Guide to Fundraising Merchandise for Schools and Youth Sports
One of the best ways for schools and youth sports teams to earn a little (or a lot of) extra cash is by selling personalized merchandise. Between family members and community supporters, groups have no shortage of customers, and a lot of fundraising merchandise is low-cost, so it’s a small investment to get started.
WHERE TO SELL
Set up a table or booth at open house and registration
Sell through concessions at games and other big events
Stock in school storefront
Sell online from your website or team pro shop
Feature as a gift in the holiday store
FUNDRAISING MERCHANDISE IDEAS
Apparel like t-shirts – Depending on the item, stock both youth and adult sizes
Accessories like travel tumblers – Great for parents and community supporters
Houseware like throw blankets or drinkware – Consider a range of price points
Game day items like stadium chairs and car flags – Great for showing team spirit
School supplies like notebooks and pens – Easy, lost-cost items
Quantity Minimums and Price Tiers – Depending on the size of your community, you may want to look for merchandise with lower quantity minimums like 100-200 vs. 1000. And be wary of advertised prices, as often they’re the lowest tier pricing for the highest quantity ordered, which hardly anyone ever qualifies for.
Quality of Design – You can upload your logo and personalize just about anything. But the coolest merchandise is professionally designed just for you like custom drinkware from Dynamic Drinkware Fundraising – the same company who designs souvenir cups for pro stadiums and major sporting events.
Customer Service – Questions about different types merchandise or want to quickly reorder a big seller? You better get your gear from a company known for good communication and customer service, as well as high customer satisfaction.
Has your school or sports team invested in personalized fundraising merchandise?