Soccer Fundraising

It seems like soccer fundraising is either a season-long effort or a quick hitter that doesn’t cover all your needs.

Well, the good news is that there are some ways to make money quickly, or even all season long, that merit your consideration.
 
What are your fundraising goals?

Many youth sports teams and leagues want:

1 – Fundraisers that can be done with little effort
2 – Fundraisers that may be done sporadically
3 – Fundraisers that will produce significant results
 

Soccer fundraising programs
In this article, we’ll examine several soccer fundraisers that are quick hitting and sure to score.

The three soccer fundraising programs are:
Bottled water

Shot cage and radar gun

Fast-food discount cards

Soccer Fundraising: Bottled Water
The first soccer fundraising program is selling bottled water. Consider for a moment that each team member will bring water to every practice and to every game. That’s at least a couple dozen bottles right there and probably a whole lot more.

Add in sales to spectators and you’ve got at least 500 bottles that could easily be sold. Sure, you can buy in bulk at a warehouse club, but you can add extra value to your soccer fundraising with private branding of your bottled water, either as a team or as a league.

The initial setup for each label is $75 and afterward, the unique label with your logo emblazoned in color costs nothing extra. Prices for the bottled spring water are wholesale, which allows your group a comfortable 50% profit margin.

When you think about it, doesn’t it make sense to capture the wholesale-to-retail markup for your group while building team spirit at the same time?

 

Soccer Fundraising: Shot Cage
The second soccer fundraising program is best suited for a league-wide effort. On Picture Day, during a tournament, or at any other event with high attendance, set up a soccer “shot cage” with a radar gun to measure velocity.

Every player will want multiple chances to show just how fast their shot speeds toward the goal. You can set up contests with prizes for various age ranges, team awards, Top Gun, etc.

Soccer fundraising featuring a radar-equipped shooting cage is actually an inexpensive event to host.

Several companies rent the equipment by the week with radar gun, cage, and freight all included for less than $350.

You can also find suppliers who will put together a soccer fundraiser with a hosted radar cage and do a revenue split with your group, so there would be no upfront cost.

To maximize your soccer fundraising success, price shots in a multi-shot package, such as two for $1 or other combinations.

Count the number of players in your league or potential shooters at a tournament event and determine if this type of soccer fundraising is right for your group.

For additional information, you can contact national supplier Absolute Amusements.

 

Soccer Fundraising: Fast-food Discount Cards
The third soccer fundraiser is one that your group can use once or use to raise funds all season long. And that’s selling fast food discount cards.

This is a simple item to sell. Each fundraising discount card contains a certain number of two-for-one meal packages at a well-known fast food outlet.

Participating companies include McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dominoes Pizza, and other large fast-food chains.

Your group purchases a certain number of these cards in advance and sells them to families or individuals that will appreciate a substantial discount. The number of two-for-one deals on each card varies by company.

Pizza Hut’s card offers a free pizza with the purchase of another pizza up to a maximum of ten. The McDonalds card seems to offer the least number  of “double deals” but its also one of the most popular.

Each card retails for $10 and costs between $1 to $2. Each one features the fast-food company’s logo on the front along with a message stating that 80-90% of the price of this card goes to support your soccer fundraising group.

It’s a nice way to tap into the consumer spending revenue stream with an attractive product that benefits both parties.

Find out more about fundraising discount cards from a supplier that handles all the different cards, Krazy Kard Fundraising.

 

These programs allow your group to reap an excellent return by offering quality products that require only moderate effort.

They are guaranteed to score a goal every time out with your players and your supporters.

Fundraisers

Soccer Fundraising

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

What is a cookie dough fundraiser?
The basic concept is the same as all order taker fundraisers. You equip your sellers with a brochure, an order form, and a basic sales script.
Your group does catalog sales of a three-pound tub of cookie dough. Average retail price is $10 per three-pound tub.  The dough comes in a wide variety of flavors, including some that are sugar free.

Some suppliers are now offering the dough in pre-sliced packages to further simplify the baking process.

Others are offering it in a dry mix that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. All you do is add water, mix by hand, and you have your cookie dough ready for baking.
 

Profitability

Most fundraising companies offer the three-pound tubs of cookie dough at a 40%-50% discount. Some suppliers also offer a larger four-pond tub for slightly more.

Cookie dough needs to be refrigerated, so this fundraiser requires a little more delivery preparation.  Kids like selling this because it’s something that they enjoy themselves.

The average seller makes ten sales or approximately $100 in revenue. That translates to roughly $50 in profit per seller, which is quite good.

Factors affecting your cookie dough fundraiser profitability include freight charges, quantity discounts, quality of the brochure, number of available cookie dough choices, and the need to keep the dough refrigerated.

This product works well for both elementary school and high school fundraising.

Larger groups can easily earn a quantity discount above 50%. As always, do an RFQ fax quote to the supplier list and get your best possible discount up front.
 

