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Fun Run Crowdfunding Events

Defining your Fun Run

A Fun Run is a non-competitive running event to celebrate and raise funds for a charitable cause. Participants can typically run, jog, walk or roll in these fundraising events that are designed to have fun first and raise funds for schools or nonprofit organizations. A Fun Run is a great choice to bring your community together, raise awareness for your organization, provide healthy entertainment, as well as raising money for your cause. Fun Runs are often 5Ks, but can be of any length, especially for kid's runs. Often organizations add a Color Run component, quirky costume for participants or a creative Fun Run theme for an even more exciting crowdfunding event. Fun Runs are creative races and customizing the fundraiser for your organization's needs is important. 

Organizing the details of a Fun Run campaign from beginning to end is easy when powered by DoJiggy's software for crowdfunding events. Our software includes event registration and personal fundraising pages for your Fun Run participants. Team fundraising pages are also included, and hosting teams and team awards helps to generate more excitement for your crowdfunding event. Using our state-of-the-art software, you'll create a fully responsive fundraising website which works well on all devices, taking your fundraising campaign to the next level.

Organizing your Charity Run

Your school or organization can join in one of the biggest sensations in fundraising today by hosting a Fun Run. The success of your Fun Run hinges on the recruitment and action of a strong leadership team. Ideally your team should be comprised of individuals with diverse skills and talents that share a common interest in the organization's success and have time to dedicate to the task at hand. In addition, working smart at this stage of the game requires delegation. 

Here are the basic steps and considerations in getting your Fun Run started on the road to success:

  • Create your Fun Run planning committee of people dedicated to the event and organization's mission
  • Committee members choose the best time of year and pick a date and theme for the crowdfunding event
  • Create your Fun Run fundraising website with DoJiggy
  • Begin recruiting runners, volunteers, and sponsors 
  • Import your runners (for schools), or ask them to register online to create their personal Fun Run fundraising pages
  • Solicit size for free t-shirt or other runner incentive, upon registration 
  • Participants ask supporters to donate or pledge in support of their efforts
  • Participation and fundraising progress is tracked throughout the event with our crowdfunding software
  • Leaderboards are posted with top fundraisers and teams to motivate Fun Run participants
  • Registration reporting makes race day check-in easy
  • Administrators wrap up the event by calculating pledges and off-line donations

DoJiggy is the leader in free Fun Run and walk-a-thon fundraiser resources for organizing a successful run. Download our free white paper on Organizing a Walk-a-thon for a detailed report. 

Creating a Fun Run Website

Our fundraising software makes planning and managing a Fun Run simple and effective. Our Fun Run Software is designed for crowdfunding events in which students and adults alike collect donations for their school or nonprofit organization. Our flexible crowdfunding software is capable of working with donations as well as per unit of effort pledges based on the amount of time or distance participants run, walk, trot or roll. You'll be able to easily configure your Fun Run website creatively to meet your organization or school's specific needs, and your participants will learn and have fun as they personalize their webpages.

Our Fun Run crowdfund platform has the following powerful features:

  • Easy race registration with or without entry fee or participant import (works great for School Fun Runs)
  • Personal and team fundraising pages with social media links, fundraising thermometers, user images and videos
  • Personal Control Panel which allows your fundraisers to manage their page, email friends and family, add check donations, and more
  • Leaderboards, thermometers and participation graphs to drive competition and help your organization raise more money
  • Privacy features can be enabled for kids' pages 
  • Prize management system to offer incentives to your runners
  • Sponsorship promotion and sponsorship sales
  • Product sales (t-shirts and related event items)
  • Capability of working with flat-rate donations as well as per unit of effort pledges based on the amount of time or distance participants run, walk, trot or roll

DoJiggy's fundraising software solutions make planning and managing fundraising events simple and effective.

