It’s not about the bowling… it’s about the kids!

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities community fundraiser, bringing together mentors and community members to one BIG bowling party to raise funds for a great cause. Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for individuals to make an impact on our community – it only takes a little bit of effort to raise the money that is vital to our program’s success.

No bowling expertise is required, only the willingness to share in our heartfelt and sincere thanks for helping us transform our community.

Mark your calendars! Our second annual Community Bowl is August 8th at Memory Lanes.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Registration at 4:30 p.m.
Bowling Party from 5-7 p.m.
Check out these photos from last year’s event!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Step 1: Team up! Register your team! It’s easy to do online; just follow the registration instructions!

Step 2: Fundraise! Ask friends, family, or co-workers to join your team (5 people). Check out these tools and ideas to create a personal fundraising webpage to collect online donations.

Set a team fundraising goal. AIM HIGH – you’ll be surprised how much you can raise! We suggest $750 or more. We ask that each bowler raise a minimum of $100. If you raise $100 or more, you’ll recieve a limited-edition BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake t-shirt!

Step 4 : Party! Join us on August 8 and bring your pledges to the bowling alley. Turn in your pledges and then have a great time while enjoying free bowling, pizza, soda and fun prizes.

For more information, contact Rebecca Merrill at rmerrill@bigstwincities.org or 651-789-2423.


CREATIVE FUNDRAISING IDEAS

Asking for donations isn’t always easy, but fundraising for Bowl For Kids’ Sake doesn’t have to be intimidating.Check out these creative ideas for your team fundraising!

  • Hold a drawing at work. Ask your employer if you can sell tickets to give your co-workers a chance to win a two-hour lunch, a half or whole day off, or a prime parking spot.
  • Schedule a game night. Host a Monopoly, poker, bingo, or other game night and charge “admission” to benefit BBBS
  • Go green for Spring. Try selling fresh cut flowers or bouquets from your garden.
  • Make a little change. Ask your local bank or the businesses you frequent to put a coin jar at their register. Be sure to decorate the jar so donors know who you are and what organization you are raising funds for. (The BBBS team is more than happy to prepare you with talking points!)
  • Bake sale. Hold a bake sale at church, work, or school. Consider selling doughnuts, pastries, and coffee in the morning.
  • Set a personal challenge. Grow a beard, take the stage at karaoke night, or paint yourself purple. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as your friends would pay good money to see it happen. Make sure you post your progress on social media!
  • Good jeans. Ask your company and/or other companies in your building to sell tickets to a jean day for employees.
  • Schedule a share-the-profit event. If you have a family member or friend that owns or manages a local business, ask them if they would like to donate a portion of a day’s profit to BBBS!
  • Set up a snack bar. Create a cart where employees can purchase snacks like sandwiches, chips, cookies, juices and soft drinks. Open your snack bar for a week and have all the proceeds go toward your fundraising goal.
  • Matching gifts. Many companies may give a flat donation toward your fundraising goal, while others may have gift matching programs. Check with your HR representative to see if your company offers this program.

HOW TO RECRUIT TEAMMATES

Fundraising and bowling with a team by your side is the best ways to get the most out of Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Working with your team expands your reach, helps keep everyone motivated, and gives you more opportunities to Make a Match! 

Follow these tips to recruit and support your teammates:

  • If you’re a team captain, set a goal to recruit 5 people. Where can you find these teammates? Ask your co-workers; reach out to members of community organizations; or recruit your friends and family members! Remind your teammates that it’s easy to raise the $100 minimum and make sure they know that they’ll receive a BBBS t-shirt if they raise $100 or more
  • Ask each potential bowler to join your team in person or with a personal message. Most people respond best when asked personally—either in person, or via text or phone call.
  • Help your teammates register by sending them to our webpage to create their own fundraising page. Need help? Contact Rebecca Merrill at rmerrill@bigstwincities.org 

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

We get it, asking for money from others can be intimidating. The tips below will make raising the $100 minimum a breeze!

  • Fundraise in honor of a child waiting for a mentor. Who can so no to a kid? Putting a face to BBBS mission helps potential donors understand the impact mentoring makes in the lives of area youth. Remind supporters that kids who have Bigs are more likely to graduate high school and college, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, and they have higher self-esteem than their peers. (Did we mention there are 500 children waiting for a mentor right now?)
  • Build a personalized webpage. Creating your own fundraising page is easy and fun. Bowlers who utilize this tool to raise funds bring in more money and help support more matches between Bigs and Littles! 
  • Tell your story. Whether asking for a donation or for someone to join your team, your enthusiasm and passion are contagious. Talk about someone who made an impact in your life as a mentor. If you’re a Big Brother or Big Sister, tell donors about the amazing outcomes and personal experiences you’ve had with BBBS
  • Make a list. Jot down the names of everyone who may donate to you, and start by reaching out to them. Remember that many companies will match an employee’s contributions to a charity. Ask your HR Director or Office Manager if your company participates in a Company Match program, and encourage your donors to do the same.
  • Set a goal and make a personal donation. Get your fundraising started by making a personal gift, whether it’s $5, $50, or $500. This will show momentum and encourage others to donate as well. Then, decide how much you hope to raise and tell donors your goal. As you get closer to your goal, supporters will want to help you reach it!
  • Say thank you. Let your supporters know how grateful you are. Thank them on social media and in person. Consider sending a handwritten thank you note to everyone who makes a gift to your page. With their help and yours, BBBS will match children facing adversity with a safe and caring mentor!