Tag: Fundraising

$30,000 In Bonus Team Endowment Funding Up For Grabs

All teams involved in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) are eligible to earn BONUS funding to their MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment accounts through the SSSF's Vision 20/20 campaign! This years' campaign ends on December 31, 2017 and the top six fundraising teams will receive a total of $30,000 in BONUS team endowment funds. Donate to your favorite team via the SSSF website or downloadable form to help support team needs now and forever! Teams will receive 1/2 of each donation as a cash grant from the SSSF and the other 1/2 of the donation will be matched net 2:1 to the team's endowment account held at the MidwayUSA Foundation! Download our calculator to see how your tax-deductible donation will make a difference then donate online using your favorite team's SSSF team ID to get your team in the race for BONUS team endowment funding! Matching is made possible via the generous donations from Larry and Brenda Potterfield to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and the MidwayUSA Foundation. The top 6 fundraising teams as of 12/31/17 will receive the following BONUS team endowment funding:
  1. $10,000
  2. $8,000
  3. $5,000
  4. $3,000
  5. $2,500
  6. $1,500
Here are the current team fundraising standings (as of 11/6/17) for the team endowment BONUS funds!
  1. Waterford Wolverine Shooting Team (WI) - $20,000
  2. Union Grove Broncos Shooting Club (WI) - $15,000
  3. Mason-Dixon Clay Busters (PA) - $10,300
  4. Two-way tie at $10,000
    1. B.H.S. Demons Shooting Team (WI)
    2. Ballard Clay Bombers (IA)
  5. Tucson Straight Shooters (AZ) - $7,100
Don't have a favorite team? No problem! You may also make a tax-deductible donation to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation operational endowment account where your donation will be matched 2:1! These donations will help support youth across the country FOREVER! Visit our Vision 20/20 page to find out more!

Missouri SASP Banquet a Success

On October 7th, 2017 the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) held a national fundraising banquet in Arnold Missouri at VFW Post 2593. We had great food and a good time was had by all, while raising funds to support the SASP National program. A special thanks to Shelly Cendroski head coach of the Arnold Jr. Shooters, and all the athletes, coaches and parents who helped with the event. We had firearms and other great items that were won and auctioned, thanks to our generous SASP national sponsors, including our Founding Partners GLOCK, Action Target, Smith & Wesson, and the NRA. If you are interested in when there is a banquet being held in your area or how to start a SASP youth shooting team, please contact SASP Interim National Director Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.com

MidwayUSA Foundation Grants Nearly $1.4 Million To Youth Shooting Teams

Columbia, MO – The MidwayUSA Foundation has wrapped up their June 2017 Team Endowment Program grant cycle and paid nearly $1.4 million to 492 youth shooting teams. All of the teams that benefit from this payout are part of the Team Endowment Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation and are eligible to draw a grant each year to use for shooting team expenses. “Our team grant cycle plays a key role in achieving our mission and we are thrilled more teams continue to take advantage of our program. We are funding almost 100 more youth shooting teams this June than June of 2016 and we have high hopes that growth will continue,” said MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director, Randy Moeller. Teams with a balance in their Team Endowment are eligible to apply for a team grant once per year by completing the MidwayUSA Foundation grant application. Youth shooting teams can receive 5% of their endowment balance to use for team expenses, such as ammunition, travel, entry fees, uniforms, targets, and more. Right now, over 2,500 teams have a balance, totaling over $96 Million. The next deadline to apply for a team grant is December 15. Teams interested in their eligibility can email grants@midwayusafoundation.org. 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. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit www.midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

MidwayUSA Foundation Seeks Program Manager

Columbia, MO - The MidwayUSA Foundation has a unique career opportunity for those interested in helping change the future of youth shooting sports. The national 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help communities and organizations raise funds to support their high school and college shooting teams and activities is seeking a Program Manager. The Program Manager’s primary responsibility is delivering Team Endowment Program services to their respective region. This position works to maximize the development of the entire program through fostering the growth of individual team endowments. The ideal candidate has fundraising knowledge, experience with a youth shooting sports team, strong communications skills, and a passion for growing and sustaining youth shooting sports. The Program Manager will work out of Columbia, Missouri but travel is required. The full job description and requirements are listed on the MidwayUSA Foundation Careers page. All cover letters and resumes must be submitted electronically and additional questions can be sent to careers@midwayusafoundation.org. 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. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit www.midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570. Download the PDF Press Release.