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Benefits of a Fun Run Crowdfunding Event

And in case you still aren't convinced that a Fun Run is right for your school or organization, see our list of unmatched benefits in hosting a Fun Run. A Crowdfunding race or walk is an excellent fundraiser for schools and nonprofit organizations alike as they:

  • Promote happiness and having fun!
  • Are a healthy fundraiser in support of exercise
  • Encourage the enjoyment of the outdoors and nature
  • Are a low cost, easy to organize event
  • Don't require any product sales
  • And are a great way to raise lots of money for your school or nonprofit organization

 

Golf Fundraising Ideas

Golf Fundraising Ideas outlines some creative ways for your organization to make the most of your charity golf tournament or fundraising golf outing. Of course, the player registration fee provides a baseline for obtaining funds; however, there are plenty of opportunities to raise fundraising dollars before, during and after the tournament takes place. We've outlined some of the best golf fundraising ideas here to provide you with interesting ways to help you exceed your fundraising goals.

Ideas for Managing Your Golf Tournament

Before you begin registering golfers and requesting online donations and sponsorship fees, you'll want to create a plan of action for how you'll manage your charity golf tournament. You may want to read "how to organize a golf tournament" for step-by-step planning guidelines.

You may also want to consider implementing golf tournament software to help you manage all the details of your golf tournament event including:

  • Online golfer and team registration, team pairings
  • Process secure online donations
  • Sponsorship and product sales management
  • Detailed financial reporting
  • Free technical support and training

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You may also be interested in these free golf tournament planning tools to help make your tournament a success: Tournament planner/checklist, a Microsoft Excel based budget, and a set of five standard letter templates which can be easily modified for your tournament needs.

Golf Fundraising Ideas: Before the Event

Sponsorships

Reach out to the community for event sponsorships. What a great way to start out on the right financial footing. By hosting a large charity golf tournament that draws in businesses and influential community members, selling cash and in-kind sponsorship packages should be easy. Sponsorship benefits may be outlined and packages sold directly on your golf tournament website.

Golf Marathons

One golf fundraising idea is to host a golf marathon or "golf-a-thon" - a rather new initiative in fundraising golf tournaments that engages players in recruiting sponsorships and donations. Golf marathons allow organizations to increase fundraising dollars raised by having tournament participants commit to raising a certain amount of money through pledge donations. Ask your golfers to contact friends, colleagues, and family members to solicit donations for their participation in your golf tournament. Each golfer can easily raise $250 or $500 by tapping into their friends and family. Often, the golfer is not charged to play in your fundraising golf tournament if they meet your minimum pledge standards.

Sell Golf Merchandise

If your organization created apparel for the tournament with collared golf shirts, hats, visors, golf balls, etc. (with sponsor logos), this is a great time to sell them! If you are using golf tournament software, you can sell your fundraising merchandise directly from your tournament website! If you don't have your own items to sell, see if the course gift shop can set up special pricing for tournament attendees and give a percentage of sales back to your cause. If you are sending customers into their gift shop and encouraging sales, they will likely be interested in giving you a kick-back.

Golf Fundraising Ideas: On the Course

Fundraising Raffle

One way to make great use of your prizes is to host a Fundraising Raffle. Reach out to the local community months before the actual tournament to get a variety of prizes donated. Showcase the items before the tournament starts so people can see the items they could win and sell the raffle tickets before they hit the course. Have raffle ticket sales also available at the awards ceremony following the tournament.

Cash-Bar Golf Cart

A great way to raise additional dollars is by hitting up golfers while they are on the course. The best way to do this is with a fully-stocked cash-bar cart! Load up the back of a golf cart with snacks, ice and cold drinks, then drive the course and sell your golfers what they want. Cold beer and sodas are the best sellers, but don't forget to include snack foods like pretzels and chips. You may also want to add items like small bottles of sunscreen or hats and visors in case people forgot the essentials. And, don't forget to send extra raffle tickets, just in case someone is in the buying mood after a great drive.

Golf Tournament Contests

You can also raise more money on the course through hosting golf tournament contests at different holes throughout the day. Some examples include: closest to the pin, beat the pro, longest drive, etc. These contests can really create a fun and exciting atmosphere for golfers and create a "buzz" during the day of the event as well as bringing in some bonus dollars.

