While it may seem that spring is a long way off, it is really never too soon to start baseball fundraising and other spring sports. Sure, you’ll want to sell items and even try fundraising with discount, or gold, cards. However, you may also want to try some of these great tried and true techniques at the games themselves.
Of course you’ll have a concession stand, but try selling food and drink items the way they do in the Major Leagues. Have some students or volunteers walk through the bleachers selling popcorn, peanuts, drinks, and other baseball favorites. People will be more apt to buy if they don’t have to leave the game to do so.
A 50/50 raffle is always a successful way to raise money while offering a worthy prize. People like the idea of winning money, just look at the state lottery as proof. Sell tickets that give purchasers a shot at 50% of the funds raised. The other 50% will go towards the baseball team.
Pair up with a local ice cream shop or restaurant to offer a freebie for each home run. Sell merchant tickets that must be used to gain access to any of the freebies offered, which can be a free drink, free scoop of ice cream, or free sandwich.
Set aside a special day as Dog Day. Sell tickets and allow fans to bring Fido, as long as he stays on his leash, to the ball game. Sell treats for the dogs, like mini ice cream cones or dog biscuits. Give out waste bags to participants as they enter the park to help keep it clean. Offer free cups of water to keep the dogs hydrated during the dog days of summer.
Rent A Student
Auction off tickets to rent a student or group of students for a day. Students can earn extra credit or volunteer credits to help fans with yard work, cleaning, painting, or other light work around the house. Teachers may be excited to have extra help on inservice days at the school.
While fans watch the game, they can have their car washed and ready to go by the end of the 9th inning. Simply hand out tickets or door hangers as people park. Ask that put them on their dash or hang them from their rearview mirror. Then walk the bleachers selling a complete car wash. Match the fan’s car with the ticket to ensure the right cars are washed!
Fans can purchase a yard cleanup special while at the ball game. Spring is the perfect time to offer this fundraiser, as people may need help straightening up their yard after the colder winter months. You can change the price of the service depending on what is included and offer such things as trash removal, leaf collection, mowing, clearing flower beds, and so on.
Have some qualified high school students volunteer to babysit younger kids who attend the ball game with their parents, but aren’t interested in watching their siblings play. Offer crafts or teach how to catch and throw a baseball or other fun activities.
Sell Flowering Plants
Spring is in the air, and selling live plants is a great way to raise funds for the baseball team. Be sure that all plants are healthy and come with instructions on proper planting and care. You can even choose to sell relevant plants like the baseball plant or the popcorn cassia plant, to remind people of baseball season throughout the year. Don’t forget to pick up order forms or envelopes to keep your sale organized.
Baseball Fundraising Fun
Regardless of which basefall fundraising tactic you choose, taking over the details yourself or hiring a fundraising professional consultant to assist in the process, you want to make sure that fundraising remains fun. Keep it lighthearted and enjoyable for the volunteers and the participants alike.