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Sports Fundraising: Keep it Simple with Registration Fundraisers

Sports Fundraising: Keep it Simple with Registration Fundraisers

Football Series
Guide for athletic leagues:  Find out how to complete your fundraising in just one day with a unique registration day fundraiser.

Sports leagues around the country are getting ready for registration as spring gets closer.  Fundraising with a large group like a sports league – especially when many of the adults that help with organizing are volunteers – should be as smooth as possible so everyone can focus on the game.  Over the years, I’ve seen that the easiest league fundraisers happen right on registration day.

There are three ways to do a product fundraiser at registration. The first is just to hand out the product (for example, a box of candy) at registration and wait for parents to bring back the money, with the league covering the cost of the fundraising product in the meantime. This can work if you work in a small town where everyone knows each other, but you might end up with fundraising-frazzled nerves if you don’t.

The second way is for sports leagues to charge a fundraising fee to cover the cost of the product, and ask parents to bring in the profits on a predetermined date.  This is better than option #1 because even if some of the parents don’t get around to fundraising, at least the league won’t lose any money from the product they purchased.

The third, and smoothest league registration fundraiser I’ve seen is completed in just one day.  The idea is that you add a fundraising fee that right away covers the amount the league needs to raise, while giving parents a way to raise back the money.  Here’s how you can break it down:


Example 1 – Candy Bars

Goal: Total profit of $6,000 for the league
Number of kids: 300
Profit required per child: $20
Recommended product: $1 candy bars (boxes of 50 bars each)
Raises: $50
Costs: $30

Summary: Charge a fundraising fee of $50 per child, give the box of candy to the parents, and they can raise back their fundraising fee at their own pace.


Example 2 – Scratchcards

Goal: Total profit of $20,000 for the league
Number of kids: 300
Profit required per child: $67
Recommended product: Scratchcard
Raises: $100
Costs: $10
Fundraising Fee: $77 (covers card cost of $10 plus $67 desired profit per shild

Summary: Charge a fundraising fee of $77 (cost $10 plus profit needed of $67), give the Scratchcard to the parents, and they can raise back the $77 fee PLUS an extra $23 they can keep to go towards their equipment or other fees.

With a pre-planned registration fundraising strategy, sports leagues can get fundraising out of the way from the get-go and focus on what’s most important throughout the season.


Chocolate Fundraising: Ideas to Raise More!

Chocolate Fundraising: Ideas to Raise More!

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Chocolate fundraisers are a fun and classic way to raise much needed funds.  If you’re looking for a change, but don’t want to give up chocolate, here’s an idea you’ll really love!

It’s pretty easy to sell chocolate for fundraising.  Who could say no to some mouth-watering chocolate all while supporting a good cause?  Not many!  The question is, how can you get people to buy more than one bar at a time?  Now, here is a way that you can raise more funds with chocolate:

You can create a chocolate bake sale fundraiser!  Basically, on top of selling individual candy bars, you create some desserts made with the very same fundraising chocolate.  In front of each dessert, include the recipe that specifies the number of candy bars needed to concoct the scrumptious treat!

This is a win-win situation because not only do you raise money through your bake sale, but you also raise money selling additional candy bars.

Here is an example of a delicious recipe you can use.  Enjoy

TIRAMISU Ingredients:

4 to 8 oz. of Semisweet Chocolate
6 eggs
6 tablespoons white sugar
1 lb. mascarpone cheese (or a combination of 1/2 cup of ricotta blended well with 1 cup of whipping cream will substitute nicely)
3/4 cup cooled espresso or other strong coffee
1/4 cup amaretto (optional)
24 Ladyfingers, slightly dried


Grate chocolate coarsely by hand or in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.

Beat eggs and sugar with electric mixer in double boiler over simmering water until tripled in volume and thick enough to form a ribbon when dropped from beaters – about 5 to 7 minutes.  Chill until cooled.

Beat mascarpone until smooth and softened.  If egg mixture has separated, whisk it together and gradually blend it into the cheese mixture.