Golf Fundraising Ideas: After the Tournament

Golf Charity Auction

One great way to raise additional funds is to host a golf charity auction as part of your charity golf tournament. Since your golf tournament event is bound to attract a number of attendees, a golf charity auction is great way to earn additional funds, while providing an opportunity for guests to bid on valuable one-of-a-kind items. You can even include large ticket items (such as vacation packages) at no risk to your organization with No Risk Auction Items.

With GolfReg Professional software, your tournament website includes an online auction component. Here people can view items, place bids or select "buy now" pricing. This gives people who cannot attend the physical golf tournament an opportunity to contribute to your cause. If you do choose to host a golf silent auction on-site at the tournament, you can print bid sheets up from where your online auction left off and give tournament attendees the final opportunity to bid on items before you announce the winners. A golf charity auction is a very common golf fundraising idea (because it works!) and great add-on to your post-tournament party.

Golf Tournament Dinner & Banquet

Since golf outings usually attract a large number of people from your community, this is a fantastic time to host a dinner or banquet in conjunction with the tournament. For people not interested in the game of golf itself, the banquet provides another opportunity to raise additional dollars. Sell separate tickets for this event and provide: entertainment, excellent food, silent auction and an awards ceremony. For the golfers, a banquet is a perfect time to wind down from the long day of playing golf. People are hungry, thirsty and happy. They will enjoy the time to share the experiences of the day with friends and other co-workers, while finding out results of contests and raffle prizes. This is also a great time to make any announcements about what your organization's goals helping you spread awareness for your cause. Be sure to thank golfers, volunteers and sponsors and highlight specific community members who made a difference.

In Summary

Whether you are planning a small or large fundraising golf tournament, we hope that these golf fundraising ideas and GolfReg golf tournament software will assist you with the important tournament details, allowing you to focus on a more successful event that raises more money for your organization. Good Luck!

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Golf Marathons

Golf Marathons or 100 Holes of Golf Fundraisers

Tired of hosting the same old golf tournament each year? Are you looking for fresh new ideas for your fundraising golf tournament? Have you thought of a Golf Marathon or golf-a-thon? Golf marathons, golf-a-thons, or 100 holes of golf fundraisers are the latest in fundraising golf tournaments.

Raise more money and build more awareness for your organization with a golf marathon this year!

How does a golf marathon work?

Golf marathons challenge players to golf 100 holes or see how many holes of golf they can play in one day (or over the weekend - depending on the duration of the golf tournament). Golf marathons are usually smaller, more intimate events with 20-40 players participating.

With a golf marathon or 100 holes of golf fundraiser, instead of charging a fee for golfer or foursome registration, golf participants commit to raising money for your cause by collecting pledges and donations. Golfers can often raise $500 or $1,000 by tapping into their friends and family, and motivated golfers can raise much more. With a golf marathon, golfers get to do what they love best, and friends and family support them by offering per hole or flat-rate donations. Usually the golfer is not charged to play in your fundraising golf tournament if they meet your minimum fundraising standards. Free golf - that will really give your golfers an incentive to fundraise for your organization! Also, consider offering donated prizes or cash awards to the top fundraisers, creating some healthy competition.

Golf Marathon Software

DoJiggy's fundraising software solutions

With our Golf Pledge software for Golf Marathons, your organization can effectively manage your golf marathon, while participants may easily promote the event and collect online donations for your cause.

With Golf Pledge each golfer creates a personal fundraising page where they can:

  • Upload photos and videos to personalize the page
  • Create and share a personal statement, explaining their reason for participating in the golf marathon
  • Create a fundraising goal - and see progress tracked by an event thermometer

Supporters choose to make a pledge per hole or a donation towards the cause. They can show their support by making a comment along with their monetary donation. Golfers share the link to their personal fundraising page via email or social networking sites, creating an easy way to spread the word and collect online donations.