Sales Tips

Here’s what they need to do to sell:

  1. Smile, use their name in greeting, and introduce yourself
  2. Use the power of “because” (give a reason why)
  3. Ask for their help (ask for the order)
  4. Make eye contact and suggest a favorite
     

Example sales script:  (Keep it short & sweet)

Hi, Mrs. Johnson!   (Smile and make eye contact)

I’m Jimmy Roberts from down the street.   (Hand over sales flyer with large bold print)

Our school is doing a cookie dough fundraiser because we need new computers.

Can you help us out with a $10 contribution? That gets you a three-pound tub of cookie dough. My favorite is the chocolate chip, but peanut butter is real popular too!

(Pause and wait for a response)
The important points are to smile, use a sales flyer, use the word because, ask for their help, and suggest an order size, then wait for a response.

Each prospect has a potential dollar value to your organization. Don’t waste prospects by not being prepared. Make sure all your sellers know what to say and how to say it.
 

Candle Fundraisers

Candle fundraisers are your basic order taker fundraiser. You need to do more than just show pictures of candles. Showing fragrant samples will dramatically boost your candle fundraiser’s results.

The basic concept is the same as all order taker fundraisers. You equip your sellers with a brochure, an order form, and a basic sales script.

The brochure describes the various candle selections and provides details on color, aroma, size, shape, weight, and container type. Price points are usually on the order form itself.

Unlike candy or cookie dough, it’s easy for your sellers to carry samples. Their non-perishable nature makes them a great fit for weeklong sales efforts.

One of the great things about candle fundraisers is how the aroma of your samples makes the selling process so much easier. Most buyers will sniff several samples and imagine how the candles will fill their homes with their pleasant smells.

Perennial favorites are french vanilla, bayberry, apple, pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, holiday pine, melon burst, and citrus breeze.

Candle sizes range from small two-ounce votive candles all the way up to giant three-pound ball or bell-shaped versions with multiple wicks.

Several fundraising companies have candles in decorative shapes like various fruits, animals, wizards, trees, and figurines. In addition, large rectangles, cylinders, half-rounds, and tapers are always readily available.

Some companies also offer container-based candles which burn more slowly and safely. They also avoid messy cleanup problems. Popular styles are Mason jars, jars with handles, jars with screw tops, and square glass containers.
 

Profitability

Most fundraising companies offer their candles at a 50% discount. Some suppliers also offer a larger discount for higher volume sales.

The average seller makes five to seven sales. Many of these sales are multi-unit buys, so they average about $80 in revenue. That translates to roughly $40 in profit per seller, which is quite good.

Factors affecting your candle fundraisers profitability include freight charges, quantity discounts, quality of the brochure, number of available candle choices, the motivation level of your sellers, and the duration of your fundraising activities. And of course, the most important factor is having fragrant samples in the hands of your sellers.

This product works well for both elementary school and high school fundraising.

Larger groups can easily earn a quantity discount above 50%. As always, do an RFQ fax quote to the candle supplier list and lock-in your best possible discount up front.

Car Wash Fundraiser

Car wash fundraisers are a proven money-maker in virtually every community. All you need are willing volunteers, a high-traffic location with good visibility, and some attention getting signs.

You can put a car wash fundraiser together on short notice, but they work best with a little planning. Here’s how to get started…
 

Things To Do List

  1. Line up a location with good main road frontage
  2. Ensure it has suitable water access
  3. Assemble supplies list – hoses, buckets, wash towels, dry towels, squeegees
  4. Assign each volunteer an item from the supplies list
  5. Make 8-10 poster board signs in high-contrast colors
  6. Arrange your volunteers in 2-hour shifts
  7. Get advance publicity, if possible

How To List

  1. Organize your group into teams – Promotion, Sales, Wash, Dry
  2. Promotion team attracts new clients with signs
  3. Sales team explains offer (use flyer for quick info) and up-sells clients
  4. Wash team soaps, scrubs, and rinses each car
  5. Dry team gets water residue off, vacuums, does tires, etc.
  6. Have at least two lines so you can wash two or more cars at once
  7. Wash cars for six to eight hours (Saturday 9:00 to 3:00 preferred)

Your fundraiser’s success will depend on the weather. If you can wash 12 cars an hour (one every 10 minutes in each line), you can raise $500- $1000 in one day.

Remember to put together a quick flyer that includes the reason why you’re raising funds and clearly states the price. You can even offer some extra services such as providing high-gloss tire treatment or vacuuming interiors for an additional fee.
 

Car Wash Fundraiser – Success Tips

  1. Location, location, location!
  2. Sell car wash fundraiser tickets in advance
  3. Use a flyer that clearly explaining why you’re raising funds
  4. List all prices concisely in large, bold type
  5. Up-sell to include additional services
  6. Partner with another group if your head count is low
  7. Increase revenue with an extra offering such as a 2-for-1 pizza savings card

Alternatively, you can advertise a free car wash and just ask for donations for your cause.

Often, this can raise more cash than stating a specific price, because people will see a group of volunteers working hard and having a good time, and may part with their money more easily.
 

Final Advice

Make sure to keep the event fun for all your participants and your customers. Play upbeat music. Provide soft drinks and snacks to keep the energy level up.

Keep safety in mind. Be sure to get volunteers to hold and wave signs toward passing traffic, not just volunteers to wash cars.

