Does your rugby team need more money for team uniforms, equipment, and travel fees? Are you looking for effective fundraising ideas that are quick and profitable? Learn how youth in all 50 states have used crowdfunding to raise money for their teams!
Piggybackr.com is a crowdfunding website for teams of all ages and experience levels. We’re the only fundraising tool that is instructional and safe for users of all ages. Set up an online fundraiser, raise money for your cause, and collect donations all in less than 5 minutes. Sign up for free.
Here are some great rugby teams and other sports team fundraisers who have successfully raised money online:
INVASION 2015, Rugby trip to England and Scotland
Organized by Carmen Ancinas Gee
Lamorinda Rugby Club is a volunteer organization that provides youth and high school age students the opportunity to learn and play competitive rugby in a team environment that promotes both individual development and shared enjoyment.
Take us to the All-Star Tournament, Illinois Women’s All-Stars
Organized by Erin Levy
We are 25 all-start female rugby players assembled from collegiate teams from University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Lindenwood University.
Oakland Strokes 2014
Organized by oaklandstrokes
Established in 1974, the Oakland Strokes rowing club welcomes middle and hs students from across the Bay Area to offer youth rowing on the Oakland Estuary. Nationally recognized college coaches seek our rowers based on the strength of our community and our passion for instilling the best values of rowing. Yes, we make boats go fast, but our larger goal is to build character and commitment in the young men and women of Oakland Strokes.
Send us to Nationals 2014, D1 Shooters Destiny 2018
Organized by Dennis Mullins
The D1 Shooters Youth Basketball Club is a non-profit, charitable organization that has been formed to develop the basketball skills of boys and girls of all ages in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.
Help Us Build A New Arena, Equestrian Arena Expansion at MVCS
Organized by Jen Shelby/MVCS
The Monte Vista Christian School Equestrian program includes middle and high school competitive teams. They compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 10 Division. The high school team took FIRST at Zones and went on the the National Championship– and placed 3rd overall. Both teams are ready to take it to the next level in 2013, win their zone and qualify for nationals.
Santa Cruz, CA
Green and Orange Incorporated
Organized by Todd Iles
We are the official booster organization for Riverside Poly High Football. Our sole mission is to support the student athletes in the football program. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization with an all-volunteer staff. Every dollar we raise goes toward promoting Poly Football and keeping our youth fit and focused. Each year we must raise approximately $100,000 to support this goal. This includes meals for the team, purchasing new uniforms as needed, replacing worn-out equipment, etc. Poly football is not supported by taxpayer dollars to the extent that we support the program. Your help is vital to the continued success of the team and students.
II. What do rugby teams raise money for online?
We have seen rugby teams fundraise for a number of things on our site. Here are some of the common things you might need:
- New game balls, practice balls
- Rugby field (pitch) maintenance and renovation
- Numbered game jerseys, practice jerseys
- Rugby shorts, socks, boots/cleats, mouthguards
- Gear and equipment (mouthpiece, rugby shorts, cleats) for players
- Program operations
- Travel expenses
- Tournament fees
- Gym and facilities rental
- Team scholarships
- Ball bag, ball pump/needles
- Scrum caps
- Scrum machine
- Shoulder pads
- Goal posts, goal post pads
- Tackling dummies
- Tackle suits
- Blocking/rucking pads
- Kicking tees
III. What type of fundraisers can rugby teams run?
Product-based Fundraisers - Selling actual items to friends, families, and strangers, either in person (going door-to-door or setting up a stand) or on the internet. These are some of the most traditional rugby fundraisers and are pretty self-explanatory.
- Candy bars
- Cookie dough
- Bake sales
- Discount cards
- Scratch Cards
- First aid kits
- Gift wrap
Service - Raise money by doing good deeds around your community
- Run a rugby clinic for neighborhood youth to introduce them to the sport (make sure to get certified coaches and trainers)
- Yard clean-up
- Cleaning facilities, running concession stands, and ticket-taking at sports events
- Car washes
- Gift wrapping services
- Dog washes
- Bagging groceries at a grocery store
Events - Hosting events to bring the community together to support you
- Prom dress rugby game - men play rugby in prom dresses, women play in full tuxedos!
- Benefit dinner
- Casino nights
- Silent Auction
- Restaurant dinner
Sponsorship - getting support from local businesses in exchange for marketing and exposure. See our detailed guide to getting sponsors for sports teams and our example of sponsorship letter for sports team. Here are some of the things you can offer:
- Banners at your field during game day, events, and tournaments.
- Logo in your printed materials like game day fliers and programs
- Logo on your team uniforms
Crowdfunding - Create a simple webpage and ask friends, family, and local businesses to give online. Crowdfunding atheletes can use websites like the ones listed below:
V. What are the pros and cons of the different kinds of rugby fundraisers?
1. Product Fundraisers
- Traditional and easy to understand
- Get your entire team involved
- Reach people you don’t know and just sell them products
- Not always safe for kids to sell things door-to-door or even when standing in front of a store. Handling money and merchandise could make them a target.
