There’s no doubt about it — running a booster club takes a lot of effort from dedicated volunteers. When booster club parents become disengaged, it can bring the organization to a screeching halt.
It can be a lot to ask of parents to take time out of their busy days to volunteer, and sometimes there will simply be lulls where volunteers are in short supply. If your current practices aren’t working to increase engagement, you may have to change up your strategy and think outside of the box.
One of the most common reasons parents don’t volunteer for booster club events is simple: they don’t know about them! Emails and newsletters often get lost in the shuffle, so you may have to take a more active role in spreading the word to booster club volunteers.
Send individual texts, or even call volunteers to ask if they’ve heard about the volunteering opportunity. Sometimes all it takes is an extra reminder to get booster club members to sign up.
If you have just a couple of engaged parents, you can even assign them the role of contacting individual volunteers. You may also want to try a phone tree approach where parents are responsible for passing along the message of the volunteer opportunity.
The screen layout of the BoosterHub app itself is specifically designed to boost engagement: the Volunteer button is right next to where members are looking when they check the Calendar for events and when they answer chat and email messages.
Make It Fun!
Taking time out of busy schedules can already be difficult for some club members. Don’t make it worse by planning boring, time-consuming, or laborious fundraisers. Try to get creative with your events and make them something that people will look forward to. A few fun ideas include:
A dance marathon
A kids’ camp
A cooking class
A restaurant night
A school carnival
A reverse raffle
A BBQ night
A pumpkin patch
Events that incorporate kids can be particularly effective for increasing volunteer engagement. If parents can find an activity that their kids want to enjoy and the parents can volunteer for the club at the same time, that’s a win-win for everyone.
Aside from events, it can be a challenge to get parents to volunteer for the organizational element of the booster club. Try to make meetings and planning sessions a bit more tolerable by providing modest catering or some drinks, and make sure to plan the sessions at convenient times.
Another effective way to get club members more involved is to crowdsource planning or fundraiser ideas. One person does not always have to be the decision-maker and planner. If you are having difficulty getting members to show up to meetings at a specific time, send a group calendar poll to see what time works better.
You can also crowdsource ideas for fundraisers so that the parents and members feel like they are more involved and have something at stake. Even the simple act of voting for an idea in a poll tends to get volunteers more active.
Getting booster club members more engaged is not always easy, but persistence pays, and with a few creative ideas, you can make your club a success.
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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.