Baseball is what makes me come alive. I have been blessed with the opportunity to play for the past 20 years without worrying about having the right gear or a field to play on, but this isn’t the case for everyone. I recently had the idea to start a fundraiser to make the baseball dream possible for more kids even though starting a fundraiser is a large undertaking. Where do I start?
Finding a Reputable Organization
Searching for a high quality organization is the first task I tackled. I found one that donates equipment and money to places throughout the United States and to other countries. They have recently brought baseball to some of the most remote places on the planet. This seemed really cool to me, as I can picture the smiles on the faces of children from all different areas of the world. A new game to play, a new dream in their hearts.
If you cannot find an existing organization to start a fundraiser, try going at it on your own. The process will require much more work, but you can put your own stamp on it.
Deciding on The Event
After I found an organization, I had to think of an event that would be successful. My hometown is big into baseball. Private fundraising recently raised enough funds to build a $3.5 million baseball field at the high school, so interests won’t be the primary concern. In the winter the weather cools and the snow falls, and sometimes baseball can seem distant. So I came up with the idea for an indoor wiffle ball tournament. Finding a place should be possible because there are numerous domed football fields in the region that rent for reasonable prices, where each one could be arranged for 5 or 6 wiffle ball fields.
Working out the Logistics
I will have to punch a lot of numbers to ensure this is a plausible idea. There is a newer dome in the area that may be willing to rent for a reduced cost to further their business, but the initial cost is still a concern so I may need to get creative to make this a reality.
Keeping the event the right length will be important too. I am considering somewhere around 3 hours, which would be long enough for everyone to have fun without tiring everyone out.
There are a ton of other details to be worked out as well. Team t-shirts, prices and collection for gear are all things that needs to be addressed. How I market the event is something else I need to figure out, as this will make or break the event.
What’s Your Experience?
I am hoping to start work on this event more once my season is over. While planning the fundraiser may be a difficult task, I think it could be a remarkable event in my community.
What is your experience with fundraisers? What have you enjoyed about those you have attended? Have you ever started or considered starting one yourself?