When someone wants to raise funds, one of the first things we suggest is to assemble a fundraising team to share the work and make the whole process more rewarding for everyone. If you’re already on a sports team or any other kind of team, you’re halfway there.
Teams of all shapes and sizes use our free platform to raise funds. Whether you’re looking to cover travel costs, buy new equipment, or donate money to a cause outside your team such as an environmental charity, team crowdfunding is the most effective way to reach your fundraising goal—in large part because the power of your combined social networks can give your campaign real reach. Here are some great team fundraising ideas to get your team started.
Five popular team fundraising ideas
1. Host a clinic
Whether it’s soccer or robotics, your team has a specific set of skills that others want to learn. Use those skills to your advantage by hosting a clinic. (For example, one team held a basketball clinic to help basketball teams affected by the fires in Northern California in fall 2018.) Charge an entry fee via a donation to your fundraiser, and ask businesses to sponsor scholarships.
2. Organize an exercise class
Get people moving for a good cause. Organize an exercise class and ask participants to donate at the door. If you ask a venue to host your class, tell them why you’re raising money—they may be inclined to sponsor the event and give you the space for free. From Crossfit to Soulcycle to yoga, the options are endless.
3. Host an -a-thon
Most of us are familiar with walkathons, but why not put your own spin on it? Brainstorm an event that fits your cause and team, find a venue, pick a day and time, and ask participants to secure pledges. If people don’t want to pledge a certain amount, give them the option of a flat-fee donation. On YouCaring we’ve seen teams host a Swim-A-Rama, Read-A-Thon, Skate-A-Thon, and Spin-A-Thon.
4. Hold a competition
Sometimes a little friendly competition motivates people to donate more. It can be as intense as a weight lifting and strength event or as laid back as a bocce ball tournament. Not into sports? Get creative with your ideas, like the team that competed in a gingerbread build-off challenge for charity. Have people donate a fixed amount to participate. Consider creating a fun trophy for the winner.
5. Take on a challenge
What better way to show your dedication for a cause than by taking on a major challenge that raises money at the same time? One team of three friends is competing in a 50km race and donating the pledges raised through YouCaring to the charity Parkinson’s UK.
6. Offer unusual rewards
Sometimes we see teams offer rewards to their supporters as an incentive to donate. For example, a robotics team gave high fives to people who gave $5, and a young photographer offered photo editing services in return for donations.
7. Create something you can give
Make something for your fundraiser that relates to your cause. A few examples we’ve seen on our site are a can sculpture for your local food pantry, brown bags full of food, clothes, and hygiene products for homeless people, and a uniquely designed tote bag. Bonfire also makes it easy to create custom T-shirts for giveaways or fundraising.
Examples of teams raising funds on YouCaring
This group of cyclists participated in an innovative bike race. Hundreds of riders raced around the city to local supermarkets, and brought back nonperishable items to donate to a local food bank. Every dollar donated provided three meals to families in need. The team raised $5,200—an impressive feat for a group of five friends.
Although they’re usually rivals, football fans at the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota came together to give back. They organized a football game between their teams, the Huskers and Gophers, to compete for a trophy and raise funds for charity. This year the UN-UM partnership exceeded its goal of $5,000 to bring in $7,535 for the Team Jack Foundation and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Fundraising team, assemble!
Your team might be surprised at the power of your combined social networks and fundraising skills. Hold a team meeting, brainstorm ideas, and assign fundraising roles. And if you haven’t already, start your free fundraiser today and get your team on track for success.