- Time consuming and a lot of physical labor
- Low profitability (sometimes up to 50% goes directly to the product company)
- Short-range reach, can’t sell to people who live outside your neighborhood
2. Service Fundraisers
- Bring your community together in a physical space
- Reach people who don’t necessarily know about your team and spread the word
- Engage your supporters and let them know what your team has been up to
- Time consuming and labor intensive
- Might not be profitable enough. People have expectations on how much they will pay for yard work or a car wash, so you probably should not expect to raise more than a few hundred dollars per day
- Limited reach to only people in your neighborhood
3. Events Fundraisers
- Events can be fun and entertaining and can showcase what your team is about
- Gives players a chance to be creative and show off their talents
- Makes the community feel good about participating and showing their support
- Takes a lot of time to plan, organize, prepare, and execute
- If you can’t sell enough tickets, you might not even turn a profit
- Will require a lot of people to cooperate
- Establish relationships with companies that can repeat year after year to save work later
- Provide value to local businesses
- Can get a decent amount of money per sponsor
- Can find sources of in-kind donations
- Takes a lot of time and effort to start out
- Might be difficult to get sponsors if you don’t have the right audience
- Requires a certain amount of business-savvy to pull off and negotiate
Looking for new sports team fundraising ideas? You might be interested in crowdfunding.
- Keep more of what you raise - on Piggybackr, we charge a small 4% transaction fee for each donation, so you can keep more than 90%.
- More profitable - the average donation on Piggybackr is $86 each, that’s a lot of candy bars!
- Less time and effort intensive - it only takes 5 minutes to set up a page for your team, and only 2 minutes for each of your team members
- Larger reach - with the power of the internet, you can easily contact your friends and relatives who live all over the country
- Learn important skills like storytelling, digital literacy
- Online fundraising is still new - it might be challenging to explain it to potential supporters who are used to the traditional methods. In those cases, it’s a great idea to do both! Have an offline fundraiser of one of the other types in addition to your online sports team funding campaign.
- Can’t bring the community together physically
V. What makes Piggybackr perfect for rugby teams and clubs?
1. We know teamwork is important, on and off the field
Piggybackr is optimized for team crowdfunding. Just like in a scrum, your entire team is more successful when you can move and act as a unit. Once your team leader sets up your team fundraising page, you can invite all your team members (as many as you want!) easily with just the click of a button. Team members can (optionally) customize their own personal fundraising pages with their own pictures, stories, and start spreading the word.
2. Appropriate for athletes of ALL ages and experience levels
Piggybackr is the ONLY youth sports fundraising site certified safe for kids under 13 years old (with their parent’s permission and full visibility, of course). Piggybackr has been designed from the ground up to instruct and empower users of all ages and experience levels. We guide you each step of the way from setting up your page, to running your fundraiser, and even after your campaign is over.
2. Track your team members’ effort and progress
We make it easy to manage and track all your team members. Offer a prize to the team member who sends out the most emails to motivate them, and poke members who might be falling behind. Keep things fun and competitive to build your team spirit.
3. Get more time for practice and off-season training
On your rugby team, your first job is to be the coach or an athlete. We’ve streamlined the fundraising process to get you up and running as quickly as possible so you can get back in the gym or on the field. We’ve also built all our fundraising lessons right into our product (with our smart notifications, reminders, and TODO lists) to guide you through every step of the way. We believe that funding sports shouldn’t be harder than it is.
4. No Selling Necessary
No need to bring out the candy bars and popcorn when fundraising on Piggybackr. Instead, we make it easy for you to offer sponsorship perks that your donors will love but won’t break your bank. In fact, we have a lot of great sports team sponsorship ideas built right into our tool.
VI. How do I get started with a rugby fundraiser on Piggybackr?
It’s easy! Just follow these 4 simple steps
1. Set up your team page
Click here to sign up, upload a picture, (optionally) add a video, and answer a few quick questions about your team. It will only take five minutes!
2. Invite your team
You can copy and paste the emails of your entire team and send them all an invite with the click of a button. Once your team members sign up, their personal fundraising pages will already be filled out for them, but they can customize them with their own pictures and words if they want. The more people you invite, the larger your reach and fundraising potential!
3. Spread the word
People will only know about your fundraiser if you tell them about it. We have found that personal, direct emails is one of the best ways to reach people, and we recommend that each team member sends 30-40 emails, as well as posts on social media.
You can also customize our hand out fliers to local businesses. Download our customizable sponsorship flier here
4. Keep your donors up to date and show your appreciation
Remember, your supporters are your fans. They want to know how your fundraiser is going and how your team is progressing. Let them know when you make it to the tournament, or when you buy your new rugby balls. Piggybackr makes this easy with its update function. You can easily post an update to your site, and/or send it out to donors and potential donors. You can also reward them for their generosity with small, but meaningful, perks that won’t cost you too much to fulfill, like a shout out on Facebook, a thank you letter, or an autographed picture of the team.
Piggybackr has an option to set sponsorship perks for donors right on your fundraising page. You’ll be able to keep track of what each donor gets and fulfill their gifts.