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Team Fundraising

Team fundraising is a great way for sports teams, dance teams, cheerleading squads, debate teams or any group organization to raise additional money to support their activity. Money raised for team fundraising typically goes towards new uniforms or equipment, training tools, and often for travel expenses for competitions or tournaments. Although there are many fundraising initiatives that work well, team fundraising ideas that encourage teamwork while allowing team members to have fun often work best. Make sure to explain the cause for the fundraiser, as people are more willing to contribute to help if they understand exactly where their money is going. Below we've outlined some team fundraising ideas and guidelines to help you be more successful in your fundraising efforts.

Team Walk-A-Thon (or any "A-thon" variation)

Walk-a-thon fundraising events have become a very popular means for teams raising fundraising dollars to support their sport or group organization. In addition, these types of events support health and wellness, encourage teamwork, and create a fun community gathering, tying in local sponsors and offering event participants and attendees food, beverage, entertainment, prizes and more! Many of our clients have achieved great success through hosting a walk-a-thon and have incorporated this type of fundraising event on an annual basis. Visit our Walkathon Resource Center for all the tools you'll need to organize a successful walkathon event.

Example: Dance-A-Thon

A "walkathon" is not the only answer. Why not create an interesting variation of a walkathon that is in-line with your team's mission? Here is a great example: A dance team is looking to earn dollars for travel expenses to compete in a national dance competition and decides to host a dance-a-thon. This type of fundraiser works just like any walk-a-thon, however instead of walking... participants are dancing! For an entire weekend, dance team members and teachers (perhaps you may even be able to recruit some big-name dancers to donate their time) teach dance lessons to others in the community. Include classes for adults and children! Parents can learn ballroom dancing or swing, while children are learning tap-dance or ballet. Incorporate fun dance performances throughout the weekend. Perhaps the dance team members pair up and create their own dance routine, and instructors can show off advanced levels of different dance styles.

How is the money raised? Dance team members ask relatives, neighbors and friends to make a pledge donation for the Dance-A-Thon weekend. Perhaps they come up with a catchy phrase like "Dancing our way to Nationals". A great way to obtain a lot of pledges easily and quickly is through an online fundraising program like DoJiggy Pledge. Team members create personal pledge pages where they upload photos, explain their mission and have people make secure donations online. Participants can send out an email donation request that includes a link to the online pledge page, making it very easy for potential donors to contribute.

Additional revenue can be made by charging an entry fee for community members who want to learn to dance, as well as through selling concessions and merchandise throughout the weekend. Consider hosting a fundraising raffle as part of the event where attendees buy raffle tickets for a chance to win various prizes donated by businesses in the community.

Team Fundraising Event Ideas

Many teams have been successful with fun community events such as a Fundraising Car Wash, Bake Sale, or Yard Sale. A Yard sale can bring in a great deal of money with a little planning and promotion. Every year people clean out closets, garages and storage units to discover things they no longer need. Why not take this opportunity to reach out to your community and provide them with a reason to donate old items for a great cause? Host the yard sale at an accessible location familiar to your community... a local recreation center, school gymnasium, or church cafeteria. Promote your yard sale through bulletins, in the local paper, and on Craigslist. Encourage team members and parents to send emails and post announcements on Facebook. Find parents and volunteers with large trucks who would be willing to offer a "pick-up" service to travel to homes to pick up boxes of donated goods, encouraging even more contributions to your sale. For more yard sale ideas, read through our fundraising yard sale blog post.

Another interesting idea for teams with older participants is a "team-building" fundraising event, such as a fundraising scavenger hunt or relay race. One of our clients hosts an annual event called "The Amazing Race". Similar to the television show, teams are challenged to travel to various checkpoints and conquer many challenges, detours, etc. in order to make it to the finish line. Teams must strategize about the most efficient route to take, assign team members roles, and work together to accomplish their goals. Sounds like a great fundraising idea for a debate team or chess team. Funds are raised through team registration fees, plus individual pledge donation requirements. To see an example, visit their DoJiggy website at http://rmt.amazingrace.llsevent.org.

There are many different kinds of fundraising initiatives that work well with teams, so take some time to brainstorm with team members and parents to find out what type of fundraiser they'd enjoy participating in. If participants are invested in the activity and can have fun while raising money... chances are you'll have a successful fundraiser. Visit our creative fundraising events page for more ideas and tips for planning your fundraising campaign.

