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Raleigh, NC, United States, 2006/03/02 - Golf season means non-profit groups will be hosting charity golf events. Fundraiser Help provides fundraising tips on planning a charity golf tournament - FundraiserHelp.com.
Need help planning your charity golf event? Fundraiser Help provides free non-profit fundraising advice for non-profit groups. The success of your charity golf tournament revolves around three things: maximizing player turnout, increasing pledge amounts, and obtaining sponsored prizes.
Your success depends on how many players your charity golf event draws. To maximize turnout, you need to get major publicity for your event. That means putting out multiple press releases, getting local media coverage from newspapers and television stations, and placing ads in the sports section of the local paper.
For the best results, put your press releases out through PRZOOM. Appoint a spokesperson to handle all media contacts and follow-up accordingly.
The key is getting each player to collect significant pledges. Set a minimum of $100 per player in pledges. Some charities make that number $250 per player.
Motivate the participants to raise as much money as possible. Offer incentives for the top pledge getters. Seek corporate sponsorships for that firm's players. Pledge amounts determine the success of your charity golf event, so get input from experienced golfers and golf pros.
Top Golfer Prizes
You'll draw more golfers if you have great prizes for longest drive, closest to the hole, hole in one, lowest team score, lowest actual score, and best adjusted score (handicap).
Solicit local merchants to sponsor those prizes. Work with an insurance-related prize company for things like the hole-in-one contest. This allows you to offer a big prize for a small outlay.
Get 100 golfers (25 foursomes) and your small group can raise $10,000 or more. Larger turnouts will net even more. Some charity golf tournaments draw 500 golfers competing for big prizes.
Plan ahead to maximize the success of your charity golf event. Bigger pledges, more golfers, and corporate sponsorships combined with massive publicity works wonders for the bottom line of your charity golf tournament. With proper planning, you can raise $75,000 or more for a charitable cause.
Contact local courses for group rates. Mention that you are planning a charity event and ask for discounts on cart and greens fees. Decide on your preferred location, then reserve the date and tee times well in advance.
Pick a weekday when large blocks of tee times are available. Get the best rates by going in person and talking to the pro or pro shop manager.
Corporate sponsors are a plus. To boost results, get some celebrities to golf with corporate executives. Convincing celebrities to donate their time takes some doing, but it's well worth it.
Consider working with a fundraising consultant who specializes in organizing charity golf tournaments. For a percentage of the gross, you end up raising more funds due to their experience and sponsor contacts.