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It is the responsibility of each local Little League to develop an annual plan for fundraising. Such fundraising efforts should consider the necessary operating budget of the local league, income sources and ongoing support from community and city groups.
There are a variety of sources for raising funds. Community or city donations of fields or maintenance, sponsorships and donations from local businesses and individuals, concession stand sales, fundraising campaigns and events, and registration fees all contribute to the league’s operating budget. Leagues are cautioned to place an effort on keeping registration fees to participating families as economical as possible. It is the policy of Little League Baseball and Softball that no player should be turned away from participation if they are unable to pay.
Local leagues are encouraged to establish their annual operating budget early in the fall planning timeline and then develop a fundraising support plan to implement prior to the season.
Determine your fundraising goal based on the league’s annual operating budget. The goal should serve as one of the primary drivers of your fundraising plan and required efforts to attain.
Typically, led by the Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator within the local league, a committee should be recruited to assist with outreach and procurement of donations and sponsorship's.
The committee should establish its Fundraising Plan that includes outreach to local businesses, civic groups and individuals as well as establishes the fundraisers for the league for the season that require team and parent participation.
THE FUNDRAISING PLAN SHOULD INCLUDE:
The Fundraising Committee should also organize the annual league fundraisers that rely on team and parent support to implement.
Leagues and Districts should keep in mind that many states maintain specific requirements for charitable solicitations among non-profits. Additional steps may be required of leagues or districts before you are permitted to solicit funds in the name of the league in your local community. Such guidelines also may pertain to games of chance, raffles, crowdfunding and other contest that are used as fundraisers.
Be sure to check your individual state laws or other requirements regarding fundraising and be sure that you adhering to these guidelines with all activities. A helpful resource can be found here: https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/charitable-solicitation-registration
Source credit: National Council of Nonprofits; www.councilofnonprofits.org