When running a booster club, it can be difficult to manage all facets of the organization. It’s almost like running a small business. The president of the club is responsible for managing events, organizing fundraisers, and ensuring that the organization operates efficiently and effectively. So what are the most frequent mistakes that booster club presidents make? If you manage a booster club, these are the things to avoid!
Not Communicating Enough
Under-communication is one of the most common booster club president mistakes. If you don’t communicate with your club regularly and often, you lose the attention of your club members and volunteers. Your booster club members have many responsibilities in addition to the club. These responsibilities may include a full-time job, raising a family, and day-to-day household tasks.
If you don’t ensure that club members are aware of upcoming events and fundraisers, they are less likely to engage. Setting up a regular communication schedule can greatly improve the success and activity of your booster club!
Events Aren’t Fun
Nothing is worse than spending your free time with people who aren’t enjoying themselves. Make sure that fundraisers and events are lighthearted and enjoyable. Ensure that your volunteers feel valued for the time they spend helping the booster club thrive. The true sign of booster club success is when members and volunteers regularly interact and willingly volunteer their time and services.
If an event or fundraiser isn’t efficiently organized, volunteers are less likely to come back. No one wants to waste time not knowing what their responsibilities are. They need to feel that their services are valued and appreciated. A good way to overcome poor organization is to set up a list of responsibilities for each volunteer at a fundraiser. New volunteers will understand what they are expected to do, which helps ensure the event's overall success.
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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.