Other Fundraising Ideas
Other Fundraising Ideas for Hockey Teams and Associations
This is the most popular page on the www.canadianhockeymoms.ca website. Recently, when asked for your fundraising ideas, you responded with a lot of great ideas and suggestions, so we updated our page, and there is still more to add!
Before you take any of these on, remember that each community is unique and will provide different opportunities for successful fundraising. Here are some of the fundraising ideas being undertaken by Hockey Associations and teams across Canada:
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Consider having a dance for the parents of your hockey players. You can raise money by selling tickets, but also solicit door prizes or prizes for silent auctions from parents or local businesses. Bands are great, but you can save money by hiring a DJ. Having a “mixed ages” event so your kids can attend can be fun, but sometimes it’s nice for the parents to have a night out to celebrate their commitment to their kids and hockey!
Game nights/Pub Nights/Bowling Nights
Game nights/pub nights are similar to “Dances” in that they 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!
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. One Hockey Mom wrote that they have ask every team in their association to donate one “bottle of liquor” that are then assembled into Large (1st place), Medium (2nd place) and Small (3rd place) baskets of booze. Tickets are then sold on these baskets. Hockey Moms report that 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? Some associations require all players to sell books of tickets. Prizes can be monetary (e.g. First prize = $1,000, three smaller prizes of $500, or whatever). Really, raffles are very simple ways of making money.
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 beer/liquor store (or wherever you return bottles in your province) 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 hunting season!
Do you want to raise the profile of your association and make some cash? Consider a community barbecue! 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 and make you visible in your community, too!
Who needs to get rid of stuff cluttering up your house? Every Hockey Mom I know. Hold an association garage sale and get rid of all that unwanted stuff and raise some money for your association in the process.
Car washes are great ways to get kids involved in fundraising. Make sure you have a location with lots of water, great signs to attract customers, and lots of kids (and some adults to supervise) to help out. With our great Canadian seasons, this one is best undertaken during summer months.
Make sure you check regarding local regulations, but poker nights can be lucrative fundraisers. Charge each person entering $50 to $100 to enter, then have Texas Holdem elimination tournaments until the winner and a couple others take home some cash. Beware! If you have a lot of players, this can go on for a while!
Anyone who has played in an association golf tournament knows that these can be a lot of fun! They are also great ways to make money for your teams. Registration fees are paid by “foursomes” who typically, with registration, will receive a cart, 18 holes of “best ball” golf, and dinner. Canvass local businesses, restaurants, liquor suppliers for items for “goody bags” to hand out to each player. Have signs made up and ask local businesses to “sponsor a hole” at your tournament. Their business name then is placed on a sign stuck in the ground for all golfers to see (there is an initial cost to this, but if you are planning your tournament as an annual event, you can re-use these…or ask another association that holds golf tournaments if you can borrow their signs). Have prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin (one for men, one for women). After golf is finished, have prizes for winning teams (best score men, best score ladies, best score mixed, most honest score). This is when the real money making takes place, because you can have a silent auction, and a live auction for donated items. Golf tournaments are a lot of work, but can bring in a lot of money, while giving adults an opportunity to “play”.
Do you miss your Hockey Parents during the summer? Organize a mixed team slow pitch tournament. Charge teams a fee for entry, then sell 50-50 tickets, and have a “homerun” contest (for men and women, $5.00 for 5 balls). You might even be able to make money off a barbecue, depending on your local facilities.
This fundraiser might be more effective in smaller communities with local radio stations looking for content. Have a “bingo hour” once a week where cards have been sold ahead of time at local locations, then bingo numbers are called out over the radio. Teams can each be assigned a week to man the phone while other members call numbers. This fundraiser can involve your whole community and give your hockey playing kids a chance to do something “cool”.
Grey Cup Pool/Hockey Pool
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!
Are your Hockey Moms fabulous cookers? Well then compile your recipes! If you have technology savvy person, perhaps they can format and make their own, or find one of the companies that specialize in making cookbooks. This is a nice way to share all those meals cooked by Hockey Moms in Canada.
Volunteer at Your Local Bingo Hall/Casino
Do you live near a Bingo Hall or Casino? Chances are that they are looking for help, and are willing to donate money back to volunteers. Ask around in your area if these programs exist. They are often so lucrative that there is a waiting list to become involved.
Sponsors (Jerseys, Programs, Banners)
Many teams have team sponsors that will make a contribution to a team to have the name of their business on the jerseys, 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.
Your kids love to skate, so have a skate-a-thon! Each player gets pledge sheets to do 50 (or 100) laps and can be given a minimum amount to raise. Crank the music and watch your kids have fun doing what they love (for the record, I used to do my own skate-a-thongs backwards, or switching feet – 1 foot per lap!).
Many of you have sold many, many things. Here are a few of them:
Maple Lodge Chicken
Krispie Kreme Donuts
Spirit Wear (make a deal with your vendor that for each t-shirt sold you get a cut)