Is there a cause that inspires you to give back? Whether you’re passionate about helping families access medical care, funding cancer research, or helping underprivileged children learn to swim, there’s an organization out there committed to the cause you’re passionate about.
As a youth activity center owner, you are in a unique position to inspire children not only on the dance floor, gymnastics mat, or in the swimming pool. You have the opportunity to mold them into better human beings.
So when it comes to your passion for reaching those affected members of your community, consider getting the students of your program involved to instill in them the importance of helping others.
How to raise money for charity?
Do you have a philanthropic arm of your youth activity center? Are you interested in creating one? We’ve pulled together a few ideas to help you and your students raise money for charity.
Leverage your customer base
Are you in the habit of setting lofty fundraising goals?
Does your facility have a long-running relationship with a charitable organization? If so, your customers have likely participated in previous projects in support of its cause and are itching to do it again.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may find it more difficult to mobilize your entire customer base to attend a single charity drive. No sweat. This is where your class management software comes in.
Your facility’s fundraiser can be implemented using technology that allows you to accept charitable donations from students and families through a secure Parent Portal.
Reach out to your peers
You can increase your fundraiser’s reach exponentially by banding together with other dance studios, swim schools, and gymnastics gyms in your market or other owners in your network of friends.
No peers in your network? No problem!
Take advantage of reliable client forums, such as private Facebook user groups to ask other owners to team up to support your cause!
Generate buzz on social media
Sharing your fundraising efforts on social media not only helps get the word out to your students and peers, but it can also help you reach passionate supporters outside your immediate circle of friends and followers.
Think about it. Your personal story and why you support a specific charitable organization is the positive content social media craves. A provoking story with the right amount of hashtags targeted to your audience is just asking to be shared by friends and followers on social media!
You don’t have to be a seasoned fundraising vet to raise money for a charitable cause. All it takes is the same passion that helped you open the doors to your gymnastics gym, dance studio, or swim school.
When to raise money for charity at your youth activity center
Any time is a good time to contribute to a charitable organization. But there’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than by giving back to your community and thus lifting the spirits of those who need it most.
Chances are the organization you partner with runs several annual fund drives. Mark your calendar each year to see how you can collaborate with them to help make an even bigger impact on their bottom line.
Capitalizing on a specific day, such as Giving Tuesday, an anniversary, or a birthday can amplify your fundraising efforts.
How does your youth activity center give back to your community? Share your ideas to raise money for charity in the comments below.