Why Women Give

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I recently came across this study on Women’s Philanthropy. Despite the title, it talks about men as well. There’s a lot in it to synthesize into one blog post, but I encourage all of you to take a look at it. It has useful facts, figures, and graphics about how donors give. Technically, it’s about really big donors, but I think a lot of it is relevant in the world of booster club supporters. Female donors are more likely to support an organization that will make a difference, while male … [Read more...]

Contest! Prizes! Booster Club!

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Boosterland is giving away $500 and an iPad mini. Here are the details: Spring is the time for booster club scholarships, but now is the time to start thinking about them. We’re hoping our contest gets students working on these types of projects now. Then, in the spring, they can recycle them for scholarships from their local booster clubs. Boosterland is looking for talented teens for our booster club arts contest. We’re awarding $100 prizes in each of the following … [Read more...]

Why Booster Clubs Need Metrics

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Compensating for budget cuts, but struggling to fundraise? Check your metrics. (This is the introduction to a series on metrics. Subsequent posts will be listed at the bottom of this page.) Schools are struggling. They've cut programs. They've cut staff. And what do schools cut first? Every booster club officer I talk to tells me that schools are cutting extracurricular programs. Less coaches. Less band instructors. Even activities like student government are being removed by schools who've … [Read more...]

Booster News: Buffett Offers Online Philanthropy Training

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Many booster club officers know that their organizations are eligible for grants. Still, applying for grants from foundations can be frustrating. How do philanthropists decide where to donate? What measures of success are they looking for? This summer you can put yourself in your donors’ shoes with a free online course offered by Doris Buffett (Warren Buffett’s sister).  Don't delay, the class is today! You can sign up on Doris’ website learningbygivingfoundation.org Update 7/22/2013: … [Read more...]

Welcome to Boosterland: A Message from Founder Ellen Raynor

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Welcome to the Boosterland blog! This is my first post, my “Hello, world” to the booster club blogosphere. In addition to a blogger, I’m a techie, a green entrepreneur, a planner, an outdoors enthusiast, and a member of a large and socially engaged family. I cherish the years I’ve spent enjoying 4-H, volunteering, and sports--first as a player and later as a coach. It’s with those experiences that I approach boosterland.com and the Boosterland Blog. Boosterland’s mission is simple: to make … [Read more...]