Team Sponsorhips

One of the biggest money-makers for sports teams can be through soliciting team sponsors. Players, coaches and parents can help identify and reach out to local businesses to ask for donations. Team sponsorships can really work for any sport: baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse, hockey, etc. Team sponsorships usually work best for sports that are highly visible within the community. For example, a soccer team that competes weekly at a community center where hundreds of parents, children and locals are present gives businesses exposure to a large audience through logo presence on banners and team uniforms. There may even be community bulletin boards or a community center newsletter where sponsors can post advertisements and coupons.

If your team is soliciting sponsors, it may be wise to establish various levels of sponsorship and outline the benefits sponsors will receive at each level prior to requesting donations. Businesses may be more likely to support the team, knowing that they will receive something in exchange for their donation. A basic sponsorship requires a smaller donation (i.e. $100 - $250), and sponsors receive benefits such as link from team website, and logo on the team banner. Don't forget to ask sponsors permission to set up a donation jar at their establishment. You may be able to bring in some extra revenue from customers visiting their location who are willing to throw in a few extra bucks to support your cause.

Offering larger sponsor levels such as a "Title Team Sponsor" can bring in much larger donations ($1000+). This sponsorship level will receive enhanced benefits such as logo on team jerseys, a featured advertisement on the team web site, and recognition on team plaques and trophies. If the title sponsor is a local restaurant, offer to host team parties at their location. This is a great benefit as you'll be bringing customers in and introducing parents and community members to their restaurant.

As with any fundraising sponsor, be sure to thank sponsors for their contributions. Sending a thank-you letter at the end of the season, recognizing sponsor contributions on a team web site or newsletter, and inviting sponsors to team parties are all great ways to show appreciation and possibly bring them back again in future years.

Sports Fundraising

Charity Mini Golf Tournament

Hosting a charity mini golf tournament is a great fundraising activity for youth sports, school groups and team organizations. Just like a regular charity golf tournament, a mini golf event is fun, encourages team-building, and can bring it a great deal of funds. The great thing about mini golf is that anyone can play... and it only takes a couple hours, rather than an entire day on the golf course. DoJiggy offers a number of golf tournament planning resources through our sister site, GolfRegistrations, that can be applied to mini golf fundraising events. In addition, we've created a brief overview of some basic guidelines to help you be more successful in your planning efforts

Mini Golf Fundraising Tips

  • Locate a mini golf course within your community and schedule the tournament in advance to receive discounted rates. Remember that season factors will affect price and availability.
  • Host the event following a practice, game or other activity where your team and parents will be gathering, such as team photo day.
  • Sell your event tickets at reasonable prices so more people will be willing to participate. Offer attractive specials such as "family ticket" specials or discounts for advance purchases.
  • Ask local businesses and community organizations to sponsor a hole for a reasonable price (such as $50 per hole) and provide signage acknowledging their contribution. Don't forget to ask for donated items to use as prizes for lowest score, best bank shot, or for raffle prizes.
  • Think of additional ways to raise funds at your mini-golf event including adding a fundraising raffle or food and drink sales.
  • Provide opportunities for event attendees to make donations at the event. You can raise a considerable amount just by placing a jug labeled "donations" next to the area where players pay for their rounds, at a concession stand or registration tables.

Promote the Event

Once you have a date booked, you will need to publicize your event. Create a press release to send to major media outlets in your market. Be sure to include the reason why you are raising funds and what the ultimate benefit of your golf fundraiser will be. Invite media to participate for free, or come out to take photos. Include a link to your online fundraising web site where people can learn more about your cause or make online donations.

Create promotional golf tournament flyers to place in store windows, post an announcement on your team web site, and send out announcements in community newsletters, to your email contacts, etc. If any sponsors come on board, encourage them to spread the word through their contacts as well.

Sports Fundraising

Baseball Fundraising

Baseball fundraising is a great way for school baseball teams, summer leagues and traveling teams to earn extra money to support their program. Money raised for baseball fundraising typically goes towards team uniforms, new equipment, training tools, and often for travel expenses, tournament entry fees and umpire fees for traveling teams. Although there are many fundraising initiatives that work well, baseball fundraising ideas that are specific to a particular need will work best. Make sure to explain the cause for the fundraiser, as people are more willing to contribute to your baseball program if they understand where the money is going. Below are some great examples of successful baseball fundraisers.

Our #1 Idea: Plan a Baseball Hit-A-Thon Fundraiser

The perfect fundraising event for baseball teams is a hit-a-thon. This type of fundraiser works just like any walk-a-thon or peer-to-peer event. Players ask relatives, friends, and neighbors to make a pledge or donation to help a certain cause (to cover tournament fees, pay for new uniforms, etc). Pledge amounts can be calculated either per completed hit or longest distance hit, with each participant getting a certain number of pitches, or contributors can choose to donate a fixed amount. A great way to obtain a lot of donations easily and quickly is through our online peer-to-peer fundraising program - DoJiggy Pledge. Players create personal fundraising pages where they upload photos, explain their mission and have people make secure donations online. Participants can send out an email donation request letter or social media appeal that includes a link directly to their personal fundraising page.

