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Old 03-07-2019, 10:34 PM
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My son plays 12U travel baseball and we found out last week that our bid to play in Cooperstown was accepted. Great! Yeah, great for the kids but not for those of use who need to fund it. We need to raise a little over $10,000 for the entrance fees for the boys and the parents are in fundraising discussions but I just don’t know anything about fundraising. Time is short, we go the middle of June… so some thoughts are:
  1. Hookers and blow – down side is the boys collecting the money from the hookers.
  2. Previous team he was on did a gun raffle but most of the group has voted that down.
  3. Car wash.
  4. Group garage sale.
  5. I’ve written to Dick’s Sporting goods and they sent coupons. They had a quick response but not monetary.
  6. We have the Charlotte Knight’s baseball here in Charlotte and I’ve seen youth players sitting at tables with signs asking for donations.
Anyone have experience in running a fundraising drive and what the biggest bang for the buck would be? Anyone have corporate insiders of sports companies that may want to contribute? Any thoughts?

Here's my son:






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Have the boys just sell the blow & forget about the hookers - money will come quick

Better yet - write the DNC & tell them the baseball team is composed of lesbians, trannies, gays, and boys who identify as girls - should get a quick grant
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I just got a fundraising flyer today at work, from a colleague that has a kid in Boy Scouts. They are selling brisket and sausage for $14 and $10 per pound respectively.

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How bout they do their own "fundraising" by working jobs for it?
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Don't think of it as fundraising, think of it as finding sponsors. Try to get money from local businesses, then get an article in the newspaper thanking them and giving them some good publicity. Figure out the price per player and ask for that.
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Sell donuts...wash cars is 100%profit....car dealers are good to donate...sell Chicken Stew...wally world donates locally...raffle a ZR1....local minor league baseball teams...sometimes its not money, I 've had all kinds of gifts including loaner vans for travel etc...gift certificates etc...rich parents help too...



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I agree about checking with local businesses to see if they will help sponsor the team with cash donations. Make the kids go to the businesses and pitch the request - teaches them a lot more than having the parents do the leg work.
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Originally Posted by ratflinger View Post
Have the boys just sell the blow & forget about the hookers - money will come quick

Better yet - write the DNC & tell them the baseball team is composed of lesbians, trannies, gays, and boys who identify as girls - should get a quick grant
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how many players on the team roster ? ? ?
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how many players on the team roster ? ? ?
Thanks for the responses back, I think one parent is checking with Krispy Kreme for the doughnut sales.

There are 12 on the roster.
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Incorporate the team, take them to the local banker and have them work weekends to repay the loan. Plenty of yard work and other janitorial work to cover the loan in a year.
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What’s that per kid. Like $500?

See what it costs for a hockey tourney
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What’s that per kid. Like $500?

See what it costs for a hockey tourney
Entrance fee is $950 per kid, plus we have to pay for umps and misc expenses.
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Obviously you are late in the game for fundraising, but it is what it is. Our teams have always done a golf outing, which can be very successful, as well as squares for big games (Superbowl, etc).

But here is a tip for a quick one-time shot.

Buy a large Yeti Cooler. Buy items to fill it, such as Yeti tumblers, and lots of bottles of alcohol. Be creative.

Then sell raffle tickets for $10 each for the entire thing. Have a picture of the cooler loaded with stuff that people can see. You will have no problem selling tickets...everyone loves to bash on Yeti, but everyone would also spend $10 for a $400 cooler loaded with liquor.

But, check with your state laws. If you raise over a certain amount, you can run into complications. In our state, we heard it was $10,000 so were told to keep ticket sales to $9000 or less to be safe.

Good luck to your boy!
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Entrance fee is $950 per kid, plus we have to pay for umps and misc expenses.
how many guaranteed games? What’s included in that price tag?
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how many guaranteed games? What’s included in that price tag?
7 guaranteed and what we are only raising money to get the boys entered which is the entrance fee, umps fees and coaches fees. Parents pick up the travel, hotel and meals. Unfortunately we're late getting entered so the boys won't have a change to stay on site, which the coaches are saying is better because they won't need to babysit them all week!
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Obviously you are late in the game for fundraising, but it is what it is. Our teams have always done a golf outing, which can be very successful, as well as squares for big games (Superbowl, etc).

But here is a tip for a quick one-time shot.

Buy a large Yeti Cooler. Buy items to fill it, such as Yeti tumblers, and lots of bottles of alcohol. Be creative.

Then sell raffle tickets for $10 each for the entire thing. Have a picture of the cooler loaded with stuff that people can see. You will have no problem selling tickets...everyone loves to bash on Yeti, but everyone would also spend $10 for a $400 cooler loaded with liquor.

But, check with your state laws. If you raise over a certain amount, you can run into complications. In our state, we heard it was $10,000 so were told to keep ticket sales to $9000 or less to be safe.

Good luck to your boy!
Hey, that's an idea!

We're set up as a 501 (c) (3) so donations are deductible.
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7 guaranteed and what we are only raising money to get the boys entered which is the entrance fee, umps fees and coaches fees. Parents pick up the travel, hotel and meals. Unfortunately we're late getting entered so the boys won't have a change to stay on site, which the coaches are saying is better because they won't need to babysit them all week!
dang. Someone is raking in all the money just for field costs.
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7 guaranteed and what we are only raising money to get the boys entered which is the entrance fee, umps fees and coaches fees. Parents pick up the travel, hotel and meals. Unfortunately we're late getting entered so the boys won't have a change to stay on site, which the coaches are saying is better because they won't need to babysit them all week!
Cooperstown is "the destination" from a prestige status, but I think the standard of the boys staying in dorms with the coaches is a shitty (for the coaches at least).

We went to Cal Ripken the last 2 years in Myrtle Beach, and could not say enough good things about the trip. The baseball was amazing, weather was awesome, woke up every morning staring at the ocean, and it was a great family vacation for a week. Ripken was a bit cheaper than Cooperstown too (think we were at about $600 per kid).
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Originally Posted by RMVette View Post
Hey, that's an idea!

We're set up as a 501 (c) (3) so donations are deductible.
Yes, our organization is as well, but there are still some limitations. Just wanted to bring it up in case your team likes the idea and you can look into it further.
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