1) Raking Leaves for Tourneys: This is the time of year when everyone’s lawns are covered in leaves. Turn that foliage into green for the team! Have your players offer raking services for friends and neighbors in exchange for donations. Choose a Saturday during the off-season to designate as leaf raking day. Supplies: extra large yard bags, rakes, yard gloves, and bag stands.
2) Gift Wrapping Station: Ask a popular shopping center or mall if you can set up a gift wrapping
station to raise money for your team. You’ll need a large table stocked with wrapping supplies – wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper, scissors, tape and gift tags. Place a couple of donation baskets on the table with signs telling people what their donations are going to for. (“Help us get to Cooperstown,” for example.)
3) Sell live wreaths and Christmas trees. There are dozens of Christmas greenery wholesalers that offer fundraising opportunities for organizations and teams. Players would pre-sell the trees or wreaths using the typical order form method we’re used to. It’s a great opportunity to make some greenery for your team because people are buying trees anyway. Do a Google search of Christmas tree fundraising and you’re almost sure to find a participating vendor near you. Or visit startchristmastreefundraising.com.
4) Winter Concessions: During local outdoor cold weather events, ask the event
coordinators if you can sell hot chocolate and hot apple cider to attendees. Set up a
table with a water heater/dispenser and keep lots of extra gallons of water handy. Put
up signage saying that proceeds go to help your team play at Cooperstown next year (or wherever you’re raising money to go).
5) Santa Claus Portraits: Give families an alternative to those long Santa photo lines at the mall! Set up your own North Pole portrait center at a local mall or shopping center that doesn’t already have a resident Santa. Ask the parent who takes the best game pics to be the photographer. Set up a North Pole scene with Christmas gifts, reindeer, etc and have someone dressed as Santa to pose with children (and any grownups who still like pics with Santa). You can also have a few players dress as elves to really get in on the holiday spirit. To save money on printing, email participants their photos. And don’t forget the tip jar.
6) Christmas Caroling: Take your players out for some door-to-door Christmas caroling! Everyone can wear a Santa hat with their team jersey and sing holiday favorites to your neighbors. It’s a good idea to print copies of six or seven songs and practice ahead of time. And, of course, carry a collection tin and hold a poster board with your team name and mission.
7) Host an ugly sweater party fundraiser. Invite friends, family, parents from other teams, etc to get in on the fun. Offer prizes for best entries and make sure everyone knows that donations are gratefully accepted.