Why Do Some Schools Have an Athletic Booster Club vs. Clubs for Each Sport?
As you may have noticed, some schools have centralized athletic booster clubs (ABCs) and others have a dedicated club for each sport or group.
If you use the ABC model, you may have contemplated making the switch so you can provide dedicated support to each organization at your school. To help you navigate that decision-making process, take a closer look at these two models and consider the pros and cons of ABCs.
Sports-Specific Clubs vs. Athletic Booster Clubs
Under the sports-specific model, each booster club raises funds for a single team or group. The parents, alumni, and coaches are responsible for organizing events, managing funds, and filing taxes.
The centralized model is simpler to manage in that only one entity has to file taxes, manage funds, rally support, etc.
Unfortunately, not every team’s group of supporters has the flexibility they need to fundraise for their respective sport. As a result, the school’s most popular sports will generate most of the revenue, but they will also have to share some of these funds with other entities.
The Good and the Bad of ABCs
The athletic booster club model has benefited tens of thousands of student athletes over the years. It provides a multitude of benefits along with some drawbacks. Here’s a look at the good and bad of ABCs.
Benefits of ABCs
Logistically, managing an ABC is infinitely easier. Only one entity manages funds, schedules rallies, seeks sponsorships, represents the school’s sports teams, and files taxes.
Additionally, an athletic booster club has the ability to support smaller, less popular sports or school groups by redistributing funds. This is especially beneficial when a school is starting a new sports program or overhauling an existing one.
As an added bonus, ABCs can encourage cross-disciplinary support. For example, let’s say that a few of your most productive booster members are relatives of a member of the varsity basketball team. If they believe in the club’s mission, they may start helping out during the other sports’ seasons as well.
Potential Downfalls of ABCs
Sports schedule overlap is a major headache associated with the ABC model. When schedules conflict, boosters have to be more selective of which events they participate in.
The concerns of overlap have been driving many schools to adopt the sports-specific club model. Transitioning away from the ABC approach provides added flexibility and enables boosters to devote time to the clubs they are most passionate about.
Great Tech: The Key to Thriving as an ABC
If managing your athletic booster club has become a bit tedious, don’t make the switch to sports-specific clubs just yet. While dispersing resources across all of your school’s clubs and sports can be a challenge, there are distinct advantages to ABCs that you will lose out on if you decentralize your clubs.
Instead of transitioning away from an athletic booster club model, consider revamping your management playbook and upgrading your software. Implementing an all-in-one solution for accounting, resource tracking, scheduling, and sales processing is like adding an all-star player to your roster.
By leveling up your tech stack, you can enjoy the benefits of ABCs and make sure all school groups and teams receive the support they deserve. If you decide to change to sports-specific clubs, a versatile app can support all of your fundraising groups. Talk about a win-win!
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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.