2017 Nationals Gun Raffle Winners

The 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National championships had many winners, both on and off the range! A total of 67 firearms were awarded during nationals and below are some of the highlights. Congratulations to everyone who participated and supported the SCTP and SASP! Browning X-Bolt White Gold Winner  – Nichole Baumann, Saukville WI This raffle supported the Browning scholarship winner, Woodrow Glazer who earned the $6,600 college scholarship. Blaser F16 Winner at Nationals – Bruce McGaha, Clarksville TN The Blaser F16 raffle supports SCTP scholarship recipients and the SCTP! Kolar Gun Winner – Connie Hobbs, Florida This raffle supported SCTP teams across the country with the opportunity for teams to earn additional funds to their Team Endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Here are the top teams earning MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds via the Kolar raffle: $8,000 - 1st place - BHS Demons, WI (803 tickets sold) $7,000 - 2nd place - Young Guns @ Quail Creek, FL (632 tickets sold) $6,000 - 3rd Place - Hillsdale College, MI (600 tickets sold) $5,000 - 4th Place - Ben Avery Clay Crushers, AZ (440 tickets sold) $4,000 - 5th Place - Central Falcons, WI (420 tickets sold) SASP National Raffle Winners Dan Wesson Pointman Nine -  Martin Lowery, OH Sig Sauer 1911 -  Jim Koetting, MO Mossberg MMR Tactical - Barbara Seevers, MO Browning 1911 - Cathi Selden, TN Taurus - PT 111 - Ed Gaines, OH Here are the top teams earning MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds via the SASP raffle: $5000 - Three way tie for 1st Place Team Loco Motion, VA Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Sports, WI Buckeye Bullet Busters, OH $2,000 - 4th Place Arnold Junior Shooters, MO $1000.00 - 5th Place Ross County Steel Ringers, OH

Wisconsin SASP Fundraising Banquet a Success

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 2nd annual SASP banquet that was hosted by the Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Sports SASP team.  We had great support from our sponsors, great food, lots of fun was held by all.  Thank you to our banquet sponsors:  Cabela’s – Richfield and Newman Chevrolet.  Thank you also to all of our donors; without you, we wouldn’t have had such a great event!  

