I like to come up with fun things to do and pranks to play on people.
If you are needing to raise 'funds' for your softball team, whether it is for new equipment, team uniforms, travel expenses, or anything else, check out these 20 easy fundraising ideas I have come up with to help get you started!
1. Have a Bake Sale
This is always a classic and easy way to raise funds. Have team members or parents bake their favorite goodies and sell them at practice or during games.
2. Car Wash
Get the team together and wash some cars! People are always looking for ways to get their car cleaned and this is a great opportunity to do it while also raising funds for your team.
3. Lemonade Stand
Lemonade stands are always a hit in the summertime. Set up a stand at practice or games and sell refreshing lemonade to people passing by.
4. Garage Sale
Get donations from team members and families of items they no longer want or need and then have a garage sale! Selling donated items is a great way to raise funds without having to spend any money upfront.
Do you have any local businesses that would be willing to donate items for a raffle? This is a great way to get people involved and potentially win some great prizes while also raising funds for your team.
6. Silent Auction
Similar to a raffle, except people bid on items instead of just purchasing tickets. The main thing here is to make sure you have some great items that people will be willing to bid on.
7. Donation jar
Have a jar that people can donate money to at practice or games. Here you want to make sure you make it clear that you have a specific purpose for the donations so people know where their money is going.
8. Sponsor a Game
See if you can get local businesses to sponsor a game! This is pretty simple – they donate money and in return their business name is put on the back of the team’s shirts or somewhere else visible.
If your team has access to a concession stand, see if you can run it for a game or two and keep the profits! To raise money here , you could also sell water or bottles with the team’s name on them.
A 50/50 raffle is where people purchase tickets and half of the money goes to the winner and the other half goes to the team. The key to making this successful is to make sure you sell a lot of tickets!
11. T-Shirt Sales
Design some team t-shirts and sell them to team members, families, and fans! This is a great way to raise funds and also promote your team.
12. Hats, Buttons, or Stickers
Sell team hats, buttons, or stickers as a way to raise funds and also promote your team spirit! There are actually a lot of online companies that allow you to design and order these items in bulk at a discounted rate.
13. Sponsored Walk or Run
See if you can get people to sponsor your team for a walk or run! Personally, I think this works the best if you do it as a team – people are more likely to sponsor an entire team than they are to sponsor an individual.
Have a bowl-a-thon where people sponsor your team to bowl for a certain amount of money. Here the key is to get people to sponsor you per pin that you knock down.
15. Mini Golf Tournament
Organize a mini golf tournament where people can sponsor your team to play mini golf. A simple pay-to-play tournament can work, or you can get people to sponsor your team per hole.
16. Bingo Night
Set up a bingo night where people can sponsor your team to play bingo. The more you get to play, the more money you can raise!
17. Dog Wash
Get the team together and wash some dogs! Make sure you have different prices for different sized dogs. This is a great way to raise funds while also providing a service to the community.
18. Karaoke Night
Organize a karaoke night where people can sponsor your team to sing karaoke. What I really like this idea for fundraising is that it can be a lot of un.
19. Trivia Night
Schedule a trivia night where people can sponsor your team to answer trivia questions. Another great nighttime fundraiser that can be a lot of fun!
20. Scavenger Hunt
Arrange a scavenger hunt where people can sponsor your team to find certain items. I really like the idea of doing this as a team-building exercise too.
Raising Funds for Softball Teams
Depending on your goal, the truth might be a combination of a few of the ideas above in addition to some others. But hopefully, this list gives you some good ideas to get started with and get your team on the path to reaching its goal!
The first step in any fundraising campaign is to make the need compelling. No one wants to donate money to a cause that doesn’t matter to them, so it’s important to make sure your team’s story is one that will resonate with potential donors. There are a few ways to do this:
1. Paint a Picture of the Need
The best way to do this is to tell a story. Personal stories are always the most effective, so see if any of your team members have a story about why softball is important to them.
If you don’t have any personal stories, you can always find stories in the news or online that illustrate the need for more support for softball teams.
2. Be Clear About How the Money Will Be Used
When people donate to a cause, they want to know that their money is going to be used in a way that will make a difference.
Be sure to let potential donors know exactly how their money will be used and what impact it will have. For example, if you’re raising money to buy new uniforms, let them know that their donation will go towards buying new uniforms for the team.
3. Set a Realistic Goal
People are more likely to donate to a cause if they feel like their donation will make a difference. Setting a realistic goal will show potential donors that their money will actually be used to achieve something and not just go towards general expenses.
4. Have a Plan for Achieving Your Goal
Once you’ve set your goal, it’s important to have a plan for how you’re going to achieve it. Your plan should include a mix of different fundraising ideas so that you can reach as many people as possible. It should also include a timeline for when you plan to achieve each part of your goal.
5. Keep Donors Updated on Your Progress
As you work towards your goal, be sure to keep donors updated on your progress. This will show them that you’re still working towards the goal and that their donation is making a difference. You can update donors through social media, your website, or even email.
6. Say Thank You
Finally, once you’ve reached your goal, be sure to say thank you to all of your donors. This is a great way to show your appreciation for their support and let them know that their donation made a difference. You can say thank you in person, through social media, or even with a handwritten note.
The Bottom Line
Softball is a great sport that deserves more support. By raising funds for your team, you can help to increase awareness about the sport and provide more opportunities for people to play.
There are a lot of different ways to raise funds, so be sure to choose the method that best suits your team’s needs. And most importantly, don’t forget to say thank you to your donors!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Elin Beck