By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Correspondent
Fundraisers are the lifeblood of any football program, and it’s certainly easy to stick with the status quo when you find something that works. Here are 10 creative ideas if your fundraising has gotten stale:
- Hire Paparazzi
- Don’t Come Event
- Snail Racing
- Team Calendars
- A Dunk Tank
- Punkin Chunkin
- Cow Pie Bingo
- Adult Spelling Bee
- Coaching Staff Wrestling Matches
(COUDERSPORT HIGH, PA.)
THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS fundraiser is there is 100-percent profit. Offer to rent a player to mow a lawn, do yard work, walk dogs, help clean out a garage or go on a date. Have a live auction night and ask the players to dress their best.
(ALAMEDA HIGH, CALIF.)
HIRE A ROVING PHOTOGRAPHER TO follow the team throughout the season. Give the photographer access to the sidelines, the team bus and team dinners, and ask him or her to take photos of spectators, families and student sections as well. Sell albums at the end of the season.
DON’T COME EVENT
(MCCRACKEN COUNTY HIGH, KY.)
SEND INVITATIONS TO SUPPORTERS for a fancy event with a famous guest of honor (like Angelina Jolie – wink, wink). While none of those things will be waiting for the guests, a collection box will. Most guests typically get a kick out of the prank and donate.
(GRANITE HILLS HIGH, CALIF.)
ALLOW YOUR SUPPORTERS TO BET on snails as they race to the finish line. Participants can back as many as they like. After the race, half the take goes to your team with the other half divided equally among those who backed the winning snail.
(CENTREVILLE HIGH, VA.)
DON’T LET ALL OF THE PLAYERS’ HARD work go to waste. Capture their highlights from the season in a calendar that can be sold as a collector’s item at games. Customize the calendar to include the team’s varsity, junior varsity and freshman team schedules.
A DUNK TANK
(PAYSON HIGH, UTAH)
RENT A DUNK TANK, AND LET players and parents take turns dunking members of the coaching staff. Pick a prime time to hold the fund-raiser, like the night before the opening game. The players love this fundraiser, and a coach gets to show he has a sense of humor.
(DOANE ACADEMY, PA.)
HOST THIS FUNDRAISER JUST after Halloween to allow people to dispose of their pumpkins. Volunteers build a medieval style catapult, and the players and parents compete by slinging the pumpkins as far as possible across an open field. Charge $10 per pumpkin.
COW PIE BINGO
(STOUGHTON HIGH, MASS.)
THIS FUNDRAISER CAN BE HOSTED during a country fair, rodeo or other event. A cow is turned loose in a fenced-in area which has been marked off in 50 numbered squares. The cow determines the winner by making the first “deposit” on a square. Sell squares for $5 each.
ADULT SPELLING BEE
(LAMBERT HIGH, GA.)
WHY LET THE KIDS BE THE ONLY ones to suffer the public humiliation of spelling a word incorrectly in front of their peers? Parents can form teams or enter as individuals. Set an entrance fee for individuals and teams. Ask the parents to pay $1 for each incorrect spelling.
PSEUDO-PRO WRESTLING MATCHES
(TRION HIGH, GA.)
HOST A WRESTLING NIGHT AT THE high school, and pit coaches against each other in the main event. Hire trained professionals to wrestle in the undercard matches, and consider putting on a tag team match in which coaches face off with the pros. Charge for admission.
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