If you have time, get your car wash fundraiser some publicity coverage in the local newspaper, or by posting signs a day or two in advance.

Cheerleading Fundraisers

Cheerleading fundraisers are the ultimate in small group fundraising.
Cheerleaders possess boundless energy, determination, and loads
of contacts (for potential supporters).

Harnessing all this energy and enthusiasm can be a challenge,
but having the right cheerleading fundraiser is a great start. You
want to leverage their skills by giving them an exciting fundraising
product to sell.

So, what cheerleading fundraising ideas will generate excitement?

In this article, we’ll consider three types of cheer fundraisers. Each involves doing something a little different, each of them are easy to do, and each fundraiser packs a profit punch.
 

Cheer Fundraiser #1

One unique approach for a cheerleading fundraiser is offering custom
posters of school sports teams or of the cheerleaders themselves.

For instance, feature the team photo of the football team, or use a
series of action photos. Each can be turned into a wall-sized poster
or a fundraising calendar.

Add some allure to these cheerleading fundraisers by including your
game schedule or team slogan printed on it in a contrasting color.

You could also design one to celebrate your championship teams,
commemorate your previous titles, intensify a cross-town rivalry,
recognize all of your school’s sports teams on a spirit poster,
or feature the cheerleading squad in action.

Any of these items is sure to be popular with a wide range of
students. Local businesses will often buy one to put in their
front window. Players will want a souvenir copy suitable for
end-of-season autographs. Proud parents and grandparents will
want their own keepsake copy.

The posters can be sold easily at pep rallies, sporting events,
through the school store, and by the cheerleaders themselves via
a merchant table at a high-traffic location on a weekend.

Think of creative ways to design and market your own unique set
of cheerleading posters. Consider adding merchant sponsor logos
to reduce the cost. You could also cross-promote with another school
on a rivalry poster and double the overall market.

For more information, contact

Fieldhouse Fundraising
 

Cheer Fundraiser #2

Another idea for cheerleading fundraising is selling customized
Holiday Greetings CD’s. This is a brochure or order-taker sale
of a personalized selection of holiday music favorites.

One of the nice things about this product is that a purchaser
selects their ten favorite holiday songs by checking off boxes
on a list of thirty classics.

Included in the choices are favorites such as Let It Snow, White
Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

These are licensed copies of the original recordings by the
original artists, assembled on a personalized CD that costs
your group a mere $4 each.

A retail price of $10 coupled with the ability for the customer to
order a personalized message on each copy, make these a great
cheerleading fundraiser.

The CD’s are available in six basic designs – Singing Snow Men,
Rudolph, Christmas Tree, Peace On Earth, Kwanzaa, and Happy
Hanukkah.

There is room for a holiday greeting of up to thirty characters on
each design. For example, the Christmas Tree version has the
phrase “Merry Christmas” in green and red, with space below it
for a “From the XYZ Family” greeting.

Shipments are sorted by salesperson and customer, making your
delivery a very simple task indeed.

Find out more information from the source of this great holiday
cheer fundraiser:

Holiday Greeting CD
 

Cheer Fundraiser #3

A third type of cheerleading fundraiser that creates an air of
excitement is selling flowering “airplants.”

Airplants, or more properly, Tillandsias, are unique, soil-free plants
that absorb nutrients and water through their leaves. All they need
is air, water, and light.

Tillandsias are attractive and fascinating members of the
pineapple family (Bromeliaceae). Their native habitat is the
southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America.

Bromeliads – Tillandsias – can be placed in anything: rocks,
shells, pottery, driftwood, around water fountains, fish tanks,
etc. They like bright, indirect lighting, and a heavy spraying
or soaking two or three times a week.

They have a growth cycle starting with one plant growing to
maturity, then blooming. One to two months after the blooming
has finished, new plants form around the base of the “mother”
plant. Each will continue growing and reproducing if given the
proper care.

A cheerleading fundraiser Airplant package consists of a beautiful
example of the Bromeliad family, comfortably ensconced in a natural
seashell holder.

Your group pays $3 per Airplant, including the seashell holder,
shipping and handling. Each Tillandsia retails for $6, so your
cheerleading fundraiser is ensured a good profit margin.

You can organize your sale as a special event or as an add-on
to a regular gathering. Set up a table with your sales display
and place a colorful Tillandsia poster on the wall behind to let
your prospective customers see how beautiful these Airplants
are in full bloom.

You can also conduct your cheerleading fundraiser as an order-
taker from a sales brochure. Each brochure contains colorful
pictures of these exotic, but easy to care for, plants.

Simple text explanations are included describing the simple steps
involved in nourishing these fabulous specimens.

For more information on doing an Airplant cheerleading fundraiser,
contact the largest Tillandsia source:

Airplants

All three of these fundraising products will add some excitement
to your next cheerleading fundraiser.

When all the participants are enthusiastic about offering something
new and unique, it packs a powerful profit punch.

Here’s to making your next fundraiser a resounding success.

Cheers!
 

School Fundraising Ideas

Cheerleading Fundraisers