How to put the FUN into Fundraising

Whether you’re a seasoned planner for a big NPO or just a local youth sports team coach, chances are you need to raise money. With trillion dollar deficits and government spending cut backs, some of the most influential programs and organizations for health, youth, environmental and educational work have seen their funding limited recently. School sports and music programs are either underfunded or have been eliminated completely. While some of the biggest health causes must rely more on private funding versus government assistance. This has increasingly come at the cost of our future generations. Sports and music programs in particular have continued to show huge benefits for our youth. They are linked to improved learning, language development, higher IQ, improved social skills, greater self esteem and confidence. Yet we continue to neglect these benefits when we under fund or eliminate these programs.

If you’re a mom or dad, I’m sure you’re familiar with signing your kid up for a sports team only to learn that you must pay additional for their uniforms and travel. Most teams and schools have elected to utilize fundraising to supplement the lost funding for these programs. However even the most seasoned pros in the fundraising game are stuck with the same tired and boring methods. The walk-a-thon, the bake sale, the door-to-door sale of candy bars. These are all great ideas, but once people have attended or supported one or two, they associate the past effort with all other similar events in the future. So if you’re contemplating another fundraiser, try these new and fun ideas instead. Your guests will thank you for not having to sit through another bingo night or designer bag raffle. And you’ll reap the benefit of excited and engaged supporters.

Keep it Fun and Exciting

Although the above mentioned fundraising activities can be successful, to get the best turnout and the most motivated supporters try an activity that is new, different and exciting. By making it fun, the whole day will seem less like a chore and more like a rewarding and fulfilling experience. When supporters feel like they are part of something great, they’ll buy in to your message and open their wallets. Go kart racing nights are fun for all and easy to plan. Guest attend your designated event day and race, eat, and play arcade games and pool with friends, family and other supporters of your cause. You’ll receive a portion of the proceeds as well as fantastic memories. Other outside-the-box alternatives include roller skating nights, bowling and jump parks. All of these activities are group oriented and active which will keep people engaged. Fast equals fun

Get Everyone Involved

Young, old and in between, To have a successful turnout, you’ll need the support of everyone in your circle. In order to entice the best crowd, pick an event that is fun for all ages. Some activities including beef and beers, walk-a-thons and designer bag bingo mostly cater to adults. By eliminating your guest’s kids from the event, the logistics of attending become more difficult. Donating time and money can be one thing, but shelling out an extra $75 for a sitter can be asking too much. Additionally, some events can cater to just kids. Craft based fun and door-to-door candy sales are great for the eager youth, but most adults will sit on the sidelines. By choosing an activity that all can enjoy, you’ll maximize your turnout and your dollars raised. fundraiser event supporters

 

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Be the Spark that Ignites Innovation

IBM, a 130-year old company, didn’t get where it is today without constant innovation.  Disney started out as a cartoon studio and has evolved to a leading entertainment company always creating new products and new businesses.  And, Apple didn’t stop after it developed its first computer in 1976 – it has progressed into phones, online music, watches, and who knows what’s next.

Innovation is imperative in today’s fast-paced business world.  No company will be successful by staying stagnant.  As markets change, technologies advance and trends shift, you must continue to evolve to stay ahead of your competition.  The challenge so many businesses face is that they are so focused on the day-to-day – answering the needs of their existing customers – they seldom look ahead and anticipate future needs and trends.

In a recent survey from PwC, 56 percent of the respondents said that innovation is the main opportunity for growth in their companies.  It is no longer a luxury, but a foundation for future growth.

Innovation doesn’t mean just developing new products or service offerings to meet customer demands, it can also mean entering new markets to boost revenue or streamlining processes to increase speed, improve quality, cut costs, or reduce time to market.

For example, while Tesla Motors has been praised for its innovation last year of its self-driving car, Starbucks has been recognized for its new employee college tuition program aimed at retaining its hourly employees.

Customers have little patience today, especially younger generations that expect everything immediately.  They no longer have the loyalty of past generations to stick with an outdated product and wait for it to catch up with the competition.  They will easily move on to another option without a second thought, putting you at risk of losing both existing and prospective customers if you don’t innovate.

