What Are Some of the Best Fundraisers for a Booster Club?
The majority of your booster club volunteers are passionate parents and relatives of student athletes. While these individuals are highly motivated, many of them lack fundraising experience. If you are fairly new to managing a booster club, you may be struggling to come up with ideas as well.
Before you resort to old-fashioned tactics like selling t-shirts or arranging car washes, consider these three highly productive options:
Modernize Your Concessions
Chances are that your booster club is already managing the concessions for most, if not all, of the school’s sports teams. But are you making the most of this opportunity?
There are a few ways you can get more out of this fundraising tool. First and foremost, you need to make sure you can accept a variety of payment methods, including cards and digital wallets.
Additionally, review your menu and make sure you are serving up items that event attendees actually want to purchase. If you have concerns about your food offerings, hold an online poll to solicit feedback from parents and athletes.
Host an Online Fundraiser
Online fundraisers are awesome! Or at least they can be. Launching an online fundraiser requires little to no upfront investment and is an easy way to get your students involved in the process. They can share the fundraising link on social media, encourage relatives to donate, and become their team’s best ambassadors.
However, you need to beware of fees. Some online fundraising platforms charge fees as high as 20–40%. Fortunately, BoosterHub is preparing to release a new fundraising feature that you can access as part of our affordable annual software subscription. This feature ensures more money goes where it should — to the student athletes.
Digital Payments: The Key to Better Fundraising
The key to fundraising success is using digital payment processing and accounting tools. Implementing the right payment software will help you effectively manage online fundraisers, keep track of concessions sales, and collect funds while attending community events.
With that in mind, you should consider investing in dedicated booster club management software for your organization. The best solutions not only facilitate payment processing but also help streamline communication among group members and provide schedule management tools.
Combining great tech with these three fundraising strategies can help you make 2023 your most productive year to date.
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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.