Dip flat side of ladyfingers into coffee (or a mixture of the coffee and the optional amaretto) and line the bottom of a 9″ glass baking dish, or other comparable serving dish.

Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers, and then top with 1/2 of the grated chocolate.

Repeat cheese and chocolate layers, ending with a generous layer of chocolate.

Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

Small Group and Independent Fundraising Ideas

Small Group and Independent Fundraising Ideas

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Small groups and individuals participating in charity events like marathons often find fundraising a challenge.  Here are some great fundraiser ideas that will make raising money for your small group fun and easy.

Is everyone excited for summer?  It’s almost here, and that means fun in the sun, lazy days at the beach, summer carnivals, and no more coats and boots!  For those of you in the sunny south, a boot is a heavily insulated item of footwear that plays a critical role in preventing frostbite during the chilly winter months ; )

Summer days also mean lots of fundraising!  Some of the biggest summer fundraising events are “thons”, like marathons and walkathons, to support charitable causes like Relay for Life in support of cancer research.  Often, you fundraise on your own, or in very small groups for these types of events, so to get everyone prepared for a fabulous summer season of fundraising, here are our best ideas for independent and small group fundraising!

1. Be a walking advertisement in the work place.  At the office, wear a t-shirt, make buttons, or even tape a sign to your shirt saying something like, “Sponsor me in the Wakefield Marathon!”  Keep a collection jar on your desk for coworkers to drop in their change, and send a company-wide email or memo.  Just make sure it’s ok with your employer beforehand.

2. Have a yard sale.  A good old-fashioned yard sale is a great fundraising idea!  Gather things around the house that you no longer need, but are still in good condition, and ask friends, family and neighbors to donate items to sell.  Put up posters around town and on major streets where people will see them.  Clearly mark the address in large, easy to read lettering, and emphasize that it’s a “Yard Sale for Charity”.

3. Go online.  There are many online fundraising programs that are easy for one person to manage, and are available at no cost.  If you’re fundraising on your own, or with just a small group of people, nothing beats an online fundraiser when it comes to reach and efficiency.  You could just send emails to everyone you know asking for support, but the great thing about an actual program is that people can donate, or make a charitable purchase directly online.


4. Host a dinner party.  Large non-profit organizations often host dinner parties as fundraisers, and they are usually very successful, with everyone having a great time supporting a good cause.  You can do the same thing on a smaller scale by hosting a dinner party in your home and selling tickets for a small price to friends and family.  The event is really about the donation, of course, but everyone will have lots of fun at your ‘fundraising gala’!  Dinner can be something simple and inexpensive like spaghetti, or you could even host the event as a potluck!

Spaghetti dinners are also great fundraisers for large groups.  Read more in this recent article:

· Successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The most important thing when fundraising on your own or with a small group is to have fun, and seek out support when you need it.  Friends, family and coworkers may not always be able to support you financially, but would be more than willing to help you come up with fun fundraising ideas, and then put those ideas into action.  Use your resources, use your creativity, and have a good time doing good things : )

4 Fundraisers for Fall Sports

4 Fundraisers for Fall Sports

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Our top 4 picks for fall sports fundraisers.

Fundraising for fall sports often means competing with a variety of other fundraising groups like schools and Boy/Girl Scouts.  The key is to choose fundraisers that will stand out, but at the same time have a tradition of success that will ensure you reach your goals.

Here are our top 4 for you:

Nestle Chocolate

A candy bar fundraiser is almost always a sure thing.  But you want yours to stand out.  That’s why we recommend Nestle Chocolate.  The brands are recognize, loved, classics, making them truly irresistible from other chocolate fundraising products.

Check out Nestle Chocolate >>

Car Washes

Before the weather cools off, get a final car wash in.  Not many groups run car washes in the fall, so you’ll definitely stand out, and working together is a great team building exercise.  It can get chilly, so recommend team members dress warmly.  A great tip is thin cotton gloves under rubber dish gloves to keep hands warm and dry.