Using DoJiggy Fundraising Software for Hit-a-thons Makes Planning and Implementing a Hit-a-thon Easier and More Successful.

DoJiggy's fundraising software solutions

Planning a hit-a-thon in conjunction with another event tends to work really well to increase attendance. For example, host the hit-a-thon on team picture day when parents, players and friends are already gathered together to take team and individual photos for the season. After photos are taken, teams go to "hitting lanes" where every player hits several balls from a tee. Coaches record the longest distance batted on the player Hit-a-thon pledge card. This distance is used to calculate distance pledges. For older kids, a hit-a-thon could be run where each participant receives a certain number of pitches and pledges are collected for completed hits. After the hit-a-thon concludes, gather parents, family and friends together for a season kick-off BBQ event. Give out prizes for the longest ball hit and the largest amount of pledges collected. Consider hosting a fundraising raffle as part of the event where attendees can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win various prizes donated by businesses in the community. This is a fun way to earn even more money for your cause!

For more information about hosting a hit-a-thon event including sample pledge forms, participant waivers, flyers and more visit our walk-a-thon and peer-to-peer fundraising resource center.

5 More Great Baseball Fundraisers


Baseball Team Sponsorships

One of the biggest money-makers for baseball fundraising is soliciting team sponsors. Players, coaches and parents can help identify and reach out to local businesses to ask for donations. The team may want to establish various levels of sponsorship and outline the benefits sponsors will receive at each level prior to requesting donations. Businesses may be more likely to support the team, knowing that they will receive something in exchange for their donation.

A basic sponsorship requires a smaller donation (i.e. $100 - $250). At this level, sponsors receive benefits such as a link from the team website and the sponsor's logo on the team banner. Offering larger sponsor levels such as a "Title Team Sponsor" can bring in much larger donations ($1,000+). This sponsorship level will receive enhanced benefits such as logo on team jerseys, a featured advertisement on the team web site, and recognition on team plaques and trophies. If the title sponsor is a local restaurant, offer to host team parties at their location. This is a great benefit as you'll be bringing customers in and introducing parents and community members to their restaurant. Don't forget to ask sponsors permission to set up a donation jar at their establishment. You may be able to bring in some extra revenue from customers visiting their location who are willing to throw in a few extra bucks to support your team or non-profit organization.

As with any fundraising sponsor, be sure to thank sponsors for their contributions. Sending a thank-you letter at the end of the season, recognizing sponsor contributions on the team website or newsletter, and inviting sponsors to team parties are all great ways to show appreciation and possibly bring them back again in future years.

Car Washes

The old classic car wash is a great baseball fundraiser because they are successful at raising funds and the kids can run them. Get your groove on in making this event a one stop shop for busy parents and community members. Task your players with making and selling deli sandwiches as well as washing cars. Ask a local café to set up shop to sell cappuccinos, and create a convenient and delicious stop for busy adults to drive off in a clean car. Teams can even offer car washes right at the baseball diamond and during Saturday tournaments.

Baseball Fundraising Cards or Discount Card Fundraisers

Scratch-off fundraising cards work well for players of all ages and have become a popular choice for baseball and softball teams and leagues. The scratch off card can be customized with your team name, slogan and relevant sports design. Each player is given at least one scratch card containing 50 concealed dots. Players ask friends, family, and neighbors to participate by scratching off one or more dots. Each dot reveals a pre-determined donation amount. Typically these amounts do not exceed $10, with the lowest donation being $1. In return for participating, each donor is given a sheet of coupons from national merchants (such as Dominos Pizza, Jiffy Lube, or Target) with savings worth more than $100.

A similar idea to the scratch card is the fundraising discount card. Rather than leaving the donation amount to "chance" by scratching off dots, players sell these cards for a set fee (i.e. $10 per card). Each card then entitles the donor to numerous discounts with national chains or local businesses. The card clearly pays for itself with the savings the purchaser receives. These discount cards can be securely sold online and top fundraisers tracked with our peer-to-peer software.

Miniature Golf Tournaments

Hosting a mini-golf tournament is a great fundraising activity for youth baseball teams. Just like a regular charity golf tournament, a mini-golf event is fun, encourages team-building, and can bring in a great deal of funds. The great thing about mini golf is that anyone can play and it only takes a couple hours, rather than an entire day on the golf course. Sell refreshments and fundraising raffle tickets to raise extra mone and bring out the whole family to enjoy a day of miniture golf for your favorite baseball team!

