Golf Fundraising Ideas

By Jackson Lewis

Golf fundraisers have become a popular way for organizations to raise money. A well-planned golf tournament can raise a significant amount of money for your organization. Although a golf fundraiser will take a significant amount of planning and volunteer work to conduct, it will also provide an added benefit of providing a conduit for your organization to network and create additional fundraising opportunities well after the tournament or fundraising event.

Determine Your Fundraising Objectives

Before deciding to conduct a specific golf event for a fundraiser, you should determine the fundraising and strategic goals for your organization. This helps determine what what scope of activity you should examine for conducting. If you have a need to raise funds to augment your operating budget and to conduct future organization events, then a charity golf scramble fundraiser may be the appropriate avenue for you to pursue. Another popular option is to conduct organization raffles and blind auctions of donated or purchased golf equipment, lessons and trips. The scope of your fundraising activities will be determined by the amount of funds that you need to raise based on the organization's strategic goals.

Planning the Fundraising Event

Hosting a four-person golf scramble is one of the most popular golf fundraisers. The scramble forum lets you charge an amount greater than the normal green fees for a course in exchange for offering prizes and food to the participating golfers. Larger events require more pre-planning and volunteer work. Using a committee of golf-experienced volunteers to plan the event results in a better experience for your golfers. You will also want to identify potential event sponsors from the local businesses and corporations in your area and assign volunteers to solicit financial support or donations for your fundraising event. This helps reduce up-front costs while maximizing the bottom-line for your golf tournament.

Advertising the Golf Fundraiser

The best-planned golf tournament will not make the money that your organization needs without advertising the event. Having more golfers participate in your fundraiser will result in a higher level of profits. You do not need to be a professional promoter to get your tournament advertised. You can use handouts at local high-traffic locations in the area of your organization, such as local golf courses, golf stores and other businesses. You can also submit news releases to the local media to spread word about the event. A well-planned golf fundraiser coupled with good advertising will result in a large turnout.


About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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