Fundraising for sports teams

Back in the day, before the Internet was a thing that we all spent all of our time on, the door-to-door fundraiser for sports teams were a necessity. If your squad needed some new jerseys, some new equipment, or to cover travel expenses to an out-of-state tournament, you went around your community and asked your neighbors to help out. Well, with the Internet in general, and crowdfunding in particular, your neighbors are not just down your street, they’re all across the state, the country and the globe. And by using crowdfunding you can really make it fun and competitive, as each member of the team can have their own fundraising page and individual goal.

Read on to see some great examples of students and coaches leveraging technology to get them the right tools they need to succeed – on the field and off.

Row row row your boat

In March 2016, over 100 members of the Loyola Academy Rowing Association combined to raise nearly $80,000 in their first ever Ergathon. The fundraiser consisted of teams of Loyola rowers competing against each other on rowing machines (known as “Ergs”, hence the fundraiser’s name) to raise money for the club. A portion of the donations were used to maintain and purchase racing boats, oars, boat trailers and more Ergs. The rest of the donations will be used to award scholarships so that every Loyola Academy student has the opportunity to row. And to promote the Ergathon, the Association also made this awesome video. Doing sports teams everywhere proud.

Bump, set, spike your goals

Matt Sandora has been the coach of the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose, CA. for thirteen years now. As he says, “Most of my kids will be the first in their families to graduate high school, let alone go to college. I try to use volleyball to expand their horizons and teach them life skills. The girls had a dream to take a trip to play volleyball in Hawaii and I am doing my best to make it come true this fall.”

To make the trip a reality, he is crowdfunding to help enrich the lives of his student-athletes through both sports and culture. The funds he raises will be used for air travel, car rental, lodging, and admission to cultural experiences for the girls in Honolulu. They’re currently at about 20% of their $14,000 goal – and you can help get them to Hawaii.

High school volleyball sports teams

Knocking it out of the park

Grady High School is the only traditional high school within Atlanta Public Schools without an on-site or adjacent baseball or softball field or practice facility. For decades, Grady had access to a city park across the street, but in the 1990s, the school’s teams were no longer allowed to play or practice in the park. Despite years of parent and player advocacy, the teams are still excluded from the park and still don’t have a nearby place to play or practice. Instead, the players are bused to a shared field across town for practice and games – which is 16 miles roundtrip and takes precious time out of the students’ days. To combat this, the newly revitalized Grady Dugout Club is crowdfunding an on-site, indoor batting cage and bullpen. Costs are estimated at $80,000, but how it will help the baseball and softball players grow and develop individually is priceless.

How can sports teams get going?

It’s easy for your team or school group (music, theater, business, etc) to get started fundraising for any of your needs immediately. You can get set up in under a minute.

Some prompts before you get started

  • Do your team members with particular skills that can be leveraged to create a unique fundraiser experience?
  • What are some season specific fundraisers – for instance water-related things for summer, snow-related fundraisers for winter, etc?
  • Are there any mini competitions or events the team can put on that people can participate in or watch?

The CrowdRise Story: June 2016

  • I’m sure you’ve heard but people have stopped saying ‘so on and so forth’ and have started just saying ‘soasf’. We’re not positive that the flip has led to people giving back way more but it certainly seems to make sense.
  • The Art Van Charity Challenge was back for it’s fourth year and raised over $2.2million for organizations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.  Not to brag but CrowdRise Challenges crush it.
  • On June 12th, Orlando faced the most devastating mass shooting in modern US history. Viacom, Planting Peace and #ThoughtsandPrayers sprung into action to provide comfort and support.
  • Megan found herself in Macedonia in the middle of the Syrian refugee crisis and what started as a fundraiser for warm clothes for displaced people has turned into something much bigger.
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Amazing Humans – June 2016

So many amazing humans are doing so much good. From Barbra Streisand helping to end women’s heart disease to the Wetzel’s giving up wedding gifts so they can help a little girl realize her dream, the outpouring of good we’re seeing everyday is real and beyond inspiring. Check out the stories below.

Amazing Humans: The best seats to see Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is using her upcoming tour to raise money to increase research and funding for women’s heart disease. Support Women’s Heart Alliance for a chance to win a pair of Barbra’s personal VIP tickets in the first 5 rows to the show of your choice.

Picture of Barbra Streisand

Amazing Humans: Helping 30 women for her 30th birthday

Mallory raised over $41,000 in 24 hours to help 30 Ethiopian women start their own businesses. Living in an impoverished village, these women will now be offered employment opportunities that will immediately change their lives and help to pull their families out of poverty. Check out her video below. Amazing.

