If you are thinking of setting up a game to raise money for a good cause? You’re on the right track.
Why am I so sure?
Not only are games effective in raising money, but they also drive awareness to your cause and the issue you’re focusing on. Some of these issues can be disease or lack of important amenities.
As you would expect, a successful charity game event will require a lot of preparation, organization, and planning. This is where you need volunteers. You need a reliable team of volunteers to support the event.
Do you want to run an unsuccessful charity game event? Then you have a very simple recipe; wait until the last minute before you start intensive preparation and planning.
To help you run a successful event, I’ve put together a few ideas to help you in planning your event.
Tips on Organizing a Successful Charity Game Event
- Book a Date and Venue
You should decide on and book a date and venue in advance. Most facilities like stadiums and arenas charge a standard fee. Don’t panic. Explain the purpose of the event to them and negotiate a reasonable deal. For a charity event, they may be willing to support you by offering a good price or even a free venue.
- Decide on the Ideal Sport Event
Will it be a golf tournament, football match, softball or basketball game? Determine whom you want to attract and what kind of event is ideal for your cause. A golf tournament might be a popular choice but football and basketball draw in the crowd.
- Establish Your Teams
For a sports tournament, you can invite established local teams to take part. Local companies may also be interested in organizing teams. Or you could make it a celebrity charity game/match. Celebrities are known to donate large sums of money for charity. This would also attract the attention of the community to the event.
- Decide How You Will Raise the Money
You can use various ways to collect money at your charity game event. These can include;
- Collecting donations at the gate
- Getting spectators to pay an entrance fee
- Getting players to pay a participation fee
- Cash donations from local businesses in exchange for a mention at the event
- Product donations from local businesses for an auction
- Selling merchandise at the event
Choose the most appropriate options to raise money at your event.
- Advertise the Event Early
Once all the important details like the date, venue, and strategy are sorted, start advertising. Three weeks in advance is good enough. You can print out flyers and pin them up at local malls and public areas. The flyer should include the fact that it’s a charity event and why you support it.
Contact local media outlets and ask them if they would cover a preview of the event. Word of mouth and the power of social media are powerful tools as well. If you can’t support a charity all by yourself, organizing a charity game event is one way to get your community to join forces with you and help in helping the needy, and making the world a better place in your own little way.