Setting up a golf tournament is one way for you to raise money for a charity. However, the actual event is not something you can organise in a day. It requires a lot of careful planning, researching, and assembling. You’ll have to exert a lot of time and effort to pull it off, and if the event becomes a success, it’ll be all the more rewarding.
You don’t have to be a professional golf player to set up this kind of tournament. But, you have to have at least a bit of interest in the sport or at least for the people you’re doing the fundraiser for. This way, you won’t be forcing yourself into doing something you don’t want to do.
Here’s a few things you can do to make this fundraiser a success:
Since you’ll be raising money, it’s only reasonable that you don’t spend more on things that you can get from sponsors. Contact local businesses and see if they can provide some items you can give away at the tournament. Aside from golf awards that you’ll be giving to the winners, you could also add in some sponsored prizes to get the participants more interested.
Encourage them by letting them know how it’ll be good publicity for their business too. You could include their brand name in your advertising like when you post in social media or when you have banners made.
Take Advantage of Social Media
Advertising wasn’t as easy as it is today. Before the Internet and social media came to be, advertisers made use of television, radio, and print ads. They’d have commercials broadcasted on national tv or radio stations. They’d also have advertisements printed on newspapers, flyers, or posters. Now, reaching people is easier thanks to the advancement of technology.
You’ll have easier reach to people, but you also have to make sure that it reaches the right ones. You don’t exactly need to let people know from the opposite side of the world since they won’t be able to attend. Make good use of modern technology and use social media to let people know of your purpose. Familiarise yourself on the use of social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Give Out Special Prizes
People usually get motivated when they get something in return, especially if they worked hard for it. Aside from the fun or being able to help somebody out, giving out special prizes to the participants is a great motivator. Some awards you could give include:
- Longest drive
- Lowest team score
- Best swing
This gives those competing incentive to do their best.
Have the Players Collect Pledges
Collecting pledges means more money for charity. You might not have a thousand players, but you could still raise a lot if each of them collect pledges. You could motivate them by giving out prizes for the ones who collect the most. This is where one of your sponsors could be helpful. If they have given you, for example, their products, then that could be the incentive that the highest collector gets.
Setup a Raffle
This would also be much easier if you have sponsors. You could give away whatever it is they’ve donated or given you. People will buy more tickets especially if the prizes you’re giving away are useful or of value. Just don’t price those tickets too high, so people won’t think the cost of the ticket isn’t worth the prizes.
Setup Donation Boxes
It wouldn’t hurt to put up donations boxes during the tournament. If people have a little extra to share, then they can do so. Make your donation boxes clearly visible so people from a distance can see them. Also have the charity name next to the box so people know where their money is going.
Make Sure to Plan Ahead
Time and effort is required for any event to become a success. You have to have a decent amount of time to get everything arranged. From contacting sponsors, local businesses and courses, to raising awareness, you have to talk to everyone involved way before the event. Plus, it will give you time to look for a backup in case they won’t be able to push through.
Remember, a charity event can be a success if you’re passionate about your cause. Do it for the people who’ll be benefitting from the fundraiser. Focus on your goals and the people, and you can make this event truly enjoyable and memorable for everyone.