A great way to raise funds and team build is to organize a fundraiser for your team.
There are so many things out there...where do you start? Well we have compiled a list of ideas to share with our teams:
Bottle Drive - Bottle drives are relatively easy fundraisers that can involve adults and children. You will need some drivers, some trucks, lots of boxes (that can be obtained wherever you return your bottles), hand sanitizer (those bottles are gross!), and bodies to help collect! Advertise the time and date for the bottle drive, and set up some drop off points for people who want to bring theirs in. Other groups can go door to door collecting. Make sure you let the bottle depot know you are having the bottle drive well in advance so they can prepare with extra staff. Ask people to save bottles for you, and try to time your bottle drive after long weekends, or holiday season!
- Alberta Bottle Depot Association
- Callingwood Bottle Depot
- Quick Stop Bottle Depot
- Winterburn Bottle Depot
- West Edmonton Bottle Depot
Community BBQ - Some grocery stores will donate food for the event, other stores might offer to “match your sales” if you park out front and bring bodies into their store. Or, have a “booth” at your local fair and offer an alternative to candy floss and candy apples. If you have the manpower to help out, community barbecues can bring in some good income.
Hockey Pool Fundraiser - Do you know someone willing to look after a hockey pool, or a Grey Cup pool? Hockey pools are fun ways to be “competitive” with your friends, and there are websites now that, once you pick your team, keep things automatically updated with the latest stats. Just collect your entry fees from participants, get teams picked, and off you go!
Pub/Game Night Fundraiser - Game nights/pub nights are usually for the parents, but can also be arranged to include children. First you need a location. Consider hosting at a restaurant where they might donate portions of profits back to your team, or a bowling alley, where you can all partake in the fun! You could use a hall, and have pot luck, or get it catered. At game nights/pub nights you can have silent auctions, casino games, loonie stick draw, or just hang out and play darts, crib, or pool. This is another great chance for parents to “hang out” away from the arena!
Sausage/Beef Jerky Fundraisers
Sponsors (team apparel, programs, banners) - Some teams have team sponsors that will make a contribution to a team to have the name of their business on the team apparel, buy program space, or have their name on a banner that is used at home and away games (just be sure not to put that banner too close to the home team’s bench to avoid bad feelings). This can be a great way to raise funds for a particular team. *Please note: nothing can be affixed to Whitemud West jerseys
Ticket/Prize Raffle - Do you have something people want? Why not sell tickets on it and raffle it off? You can ask local businesses for donations for prizes, or maybe you know a current or past NHLer who would be willing to donate some memorabilia. This is an especially popular activity around Christmas time. You can also raffle off a Christmas tree (or pumpkin full) or lottery tickets, very popular fundraiser!
Don’t have prizes? Really, raffles are very simple ways of making money. For more information on obtaining a raffle license, use of proceeds, etc. click here: AGLC Raffle
Of course there are many, many great fundraising ideas out there! If you have one you would like to share please send the information to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.