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Fundraising

Introduction

Over the years we have benefited from many generous grants, in every case delivered what we said we would , made hard fundraised contributions of our own, project managed to perfection, never went into debt, never deviated from our values and always remained financially accessible for our current and future members!

We also use those skills to support a local charity (Listening Post), have shared our knowledge and experience with many clubs and in every case have fully demonstrated the benefits we sought!

We are as creative as we can be and when looking at targets recognise that fundraising has many elements ranging from tangible special and ongoing events to efficiency savings. Financial planning for the future by saving some income, operating the tightest of financial management procedure. Seeking commercial sponsors, doing things for ourselves (where we have the skills) and not asking the same people for help of time, keeping the fundraising activities as fun!

Recent Example

Back in 2020 we achieved a major fundraising programme using Crowdfunding for the first time. We always have targeted activities raising funds for volunteer development, specialist equipment, hiring external expertise, starting new projects and innovations  etc however due to the COVID crisis we are urgently needed to raise funds to complete two key projects: all year round accessible surface to the shooting line and covered shooting area, floodlights to shoot at night with reduced indoor capacity and the purchase of an adjacent field course area to make the current area sustainable.

We did not compromise our values of keeping our club inclusive and affordable and seeking to maintain that by hard work, creative programmes, establishing partnerships and quality management practices!

So we launched our  Crowdfunder project with a base target of £10,000 and a stretch target of £20,000. In an amazing period of 4 weeks, thanks to the quality of our preparation and delivery, supported by Sport England we exceeded our stretch target. This allowed us to progress on all fronts!

At the same time, thanks to our fantastic membership, team spirit and good management we were able to ride the COVID crisis with great support from the GIFT AID  programme and the support Tewkesbury Borough Council provided via Government Grants.

Background and detail.

The art of good sustainable fundraising is to achieve it whilst having a good time (so it is almost unnoticed!) and that it strikes a balance giving lots of opportunities through the hard work of the club volunteers, for those outside of the club to put ‘their hands in their pockets’. If we continually ask the same club members to contribute financially, we might as well just ask for cash donations!

So many fundraising activities will have a dual purpose but often offer a good opportunity to raise funds. Some of the pure social events may make a profit but the focus is slightly different, likewise some of the following will have a strong social focus, a strong tournament focus etc.

Some of the events are aimed at raising funds purely for external charities, some sharing proceeds with external charities but all have club social and team building benefits!

  • Regular Club Quizes and club merchandising
  • Annual Sponsored Swim (Swimarathon in conjunction with the Round Table)
One of our Swimarathon Teams, 2 teams this year as part of our fundraising initiative.

One of our Swimarathon Teams, 2 teams this year as part of our fundraising initiative.

  • Open community have-a-go sessions.
  • Horse Racing Evenings – Great Social event but motivated by fundraising.
  • Carboot sale – Collect good items, send a group of cars to the carboot event.
  • Local fete – All day
  • Bag Packing at Asda.
  • Tetbury Fete – 2 stalls all day.
  • Sponsored Memory Walk
Some of the walkers that took part, great afternoon.

Some of the walkers that took part, great afternoon.

  • Sponsored Zumba event.
  • Grand Raffle.
  • General Club efficiencies including active Training Centre and facilities hire.
  • Top class practice sessions that attract high attendance and therefore target fees.
  • Already operating Easy Funding System – Campaign to increase use by members.
  • All our record Status Tournaments, refreshments and raffles are structured to raise funds.

We are forming a separate volunteer group to arrange a series of club target days, dual purpose but will raise funds in the process.