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Support Your Local Shooting Team on Giving Tuesday!

Support your local shooting team on #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible donation to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation's Vision 20/20 campaign! Your donation on #GivingTuesday will support the immediate, cash needs of your favorite team AND will grow the team's endowment account at the MidwayUSA Foundation! Teams also have the chance to earn up to $20,000 in BONUS team endowment funding based on the number of donors and the total amount of donations received before year end. Every donation counts! All donations support your favorite team and all donors contributing $100 or more will receive this Browning 2-knife set

Lookup your favorite team here and make a tax-deductible donation on #GivingTuesday!

About #GivingTuesday The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Vision 20/20 Reaches Halfway Point

The 2018 SSSF Vision 20/20 campaign is approaching the halfway point and many teams are taking advantage of this great opportunity to provide immediate cash needs for next season and future support via MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment account growth! The campaign runs through December 31, 2018. SSSF match funding will be available until we meet our $175,000 fundraising goal and teams are competing for $60,000 of additional, bonus team endowment funding through two competitions:
  1. Teams with the most dollars raised.
  2. Teams with the most unique donors making donations via the SSSF website or print and mail form.
Current standings for each competition are as follows: Most Dollars Raised
Team Name State SSSF Team ID Total Donations
Rio Salado Target Terminators Arizona 1070 $30,270.00
Ballard Clay Bombers Iowa 172 $12,500.00
Williams County Target Busters Ohio 1276 $10,010.00
Gateway Claybusters Missouri 789 $10,000.00
Union Grove Broncos Shooting Club Wisconsin 1216 $10,000.00
Rhinelander High School Trap Team Wisconsin 2166 $6,050.00
Most Unique Donors
Team Name State SSSF Team ID Number of Donors
North Scott Trap Team Iowa 119 6
Rhinelander High School Trap Team Wisconsin 2166 5
Rio Salado Target Terminators Arizona 1070 3
Manitowoc Gun Club Birdbusters Wisconsin 925 2
University of Arizona WildGats Arizona 1692 2
Williams County Target Busters Ohio 1276 2
Visit our Vision 20/20 page to learn how to make a tax-deductible donation to your favorite team or how to get your team started in the campaign!

2018 Vision 20/20 Campaign Underway

In 2016 the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation launched a  campaign entitled, “VISION 20/20” with the goal to grow national youth participation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program to over 20,000 student athletes annually by the year 2020. In partnership with industry partners, civic organizations, member teams and DONORS like you the SSSF will provide the opportunity and funding for more students to join existing shooting teams and create new teams where none exist today. Tax-deductible contributions to the Vision 20/20 campaign benefits local shooting teams by providing immediate cash needs for next season and future support via MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment account growth! Contributions to your favorite SCTP or SASP team must be made before the end of the year.

Where does my donation go? Your donation benefits the Scholastic Clay Target or Scholastic Action Shooting Program team you specify and the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. For example, you make a $100 tax-deductible donation  to support your favorite team, the Clay Blasters. The Clay Blasters will receive the following:
  • $50 as a cash grant from SSSF paid to the Clay Blasters in January, 2019 for the upcoming season's needs
  • $25 is sent from SSSF to the Clay Blasters team endowment account held at the MidwayUSA Foundation to support the team forever.
    • MATCH FUNDING: MidwayUSA Foundation will match the $25 at their current program rate to the Clay Blasters' team endowment account.*
    • MATCH FUNDING: Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation will add $125 to the Clay Blasters' team endowment account.*
      • *Match funding is possible because of the generous donations from Larry and Brenda Potterfield.
      • *SSSF match funding is limited to the first $175,000 raised in the campaign.
  • $25 is retained by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation to start new Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program teams where none currently exist.
The total team benefit to the Clay Blasters for your $100 donation is over $200

Download our calculator to see how your tax-deductible donation will make a difference or to set your team fundraising goal!

Lookup a team ID to direct a donation to your favorite team!

Your gift continues to support the team forever... The Clay Blasters can apply for 5% of their team account balance through a MidwayUSA Foundation grant every year, forever! That's over $7.50 in cash grant funding, every year, forever for your $100 donation! Donate $100+ get this Browning Knife Set All donors making donations of $100 or more will receive this limited edition Browning knife set in a commemorative tin (a $40 value).

