Winter: Fund-Raising Ideas
One of the best ways to raise funds is through sponsorships, and the best time to obtain them is in the winter.
However, sponsorship of a team does not give the sponsor any rights in the operation of, or the outfitting of, any particular team. (Operating Manual - Local League Administration.)
The league may wish to recognize its teams’ sponsors with a special day during the season, at which the sponsor is introduced before a game. Remember that sponsor names/logos on uniforms or fence signs should not offend community standards.
Fence sign advertisements are a good way to raise funds, but keep in mind the fence signs must meet local ordinances and codes for advertising. Any advertisement connected with a local Little League must not violate Little League policies regarding tobacco or alcohol.
A well-run Little League’s biggest fund-raiser is Decal Day. Little League Decals are available from Regional Headquarters (for just pennies each) to local leagues. The Decals are then sold at a cost of $1 each within the community. This not only returns a huge profit to the local Little League, but it promotes Little League locally. Any leftover decals can be stored until the following season (undated version).
Other ideas for fund-raising include plans using Little League licensees (the league is assured the fund-raiser is acceptable), garage sales, programs, bake sales, picnics, parties, dances, etc.
There is no limit to the number of fund-raisers using adults. However, only one fund-raiser using children, per year, is permitted. (Regulation XIII.)
Also, several Little League sponsors and licensees offer fund-raising opportunities.
A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League/2009-2010.htm
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