In some cases, the relationship between band boosters and the band director can be a complex one. One thing that both parties can agree on, is that the boosters are typically tasked with coming up with a multitude of band fundraising ideas that generate as much revenue for the program as possible.
From the director’s point of view –
- Fundraisers should present ZERO RISK to students (door-to-door) as well as to the program (orders in advance, deposits that may be lost, etc).
- Campaigns should ideally cause little impact to scheduling, rehearsals, or learning contact time.
- Fundraisers ought to require LITTLE-TO-ZERO effort or time spent by the director.
- In a perfect world, will the fundraiser help the program in other ways besides the bottom line finances?
From the boosters’ standpoint –
- The fundraiser must have a good return on time – or in other words “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”
- Will the fundraiser present an opportunity to really move the needle, or just nickel-and-dime?
- Will the fundraising campaign be something that is inclusive to most or a large majority of your audience?
- How large is that audience, and does location/proximity limit the campaign’s potential?
Very few fundraising ideas connect on all of these points listed above. Fortunately, crowdfunding is ranking as a top marching band fundraising idea.