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Basketball fundraising is the stuff of Hollywood movies.

We’ve all seen this plot before: a team of spunky, driven students and their supportive coach want to join a regional or national championship, but they lack the necessary funding to achieve their goals.

While you might think this scenario can only be found on the silver screen, the reality is much more drastic. According to an article by the Public School Review, school districts across America have tightened their budgets by cutting programs in athletics in recent years.

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Basketball fundraising for schools, teachers, and PTOs

The problem isn’t just endemic to elementary and high school students; even some colleges and universities are experiencing a financial crunch regarding funding sports programs.

If you or your school would like to raise funds for any basketball programs or other athletic initiatives, here are eight quick and easy fundraising ideas to give you a head start.

1. Sign up for an account

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Let Classful.com help you earn a slam dunk with our state-of-the-art platform, streamlined donation processes, and responsive client support system. Our goal is to help you make a practical difference in your community, whether that includes raising funds for individual school projects, a particular teacher, or your home team! Signing up for an account is easy, free, and intuitive.

2. Organize a basketball boot camp

This is probably one of the most accessible and productive fundraising initiatives to manage, especially during the off-season. By organizing a basketball boot camp, your team can develop valuable mentorship skills while teaching other kids the fundamentals of basketball. Coaches can also take advantage of this period by scouting gifted new players and their parents, thereby adding more talent to their roster of student candidates.

If you’re planning to launch a basketball boot camp to raise funds for your team, consider utilizing services like Classful’s digital tools to boost your reach. Not only does the site streamline the donation process, but it also features robust security protocols that keep your funding safe and secure.

3. Offer merchandise

Merchandising is another tried and true strategy for raising funds. For most sports enthusiasts, buying products with their favorite basketball logo is another way of owning a piece of that team for posterity. In other words, it’s not just about buying a branded mug, hoodie, or sticker – it’s about supporting players and cherishing the irreplaceable memories associated with them.

To support coaches who want to raise funds through merchandising, Classful offers a user-friendly marketplace platform. It has no platform or subscription fees while offering low transaction and processing fees. Best of all, the marketplace processes taxes in every state. All these features allow you to keep more funding throughout your campaign.

4. Seek sponsorships

The thought of soliciting local businesses for sponsorships may seem daunting initially, but the benefits outweigh the risks. Yes, you’ll receive some rejections. However, finding a few eager and willing companies can boost your team’s funding to stratospheric levels.

In exchange for their valuable support, you can include these generous sponsors in team-related media, such as your website, team pamphlets, banners, and streamers.

A simple email with a well-written sponsorship letter can go a long way, especially if you include a customized URL that links directly to your fundraising campaign. With Classful’s approachable dashboard design and linking customization features, you can create a unique link that also functions as your team’s digital signature.

5. Live stream a charity auction

Social media tools such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and the popular Twitch streaming platform make fantastic online alternatives to public auctions.

Auctioning off any signed sports memorabilia and other unique items can easily supplement any primary fundraising initiatives you’re currently focusing on. You can also boost your presence on social media by periodically sharing your Classful profile’s link to family, friends, and newfound sponsors.

6. Partner with a local restaurant and host a fundraising dinner

Cost-effective and relatively simple to organize, a fundraising dinner hosted by a local restaurant can help you reach your funding goals while supporting a local business.

Negotiating with a restaurant for a percentage of the dining fees can be very easy. After all, eating out is a communal experience, and most restaurant owners would gladly support a team that seeks their patronage. To ensure your successful dining fundraiser, share any event updates on your team’s social media pages or website.

7. Create a peer-to-peer basketball fundraising drive

Friendly competition between teammates can be very motivating, especially when members fight for a good cause. This sort of good-natured rivalry can also work wonders when utilizing a strategy known as peer-to-peer fundraising.

The concept is pretty simple: by using an online platform like Classful.com, each of your participating members will share an individual fundraising URL link on their personal social media pages. You can incentivize their efforts by creating a leaderboard, custom badges, or even a prize dedicated to the member who donated the most during the campaign.

8. Launch a social media campaign

Because everyone and their grandmothers have accounts on the three most prominent social media platforms, creating a page highlighting your team’s fundraising initiative is necessary. A social media campaign can be easily organized to promote donation drives in various forms, from online contributions to in-person events such as basketball charity boot camps.

Creating a successful Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter campaign doesn’t take much money or energy. Brief but eye-catching content, such as photos or videos of your players practicing or playing against rival teams, can entice prospective donors into giving support.

Likewise, having an informative “About” page that lists donation options will streamline the process even more. If you have a link to an online fundraising platform like Classful.com, make sure to include this in your posts so that the campaign’s followers can easily share them.

Conclusion

Getting your team to the playoffs, or even just buying their equipment, shouldn’t be the stuff of Hollywood movies. We can help you make that a reality with Classful.com.

The resilience and creativity of teachers and coaches just can’t be underestimated. Instead of surrendering to the inevitable mayhem that cost-cutting will produce in the coming years, they’ve decided to combine old-school tactics such as fundraising with cutting-edge technology. Online services like ours have been providing educators in both the academic and athletic fields with the tools they need to survive in this very challenging age.