Raise Money for Forensic Programs
May 16, 1998
Updated July 27, 2013
Prepared by Jim Hanson
seeks to provide suggestions, encourage research, and present concrete
proposals to reduce financial barriers to participation in forensics. This
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On this web page, there are suggestions for the following:
1. Ways to Raise Money
2. Encourage your Administration to increase your Budget
3. Ways to build an Endowment for your Program
1. RAISE MONEY
a Bingo Hall.
students contribute to the cost of going to tournaments.
poetry, singing, etc. o-grams
a public debate, speakathon brunch, story telling comedy shows or an interp
festival. Charge people to see these performances; have students sell
contests including trivia games, jelly bean counts, water dunking, etc.
for matching funds from companies, foundations, etc. when soliciting
presentations to Elks, Kiwanis, Lions, League of Women Voters, etc. and
request donations to your team.
a one or two day workshop for high school students on debating. Consider
Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Individual Events.
your team help out high school students for compensation from a school
for money from debate alumni and graduates of your department.
out newsletters to alumni; keeps people appraised about the team.
Encourage them to donate to your program.
a rummage sale with old forensics stuff
2. INCREASE BUDGETS GIVEN BY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
FUNDS FROM STUDENT GOVERNMENT
this is suggested only for schools without official, academic funding. In
general, student funding should be used as a last resort as it often has
strings attached to it and tends to be less permanent than administration
one or two people on your team to be responsible for student politics.
what process your school uses for garnering funds (for state institutions,
you can probably find it in the state law somewhere).
a good spin on what your club does and feed the news to whoever funds you
throughout the year, not just at budget allocation time.
with AS candidates for budget offices. Talk with them during the campaign
as well as after it.
antagonizing any candidates during campaigns. Keep relations positive with
students on the debate team run for office.
student senators that had backgrounds in high school speech and debate.
some student government representatives to some of your team's parties,
functions, tournaments. Encourage them to judge
or even participate.
administration and student groups for special money for national
championship tournament competition.
sure to get all the good publicity attention you can on your team.
with school administrators. Keep them appraised
of how your team is doing and how they are contributing to your school.
for more money from your budget sources as your program increases its
students, participation and success.
out what funding athletics receives and encourage the school to match that
3. BUILDUP ENDOWMENTS
with your development office how you can create an endowment.
developing a plan to have debaters call and ask for money for an endowment
with your development office
a letter explaining your endowment before you call people to make
donations. This prepares them and increases donations.
your development office or alumni office and get the names, addresses,
phone numbers, and class years for all living alumni who did debate.
previous debaters. Ask them to consider donating to your endowment
including through payment plans, life insurance policies, etc. with
proceeds going to the debate endowment.
many smaller gifts to the debate endowment.
many cases, make Deans, Presidents, and Trustees aware of fundraising.
They often need knowledge in case they meet with big donors who want to
only ½ of the interest your endowment generates each year in order to make
the endowment exist in perpetuity as well as to grow.
your endowment money last (and use your regular budget first) during the
year as the endowment money generates interest during the year.
here for guidelines for developing an endowment