How does my local shooting team get involved in this campaign? Only active Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program Teams are eligible to participate in the Vision 20/20 campaign. Getting your team involved is simple and involves the following steps:
  1. Complete and return the 2018 Vision 20/20 agreement and W-9.
  2. Open your team endowment account at the MidwayUSA Foundation if you have not done so already.
  3. Raise funds however your team deems most effective. This could include sending in funds from current or previous local fundraising efforts, soliciting donations with an email invitation via your team network of coaches and parents, asking local donors and/or advertising on social media.
  4. Submit donations to SSSF either securely online or via the print-and-mail form prior to January 1, 2019. Be sure to include your SSSF team ID on ALL donations so the donations can be allocated correctly. SSSF will provide you with periodic updates about donations received for your team.
Bonus Funding Opportunity All teams participating in the Vision 20/20 campaign will have the opportunity to win BONUS team endowment funds! There are two competitions taking place:
  1. Teams with the most dollars raised.
  2. Teams with the most unique donors making donations via the SSSF website or print and mail form.
For each competition, teams will be awarded team endowment funding to their MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment account as follows:
  1. $10,000
  2. $8,000
  3. $5,000
  4. $3,000
  5. $2,500
  6. $1,500
Questions? Please Contact Us! Ben Berka SSSF President and Executive Director bberka@sssfonline.com 515-201-8395

SSSF Donates Over $200,000 to Scholastic Clay Target Program Team Endowment Accounts

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) recently donated $207,628 to Team Endowment Accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Teams earned funds by raising money through Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) sponsored fundraising activities and by placing in SCTP national events. SSSF also matched national governing body fees paid by SCTP teams through the SSSF’s SHOT data-system. This donation has benefited 336 teams participating in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) across 35 different states. The donations from SSSF to MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts established to benefit SCTP and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) member-teams are made possible, in part, by grants to the SSSF from the Tulsa Community Foundation Youth Shooting Fund established and funded by the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield. Since 2014 the SSSF has donated nearly $6.5 million to benefit 630 SCTP and SASP team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. The SSSF provides SCTP and SASP member-teams the opportunity to earn MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account funds by participating in SCTP and SASP fundraising activities benefiting local shooting sports communities and through placements in SSSF-sponsored competitions . Please contact the SSSF for more information on how your shooting team can earn team endowment funding for their account at the MidwayUSA Foundation. The Team Endowment Account Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program or financially assist in the start-up of a new youth shooting sports program. The team can then request a grant of up to 5% of their endowment account balance once each year, in either December or June, to pay for team expenses. There are no fees associated with a MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

SCTP Teams Invited to Participate in National Raffle Program

We are giving away 6 guns including a Kolar Max O/U (Total Value of guns $28,000+)! Guns will be drawn the week of the National Championships July 14-21, 2018 How do SCTP teams make money? #1 Ticket price is $10 per each ticket SCTP teams sell the National Gun raffle tickets Teams keep $5 for the team and send the other $5 to the SCTP with the stub! The more tickets your team sells, the more money you make and we will supply the tickets! Teams can sell tickets at shoots, fundraisers, work places, school, church etc. #2 The SCTP will pay (in MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment funds) the top 5 ticket selling teams as follows: 1st - $8,000 2nd - $7,000 3rd - $6,000 4th - $5,000 5th - $4,000 Starting Monday, July 16 2018 a firearm will be drawn each day in accordance to that sponsors theme day! Example: Monday July 16 is SKB Day, we will draw for the SKB 90TSS Combo, Tuesday may be CZ USA Day, and we will draw for the CZ “All American Trap” Combo that day and so on through the week! All drawings held at the SCTP National Championships in Marengo, OH week of July 14-21, 2018 We may substitute a firearm of equal or greater value depending on availability. Federal, state and local taxes may apply and are the responsibility of the team selling the tickets and the winners of the prizes. Teams must be current and registered with the SCTP to take part in this program. Please contact the SCTP national office with any other questions. Download the ticket order form here...

SCTP Banquets Raise Funds to Support Scholarships & Teams

The SCTP has run several national banquets in March only to see some huge returns and support by teams and the general public! The largest banquet to date was held Friday, March 16th in Waterford, WI. The Wisconsin banquet completed its 5th year running, raising funds for programs and scholarships administered by the SCTP National organization. This year’s banquets featured a Henry Rifle with the SCTP logo engraved into the stock. The funds raised from those 2 live auction items (Wisconsin and Iowa) will be given out to lucky recipients of scholarships in those 2 states. The Wisconsin banquet raised $1,300 and will be recognized as the “Scherrer Construction” scholarship while the Iowa banquet raised $1,050 and will be named the “Bobby Wood“scholarship and awarded to a deserving Iowa athlete! The Wisconsin banquet had not only local representation but SCTP team representation as well. Coaches and families from 10 local teams (representing about 700 athletes) in Wisconsin attended the festivities! The local team (BHS Demons Shooting Team) was the host of this year’s banquet securing silent auction items and donations from various local businesses in support of the National organization. In Iowa, the BGM Shotgunners took the lead for their 2nd annual SCTP National banquet to date! Both teams raised some much needed funds for themselves as well as local support of their programs. The 2nd annual Iowa banquet was held at the Manatt Center in Brooklyn, Iowa and was also well attended and supported by local businesses and people in the community. While this banquet was the first one run by the current team members and coaches, they did an exceptional job in securing help and support by the team, parents and others! In running these banquets, the SCTP also raised funds in support of its foundation, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). Promoting and supporting foundation memberships also helps secure the future of the SSSF’s programs! “We couldn’t have been happier with the results of this year’s banquets!” Said Tom Wondrash, SCTP’s National Director. “These funds are used for several things including new programs and team support. Scholarships given out to SCTP athletes utilizes the biggest portion of the funds raised and we absolutely appreciate the help by the teams and families in making this possible”

