Many nonprofits and community organizations host charity golf tournaments as an excellent way to raise funds and awareness for their cause. Registration fees and online donations may bring in the bulk of the dollars raised, but remember…the success of your fundraising golf tournament should NOT stop at the close of the event. There are plenty of opportunities to raise even more money for your cause after the last ball falls in the hole.
Below are some post-tournament golf fundraising ideas to help you raise even more money for your cause, and celebrate the success of your charity golf tournament. Even many corporate golf tournaments have a charitable component, of course. Good Luck!
A banquet is a perfect time for golfers to unwind from the long day of playing golf. People are jazzed up from the day of playing golf….often wanting to share stories and experiences they had on the course. They are hungry, thirsty and happy, and will likely enjoy the time to decompress and mingle with friends, co-workers, and members of the community. Golfers can invite spouses, family and friends to this part of the event. This is also a fun way to announce results of the on-course contests, and the prizes distributed through the fundraising raffle.
A banquet also a great time to make any announcements about what your organization is trying to accomplish helping you spread awareness for your cause. If you have a general idea about how much money has been raised at the event, make sure to inform attendees and thank everyone who has contributed to your success. Be sure to also thank any sponsors and highlight specific contributions they’ve made at this time.
Since golf outings usually attract a large number of people from your community, this is a fantastic time to host a fundraising gala event in conjunction with the tournament. The gala event can be managed as a separate fundraising initative that is easily executed with DoJiggy event management software. This provides another opportunity to raise additional dollars by selling separate tickets for this event, and is a great way to include other members of the community who are not interested in golfing, but would like to contribute to the fundraising initiative. Including entertainment, excellent food, a silent auction, and an awards ceremony will likely attract people (and local media) to the fundraising gala event.
Hosting a silent auction as part of your charity golf tournament is yet another way to raise large amounts of funds for your cause. Solicit items from local businesses that will bring in high-dollar bids. Include some popular items that will attract serious bidding from people interested in golf, such as golf lessons from the club pro or a set of new irons. Also include items of interest to the general public. Some popular choices include: weekend get-a-ways, spa services, electronic equipment, unique art and gift certificates, or even autographed memorabilia from local celebrities. (See no risk auction items for more ideas for high-ticket auction items).
The silent auction can be executed as part of the post-tournament banquet or gala fundraiser, or be a completely separate fundraising initiative and executed as an online charity auction. If you host the auction as part of your event, you’ll want to display auction items in a nice setting with tablecloths and include silent auction bid sheets along with information about each item. Event attendees may walk around and browse items and choose to bid on any that are of interest. Winners are announced at the end of the event. If you are interested in an online charity auction, you can easily set up an auction website where items are showcased and people place bids and make payments online. Taking your auction online allows for easier promotion and further reach as you can include a link to the auction website in email communications and post a link from your organization website. It also opens the auction up to more people as you can invite all members from the community to bid on auction items instead of strictly golf tournament attendees.
Read our recent blog for even more creative ways to raise more funds for your charity golf tournament.