Fundraising is an integral part for any non profit organization, or any group for that matter of fact. Here at San Diego Ice Arena, we have one of the best fundraiser programs around. Yes, better than selling candy bars. I sat down and talked with Kammy Sheridan, our head of Groups and Fundraisers, about what makes our program the best:
How long have you been working on fundraisers?
I have been working at the rink since 2005 and have been developing the fundraiser programs since 2006
What is the biggest selling point for our fundraiser program?
Our fundraiser program boasts a 50% profit, directly paid out to your organization. I have never seen anything else that gives 50% back, most programs only are around 20%
That sounds really good! So how does the fundraiser run?
The fundraiser revolves around skating, you pick a day, we give you 100 custom made tickets to sell and then you and your group come skating. If you want more tickets, we definitely can make that happen.
What kind of groups do this fundraiser?
We have all age groups from 8-25 years old. The majority of the groups are high school and college groups/clubs. I’ve seen college sororities, PT groups, elementary schools, and high school key clubs.
When are the better days to hold the fundraiser?
We do these primarily on the weekends; Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Friday during our Teen Meltdown is really popular because we have a snowball fight about half way through the session. The session also has a club like atmosphere with the lights off, disco lights on, live on ice DJ, etc.
Saturday and Sundays are more low key, the session is more geared towards the younger ages groups, so a good for fundraiser for younger kids 8-12. We still have the on ice DJ and they play plenty of games on the ice; it’s still a lot of fun!
On average, how much money would you say it brings in for the customer?
The average customer just works with the initial 100 tickets we give them and on average they bring in at least $50. We’ve definitely had groups bring in a lot more, up to $1,000 off of one fundraiser!
It really is an easy way to make some money and have some fun at the same time
What is included?
We provide you custom made tickets; just let us know 2 colors that you want on there. You get 2.5 hours of ice skating with skate rentals included and a whole lot of memories to be made
Is this low risk?
Very. It is low risk, no deposits with no money down.
This sounds too good, is it easy to sell?
Surprisingly yes, it is very easy to sell. People never think about ice skating in San Diego. That and they don’t know ice rinks exist here, even though we’ve been in the same building since the 70s! When you bring it up, I think it invokes that feeling of something out of their element and they are excited to try a new activity.
Okay, so this is all awesome, 50% profit, ice skating, snowball fights, how do I make a reservation!?
Well it’s simple: You can call me at 858-530-1825 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . You pick the date, provide me the ticket information and that’s it!
Well there you have it, book your reservation now!