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The Way Towards School Fundraising Success With Sports Activities

Mar 21, 2008
One of the most common activities in school is fundraising. Organizations are constantly in need of cash that will help them fund their various projects. This is especially true with newly-created organizations that do not have yet the support of the school administration.

Getting students to give you their hard-earned money can be really tricky especially in these trying times. Fundraising is not as easy as it seems even if you are dealing with students who would surely support the projects of the organizations they are affiliated with. It takes a lot of business savvy, charm, a lot of convincing skills and some great tips from those who have already done a lot of money-raising.

Below are some of the things that can help you reach the heights of fundraising success.

Focus on the Project and not the product in selling

Although you need to have a really great product in order to be able to raise a lot of funds, not all products will click among students. This is especially true during school fairs where various organizations in the school compete with the same student customers.

When this happens, highlight your project, especially if it is for a good cause or for a project that will be very advantageous to the students. For instance, if the project is to raise funds for a new school auditorium or a facelift of the school cafeteria, try to mention this in your booth instead of advertising the cookies that you are selling. A lot of students will buy from your booth not because your cookies are so good but because they want a new auditorium in time for the prom!

Find the perfect product or service

Of course, your product will still play a major factor in the success of your fundraising campaign. Product and project goes hand in hand. A good product can generate a lot of sales for the campaign. In finding the perfect product, consider what the other organizations are selling. Try to aim for something that is not being offered yet by other school organizations. Unique products that fit the needs of the students will definitely click.

Also, take a look at what your market needs. For example, with students, fashion items, sports equipments and school necessities will really click. Food items are also one staple that will always be a good sell.

Fundraising can be a really daunting task. After all, it will not be easy to convince someone to part with their hard-earned money. You need to provide them with a very good reason or give an incentive that they cannot refuse!

There are actually a lot of things that one can do for a fundraising campaign with sports in mind. You can sell stuff, provide service or just ask for donations. The list is endless.

Of course, the kind of campaign that you will be instituting will not only generate income for your organization but will also determine the kind of image that you will be projecting to potential donors in years to come.

Yes, although it can be a big pressure especially for first-time organizers, every event and campaign that the organization will do will determine the way people sees the organization. This is why it is important to be able to put a good show.

Below are just some fundraising ideas that you can do for your organization.

Selling is in

Although it may seem that everybody is doing it, selling goods and services is still the best way to raise money for charity. Your product or service will of course depend on the kind of target market that you have and the time of the year that you have organized your fete.

Often, the product is clearly identified with the beneficiary of the project. Examples of products that you can sell for a sports fundraising event are autographed sports gears, caps and T-shirts.

Auction

Another great way to raise money is through an auction, which tweaks the competitive spirit of people. There are actually a host of things that you can hold for auction, from goods to services. One great idea is to auction of people or the service that they can do rather than goods.
This way, you won't have much overhead costs except of course some favors that you and the members of the sports team have called in. Common events like these are auctioning off of dates with players.

Celebrity Cookouts

Another great idea for a fundraiser is a celebrity cookout where players of the team can mingle with the guests. Tickets for the cookout will of course be sold to people to raise funds.

This is one of those events that can kill two birds with one stone' raise funds for the organization or the sports team and create an opportunity for the players to become close to their fans.
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