Read about successful car washes >>

Magazines Online

Going online can really make your magazine sale stand out.  It also makes the fundraiser more efficient for you.  Rather than gathering your team, handing out order forms, taking orders and collecting cash, all you do is register online and email the info to your team.  They then email friends and family to shop for magazines.

Learn more about Magazines Online >>


Raffles are easy and fun on game day.  Get prizes donated by local businesses.  Even small prizes can generate hype.  You’d be surprised how many people will pay a dollar or two for a chance to win a free pizza coupon, or department store gift basket!  Sell tickets at the door, through the stands, or at a ticket counter.

Read about organizing raffles >>

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Top 10 Summer Fundraising Ideas

Top 10 Summer Fundraising Ideas

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Looking for great ideas for hot summer fundraisers?  Here are our top 10 summer fundraising ideas:

1.  Car Wash

This tried-and-true fundraiser is a natural choice for summer since groups of just about all sizes can run a profitable car wash.

2.  Barbecue

Summer and hotdogs go hand in hand, and with hotdogs being one of the most economical barbecue choices, they’re the perfect menu item for a summer barbecue fundraiser.


3.  Online Fundraising

You’ll especially love fundraising online in the summer because most online fundraisers are so quick and easy that you’ll be set up in a matter of minutes, which means more time for yourself to enjoy the sunny days of summer!

A great one to try out is eFundraising.  It’s fast, FREE and easy.


4.  Just-for-Fun Game

Sports like baseball, football and basketball are lots of fun in the summer, and also a great way to raise funds.  Organize fun games like parents vs. kids, girls vs. boys, etc, and charge a small fee to join a team, or allow people to join in with a donation amount of their choice.


5.  Bike-A-Thon

Or any “thon” that gets your group outside and enjoying the summer weather.


6.  Yard Sale

A yard sale is a great way to clear the clutter, and raise lots of money.  It does take some pre-planning though.


7.  Lollipop Sale

Nothing sells faster than lollipops, especially at sporting events, community get-togethers, and other fun summer activities.  They’re also easy to carry and won’t melt on a hot day.


8.  Pool Party

If you have the resources (a pool for starters, and also proper supervision if you’re working with children), a pool party is an awesome fundraiser idea for summer!  Sell snacks, raffle off prizes, and set up carnival-type games like a ring toss!

9.  Water Balloon Fight

Find a large open space in your community, like a park or field, and organize the biggest water balloon fight anyone has ever seen!  You can either charge per water balloon, or make it a team sport where people pay a team fee to enter.


10.  Concert in the Park

A concert takes a lot of planning, but if you have the resources it can be a huge success.  Put together a showcase of local talent for your concert.  Many local bands will play for free because it’s a great opportunity for them to display their talents, and this is especially popular if you’re working with kids and teens!

Looking for more fun and easy summer fundraisers?

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Fundraising Events for Small Groups

Fundraising Events for Small Groups

Fundraising events can be big money-makers, but can small groups cash in on this big opportunity?  They sure can!  Here are a few fundraising ideas for small group events.

Think fundraising events are just for large organizations?  Think again!  You can host a fundraising gala with a small group, or even on your own.  In a recent post, we discussed ideas for small group and independent fundraising, including hosting a fundraising dinner.  Today, we’re going a step further to give you ideas and strategies for planning and hosting a successful fundraising event on your own or with a small group.

There are many different types of events like dinners, raffles, auctions and games nights, and these events can often be combined.  Let’s say you and 3 friends are raising money for a walk for charity, and you’ve chosen a dinner and games night for your fundraising event.  Here are the steps you would take:

Plan a budget

With a small group, you probably have a small budget, or even none at all.  Spaghetti is a fun, easy and cost-efficient choice, as is a hotdog or hamburger barbecue.  If you really want to lower your expenses, a potluck is the perfect solution.

Quick Tip – Have a cook-off!  Choose a one-dish meal like lasagna or chili and have your attendees bring their best culinary effort.  Appoint a panel of judges to judge the results!

