Booster club fundraising ideas are often bland and boring. When fundraising needs to take place, it is all too often ignored simply because nothing fun and exciting is going on. Unfortunately, every booster club has to dazzle people so that they donate. This is how well funded clubs are able to sustain the needs of their members and prosper. Thankfully, there is no shortage of ideas.
A mini-marathon is a great idea to get the public aware of your fundraiser. These are smaller than a normal marathon and are a few miles in length. Typically, the race will be 3 – 5 miles long. This can be accompanied with a gathering that is seen at the finish line.
Those that want to view the race will be able to donate money and will often donate money at the finish line as well. If a trophy is provided, this is even more incentive for people to sign up for the event. More often than not, a trophy will catapult an event’s participators. When a small entry fee is charged, all of this money is given to the club.
Sponsors for the event are also another possibility. This will be done on an advertising basis wherein for a little promotion, the sponsor donates their money.
2. Sporting Event
Many booster clubs revolve around sport’s teams. This means that a team may be able to fund their equipment needs thanks to the fundraiser taking place. How does this work?
First, most schools will allow their gymnasium or fields to be utilized for free. This will need to be approved by the school first and may take a while to fully setup. Once this has been done, it is time to finally get the ball rolling.
Ideally, every person that wants to view the big game will have to pay a small admission fee. If possible, a raffle that takes place during the game should be thrown. This is just another way to bring in extra money throughout the event.
Concessions, such as sodas and hot dogs are also another possibility. This money will need to go to the bill of the food, but is rather easy to ensure that most of the proceeds go right back to the booster club.
Sporting events, such as a baseball, volleyball, hockey or basketball game are all great ideas. Soccer and football are also another option.
3. Coupon Books
Sometimes, the best fundraisers are those that give back to the community. This is definitely something that is hard to grasp at first, but it is definitely a profitable once. Through the use of coupon books, people will pay a premium for the book and the money is donated to the club.
These books are assembled by the club by going to all of the local businesses and asking them to donate to the cause. Joe’s down the street may offer a free slice of pizza, while a nail salon may offer 10 percent off on a manicure.
The real goal is to ensure that all of the town’s hotspots are covered. Once this is done, you will be selling coupon books left and right. Not only are these books profitable, but they practically sell themselves.
4. Neighborhood Car Washes
Oftentimes, people neglect to clean their cars. By offering to do it for them, you will be able to raise a lot of money and fast. The goal is to go to every neighborhood in town on the weekends. One neighborhood may have a 2 hour window while another has 4 hours or more to get their car cleaned.
The goal of these car washes is for everyone in town to help pitch in. Since your group will be fairly large, cleaning over 100 cars a day is a possibility. Those living in bigger towns may not be able to visit each neighborhood. In this case, it is much easier to simply setup the car wash in a local parking lot. As long as permission is given, you will find this to be an easy solution.
It is also important to point out that people love extras. Offering to wax a car or shine the rims for a premium is a smart idea.
5. Yard Work
When it comes to money one thing is certain, hard work certainly pays off. This means that you may need to do a little dirty work to successfully make some money. A few great booster club fundraising ideas that include yard work are:
• Raking leaves
• Mowing lawns
• Weed pulling
• Snow shoveling
All of these jobs demand physical labor, but people are willing to pay a great premium for you to provide the work. In fact, there is nothing wrong with a little bit of hard work to make a decent donation back in return. When it comes to fundraising, these have proven to be the timeless classics that booster clubs come back to every year.
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