2018 Wisconsin SASP Banquet

Please join us on Saturday, March 24, 2018 for the Wisconsin spring Scholastic Action Shooting Program banquet hosted by Concordia University Wisconsin shooting team and sponsored by Newman Chevrolet. The banquet will be held at the Ozaukee Pavilion at the Ozaukee County Fair Grounds in Cedarburg, WI. Doors open at 5 p.m. We’ll have raffles, silent auction, and a live auction with prizes including guns, trips and much more! Come out and support the Concordia University Wisconsin shooting team and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program! Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.org or 262-894-4284.

Over $400,000 to SCTP & SASP Teams Through Vision 20/20

The 2017 Vision 20/20 campaign is in the books and has raised the bar for Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) local team fundraising efforts. Participating teams raised a total of $134,706 from October through December for the 2017 campaign. Through these fundraising efforts, participating teams receive a total of $59,241 in cash grants from the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and a MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment account benefit of $353,697! Total SCTP and SASP team benefit for the 2017 campaign is $412,938! "Our teams worked hard and were creative on this campaign to generate donations and at the same time promote awareness about the positive benefits of youth shooting sports in their community," said Ben Berka, President and Executive Director of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. "One team sent in $10,000 generated from a simple tip-jar at their host gun club! Another small-town team solicited only local businesses and received over $7,500 in donations with the average donation being $345! Others did email solicitation campaigns and social media efforts to reach team supporters near and far." Vision 20/20 provides local SCTP and SASP teams with a way to raise funds locally and provides cash needs for today through an SSSF cash grant in January 2018 and funding needs for perpetuity via donations to SCTP and SASP team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. For every ten dollars received by the team, the team receives a cash grant of $5 and up to $25 to their team endowment account through generous match funding. The donations and matching funds from SSSF to MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts established to benefit SCTP and SASP member-teams are made possible, in part, by grants to the SSSF from the Tulsa Community Foundation Youth Shooting Fund established and funded by the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield. "The generous match funding and the perpetuity of an endowed account was a real driver for local team success in this campaign," Berka said. "There are not very many community sports teams who can knock on a potential donor's door and offer match funding for their donation AND guarantee that their donation will be used to support the team FOREVER via an endowed account. Our partnership with the MidwayUSA Foundation helps our SCTP and SASP teams do just that!" The Team Endowment Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program at the high school and college level. The team can then request a grant of up to 5% of their endowment account balance once each year, in either June or December, to pay for team expenses.  There are no fees associated with a MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment. About Vision 20/20 The SSSF's Vision 20/20 campaign is a multi-year fundraising effort started in 2016 with the goal to grow national youth participation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program to over 20,000 student athletes annually by the year 2020. In partnership with industry partners, civic organizations, member teams and donors the SSSF will provide the opportunity and funding for more students to join existing shooting teams and create new teams where none exist today. Please watch www.sssfonline.org/vision2020 for more information on the upcoming 2018 campaign.

SSSF Donates Over $547K to Team Endowment Accounts

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) recently donated $547,225 to Team Endowment Accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation funding 63 youth shooting teams from 25 states. Funding was earned by Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) teams via participation in team fundraising activities, such as the SSSF's Vision 20/20 campaign and by placement in recent competition events. So far in 2017 the SSSF has donated nearly $1.49 million to benefit 378 teams participating in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across 38 different states. The donations from SSSF to MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts established to benefit SCTP and SASP member-teams are made possible, in part, by grants to the SSSF from the Tulsa Community Foundation Youth Shooting Fund established and funded by the generosity of Larry and Brenda Potterfield. The Team Endowment Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program at the high school and college level. The team can then request a grant of up to 5% of their endowment account balance once each year, in either June or December, to pay for team expenses.  There are no fees associated with a MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment. About MidwayUSA Foundation The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. Every donation made is 100% tax deductible and supports the mission to help communities and organizations raise funds to support their youth shooting team. The Foundation supports all shooting disciplines. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or email info@midwayusafoundation.org.

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