Choose your location

If you, or one of your group members has a home large enough to accommodate your event, you’re all set!  Another option is to rent out a church hall or community center, but these places often charge a rental fee, and this may not be in your budget.

During the summer months, hold the event in your own backyard!  Don’t have enough outdoor seating?  No problem!  Serve your dinner picnic-style with blankets and tablecloths on the grass.

Plan your games

If you’re hosting your fundraising event outdoors, you can set up ring toss games, races, human tic-tac-toe with teams of X’s and O’s, and all kinds of fun outdoor activities.  For indoor fun, card games, board games and old-fashioned parlor games like charades are the way to go.

Determine your ticket price

It may seem strange to sell tickets to friends and family, but remember – this is a fundraiser, and the ticket price is really a donation to your cause.  Friends and family will understand the purpose, and be more than happy to help out.

Design tickets on the computer and print them out, or make them by hand.  A fun activity with children is to create tickets on plain white paper printed with the necessary information, then let the kids decorate them with fun colors making each one unique and extra special!

Plan your guest list and send invitations

Keep the guest list small.  With a group of 3 people, a guest list of 20 or less is ideal.  Invite friends, family and coworkers – people close to you who understand and support your cause.

Send invitations with the date, time and location, as well as the cost per ticket.  Include your contact information so people can RSVP and order their tickets.  If you’re making this a family friendly event, set a ‘family rate’ for bulk ticket orders.

Be prepared!

The week before your event, make sure you have everything you need.

– Enough tables and chairs for everyone
– Plenty of food and drinks
– Supplies for your games (pens, paper, playing cards, etc)
– Plates, glasses and cutlery (paper plates, and plastic cups and cutlery are perfectly ok for an outdoor barbecue or picnic)

Also be sure you have a plan for preparing and serving food, and for setting up your games.  Plan an itinerary, and schedule plenty of prep time before guests arrive.

The day before your event, have everything set out and ready to go so that the event day goes smoothly, and be sure you and your group members stick to the schedule.

And away you go!

Now you’re all set for the final step – hosting a fun and successful fundraising event!

As your guests arrive, thank them for attending and for their generous donation.  Before dinner, have a toast to thank everyone again, and to give an overview of why you’re fundraising.  There’s a good chance you’ll get more donations throughout the evening, or in the days following your fabulous fundraising gala!  And of course, remember to send thank you cards the week after your event.

There’s no question, fundraising events take careful planning, but it’s more than possible for small groups to host successful events.  Just keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Your guests are people close to you, who want you to succeed, so your event is bound to be a huge hit!

Bowling for Funds

Bowling for Funds

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A bowling fundraiser can be a great way to raise funds and have fun.  Here are a few ideas for a successful bowling fundraiser that could end up being an annual favorite for your group!

A bowling fundraiser is a great way to raise money!  First of all, it’s a lot of fun.  Second of all, people of all ages can participate, and best of all – you don’t have to set-up or clean up!

So how do you organize a successful bowling fundraiser? As with any event, you have to start by creating a lot of publicity.  The more people that know about it, the more funds you can raise and donations you can get.

The easiest way is to charge an amount for each foursome, for example, $50.  In order to be able to obtain such a price, you will need to negotiate with your local bowling alley.  Perhaps they can donate a time slot, or give you a discounted rate?  After all, you will be bringing in new clients, and giving them free promotion and exposure. This is a definite advantage to the bowling alley, for it will help them build up their image as well as their clientele.

Try to collect the entry fee for each team in advance.  This way you can ensure that you will make money regardless if everyone shows up or not.

While people are bowling, entertain them! You can also have a raffle, giving out prizes that you collect from local sponsors.  Even if the gifts are small (free bowling passes, for example), it will contribute to a fun atmosphere.

When people get the munchies, you can sell other items at your bowling fundraiser that will help you generate more profit, such as candy bars,popcorn, pretzels and healthy beef snacks.  However, many bowling alleys have a restaurant or concession stand.  In this case, perhaps you can try to negotiate a percentage of the concession sales.