This online registration and donation management system not only makes it easy for golfers, but also allows your organization to manage all the details of the golf marathon with an easy-to-use golf tournament website including:

  • Manage participant registration and communications
  • Host a personal fundraising page for each golfer
  • Track fundraising progress with real-time leaderboards
  • Securely process pledge payments and online donations
  • Manage sponsorships and product sales
  • Generate administrative reports

Our Golf Pledge software package includes 100 golfers, each with their own personal fundraising page. Team fundraising is also supported. And we can always support larger events, with an additional participant package. If a golf marathon or 100 holes of golf fundraiser isn't right for you, we provide our Golf Pro golf tournament software to meet your charity golf tournament needs. Each software package includes a mobile-responsive golf tournament website and a 14-day free trial so you can be sure the solution is right for you!

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See more useful golf fundraising ideas and free golf tournament planning tools from DoJiggy.

Golf Charity Auction

One great way to raise additional funds at your golf tournament is to host a golf charity auction. Golf charity auctions and charity golf tournaments have become popular and effective ways to raise fundraising dollars for your cause, especially with the use of golf tournament software. The combination of these two fundraisers can significantly increase your fundraising potential without creating double the amount of work of hosting two separate fundraising events.

Your organization can even include large ticket items, such as vacation packages, at no risk to your organization with our No Risk Auction Items.

 

Why Host a Golf Charity Auction?

  • Hosting a Golf Charity Auction provides an opportunity for your organization to reach a larger audience. You can promote your auction website to people virtually anywhere (it does not have to include "local only" items). By including diverse golf auction items, you are offering something for everyone, not just golfers.
  • A golf charity auction gives people who cannot attend the golf tournament an opportunity to contribute to your cause as they can view your auction website and purchase items before the tournament even starts (with Buy Now pricing).
  • Since you are already promoting your charity golf tournament, promoting the golf auction takes little or no additional effort. Just include the auction website URL on promotional materials for your golf tournament, and include a link from your golf tournament website.
  • Including a golf silent auction on-site at the actual golf tournament also enhances the party, giving people another fun thing to do while they are mingling with friends and co-workers.

Here's how it works

Planning:

The first thing you'll need to do for your golf charity auction is to solicit golf auction items from local businesses. Include some popular items that will attract serious bidding from people interested in golf, such as golf lessons from the club pro or a set of new irons. Also include items of interest to the general public such as spa services, electronic equipment, and restaurant gift certificates. You may also want to include a few large ticket items (such as vacation packages) that will bring in larger bids meaning more donations for your organization. Luckily there are No Risk Auction Items that allow you to offer these premium items at no cost or risk to your organization.

Setting up your Golf Auction Website

A golf auction website allows for more detailed information about the purpose of your fundraiser, as well as more information about each item including: product images, starting bids, detailed product descriptions, item values, reserve amounts, bid increments, links to the donor's web page, optional Buy Now pricing and more. If conducting an online charity auction, we highly recommend sending an email invitation with a link to the webpage, making it much easier for people to access. You can easily include this in your confirmation email to golf participants and dinner attendees, as well as invitations to community members, media and more. Be sure to invite them to share the link to the online auction, as this event can really be open to anyone.

DoJiggy has discontinued our Auction software service as of January 2016, but have recommended a charity auction software provider. Find more information about our recommended auction software provider and download a free trial.

Online-to-Live Auction

If you do choose to host a silent golf auction at the golf tournament event, we still recommend staring your auction online and then closing the auction at the actual event. If the golf charity auction begins online, people can start reading about the items up for bid, look at photos, and even choose Buy Now pricing if there's an item they must have. They can also forward the golf auction website link to someone else they think may be interested in bidding on an item. Then, on the day of the event, the organizer prints up bid sheets noting the value of the last online bid, and the bidding continues at the actual golf silent auction event. Make sure to have a volunteer monitor the table and answer any questions. Do a last call for bids at the banquet when everyone arrives to the post-tournament golf party. Then at the close of the event you can announce winners, collect payments, and disperse the merchandise.

Check out our golf tournament resources for more useful golf tournament planning tools including sample tournament budget, golf flyers, "how-to" guidelines and golf fundraising ideas!

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