1) Mini Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Golf tournaments are a staple in sports fundraising, but are often expensive affairs geared toward adults. A mini golf fundraiser allows you to tap into the spirit of a golf tourney, but with a more family-friendly vibe.
There are several ways you can go about it. You might ask your venue to donate a portion of admission sales to your cause. Or you can request to take over the concession stand. You can also choose to sell raffle tickets for donated prizes, or simply set up a donations table.
Another way to raise money is to get local merchants to sponsor a hole. Charge anywhere from $10 to $100 per hole in exchange for advertising each business at “their” hole. You can up the ante by asking sponsors to double their donation for each hole in one their hole gets.
2) Car Wash – A Sports Team Fundraiser Favorite
Those strong baseball-throwing arms are perfect for scrubbing mud and muck from the filthiest of fenders. Plus, people are drawn to the wholesome sight of a charity car wash. It harkens back to simpler times when kids played outside and things moved a bit more slowly.
People tend to get peckish while they wait, so take advantage by pairing it with a bake sale or a product fundraiser. $1 candy coated pretzel rods or fortune cookies are the perfect add-on to your car wash fundraiser. They’re an easy sell, and can add up to quite a bit of extra cash at the end of the day.
3) Hit-A-Thon Fundraiser
Batter up! This is one of the most popular baseball fundraiser ideas – if it ain’t broke, right? This event allows players to showcase their skills while bringing in some serious coin. Participants simply collect pledges from their social network, either per hit or per foot. At the time of the event, each player gets 10 pitches. The total number of hits or feet is calculated and supporters are charged according to their pledge.
The level of planning required for this fundraiser depends on how elaborate you want to make it. You can simply hold the event during regular practice and stream it online. Or you might want to make it a community event. For this, you’ll need to advertise as well as provide refreshments and team merch (which are great for adding to your bottom line).
4) Youth Baseball Camp Fundraiser
Parents are often left with the question of what to do with their children during the summer months. Your team can help lighten their childcare load, all while introducing a new generation of kids to America’s favorite game.
You can make it a week-long event, or hold it once a week for the duration of the summer. We like the latter option as it gives kids the opportunity to practice on their own between sessions and really improve their skills. Plus, you can organize an end-of-summer tournament/neighborhood cookout. Kids get the thrill of showing off the skills they’ve learned, and your team gets an extra opportunity to fundraise through food, drink, and t-shirt sales.
5) Ball Park Cookout Fundraiser
Is there anything that goes together better than baseball and grills? Turn one of your games into a food and fun-filled bash for the whole community. All you need are a few grills, some volunteers to man the grills (what are parents for?), and some tasty eats. Local grocery stores are usually more than willing to support youth sports clubs by offering food and supplies either for free or at a deep discount, usually in exchange for some signage.
You can raise money by charging admission, through food and drink sales, or both. Boost revenue by selling raffle tickets for a 50/50 cash prize, or an item donated by one of your sponsors. Jersey Watch has a great article on how to find sponsorship and which national chains support youth sports teams.
6) Heads Or Tails Game
This easy game is the perfect add-on to an auction, cookout, or similar community event. Have volunteers circulate throughout your event to recruit participants and advertise your prize. Your participation fee will depend on the type of event and crowd, as well as the quality of the prize. Once you have enough participants, your host can get things going.
Have participants gather or stand at their seats. Then, instruct them to choose heads or tails by placing their hands on their heads or their tails. Your host then flips a coin, and the participants who guessed correctly move on to the next round. Repeat until there is one person left standing.
To get a full rundown on how the game works as well as ways to crank up the drama – and profits – check out this article.
7) All-Star Baseball Calendar
Give your team the all-star treatment by having them be the merch! Have a volunteer with a keen eye and a good camera (or smartphone!) take action shots and candid pics of your team having fun throughout the season. You can then work with a company that specializes in custom calendars, or, if you have a graphic designer in your midst, ask them to donate their time. Your local print shop might also be willing to offer you a discount if they know it’s a fundraiser.
While calendars make a great gift for the holidays, this is a hot item any time of year. Concerned about upfront costs involved in making a calendar? Consider pre-selling copies to friends and family to cover the costs.
8) Rent-A-Baseball-Team Fundraiser
Set aside a weekend or two during which your team helps out community members with various household tasks. Leave the offer open-ended and let participants get creative. From cleaning gutters to stacking wood, to painting fences, and weeding gardens, your team can help friends and neighbors accomplish tasks they’ve been putting off.
Charge by the hour or by the task, and make things easier on yourselves by advertising your event on social media and having “clients” book in advance. Safety tips for minors: always send athletes out in groups of two or three. If they don’t require adult supervision, it’s still a good idea to have them frequently check in via text or phone.
With a bit of planning and a lot of heart, you’re sure to knock it out of the park with your fundraising efforts this season. Check us out here for more baseball fundraiser ideas, as well as pro tips and tricks for planning the perfect sports fundraiser!