Fundraising for Your Team: Hosting a Sporting Clays Shoot

One of the most popular and profitable types of charity events in recent years has been sporting clays shoots. They offer numerous means of raising money, they are fun events that people want to participate in, and they are a perfect fit for a youth shooting team. But that doesn't mean you have to be a team that competes in sporting clays to host one; charities of all types, most of which have nothing to do with any form of the shooting sports, are now using sporting clays shoots as fundraisers, so they are equally well suited to SPP teams as SCTP teams. Dollar One SCTP team that is effectively hosting an annual Corporate Shoot is Creighton Prep from Omaha, Nebraska. "We provide a fun- filled day where corporations and small businesses can sponsor a team or two in our event where we provide a little friendly shooting competition," reports parent Heidi Rake. "This year we had a one hundred rock program with a little bit of trap, skeet, and doubles. We provide pastries and coffee at the start of our day and offered a nice steak lunch for our participants, which allows them some team-building time and some time to network with some of the other shooters. At the end of the day, we look at the scores and award our traveling trophy, as well as plaques for the top three teams." Ms. Rake continued, "Thanks to the MidwayUSA Foundation, each year we sell raffle tickets and we use our Corporate Shoot as the day that the winners are announced and their prizes distributed. We receive prizes from our local Cabela’s and Scheels stores, as well as several other local stores as they support our local trap shooters. In 2013, we had 20 teams participate, and in 2014, with the remodeling of our local range, the Harry A. Koch Trap and Skeet Range was the perfect venue. With the additional ranges that we could use, we doubled the number of teams that could participate. We filled up all 40 team spots within a few short weeks." According to Ms. Rake, the team's high school trap shooters do everything from selling tickets, walking the teams through the program, scoring each squad, and cleaning up the shells left on the range. If you want to host a charity shoot, be prepared to work hard -- before, during, and after the shoot. In addition to planning the event, recruiting shooters, and making all the other preparations, like the Creighton Prep team, you'll probably need to serve as trappers, load machines, help clean up the course, and serve a hundred other functions. But is there anywhere you'd rather work than at the range? The first and most important rule for hosting a sporting clays event: partner with a course that is well-managed and exceptional at hospitality. Not only will your shooters have a great time and want to sign up again next year, but club management will make sure you cover many details you might not consider. This is a great way for the club to get some positive publicity as well. If you are able to work as trappers and in other ways, you may be able to factor that help into the price. Look for multiple ways to monetize your shoot. Some suggestions to consider:
  • Corporate team entry fees
  • Individual entry fees
  • Sponsorships
  • Shooting games and side events (e.g., sporting arrows, Make-a-Break, or 5-stand)
  • Raffle
  • Silent auction
While a well-selected club will handle the shooting activities, you should discuss every detail, including availability of golf carts, with the club manager. But it will be up to you to sell sponsorships, book corporate teams and individual shooters, arrange for any raffle or auction, set up displays, provide any awards or medals, and handle other functions not directly related to shooting. Publicity before and after the shoot will be vital. Talk to your local newspaper, radio stations, TV stations, websites, and other media outlets about announcing the event in advance and covering it with a story afterwards. This not only benefits the fundraiser this year but is also good groundwork for the following year. Invite a member(s) of the press to participate at no cost. Create flyers to post in the area. Ask the club to post your event information on its website and possibly do an email blast to its contact list. Speaking of the following year, consider this a multi-year premise. Each year that you host an entertaining and well-managed event, you will learn more about doing it well and build on its reputation as a "must-do" function. If possible, offer goody bags for the participants that include such items as an event t-shirt, small promotional items donated by sponsors, and literature or coupons from your sponsors. A sponsor may be able to provide the bags for this purpose. Create a printed program, even if it is a one-page flyer, and distribute it to pre-registered participants. People like to know everything that is going on in advance, and they are more likely to arrive prepared to spend money in a raffle or auction. Plan to serve food as part of the entry fee or make it available for purchase. This will keep the shooters on the premises for all your activities. Some shoots combine a barbecue, chili cook-off, or other culinary event with their shoot. You don't have to reinvent the wheel to host an excellent sporting clays fundraiser. Research online to learn what others do and get ideas for sponsor packages, programs, flyers, and other elements. Borrow ideas for side events; like the Last Competitor Standing events at SCTP Nationals? Do it. A sporting clays fundraising event can be the most fun way you earn money all year. With the right partner club, it can become one of your community's most popular events!

Fundraising: Participate in SCTP and SPP Promotions

This is part of a series of posts on fundraising for SCTP and SPP teams. Dollar Of all the fundraising activities your team can participate in, perhaps nothing is easier than taking advantage of a promotion offered by SCTP or SPP and our generous sponsors and industry partners. Some of them provide discounted products you would otherwise have to buy at full price for team members to use -- and isn't that like putting money in your pocket? -- while others provide products that you can use for fundraisers such as raffles. Instructions for these promotions are always thorough, and if you do have questions, there is always a staff member ready to answer. Thus, there is very little for you to have to figure out for yourself. You don't have to reinvent this wheel! SCTP has recently posted several programs for 2015, including a start-up package for new teams, gun and ammunition deals from our industry partners, and products to be raffled. Here are some SCTP promotions you can take advantage of today:
  • New Club Startup Package - The New Club Startup program makes it easy for a new club to get started or for an existing club to expand or replace their club guns. The start-up package includes your selection of two shotguns, 2 gun cases, 2 shell catchers, 10 sets of eye and ear protection, 10 over/under shell pouches, 10 range bags with shoulder strap, deluxe gun cleaning kit, and 10 flats of ammo.

  • Beretta Package - The Beretta Package is designed to help teams raise funds and/or help a new or existing athlete on a team with a high quality package of items by Beretta, ranging from shotguns to shooting accessories and ammunition.

  • Firearm Raffle Program - In conjunction with Winchester, SKB, CZ-USA, TriStar, Beretta, and Stoeger, SCTP will provide a shotgun you can raffle to make $2,000 or more for team activities.

  • SKB Raffle - SKB will provide an IS300 shotgun for you to raffle and raise cash. SCTP will also make a contribution to your MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account.

