Ideas for your next online sports fundraiser
Whether it’s soccer, football or cheerleading, if your child plays a team sport you know the benefits. Kids who participate in sports tend to have higher grades, greater confidence and healthier bodies. And if your school or team is like any other in this economy, chances are budget cuts mean you need to raise money for equipment and uniforms. Let’s look at a few online fundraising ideas you can try.
Take Advantage of Crowdfunding
With crowdfunding, you set a dollar amount and raise the funds you need with small donations from a lot of people. While the concept has origins dating to the 1700s, this modern fundraising tactic was practically born online. The first official instance of crowdfunding dates to 1997 when a British rock band asked fans to help fund their reunion tour.
Today, people are crowdfunding to help pay for surgeries or help friends and families through tough times, and nonprofits are using it to raise funds for their causes.
There plenty of crowdfunding sites out there geared to help teams in particular. GoFundMe is widely known, and has designed a program specifically to help sports teams raise funds. Other sites include: MakeAChamp and SportFunder.
Set Up an Online Auction
Auctioning items online is a great way to raise funds for your team. And this method offers plenty of options. However, success will likely rely on items enticing enough to persuade your audience to bid.
Sports memorabilia in particular is popular. And professional sports teams will often donate items to groups. It takes a little work, but the payoff is worth it. Fundraiser Help offers a few tips to get you going.
If you have a few star athletes on your team, you may want to consider auctioning off lessons or a clinic for the little ones.
Of course, you’ll need an online auction platform that doesn’t cut into your profits. eBay is always an option and if you’re a nonprofit raising funds for a team, you may want to check Ready Set Auction as another source.
Offline Options to Try
Grants are a great way to secure money for a defined purpose like new uniforms, practice field upgrades or training facilities. The catch here is that most grants require your group to be a 501(c)(3). So, check out this guide to sports grants to find out what foundations offer sports grants that you can apply for.
Selling discount cards that offer discounts to businesses in your area is always a solid source for fundraising. Everyone loves a discount and businesses could use more patrons. An added benefit? This method can net your group a profit of up to 65%.
There are tons of great opportunities for online and offline fundraising. So, get out there, get creative and fundraise your way to victory!