What isn't new is the reality that sports cost money. Teams and leagues need money to operate. Athletes need money to participate and buy equipment. Parents need money to travel—and, often, to pay for the fees and equipment for their athlete kids. Those costs are only going up.
What is new is a groundbreaking way to cover those costs. Called FlipGive, it's a free platform that gives teams, athletes and parents money when friends, family, and other supporters buy things they already want and need. It also allows donors anywhere to contribute funds to the players and teams they want to support. FlipGive is used by thousands of sports teams across North American to help fund their seasons.
STACK has launched a FlipGive fundraising site for athletes and teams. Register your fundraising campaign here.
The way FlipGive works is pretty simple. After a team, athlete or coach sets up a campaign, supporters shop online from popular retailers like Nike, Under Armour and Walmart. For each purchase they make, the team or athlete gets a percentage of the money they spend. The percentage comes off the original price, so there's no extra cost to consumers. They simply pay what they'd normally pay to buy what they want.
What if a person doesn't want to buy anything, but still wants to throw a few bucks toward a kid or his or her sports team? FlipGive makes it exceptionally easy. Once a campaign is up and running (set yours up today), it can accept donations from anyone, anywhere, anytime.
These two features solve the three biggest problems with traditional youth sports fundraisers:
Traditional Fundraisers Are Time-Consuming
Old-school fundraisers create paperwork and headache for kids. That's NOT very sporting or fun.
In a typical sports fundraising campaign—you know, where the athlete tries to sell candy bars door-to-door—a kid has to spend enormous amounts of time seeking out potential donors and persuading them to buy things. There are forms to fill out, products to organize and deliver, and money to keep track of.
In a FlipGive campaign, all of that happens online. Athletes can contact donors digitally, allowing them to reach more people much faster. Purchases are made online and recorded through the platform, meaning no hassles with number crunching or cash collecting. And the products purchased ship directly to the consumer, meaning the athlete doesn't have to play deliveryman (and his parents' garage won't wind up looking like a warehouse).
Traditional Fundraisers Make Kids Sell (and Supporters Buy) Junk
Wait, we tell our kids not to eat this stuff but ask them to sell it to raise money for their sport?
Back to the example of a young athlete trying to sell candy bars door-to-door, which is a common fundraising technique. Is anything more contradictory than a kid selling junk food in order to play a sport?
The fundraisers that don't involve food often require athletes or teams to sell items out of a catalog. Typically, the catalog contains things that are little more than tchotchkes—things that are novel or perhaps cute, but not especially useful.
Give your supporters far better options by registering your campaign today.
When they use a FlipGive campaign, supporters buy stuff that's desirable and cool, like athletic gear from adidas, New Balance, Nike, Reebok and Under Armour; sports equipment from Dick's Sporting Goods and TaylorMade; and your favorite team's cap from New Era. There are dozens of top-tier brands to pick from in apparel, sporting goods, electronics, restaurants and other categories.
Traditional Fundraisers Are Restricted by Time and Location
These guys will try hard when they go door-to-door, but there's a better way.
When kids sell door-to-door, they must use their (already limited) free-time, and they can only sell to people within walking or driving distance.
FlipGive empowers athletes and teams to attract donations from anyone, anywhere, any time. If a young athlete in Connecticut has an uncle in California who wants to help his team make a trip the Little League World Series, he can contribute with the push of a button. And he can do it at 2:00 a.m. if he wants.
Sign up for a fundraising campaign today, and your team will never have to struggle with these problems again. You'll get the money you need while your friends, family and other supporters get stuff they already wanted and needed. That's a true win-win.