  • Ammunition Deals - Special pricing on ammunition is offered by Federal Premium/Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters, Nobel Sport/Zanders, and Fiocchi. The Reeds offer also includes shooting products such as hearing protection and gun cases.

  • CZ-USA Firearms Purchase - Shooters can buy any of several models of CZ-USA shotguns at a special discount offered to SCTP teams.
You can find all the details about each of these offers -- and any others that are added -- on our SCTP Deals and Promotions page. In addition, the Scholastic Pistol Program currently offers special pricing on Fiocchi ammunition. You can find the price list and terms on our SPP Deals and Promotions page. Keep an eye on the page for additional programs that may be offered throughout the year.

Fundraising for Your Team: Soliciting Donations

This is part of a series of posts on fundraising for SCTP and SPP teams. DollarJust seeing the words "soliciting donations" may make you cringe. For some people, it isn't an easy thing to do. But asking for donations doesn’t have to mean standing on the corner with a cardboard sign. Just like soliciting sponsorships, there is a professional and effective way to ask for donations. Many people who support the shooting sports designate a portion of their charitable donations for shooting-related organizations, and they would be receptive to helping your team if they knew how or even knew you needed their support. The very people who make an annual donation to the NRA, join conservation organizations, or make donations to other youth athletics programs are potential donors to your shooting team. Here are some pointers to make the process less painful:
  • Create a simple printed presentation with all the info potential donors need to know about your team, SCTP-SPP, and your fundraising campaign's goals. This can be as simple as a one-page information sheet you've printed yourself or a little more elaborate, but don't overdo it. Much of the information in it will be the same that you create for sponsorship proposals.

  • Determine how the funds will be used. Will the money become part of the annual operating fund, be used as a donation to your team's MidwayUSA Foundation endowment fund where it will be matched 1:1, or designated for a particular use, such as travel to the National Championship or new uniforms? Include this in your presentation.

  • Treat this as a campaign with a beginning and an end. This will keep you from being in a perpetual state of asking for money, and having a deadline will create some urgency to get the job done. However, make it easy for people to donate any time of the year.

  • You may wish to establish different levels of donations, as with sponsorships, but it might be a good idea to evaluate your prospects the first year to determine how to set these. Consider your own circumstances in making this decision. If you think most of your donations will come in very small amounts, it probably isn't necessary.

  • Publicize your fundraising campaign and your team's activities. Contact the local newspaper, distribute a press release, and use social media. Is there a local chapter of Pheasants Forever, NWTF, NRA, or other shooting/hunting/conservation organization? Its members will almost certainly be interested in your team. Offer to do a presentation at a meeting. Ditto local civic organizations; keep the solicitation very low-key and make it mostly about awareness of your team.

  • Before launching your campaign, create a list of prospects. Since businesses would usually fit into the sponsor category, for these purposes, we're referring to individuals. Include people from your community whom you know to be shooters or hunters, supporters of youth programs, family friends who are interested in your activities, and others from your community. Assign those prospects to someone specific to contact. That way, good prospects won't be overlooked, nor will several members of the team contact the same person.

  • Add a donation button to your team's website and social media pages so people can donate year-round, if they wish. You won't have to process credit cards or have a sophisticated payment system on your website if you use Paypal. Anytime you produce printed materials, direct people to your website. Don't have a website? Google "build a free website" to find many options.

  • Consider using an online fundraising platform, especially if you are raising money for a specific purpose, such as travel to your state shoot or the National Championship. Google "online fundraising websites" for ideas.

  • Make use of SCTP and SPP videos in your presentations. We have short videos that can help you tell the SCTP - SPP story. See our video channel.

  • Be prepared to follow up. In addition to perfect record-keeping, plan to send follow-up acknowledgements for donations.

  • Recognize your donors. Take every opportunity to thank your donors and recognize their generosity. Add a page on your website to recognize your donors by name. If you receive a major donation, you may even want to announce it publicly through a press release, with the donor's permission.

  • If you are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, get advice from your attorney or financial advisor on any fundraising requirements that might apply, such as different accounts for different purposes and record-keeping. Don't risk your nonprofit status by overlooking these requirements. If yours is a school team, make sure to consult with school authorities to stay in compliance.

  • Finally, keep in mind that these are suggestions to spark your imagination. Not everything will be right for your team, nor is this a comprehensive list of everything you should consider. But having a plan and following it does apply to every team. Consider your team's circumstances and opportunities, and get to work.

