A booster club is a volunteer group of parents and other generous individuals who are devoted to supporting specific activities in schools and throughout communities.
Activities can include sports and athletics, theater, music, arts, and other programs. Usually, the club develops fundraisers and other pledge drives to earn money for their organization. They may also seek to garner fans within their community.
So what is the purpose of a booster club? Money raised through fundraising can be used to purchase equipment and supplies needed to ensure that the sponsored group of individuals is able to participate in its desired clubs. Earnings can also assist booster club managers with expenses and help to keep event costs down.
Common booster club purposes include the following:
Encouraging student and community engagement
Raising money to pay for trips, supplies, and equipment
Setting up competitions between neighboring clubs
Strengthening the skills of children and teenagers in extracurricular activities
Giving direction to volunteer-minded individuals
While booster clubs can’t be directly sponsored by a public school, school administrators may grant approval for the use of their theaters or gymnasiums by the club.
Types of Fundraisers Held
Fundraisers are often organized by the booster club management to ensure that the club is able to properly support its protégés. These fundraisers may include raffles, parent-student organized dinners, and the sale of food items at sporting or theater events.
Clubs may print tee-shirts and other merchandise that can be purchased by supporters or members of the booster club. This approach gives community recognition to the club and can lead to increased interest in membership and volunteering opportunities.
Benefits of a Booster Club
Booster clubs are a great way to drive student, parent, and community engagement with extracurricular activities. Often these clubs offer a great way for students to gain experience in sports, music, and artistic endeavors that they may not be able to directly access through their schools, especially when funding is an issue.
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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.