Cheer Tip Tuesday – Fundraising

Cheer Tip Tuesday – Fundraising

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The big competitions are coming up and with big competitions there is the need to raise big money.  One way to get big money (any money at all) is to fundraise.  The key to fundraising is finding the one that will work for your cheerleaders and area.  Fundraising can consist of selling products, car washes, raffles, asking for donations by using letters or online or in a money drive.

There are companies available that have fundraisers that sell a product.  The products vary from food to magazines to plants.  To get ideas there is always google or look at businesses within your community. There could be popcorn companies, doughnut shops, and coffee companies. There is no startup cost, but there may be a wait on products to come in.

Car washes — The items needed to wash cars most people have in their home.  The startup cost would be low.

Raffles — this is popular fundraiser.  The raffle can be 50/50 or a basket.  For the 50/50 raffle the cheerleader will sell tickets, i.e. $1 per ticket. The cheerleader will keep $.50 and  $.50 goes to be raffled.  If the cheerleader sells $100 the winner will get $50.  This is most popular at a large function or gathering.

The other type of raffle is to sell tickets for a basket or services.  To get items for the basket the cheerleader can ask local businesses to donate items or parents can donate to it.  Easiest way is to have a theme basket (movies, cheer, sports, etc).  Bigger the basket = bigger the raffle ticket.  The same thing can be accomplished by raffling off services i.e. car washes, yard work, babysitting, etc.  The startup cost could be low if everything is donated.

Letters, online or money drive — This one is one of the easiest because all the cheerleader has to do is to just ask.  Letters: have the cheerleader write a short letter asking for a certain amount of money, state what the money is for and the ultimate goal and give it to family and friends. For example asking 100 people to donate $10 = $1000.

Online: the most popular is asking for donations online thru an online donation company.  This is just like the letter, but it is worldwide. The only difference is that the online companies charge a processing fee.

Money Drives: are popular because all that is needed is a decorated can where people can put loose change in.  These can be set up in stores, gas stations or schools.

These are just a few fundraising ideas.  Have some and want to share? Comment below.

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Larissa Trapp

Larissa was born and raised in Colorado and now resides in South Carolina. She is a wife and a mother of 3 daughters. One of the daughters is an Allstar cheerleader for 6 years. She has a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and is the author of Cheer Tips 101.

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