As the cost of participating in sports keeps going up, and school funding for sports keeps going down, the importance of sports fundraising grows every year. When it comes time to thing of some great sports fundraising ideas, of course you want to think about your goals and the profit it will take to reach them. But of course, there's the fun aspect, too - you want to choose sports fundraising ideas that will not only make money, but will be enjoyable for everyone, as well.

Pizza cards make for great sports fundraising ideas if you have a smaller group that is concerned about profit margins. Pizza discount cards are only $10 apiece, they give a fantastic 2-for-1 pizza deal to your supporters, and if you can commit to a minimum initial investment of cards, you can make profits of up to 90%, all of which goes directly to your team.

The Parade of Magazines is another one of those sports fundraising ideas that simply works well. You never have to worry about magazines going out of style, and in fact they're so popular that they make for a very easy sell as far as sports fundraising ideas are concerned. Your supporters get huge discounts off the cover prices of their favorite magazines, and since this is a pre-sell sports fundraising idea, there's no initial investment required of you at all, which is a big draw for some groups.

Scratch cards are another way to maximize profits on your sports fundraising idea while keeping things simple. All you have to do is order the cards you want, and then the rest is up to your sales team. Your supporters will scratch off 2 of 50 covered dots, and the amount they uncover is the amount they donate to your sports fundraising effort. In exchange, they receive a sheet of valuable coupons. Scratch cards can return profits of up to 90%, which makes them one of the highest profit sports fundraising ideas out there.