Locker Room Technology in a Post-Shower Era

Deteriorated Shower Room

Socially Awkward? Decades ago, showers were a required part of PE. Now, they’re an afterthought. Most athletes leave the locker room covered in their sweat—and others’—all the way home or, worse, all the way through class. "In all the years I've played football, I've never seen anyone shower in the locker room," said high school football player Joe Eason, in an interview with the Sun Sentinel. "I just don't feel comfortable around all of those people.” While locker room showering has … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolution: Say Thank You All Year Long

Post-it Thank You

When family gathers over the holidays, childhood memories are often shared as well as more recent anecdotes from daily life. My sister recalled an exchange with an older kid from the neighborhood where she had reminded the person to say "please", to which she received a response of, "PLEASE is for inside, GIMME is for outside." Decades later she still remembers it clearly.  And fondly!? Her 6 or 7 year old self had felt flattered that the big kid was taking her under his wing to show her … [Read more...]

Everything Booster Clubs Need to Know About the Fiscal Year

Calendar Pages

What is a fiscal year, in a nutshell? A fiscal year defines the start and end dates for an organization’s accounting. Annual and quarterly reports to donors, as well as tax filings, all flow from the fiscal year. So do budgeting and revenue goals. While the majority of U.S. companies’ fiscal year perfectly overlaps the calendar year (Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st), deviating from those dates is more common than you’d think. For example, check out the fiscal years for these organizations: Feb. 1st … [Read more...]

Passive Fundraising With Scrip: 5 ways to spread the word

Little boy with megaphone

Once you've set goals for your scrip fundraising campaign and  have a clear understanding of where you’re headed, it’s important to think about how you’ll get there. There are many ways to promote your efforts, and with a long-term project like electronic scrip enrollment or scrip sales, it’s important to continually reach out to your supporters in new and unexpected ways. 5 ways to communicate your campaign: 1. Bide your time. Many boosters who sell scrip or participate in electronic scrip … [Read more...]

Passive Fundraising With Scrip: 4 tips for setting campaign goals

Sketching a Plan

Though electronic scrip fundraising is more passive than selling traditional scrip, some initial legwork is required to get your fundraising campaign off the ground. To ensure your club’s scrip efforts start strong and maintain their momentum into the future, it is important to have attainable goals and a clear plan for achieving them. First, set your target. You want to be sure you have realistic expectations of how your scrip donations will contribute to upcoming projects. If you are … [Read more...]

Passive Fundraising With Scrip: Getting the most from your campaign

Grocer in Produce Area

In deciding how your club can make the most of scrip fundraising, it is important to consider the context of your campaign. Regardless of how actively you fundraise, with electronic scrip programs, you can only do so much to encourage supporters to shop. Before your club begins fundraising with scrip, you can ask yourself a few questions that will help you make the most of your campaign: Will local businesses support your club's campaign? Make a list of participating merchants in your area, … [Read more...]

Passive Fundraising With Scrip: Little effort, big donations

Torn Company Scrip

There are two primary kinds of fundraising that organizations use to increase donations: active fundraising, which requires large amounts of time and resources (like a car wash), and passive fundraising, which goes on in the background and requires little effort on your club’s part. Traditional scrip fundraising falls somewhere between active and passive. Clubs are required to purchase gift certificates or cards from participating merchants at a discounted rate, then sell them at full value to … [Read more...]

BoosterNews: It’s a Good Time to Thank Your Donors

Woman with card Thank You

Make a list, check it twice, and be sure to acknowledge those who’ve supported your organization over the past year. It takes a little time to do it right, but it’s a simple task and there are lots of reasons to make the effort. One reason is that some of your donors may feel unacknowledged due to mistakes made by volunteers in the past. A friend of mine recently told me that she stuck her neck out to get her company to donate auction items to the local elementary school. She had to pester all … [Read more...]

Stakeholder Engagement: The Art of Sharing Success

Husky sled-dogs

What exactly is stakeholder engagement, in the context of booster clubs? We've written before about how booster clubs need to consult with their closest stakeholders, such as parents and financial supporters. Booster clubs are also affected by the decisions of other groups, such as school boards. Those institutions and their administrators are also stakeholders.  We've tweeted a few stories recently about that other type of stakeholder, and in this article we’ll discuss school administrations, … [Read more...]

Fundraising Spotlight: The SABC Turf and Track Project

Soccer Field in Disrepair

In Southern California, one high school booster club has taken on an ambitious task. The Scorpion Athletic Booster Club (SABC) in Camarillo began fundraising this fall for their Turf Field Project, a $1.7 million plan to install artificial turf on the Camarillo High School athletic field and resurface the track. The center of the field has been worn through by years of games and practices, and students even complain that the dirt patches are dangerous. The SABC acknowledges that the school … [Read more...]