As cheerleaders, you know all about seasons ? there is football season, basketball season, baseball season, etc. Each season features its own set of cheers and chants, with new fans and excited players. Fundraising also has various seasons; and with each season comes different requirements. In order to have a successful cheerleading fundraiser, you must pay attention to which programs are in season.

Fall: During the fall there are lots of options. You can pre-sell items like cookie dough, coffee or candles. You can also sell candy at football games or in schools to raise money. The important thing to remember in the fall is to not get over ambitious. Find the program that suits your squad, and how many will be selling. Also consider the audience you are selling to; find a product that lots of people will purchase.

Winter: The winter months are a little trickier. With holidays you have to watch out for specific deadlines. It is best to plan your cheerleading fundraiser about 2 months in advance to be fully aware of any and all holiday deadlines. Keep in mind that if you are hoping to have an item to pass out by Christmas, that you will need to take into account the day that school gets out, not just Christmas day. Calendars make a GREAT holiday fundraiser.

Spring: Some of the most popular spring fundraisers include the flower bulb and Go Green fundraiser. Each features seasonal items, so once again, it is important to talk to your fundraising consultant about specific turn-in dates.

Summer: The best summer cheerleading fundraising idea would be a card program. With cards (pizza cards, sandwich cards, money savings cards, scratch cards) there is no need to follow up with the customer for delivery ? you simply hand the product over at the time of sale.

Whichever fundraiser your squad chooses, be sure to check with your fundraising consultant to see if it is the right season!