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Running a school hockey team isn’t as easy as it sounds, and fundraising can be even harder.

Keeping fundraising ideas fresh and interesting year after year can be tough, but it’s doable. It’s important to have a wide repertoire of ideas to mix up each year and utilize every avenue available to maximize participation and donations from the school community. Look at some great fundraising ideas and tips for maximizing donations at your events.

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Classic fundraising ideas

Choose a few classic fundraising events to pencil into the hockey team’s fundraising calendar each year. We all know and love these events from childhood, and they’re enduringly popular. Classic fundraising ideas for hockey teams include:

  • Holding a car wash. Teachers, parents, and other members of the local community are often happy to chip in a few dollars to have their cars cleaned, and since you’re selling labor, this brings in high net profits.
  • Hosting a yard sale. You can’t do this too often, as people will run out of things to donate, but yard sales are a great way to get people to part with their money, and everyone needs a good clear-out now and again anyway.
  • Hold a bake sale. Get the hockey team on board, baking goods and selling them at the front of the school. You might be surprised how much money this can make if you price your items right.
  • Organize a special event and sell tickets. This can be a dance, a movie night, or even a special hockey event. Make sure it has mainstream appeal, and that you and your team have the time and resources necessary to organize it.

These classic fundraising ideas should form the backbone of your annual fundraising calendar. Still, mixing it up every year with new events and activities is important, or you’ll quickly find the school community is bored by your fundraising attempts.

Creative fundraising ideas

Mixing up your fundraising calendar doesn’t have to be difficult; there are dozens of unique and creative fundraising ideas out there, and while they’re sometimes a little more complicated to implement than classic bake sales and car washes, they’re great ways to attract donors who might not otherwise be interested and get everyone having a lot of fun.

  • See if anyone in the club is prepared to take one for the team and shave their hair off to raise money or take on another funny and exciting challenge for sponsorship. You might be surprised how many people donate for silly challenges.
  • Host a community clear-up competition; get everyone involved in clearing up the school grounds or the local town, and get sponsorship. It’s a relatively high effort, but you can feel good that your team is doing something to help the local community.
  • Auction off favors and promises. If any of your team plays an instrument, they could auction off some music lessons, or your star player could auction off private one-on-one hockey tuition. This can be a great way to make money doing what you know.

These are just a few ideas, but it’s easy to come up with more. Get your team brainstorming and try to host at least one unique fundraising event every year, and you’ll keep donors engaged and interested in your efforts.

Making the most of your fundraiser

A fundraiser is only as good as its results; in this case, that means donations. It’s important to do whatever you can to maximize participation in your events and encourage the school community to part with their money; if your events prove popular but they’re not raising much in the way of donations, your model needs tweaking.

One way to maximize donations is to enable multiple donation routes at each event. For example, if you’re hosting a movie night, you can sell tickets with the proceeds going towards the hockey team, but you could also leave out a donations bucket on the night for extra tips. Don’t be afraid to ask people to donate; you might feel a bit pushy, but that’s all about the night.

Using platforms like Classful to make donating more convenient can also do wonders for your fundraiser, making it easier for people to donate and increasing your audience’s reach.

What is Classful?

Classful is an online fundraising platform just for teachers, schools, parent groups, and more that can help school clubs and sports teams to raise more funds and host more successful fundraisers. Using Classful, you can set up a donations page for your fundraiser and use this link to market your fundraiser online using social media and email.

Fundraising platforms like Classful open up another avenue for donations, allowing friends and family members to donate anywhere in the world. Donating online is quick and easy, and by making it more convenient to donate, you might be surprised by how many extra donations you receive. Your school or hockey team can set up classful fundraising pages, and they’re easy to tailor to the specifics of your event.

Get in touch

Classful is taking school fundraising online. To reach a wider audience with your fundraisers and make it easier for the local community to donate to what is quickly becoming a cashless society, you can sign up for Classful today or get in touch with us to find out more. Learn about your hockey team’s fundraising, and we will tell you how Classful can maximize reach and increase donations for your fundraising efforts.