To get a competitive atmosphere going, have the bowlers compete for the highest game and the best team.  To make it funny, you can also get them to compete for the lowest game and the most gutter balls!  Of course, you would only announce the winners at the end, but you could let people know how they are doing along the way.  Make sure to have some prizes for all these winners.  As with the raffle gifts, the prizes can be donated from local sponsors or the bowling alley itself!

A bowling fundraiser is a great way to raise funds…so happy bowling!

Successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Pasta with tomato, black olives, capers and greens

Learn how one taekwondo team travelled to Championships in Mexico City with funds raised from a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.  It can work for you too!

We strongly believe that success in fundraising comes by helping your family, friends and colleagues.  That is why when one of our colleagues, Xavier, asked us to help him support his taekwondo team, many of us were glad to do so.

Xavier was training with the Ashley Taekwondo team from the age of 15 to 30. Now he helps out once in a while with their training, or whenever they need some support with their fundraising efforts.

The Ashley Taekwondo team was determined to go to Mexico City for the Championships this month. However, they needed to raise money to help out with expenses once over there, and they needed to raise it fast. They decided a fun and fast way of doing so would be to host a yummy spaghetti dinner fundraiser!

The team consists of eight fighters between the ages of 10 and 18.  They all pulled together with their taekwondo master to help make the event a success.  Asking for donations can be difficult, but who could say no to a yummy and cheap spaghetti dinner fundraiser?

First, they solicited help from the owners of the gym where they train.  The owners agreed to allow them to host the spaghetti dinner at the gym and even offered to provide the spaghetti and pasta.  Wow!  What a great start!  They even got a company to print tickets for the event at no cost!

So all that was needed was to promote the event.  The fighters and their master sold tickets to their families and friends for $5 each.  Xavier helped them out by selling some tickets to his co-workers.  Word of mouth spread fast and before they knew it, they raised $1100 in ticket sales.

In order to help raise even more money, they decided to create a raffle.  They contacted local vendors and asked if they were willing to help them out with their fundraiser.  They managed to get a hair salon to offer a $75 haircut, an Italian restaurant to offer a $50 gift certificate, and the best deli restaurant in town to offer another certificate worth $30.  What great support!

In the end, around 80 people attended the dinner.  As you can see, more people purchased tickets then the amount of people that attended.  It just goes to show you, people are willing to help out however they can in order to support a good cause.

The taekwondo master’s wife prepared the spaghetti.  They also got some friends to donate some wine and then sold it at $2 a glass.  The raffle was hosted after supper and definitely generated a lot of excitement and additional funds.

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser turned out to be a huge success.  Not only because the Ashley Taekwondo team raised some money for their Championships in Mexico City, but also because everyone at the event genuinely enjoyed themselves and the yummy food.

We want to wish the Ashley Taekwondo team the best of luck at the Championships!

UPDATE: The team came back as real champions from Mexico!! They got 7 medals, which included 4 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.  A big congratulations to the Ashley Taekwondo team!  Unfortunately, one fighter was injured during his first fight, and we want to wish him a speedy recovery.

Fundraising Inspiration is Everywhere!

Fundraising Inspiration is Everywhere!

Scallops, clams and an old album on the beach sand against blue sea
Scallops, clams and an old album on the beach sand against blue sea
All it takes is a little inspiration to have fun and memorable fundraisers.  We found inspiration in a pretty unlikely place.  How about you?

Did you know that today, September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day?  Arrrr!  It be true, Matey!  Naturally, as we’re constantly plundering the high seas and pillaging villages for fun and unique fundraising ideas, this was great inspiration!

Shiver me timbers and raise me some booty!  Arrr!
Let’s face facts – throw on a crazy costume, and you’re almost guaranteed to get some attention!  So why not a pirate costume?  You and your group or team members can easily make pirate costumes out of old clothes and thrift store finds.  Pick up a few eye patches and bandanas at a local dollar store, and you’re all set!

Arrr!  But where’s the loot?
Any fundraising event can be spiced up with a pirate theme!

