Nobody likes to have to go out and raise funds, be it for a school club, a youth sports program, the local theater group, whatever. By the time our football families reach the high school level we have participated in a number of fundraising events and generally we are tired of always having to help some organization.
I get that. I have been on the parent side with my kids playing soccer, football, and volleyball all at the same time. I've been there, I know that it seems that every team/group/organization is doing their thing first and raising funds second. Sometimes that is reversed. But the fact is that high school sports receive very little in the way of direct funding from the school district. Now the Bret Harte district provides more support than other schools I have been at, but it does not cover the daily operational costs. The district covers the buses/vans/transportation (within section), referees, field maintenance, lights, etc. They also provide funds for safety equipment meaning they cover the cost of reconditioning our helmets and shoulder pads which is a major expense each year. They also provide stipends for the coaches. So the district covers quite a bit. But they do not cover the cost of what we do on the field.
If we want new helmets, shoulder pads, t-shirts, tape, tackle bags, wrist bands, uniforms, water jugs, pretty much anything that is not a field or a bus, we have to earn those funds.
Here are the events that we use to raise team funds. Some you’ll recognize as tried and true fundraisers we've all done for our schools while others may be a bit less common. Some fundraisers piggyback on other events that draw a crowd as an additional way to raise cash. We try to be careful that we use these fundraisers judiciously. We don’t want to tap the families of team members who are already being asked to donate funds in other ways. The idea is to draw cash in from outside sources. The trustiest fundraisers don't require big money up front or much overhead at all, and they don't put team funds at risk if they don't work out. For instance, a car wash risks little except for the cost of soap and water, but raffling off a big screen TV requires risking big bucks for the cost of the TV.
Here is a link to a fundraising document I put together from various coaching message boards and other coaches. Lots of good ideas in there. If you have new ideas please feel free to comment below.