If you have already had some experience with organizing marching band fundraisers, then you probably know that things can get a bit predictable as the years go by. Now that you are the one actually organizing the marching band fundraisers, you might be thinking about ways that you can make things a little more interesting. Many marching bands have luck with the same fundraisers every year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment a little and try some new things.
If your band does already have marching band fundraisers that have proven to work well for them, resist the temptation just to throw those ideas out and start over. What may seem like boring fundraising ideas to you, can be the ones that the supporters look forward to year after year, and if you surprise them with something else, it may end up backfiring on you. You want to do something new and refreshing, sure, but you also want the team to reach its goals, so how can you do both?
You can try to reach a compromise by running some new fundraisers alongside the marching band fundraising ideas that you already know work, and see how the new ones perform in comparison. If people love it, great, you’ve stumbled upon a good idea. If, on the other hand, your new idea falls flat on its face, then at least you know you have your old standby to fall back on for stable and successful marching band fundraisers.
If you’re looking for something that has as little risk as possible, you can either go with a product that you know is popular, like candy fundraisers, or you can go for marching band fundraisers where there is no upfront investment on your part, like our brochure-based fundraisers. Either way, you’ll soon learn whether your ideas work or not, and you can use this information to help plan future fundraisers.