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Show me the money!

So your club needs to raise money for a project. Maybe you want to replace your sprung floor, buy a new pommel, implement an athlete scholarship program or even completely renovate your facility.

You quickly realize that your project’s cost makes it impossible to achieve without financial support from donors or an outside group. You start the process of “finding money” and task a group of parents with fundraising. They develop their fundraising plan and strategy, begin to pound the pavement and shake every possible ‘money tree’ they can find.

The next thing you know you have a bunch of families, a few companies and even a community foundation willing to contribute to your fundraising project.

BUT THERE’S A CATCH… they need your organization’s charity number and/or a tax receipt!

With your fundraising goal almost achieved, your hard work seems to have been wasted and you’re forced to abandon your project (and dream) just because you’re not a registered charity.

Except guess what? As a GBC full member club, registered as a BC Society, you actually can have tax receipts issued to your donors! How? By using the National Sport Trust Fund (NSTF)!

So how does that work and how can your club start using the NSTF?

Well, before you start filling out paperwork, soliciting funds and making big plans for your amazing donations, there’s some work to do…

1. Review the NSTF program information

The NSTF in B.C. is managed by Sport BC and they have put together some very important and useful information. This will help you fully understand the program, how it can work for your club, and what steps are required to set up your new fundraising project. I encourage you to invest some time and read through all of it.

2. Submit a fundraising project application to Gymnastics BC and the NSTF

After you’ve had a chance to take a look at the NSTF information, I am more than happy to chat with you about your fundraising project. And of course I’ll review your project application before you send it Sport BC and the B.C. NSTF.

Even if your club is not currently thinking about a fundraising program, I encourage you to take a look at the NSTF FAQ section of the Sport BC website. It’s a great program to keep in mind for your upcoming fundraising needs!

Happy reading and I look forward to chatting with about your new NSTF project application.

Also, have you taken a look at the other funding opportunities that are available for clubs, athletes and participants? We have quite an extensive listing of opportunities on the GBC website.

Cheers,

Brian

bforrester@gymbc.org  | 604-333-3490  | @gbcBrian on Twitter

 

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