– Host a Swashbucklers Pirate Bash complete with pirate décor and a dessert island rest area / refreshment stand instead of a standard high school or community dance.

– Have a “Treasure Island” yard sale where people are invited to barter for treasures and loot.

– Fill a treasure chest with candies and goodies.  Dress in your finest pirate garb and barter with customers for the best deal on your treasures.

o Quick Tip:  Get fundraising candies and snacks here, and pay nothing for shipping!  Arrrr!  That be a steal!

And of course, with Halloween coming up, and Halloween fundraising event can be turned into a pirate-themed costume party.  Don’t forget to practice your pirate-speak, and most of all have fun, Matey!

Where have you found inspiring ideas for unique fundraisers?  Share your inspiration with us and we may share it with the USA Fundraising community!

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Fundraising with a Community Cleanup

Fundraising with a Community Cleanup

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Find out how a community cleanup fundraiser can help your group raise funds and awareness about earth-friendly habits in this segment of our Go Green Fundraising series.

What better way to raise funds, make a difference, and provide a positive learning experience for your group than a Community Cleanup fundraiser!  Here’s how it works:

Prepare Your Fundraiser:

Choose an area to cleanup.  Look around your community, or ask friends, family, neighbors and coworkers if they know of a local, public area like a park, or field that’s in need of a good cleanup.

Set the date.  You may need to get permission from your town or city before the cleanup, and you will definitely need to get permission from parents if you’re working with children, so give yourself plenty of pre-planning time when you set the date of your cleanup.

Gather supplies.  Here are some items you may need:

– Work gloves for each group member
– Garbage bags
– Recycling bins or bags for all recyclable items you find
– Rakes
– Biodegradable, non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner (depending on the type of place you’re cleaning)
– Water to stay hydrated
– Waterless hand cleaner for group members to wash up

In addition, advise your group members to wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for the area (For example, long pants if there is a lot of underbrush), hats, and sunscreen.

Raising Funds:

So how do you actually raise funds with a Community Cleanup?  This is typically a donation, or sponsorship fundraiser, and you should begin collecting donations about 2 weeks before the event.  Here are the different ways you can fundraise for your Community Cleanup:

Ask for donations.  Ask friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to sponsor your group’s cleanup efforts.  You can also ask local businesses, and people who live near the area you’ll be cleaning.

Set up Donation boxes.  You can make donation boxes or cans, and ask local businesses to keep them by their front desk, or register to collect donations.

Collect donations on cleanup day.  On the day of the cleanup, designate 2 people to carry donation boxes near the area you’re cleaning (close by the group, and within sight of adult leaders at all times).  As people pass by, they can see the wonderful job you’re doing, and donate to your efforts.

Hold a fundraising sale.  You can raise funds by selling a product like candy bars, or lollipops in the 2 weeks before your cleanup, and even sell them on the actual day by setting up a small stand at your cleanup area.

Note:  Have a litter-free fundraiser by reminding customers and group members to properly dispose of their candy wrappers.

Fundraise with Scratchcards.  Scratchcards are fundraising donation cards that don’t cost much to purchase, and with a little effort, can really bring in a big profit.  Find out more about Scratchcards >>

Get Cleaning!

On the day of your cleanup, get everyone motivated and excited.  Remind them that the cleanup is a great way to contribute to the community, and help preserve public spaces for everyone.

Assign individual tasks, or break your group up into teams, assigning them each an area to work on.  Just be sure everyone is close together at all times, and no one is in an area that you can’t see, or that is out of earshot.

At the end of the day, properly dispose of all the trash you’ve collected, and take any recyclables you’ve found to the appropriate facility in your area.  And don’t forget to reward your group for their hard work with a special treat they’ll all enjoy!

If you want your next fundraiser to be an enriching learning experience for your group, that makes them feel like they’ve really made a difference, a Community Cleanup fundraiser is the perfect solution.  If you keep a positive attitude, and do your best to create an atmosphere of excitement, it can be a really fun, bonding experience for your group too!