Your booster club is on a mission to support a team, group, program or organization. Of all the ways you do this, there is one common theme: money. It takes money to pay for uniforms, equipment, facilities, food, events and sometimes staff.
And while schools across the world have a variety of policies around in-person activities, masking and social distancing, it does seem that virtual events are commonplace these days. Our post about virtual fundraising ideas for school groups was so popular, we thought we’d share one specific to Boosters. And here’s the silver lining: virtual fundraising for your Bootser Club can help save money while you make money! Raising money online is a highly efficient and effective way to support your mission.
Online Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs
1. Online Garage Sale
Collect gently used donations in a variety of categories or choose a theme, such as sports equipment. Set up an online store using MoneyMinder and sell your wares for nearly 100% profit margin.
2. Virtual Paint Night
Partner with the art department or a local connoisseur to help a group of novices paint their masterpiece! Include the supplies, guided instruction and access to the online meeting in your ticket. For a fun twist, you could partner with a local restaurant to provide a discounted meal to-go to make this a full night of family fun.
3. Dance Jam
You may think that the school dance has to be held in person, but that’s not what we’re referring to here. Have students record their best dance or talent — 3 minutes per student — and then let the voting begin. Each vote costs $1 and goes directly to your Booster Club efforts.
4. Ask for What You Need
If your Booster Club supports the STEM program and you are in need of new beakers for the lab, detail out the cost and ask for donations. Set up a payment page using your MoneyMinder store and it will be a breeze to collect donations and raise exactly the amount you need.
Have students reach out to family and friends to donate based on how many books they can read in a month, quarter, semester or year. Use a formal program or keep it simple and track each student’s progress and share it via text or email.
6. School Recipe Book
Start an email chain to request each family’s favorite recipe. Even better if the recipe can be school-themed in some way. Task a member of your booster club with compiling the recipes, and then sell the books for $20 or $25.
7. Virtual Tour
Does your town have a notable location like a factory or farm? Ask the owner to take you on a virtual guided tour of the facility, and collect a flat fee on your MoneyMinder Store. To increase the value of the tour, add in a gift from the facility which can be mailed to keep the fundraiser contactless.
8. Amazon: Two Ways
There are two ways you can use the world’s largest e-retailer to your benefit when it comes to online fundraising for your booster club. First, you can set up an account on smile.amazon.com and a small portion of anyone’s purchases will go to your group. Second, if what you are raising funds for is available on Amazon, add them to a Wishlist. Supporters can purchase the items and have them shipped directly to you.
9. Virtual Raffle
Set up a “raffle ticket” item on your MoneyMinder Store. Assign a number to each ticket that is purchased. From there, you can use an online service like RandomDraws.com to select a raffle winner. Prizes should be donated by local businesses, and you can have one grand prize or multiples.
10. Online Spelling Bee
Everything you love about a spelling bee, but host it on Zoom or Google Meet. You can choose to have children compete or add a twist and have teachers versus parents. Use this to raise spirits and funds by collecting a fee for each ticket to watch the competition.
Hats off to you, Booster Clubs, for your efforts to support your schools while keeping students and staff safe. Mix these virtual fundraisers into your in-person ones for a great balance that is sure to help you succeed.