Do you feel like your booster club has exhausted all of the traditional team fundraising strategies? If so, consider one of these five booster club fundraiser ideas:
Restaurant night is a tried-and-true method of raising money for sports teams and school groups. But it often gets lost in the shuffle between car washes, T-shirt campaigns, and all those other old-school money-earning plans.
The premise of a restaurant night is quite simple. Connect with a local business and see if they will support your cause by donating a portion of one night’s proceeds to the club. Then, hype up the designated night every way you can. Post about it online, announce it at sporting events, and encourage your athletes to spread the word.
You can dust off other traditional fundraising practices and encourage participation by going digital. That’s right, you can run a raffle entirely online. You can use digital tools to assign tickets, collect payments, and randomly generate a winner.
Doing away with paper tickets and cash payments can help you generate more sales and maximize the return on your baskets. Advertising online raffles is way easier too, as you can post the link to the donation page on social media and ask students to share your post.
Digital Coupon Books
Remember those old punch-out coupon books and plastic discount cards? Those have gone digital too. In case it’s been a few years since you have run this type of fundraiser, here is a recap of how it works.
First, connect with 10 to 20 local businesses and ask them to support your coupon program. Hammer out the details regarding what sort of discount they are willing to provide participants. Next, create a digital coupon book using one of the many platforms out there and start selling your custom product to raise money. That’s all there is to it.
You are probably thinking, “We already run concessions to raise money.” While that may be true, there are ways to up the productivity of this income-generating tool.
First, make sure you are using a convenient and efficient payment platform that supports digital wallets. Next, revamp your menu to ensure it includes in-demand food items and the latest treats. If required by your local health department, consider obtaining a food service license so you are compliant with relevant regulations.
Combining safe food handling practices with a great selection of items and modern payment tools will encourage higher sales volume.
BoosterBucks is a online peer-to-peer fundraising tool that makes it easy to rally your members for support. You simply create a rally, add participants and then BoosterBucks goes to work collecting contact information for donors. The donors are then rallied for support. Donors pay the transaction fees and BoosterBucks has a 5% platform fee. Funds are immediately available and reporting is automated.
Let These Ideas Work for You
There you have it, our list of five ways you can raise money for your team this sports season. When you give these winning techniques a try, you can transform your booster club into fundraising all-stars.
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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.