids and parents, having senior parents hold all officer positions and committee chair roles may leave the club without experienced leadership once the new year rolls around.
Incorporate some younger students’ parents into some leadership roles, such as a vice president or committee co-chair, so that the following year’s booster club has some experienced leadership.
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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.