Breakfast Fundraisers

The nice thing about a breakfast fundraiser is that it does not take nearly the amount of time to organize as some large fundraising events, but it still raises significant funds while bringing members of your organization and the community together in a social setting. In order for your breakfast to be successful, however you must be organized and have a strong team of dedicated parent volunteers. While pancake breakfast fundraisers are popular school and sports fundraisers, you are certainly not limited to that idea alone. Offering more gourmet and brunch like options will allow you to charge more for admission and draw a larger audience. Of course, you'll need the chefs and cooks to make this happen. 

More Fundraising Ideas

Still looking? We offer fundraising ideas for softball teamshigh school fundraising ideas, the 40 best fundraisers for schools, and elementary school fundraiers. Also, there are plenty of alternative sports fundraising ideas that can be applied to a baseball team, so take a moment to read through the various pages until you find the right fundraiser for your baseball team!

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Swim Team Fundraising with DoJiggy Pledge

Just like many other sports and team organizations, swim teams often find themselves in need of additional funds to help team members cover expenses for equipment, training tools, and travel expenses for competitions. Hosting a swim-a-thon and exploring swim team fundraising ideas can be a great way to bring in extra funding for your swim team.

DoJiggy offers a complete online registration and donation management system for swim team fundraising initiatives in which individual and team participants collect and track donations and pledges. DoJiggy Pledge allows your Swim Team to multiply the fundraising dollars raised as each of your swimmers tap into their group of friends and family to raise funds for your swim team. Get started with your swim team fundraising efforts via a free trial of our software.

DoJiggy Pledge is a fundraising software package which manages your swim team fundraising event or swim-a-thon seamlessly within a comprehensive peer-to-peer fundraising website. Your participants will have the convenience of adding registrations, products and sponsorships with our user-friendly shopping cart. Creating and selling custom products such as fundraising t-shirts and water bottles are included in your state-of-the-art software package. Our software includes:

  • Easy Participant registrations for your Swim Team Fundraising Event
  • Personal fundraising pages for each swimmer and team, including pictures, videos, mission statement and goal achievement progress
  • Payment processing with secure pledge and donation payments
  • Sponsorship sales & sponsor recognition
  • Detailed financial, participant and donor reporting
  • Online dashboard for your swimmers to send emails, update their webpage, and manage and track incoming donations
  • Technical support is included
  • We do not take a percentage of your donations like many of our competitors

Swim Team coaches and parents are able to easily configure registration fees, a minimum participant fundraising goal, and an event waiver which participants read and approve to register. Teams will have the option of the pledge type they would like to receive - flat-rate donations ($25 or $50) or per unit of effort pledges in which donations are calculated based on the number of laps swam. DoJiggy's flexible system allows you to take general donations each year and fully manage your swim team's event according to your needs.

DoJiggy charges a flat-fee and does not take a percentage of your pledges or donations, nor do we charge for set-up or technical support. DoJiggy Pledge comes with a personal fundraising page for up to 100 swimmers. Additional participant licenses are available for larger events; see our pricing page for details.

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•• Features & Benefits of Swim Team Fundraising Software
  • Easy to create, customizable fundraising website
  • Each swimmer can easily customize their own personal fundraising page, which includes: pictures, videos, a personal fundraising goal and statement
  • Swimmers can log-in and maintain their webpage, email friends and family, monitor and enter pledges, and view pledge reports
  • Works with the industry's leading payment processors - you handle your intake of money directly
  • DoJiggy does not take a percentage of your sales!
  • Allows your supporters to easily take an active role in soliciting funds for your organization
  • Includes sponsor management and promotion capabilities
  • Offers the option of accepting flat-rate or per unit of effort pledges before or after your event
  • Auto-generated email receipts & confirmations for all online registrations, sponsor registrations, and product purchases
  • Detailed financial tracking & reporting
  • Real-time macros that can be placed on your website for the Top Fundraising Teams & Individuals
  • Fully comprehensive web-based fundraising software with everything at your fingertips
FAQ
How do my participants create their personal fundraising pages?
Upon registration your participants will create a username and password to access the participant control panel. They can create their personal fundraising page, email friends and family and review their fundraising progress.
If I am planning a swim-a-thon can I take pledges per lap swam?
Yes, the system allows users to accept flat-rate pledges (i.e. $25), or pledges per unit of effort (i.e. number laps swam, miles run, pies eaten, etc.). The unit of effort is created by the event administrator.
Will I be able to easily track the highest individual fundraisers so that they can be awarded prizes?
Yes, the system tracks all of this and more for you. Simply click on the appropriate report from your administrative control panel.