This blog is going to dive into the benefits of team fundraising from a few different perspectives.
From a ELT member's perspective:
Team fundraisers benefit ELT members in many ways. First and foremost, it's an extra boost in fundraising with minimal work from your leadership team. A win win in my eyes, less work but more money! Additionally, team fundraisers will create greater awareness around your campus. The reach of a team is going to be different than you general fundraiser. A team will promote it on their social media pages and to their group of friends which can potentially generate their interest in joining the fight.
From a Team Captain’s perspective:
Team fundraisers can be extremely influential on your team moral. Typically Team Captains would be the ones initiating the fundraiser however that does not always have to be the case. A team fundraiser will help create a bond between team members who might not know each other well. Team fundraisers also allow for greater reach in promotion of your event. Team Captains can use team fundraisers as a way to jump start their team members fundraising efforts. Teams can host a kick off fundraiser which will mark the start of their individual fundraising.
From a Participant’s perspective:
A team fundraiser can make or break a participant’s experience and their attitude towards Relay in general. A participant who was unsure about being a part of a team can become a top fundraiser and motivator for the team in a blink of an eye. Team fundraisers make team members feel included and allow for bonding of teammates. Brainstorming, planning, logistics, promotion, and so much more go into a successful team fundraiser and every single participant will have a strength in one of those categories. Playing to these strengths leads to the participant to feel valued on the team.
On Site Fundraisers vs. Off Site Fundraisers
The answer is simple. Yes! Do both! While it may seem daunting thinking about planning two different fundraisers, it can be quite simple.
A fundraiser does not have to be elaborate events by any means, think smart but creative. What's something unique to your campus that everyone loves?
Now think of how you can make it a fundraiser... is it food? Talk to the owner and see about hosting a give back night there! For an extra bonus have a table with information about Relay and how to join your team!
The possibilities are endless to what you can do for an on site fundraiser however my advice is to keep it simple, not too much work or materials needed and make it practical that every participant could participate.