Question by jackncokejen: Have you ever planned a non profit golf scramble?
I am looking for tips in planning a non profit golf scramble this summer to benefit special needs children w/ no diagnosis. Often these children’s insurance runs out and they have to stop therapy. I am not sure if I need to designate a charity or if I can raise the money and disperse myself. Any tips on the golf portion or the financial side would truly be appreciated. Thanks!
Answer by Mel M
I’ve been planning golf outing fundraisers for 20+ years. If you want to raise money for a specific charity, you need to contact the organization and see how they would like to handle it. Raising money and distributing it to some charities does not qualify as a non-profit event.
We used to raise a lot of money at our golf outing, but during the past couple years the amount we raise has declined. There are fewer golfers and sponsors who are able to participate. There are a couple ways to make money. First is to charge a higher price for the round of golf than it actually costs, with the difference being a donation to the non-profit organization. Second, ask local businesses to sponsor the holes, prize contests, give-aways. etc. We generate most of our money from sponsorships. Third, you can have the golfers raise money as a team to compete for a prize. The golfers can ask friends and family to donate money in support of their team, then the team that raises the most money would receive a prize which could be public recognition instead of a physical award. There are lots of books and how-to guides online that will provide checklists that are helpful.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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