The success of a fundraiser is often dependent on two things ? how motivated your team is to the program, and timing. You can have a great program, with lots of enthusiasm and dedication, but still fail. Timing is everything with fundraising. Choose the best basketball fundraiser during the best season and your team will have tons of success!

Spring: The best choice for most teams has become the flower bulb or Go Green fundraisers. Both of these programs are pre-sell fundraisers where your team can collect the money upfront before distributing the products. When booking these fundraisers it is important to pay attention to specific turn-in dates.

Summer: Card fundraisers are fantastic for the summer months. The profits are high, and because it is a direct-sale fundraiser, there is no need to follow up with customers. Your team can choose from scratch cards, pizza cards, sandwich cards, custom discount cards or money savings cards.

Fall: Cookie dough, coffee, candy ? all of these are very popular basketball fundraisers in the fall. Find a product that suites your team and your area and get an early start on raising money. Go out into the community, to churches, schools, and clubs ? chances are good that people will be willing to support the team.

Winter: Doing a fundraiser in the winter months can be tricky. If you are trying to get products delivered before the holidays make sure you pay close attention to turn-in dates and shipping times. Candles are a big hit, as well as magazines.

Your team can do basketball fundraising campaigns all year with the right timing and program.