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Fundraising ideas

Thanks for supporting Hoops 4 Hope with a fundraiser! Since 1995, H4H has been extremely successful with its grassroots fundraising efforts, and we look forward to hearing about yours.

Grassroots fundraising helps raise money so we can:

  • Launch new programs and events
  • Pay for coaches and their education
  • Get the equipment we need to play and learn

9 Fun Ways to Raise Funds for Hoops 4 Hope

  1. Help Us Change the Score
    Members of a basketball team ask parents, relatives, and/or community members to pledge a modest amount of money for every point the team or an individual player scores for a game or the entire season. To emphasize another skill in basketball, the team could get pledges for assists, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, steals, point deficits, etc.

    In order to orchestrate this fundraiser, a parent, assistant coach, or manager keeps stats that a head coach could sign off on as proof to pledges. When it is based on team stats, team members work together to get the best outcome and not compete with each other. Whatever the team’s record, this is something of which to be very proud.

    You can also get corporate sponsors involved. Ask a local bank or similar type of business to donate money to Hoops 4 Hope for every three pointer made in a home game, every steal, or every blocked shot (choose your team’s strength!).

  2. Dribble-A-Thon
    Students ask for pledges of money for every lap they can do around the track, minutes they dribble or, as a group, how long they can keep a ball bouncing, or miles/kms they can walk or run. Pledges can be doubled for dribbling for using your “weak side hand.” A group of supervisors are needed for this type of event in order to monitor breaks, safety, (danger of kids bumping into each other while they are looking down at their ball), and recovering from mess-ups.

    Depending on age group, decide whether or not to allow dribbling mess-ups (allow it only if children immediately restart their dribbling.) And, depending on age, allow a certain amount of break time for every hour/half hour dribbled. Have a break area so it’s easy to keep track of who is resting and how long they have been resting.

    Once students drop out, they should cheer for students still dribbling. To encourage a more team-oriented atmosphere, you can make this a school-wide competition between different grades. The grade with the most total dribbling minutes wins.

  3. Lay-Up-A-Thon
    Students ask for pledges of money for every lay-up they make in an allotted amount of time.

    Here’s how it works. Students make teams of 4-10. Each team gets a specific amount of time (this will depend on the facilities available and the number of teams, but probably should not be too long as it can be a rather tiresome – both mentally and physically – activities) to make as many lay-ups as possible. Half the time is used for right-handed lay-ups; the other half is used for left-handed lay-ups.

    There are two lines, one rebounding and one shooting line. Once you rebound, you then go to the back of the shooting line and vice versa.

    There should be a supervisor who counts the number of lay-ups made and then another monitoring that proper technique for a lay-up is being used (pick up dribble, two steps, and leap with proper leg up – right handed lay-ups = right leg; left-handed lay-ups = left leg). Lay-ups made with improper technique are not counted in the grand total.

  4. Free-Throw-A-Thon
    Students set a goal of how many free throw they are going to shoot in a session. Then they get people to pledge money for each free throw made. This can be a team competition – which team can raise the most money? Have different prizes for different categories: best free-throw percentage, most free-throws made consecutively, most money raised by single person, by group, etc. Need someone to sign off that they witnessed the shooter making the shot.

  5. Parent-Student Tournaments
    A parent-student basketball game is a fun, single-day activity. Invite parents and teachers to play against the students, perhaps breaking it up by grade level (4th graders play against 4th grade parents and teachers). Ask for donations at the door, sell concessions, have a raffle for donated gifts, and sell Hoops 4 Hope merchandise to fundraise.
  6. Basketball Marathon
    Basketball teams agree to play for 24 hours straight. Team members get pledges for every hour they play in the game and/or flat rate pledges for successfully competing for 24 hours. Qualify what is meant by competing (in the game playing or on the bench awake for all but whatever number of hours allowed for sleeping). Teams would rotate sleepers and players.

    Organize donations of food for three meals, plenty of nutritious snacks, and drinks. These types of events can usually gain good publicity, which would encourage companies to sponsor the event, which may help with the food and/or fundraising.
    This type of an event is also particularly effective when two teams from rival schools compete against each other. The rivalry provides motivation to play high quality basketball despite fatigue in an effort to beat their opponents. It also helps with recruiting spectators for the event; people are more apt to come to an event to root for “their” team. Have ongoing raffles (auction off something every hour, saving the best for the last hour), concessions, sell merchandise, and receive donations from spectators throughout the event.

  7. Change 4 Change
    Collect people’s pocket change as they enter the door for a basketball game. This is a simple way to earn some money for shipping shoe costs. May not be the highest grossing of fundraisers but it’s a great way to increase awareness.
  8. Three-on-Three Tourney
    Set up a single day walking tournament amongst local league players, friends, or high school players. Ask for $15-$20 entrance fee and any additional donations. Sell H4H T-shirts. Have an H4H information table. Sell concession stand items. Get local vendors to donate items to raffle off throughout the day.

    Get pledges from relatives, local businesses, etc. for every mile your group to walk together.

    Or try to make the walk to Africa: it’s 7,797 miles between our New York office and our Cape Town office; if 65 people walked four miles a day for one month, the combined miles would add up to that distance. A project on this scale might include an entire community, and there would be a community captain who could collect everyone’s miles that they walked every week.

    To encourage people to keep walking, meet every Saturday for a team walk. Send out emails charting the team’s total number of miles.

  9. Hoops 4 Hope 5K/Dribble -A-Thon
    The 5K race is always a great way to raise money. And what if everyone was dribbling a basketball? This day event is great but takes much organization and plenty of support to make it safe and a success. Fundraise through entrance fees or pledges made for running each mile or kilometer, ask twice as much for dribbling each kilometer with your off hand. Ask businesses to donate prizes for the top place finishers. T-shirts can be sold and/or given to all the runners – we have many great Hoops 4 Hope T-shirt designs!