Amazing Humans: Giving up their wedding gifts to make a little girl’s dream come true

Savannah and Josh are getting married and instead of traditional gifts, all they want is to help Kaitlyn go to Walt Disney World. Kaitlyn was born with a heart condition that has left her needing multiple surgeries and a heart transplant. Help make her dream come true.

Picture of Kaitlyn

Amazing Humans: They’re arriving in flip flops sometimes…

Meghan Tucker found herself in Macedonia during the refugee crisis and what started as a fundraiser for warm clothes for displaced people has turned into something much, much bigger. Read more about her story over on Medium.

Picture of Syrian Refugees

Amazing Humans: Give the Fox brothers kidney relief

Thankfully, Aaron Fox is a perfect match to donate his kidney to his brother Morgan, who has been battling a rare kidney disease for 16+ years. Now friends and family are CrowdRising to ensure their recovery is stress-free.

Picture of Morgan and Aaron Amazing

Amazing Humans: Put a hat on it

Caroline has had amazing support during her battle with breast cancer and now she wants to give back to make sure no patient goes untreated because of a lack of resources. She’s so committed she’ll even wear a crazy hat everyday until she reaches her goal…on the subway, on the couch, at the office, at the park, in the chemo chair.

Amazing Caroline

People need direct support from their communities for these and other reasons every day. At CrowdRise, we’re so committed to helping you get all the money you raise to the intended recipient that we’ll guarantee it’s cost-free for your beneficiary.

If you ever feel inspired to help a friend or loved one who is in need, just click here and you’ll be ready to launch in less than two minutes.


Independence Day: Building Community in America

Independence Day. The most American of days: commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which declared that the colonies regarded themselves as a new nation and were no longer part of the British Empire. Somehow, 240 years later, this is extremely topical again.

So being that today is all about America, let’s take a look at some of the amazing organizations that are focusing on building community in our country – and making America remain an awesome place.

Fighting poverty

Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Since 1988 they have focused on funding and creating programs and schools that help families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. Robin Hood has raised more than $2.5 billion in dollars, goods and services to help provide NYC’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives.

Robin Hood impact

Honoring those who have served

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. They do this through tens of thousands of events a year that unite both veteran and civilian populations.

Team RWB events

Enterprising in the community

Enterprise Community Partners believes opportunity begins when people have a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home. They also believe that opportunity grows with access to good schools, jobs, transit and health care. Since 1982, Enterprise has invested $18.6 billion, helped create nearly 340,000 homes and affected millions of lives.

Enterprise Community Partners

Global and local this Independence Day

While global by definition, CGI has a US-specific program called CGI America. It brings together the business, philanthropy, government and nonprofit communities to find solutions that encourage economic growth, support competitiveness and increase social mobility. Since 2011, CGI America participants have made nearly 600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of nearly 5 million people.

CGI America

This is just a minor sampling of all the amazing work that people do out there in trying to make the places that they live better. We should all strive to be like them. Happy Independence Day, everyone.

Independence Day fireworks

Mallory Brown Ethiopia

Ethiopia: 24 Hours of Impact

Entrepreneur Mallory Brown went to Ethiopia for her 30th birthday with one goal: to help 30 Ethiopian women start their own businesses. As Mallory says, “These women live in a small impoverished village called Chapa and currently have no source of income. They have been looking for employment opportunities, so they can buy food for their families, send their children to school, and start to pull themselves out of poverty.” She now had a goal, but she needed some resources to pull it off.

24 Hours of Impact in Ethiopia

Working closely with CrowdRise, she launched a 24 Hour Impact Project, meaning that she had just 24 hours (or 86,402 seconds) to hit her fundraising goal of $30,000. And she promptly blew that out of the water (she’s currently at over $41,000). She was able to do this because she also had a team of 30 amazing women fundraising for the project in their own networks. It truly was a team effort. Check out this video to see the impact she’s already made.

The Long Road Ahead

And while the fundraising was definitely hard, the real work lay ahead of her. And so the day after her birthday, she started helping these 30 women begin working – which ranged from raising livestock to processing grain to working in cosmetology. This is being done through job training, financial management classes, procuring equipment and materials – and providing everything else they need to run a sustainable business. Mallory will also be filming the entire process so that the her donors (and the world) can see it all in action.

Mallory Brown in Ethiopia

You Can Do This, Too

It’s easy to get started fundraising for your favorite causes – and you can get up and running in less than a minute. If you’ve got a birthday coming up, it’s the perfect way to do some good and change the world just like Mallory.

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