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One of the biggest mistakes clubs make is waiting until the last minute to get started. We all know that lacrosse fundraising is a major challenge, so help your selves out and plan well ahead. The farther you plan ahead the better success you will have in creating results. Understanding that depending on the program you choose there are considerations like:
- How long will it take to execute the plan?
- How long will it take to generate enough sales?
- How long to deliver on the fundraiser?
- How many people will need to participate?
- How many volunteers?
- Do you have resources to pull from within the community?
These are just some of the considerations that will have to be made depending on which lacrosse fundraising idea you go with. Planning well ahead will give you time to work through the logistics of your plan.
pick a Leader
Great Lacrosse fundraising is usually the result of good leadership. It takes a special person or team to pull together all of the pieces that make a fundraiser successful. Some of the qualities that are desirable:
- The person wants to do the job
- They have enough time to do a good job
- They are capable to lead people
- They are not deterred by the word no!
- They have patience
- An eye for business
- Sales skills
- And above all they are of unquestionable character
So much rides on your fundraising efforts, and the perception of your group will be based on the actions of this person or group who are reaching out to the community and parents etc. Make sure that you are selecting the right leadership. This is not an area that can afford the second best.
There are so many different programs and lacrosse fundraising ideas. No one program is going to be right for everyone. From the old faithful ideas like car washes, and raffles, to the commercial fundraising ideas like discount cards, and candy sales. I personally like event type fundraiser's where you can do a bunch of different fundraising activities at the same event. Where everyone who is there is supporting your group. You can have a dinner, and include casino or horse racing entertainment, add in a raffle and an auction. Get a local restaurant or grocery store to donate food. Have other venders add prizes. Sell coupon books. Your imagination is the only limiting factor. If you approach it with fun in mind you will have much more success.
I have listed some ideas of proven lacrosse fundraising activities. All you have to do is google any of the ideas and you will literally pull up hundreds of companies dying to get you to use their program. Be careful. Will the plan that you choose be affective? Will you get stuck with unsold merchandise? Are there good profit margins? Do you know anyone who tried this vendor before? If you have tried these plans before tell us about your great ideas and fundraising experiences on what worked for you and what didn't and why? If there is enough interest I may even build a forum around this topic.
- Healthy Snacks
- Wrapping paper
- Pizza & Cookie Dough
- Catalog Sales
- Air Fresheners
- Bottled water
- Concession stands
- Car Washes
- Silent Auctions
- Golf Tournament
- Miniature Golf Tournament
- A day at the races
- Casino Night
- Coupon booklets from local Merchants
- Scrip sales
- Garage sale
- Bake Sales
- Car Donation
- Car raffle
- Ink Cartridge Replacement
- Cell phone Recycling
- Poker Tournament
- Club Calendar
- Chinese Auction
- Scratch Cards
- Fast Food Discount Cards
- Radar Shooting contest
- Dinner Event
- Breakfast Event
These are just some ideas. I will add more as you submit them and I may add some detailed pages behind this list if there is interest. Let me know what you think and how we can improve this resource by sending us some feedback on our contact-us page.
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