Fundraising Activities for Your SCTP or SASP Team

Shooting isn’t a cheap hobby, and when you add competition fees, travel, uniforms, and other expenses for an entire team, we understand that funding is a challenge. SCTP and SASP teams are very fortunate to have generous benefactors in the MidwayUSA Foundation and Larry and Brenda Potterfield, but teams must also consider ways in which they can produce their own funding and increase their self-sufficiency. Teams generally need funding of two types: operational expenses for the current year’s expenses, and funds that can be deposited into their MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment accounts. Those accounts are designed to ensure your team’s longevity and fund its needs in perpetuity; some deposits are matched, and your team can apply for an annual grant of up to 5% of the account’s balance each year to pay for team expenses. To encourage you to embark on more fundraising activities of your own, SSSF will be offering you some suggestions over the coming weeks and sharing the fundraising successes of some of your fellow teams. We will be publishing those in our Range Time e-newsletter. But in the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started: Participate in SSSF promotions - In conjunction with our generous sponsors, SSSF offers fundraising promotions, such as gun raffles, and product discounts for SCTP and SASP teams throughout the year. Watch the SCTP Deals and Promotions and SASP Deals and Promotions pages throughout the year for current promotions. Participate in MidwayUSA Foundation promotions – The Foundation generously offers promotions throughout the year that provide opportunities to raise funds. The promotions generally provide one or more products to a team that can then be raffled, auctioned, sold, or otherwise used to raise funds. Some or all of the funds are returned to the endowment account and are matched. Learn more about MidwayUSA Foundation promotions. Fundraising banquets – With some work, these events can be very productive fundraisers. You can raise money at banquets through ticket sales, auctions, donations, raffles, event sponsorships, and other means. Many organizations, including the SCTP, hold profitable banquets around the country. Remember that fundraising banquets tend to become more productive in subsequent years than in the first and often become highly-anticipated social events. They can also be great tools for raising the profile of your team within your community. Sponsorships – A sponsor can be your team’s best friend, providing anything from funds to uniforms to equipment to raffle items. While businesses that sell shooting supplies are a perfect fit, don’t limit yourself to those. A local business whose owner supports the shooting sports and/or youth activities might be pleased to be associated with your team. Don’t forget that sponsorships are a two-way street; recognize your sponsor’s support at every opportunity, such as on your shooting uniforms, website, and social media. Affiliate with a shooting club – Sometimes saving money is as good as making money. Having a range where you can shoot at a discount (or free!) can be a valuable asset, especially if it frees up funds that can be used in other ways or deposited into your endowment account. If your club can’t afford to help much in that way, maybe they would consider trading use of their facilities for some work there by your team. Most clubs need trappers and personnel to re-stock clay targets, clean shooting stations, cut grass, and otherwise maintain the facilities. Solicit donations – Asking for donations doesn’t have to mean standing on the corner with a cardboard sign. Many people who support the shooting sports designate a portion of their charitable donations for shooting-related organizations, and they would be receptive to helping your team if they knew how. Include a “donate” function on your website and in all printed materials, direct people to it at every opportunity, and talk to shooters and hunters you think would be good candidates to donate. If you deposit these donations to your team endowment account in 2015, they are matched 1:1. Host a shooting event – Some teams host an annual sporting clays shoot or other shooting event as a major fundraiser. Like a fundraising banquet, it offers many opportunities to raise money, such as entry fees, auctions, sponsorships, and donations. It takes the cooperation of a local club, and it can also be an excellent marketing tool for that facility. Be prepared to work hard, but it has the potential to be the most profitable and enjoyable fundraising activity of the year. Apply for grants – In addition to the grants offered to SSSF teams by the MidwayUSA Foundation, other organizations and foundations also offer grants for the purpose of supporting the shooting sports, developing new programs, or expanding existing ones. Likewise, there are grant programs that support youth programs. Get online and research, research, research. Don’t overlook organizations and foundations in your local area or state that might offer grants that apply to your team and its needs. These are just a few of the many ways your team might raise funds for operating needs and for your MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment account. Use your imagination! Research other teams’ and other charities’ fundraising techniques that inspire you, and find the ones that best match your team’s circumstances and capabilities.  

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