Easy Fundraisers for Booster Clubs

What do leotards, eating out and wrapping paper all have in common? They’re all viable ways to raise money for competition season!

Today’s post is for Gymnastics Booster Clubs who are on the hunt for ways to “raise dollars for dreams” (saying borrowed from Plum Practicewear). There are a lot of great ways to compensate for competition season expenses. This post addresses four minimal-planning and easy-to-execute, GYMNASTICS FUNDRAISERS!

Stay tuned for FOUR additional gymnastics fundraising ideas to be shared in a later post.

1. Used Leotard Sale

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS FUNDRAISER:
This fundraiser provides affordable leotards and has the potential for large fundraising goals.

WHAT’S NEEDED:
Donation Bin, Clothing Racks & Hangers OR Additional Bins and Tables

MAN-POWER REQUIRED:
Create Note, Distribute Notes, Collect Leotards, Organize Leotards, Over-see Sales

EXECUTION:
Step 1 – Distribute notes/emails requesting too-small or unwanted leotard and shorts donations.Step 2 – Collect leotards by providing a “drop-off” spot. Such as a bin behind the Front Desk.
Step 3 – Price & Organize Leotards by Size and Quality
Step 4 – Distribute notes and/or emails regarding day and time of used-leotard sale.
Step 5 – Sell leotards on designated date.

FUNDS RAISED:
Leotard prices usually range between $5 and $25 a leotard.

SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME:
Summer/Beginning of School Year

2. Plumraiser
PlumRelaunch

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS FUNDRAISER:
There is almost no work involved and this fundraiser offers a product that is relevant to gym families.

WHAT’S NEEDED:
Nothing. Yep, you read that right. Nothing.

MAN-POWER REQUIRED:
Contact Plum Practicewear, Distribute flyers/emails.

EXECUTION:
Step 1 – Email info@plumpracticewear.com to confirm a date and obtain a flyer to announce your promotion.
Step 2 – Distribute flyers and or emails and encourage your gym’s families to place online leotard orders at Plum Practicewear during your specified fundraising timeframe.
Step 3 – At checkout, in the “Add a note to your order” comment box, the purchaser will input (Your Gym Name) Fundraiser.
Step 4 – A rebate check will be mailed 7-10 business days following the completion of the promotion.

FUNDS RAISED:
Plum Practicewear will rebate $5 per garment purchased during the promotion timeframe.

SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME:
Holidays

3. Restaurant Team Night

gymnastics booster club fundraising ideas

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS FUNDRAISER:
This Fundraiser allows for team bonding and money back on a ritual many families already participate in.

WHAT’S NEEDED:
Again, nothing!

MAN-POWERED REQUIRED:
Contact Designated Restaurants, Distribute flyers/emails.

EXECUTION: (may vary per restaurant)
Step 1 – Fill out a Fundraising Request Form
Step 2 – Choose a Date with Contacting Manager
Step 3 – Distribute Flyers

FUNDS RAISED:
Receive a percentage (usually around 20%) of sales generated by supporters of your gym eating at the designated establishment on the designated night.

SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME:
The day of a competition – encourage your gymnasts to celebrate with their team at the designated restaurant. Pick locations close to meet venues.

Some Participating Restaurants include: Buca di Beppo,  California Pizza KitchenChevy’s Fresh MexChick-Fil-A, Marie Callenders, Noodles & Co., Panera. Find a more extensive list here. 

4. Cookie Dough, Popcorn, Candy, Etc.

SALES-FUNDRAISING

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS FUNDRAISER:
I have to admit this is NOT my favorite fundraiser, although it does provide family and friends with a chance to support their favorite gymnast. Some families find this fundraiser valuable and others opt out. The trick is assessing if enough families are interested before you put in the work. 

WHAT’S NEEDED:
A place to keep & distribute orders.

MAN-POWERED REQUIRED:
Contact Designated Company, Distribute Ordering Forms, Collect Orders/Money, Place Orders, Receive and Organize Products Ordered.

EXECUTION: (varies depending on company)
Step 1 –  Request Fundraiser with Company
Step 2 – Distribute Packets to Gymnasts
Step 3 – Family and Friends Place Orders
Step 4 – Processes All Orders With Company
Step 5 – Receive and Distribute Items to Gymnasts

FUNDS RAISED:
Receive a percentage (approx. 50%) of items sold.

SUGGESTED TIMEFRAME:
Pre-Season. This way families and friends see the direct correlation between purchase and supporting an upcoming competition season.

Cookie Dough
Popcorn
Fundraising Zone

 

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