Whether it’s to purchase new team uniforms or to cover travel expenses or facilities fees, youth sports programs need to do a lot of fundraising. How do you keep it fresh and engaging while reaching as many potential donors as possible?
Peer-to-peer promotes a sense of community among team members and their families. It also helps your team create a community of supporters that can all contribute to the cause. Plus, it allows your team to reach a wide range of potential donors. Finally, peer-to-peer fundraising is convenient and easy to set up, so it’s perfect for busy coaches and parents.
In this article, we will discuss five creative peer-to-peer sports fundraising event ideas and best practices that can help you reach your goal.
The benefits of peer-to-peer for youth sports fundraising
Increased donor engagement.
More money raised.
Youth sports team peer-to-peer fundraiser best practices
Use the below peer-to-peer event best practices as a guide to make your fundraising campaign a success!
- Clear instructions on how to get involved
- Incentives for people who donate or participate in activities related to the fundraiser
- Multiple ways for people to donate (e.g., online donations via credit card or PayPal).
- Different levels of rewards based on donation size (e.g., t-shirts or posters)
- A fundraising thermometer so visitors can see the difference they’re making in real time!
5 peer-to-peer fundraising ideas for youth sports teams
A walkathon is a classic peer-to-peer fundraising idea that can be easily adapted for youth sports teams. Similar to the color run, participants can ask friends and family to sponsor them for a certain amount per mile walked or to donate a flat fee. When you create your walkathon as a hybrid event, team members can log their miles wherever they are!
Mow-a-lawn, shovel-a-walk, rake-leaves, or dog-walk fundraiser.
Set up a sale fundraiser. In exchange for a donation to your team, players perform whatever task you’ve determined. Introduce peer-to-peer by asking players to create their own fundraising pages and ask for pledges per lawn mowed or dog walked! Print posters with QR codes that direct to your fundraising page so that people all over the community can easily support your cause.
Bonus youth sports fundraising idea
Raffles are a proven, tried-and-true way for teams to generate revenue. They can be done in person, or online, or both (as in a hybrid raffle). Also, you can get really creative with the prizes or simply run a 50/50 (aka cash) raffle—just be sure to check raffle laws in your area before proceeding! Also, check out our free Raffle for Success e-book to get all the information you need to make the most out of your fundraising campaign.
Use technology to support your fundraising
Technology is a major time saver and a powerful tool for youth sports teams!
By utilizing a peer-to-peer platform, you’ll streamline many aspects of running a successful peer-to-peer fundraiser. Creating a donation page, seamlessly collecting online donations, sending thank you emails/letters after receiving funds, and tracking analytics are all at your fingertips. Plus, a platform such as Eventgroove provides tools such as customizable pages where participants can promote their individual fundraisers.
We hope the above ideas are helpful food for thought! For more about peer-to-peer fundraising, read our article Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Everything You Need to Know. If you try any of the above sports team fundraising ideas or have a successful fundraiser you’d like to share, email us! We’d love to hear about it.