You can also run the risk of operating inefficiently if you don’t make the necessary changes to keep up with the times.  By improving your business processes, you can save valuable time, money and resources.  If you produce a product more efficiently, you may be able to cut costs and sell it at a lower price point than your competition – increasing your profit margin at the same time.  Furthermore, stagnant companies are more likely to lose good employees who want to work for companies on the cutting edge of their industries, making innovation a priority for every business.

 

Innovation from the Top Down

The drive to innovate must come from the top.  It is the CEO’s responsibility to provide the vision for their company and therefore, they must be the driving force for encouraging innovation throughout the organization.

CEOs are often wearing multiple hats and struggle to focus on the near-term challenges while also formulating a vision for the future.  With short-term revenue goals, increasing competition and other demands that CEOs face on a daily basis, it is difficult to carve out the time to look to the future.

However, the CEO does not need to take on the responsibility of developing new, innovative ideas on their own.  They need to create an environment that fosters innovation from all employees on an ongoing basis and ingrain it into the corporate culture.

As the visionary, the CEO needs to empower others to generate new ideas and hold them accountable.  The challenge is that employees are often uneasy about taking time away from their day-to-day responsibilities and are apprehensive about taking risks that might put their job in danger.  Just like with other aspects of the business, such as reaching sales goals and meeting deadlines, innovation needs to be rewarded to motivate repeatable action.  CEOs should inspire employees to be creative and encourage them to always think about continuous improvement.

Innovation has become so important to a business’ success that some organizations have appointed Chief Innovation Officers responsible for leading innovation efforts on a regular basis.  If your organization does not have the bandwidth for this position, a CEO should ensure that they have a management team that is continually looking to the future and is sending the right signals to their employees to encourage innovation.

Some companies have even created specific programs within their companies to drive innovation, including Adobe’s Kickstart initiative and LinkedIn [in]cubater program.

Although disruptive innovation can be powerful in taking a company to the next level, incremental innovation can be the difference between success and failure.  Innovation needs to be ongoing.  It shouldn’t be an ad-hoc process that the management team discusses once a year.  You need to develop a strategy to ensure you always have a pipeline of new ideas and actively manage those ideas to bring them to fruition.  Innovation should be a regular topic on the agenda for every management meeting.

 

Jump-starting Ideas

While the generation of new ideas should be ongoing, it is difficult to be creative in the office where there are so many distractions.  The workplace can often be a hindrance to innovation as employees are so focused on their everyday tasks and addressing the challenges that arise.

Online communications can also be harmful to creativity.  We’ve become so dependent on communicating through email and holding meetings via video conferences that we have lost the personal interaction among co-workers that often fuels innovation.  Despite the increased productivity that new technologies offer, face-to-face meetings are still important for good team collaboration.

Off-site meetings have been proven to be extremely valuable in eliminating distractions, getting employees fully engaged and stimulating creativity.  CEOs should encourage periodic off-site events to help rid their team of distractions and get their motors running.

Many organizations hold off-site meetings in hotel conference rooms or other similar meeting spaces.  Although this gets employees in a new setting, they are often not much different than the meeting rooms at their offices.  Venues that have activities that enable team-bonding and camaraderie have proven to be extremely beneficial to jump-starting the creative juices and getting ideas flowing.

To encourage camaraderie and creativity, team-building exercises can be very effective.  Often exposing employees to new experiences, these activities help them think out of their normal routine and enable them to work together in a different environment and demonstrate different skills than they do in their day-to-day jobs.  These exercises help co-workers get to know each other better, facilitating better communications and improving future collaboration.  They can also be excellent for developing problem-solving skills and breaking down barriers often found in a corporate setting.

 

Be the Champion of Innovation

As Steve Job’s said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”.  CEOs must be the champion of innovation for their organization.  Think of yourself as the racecar driver and your employees as the pit crew.  You need to lead your team to continuously improve your products, services and operations to stay on the lead lap.  There are a lot of bends in the road on the track to success and you need to adjust and innovate to overcome obstacles in order to beat your competitors.

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Drive workforce engagement, or get left behind the curve.

For decades, businesses have operated under the precept that strong leadership can navigate any changing tide. However, according to Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey, the rapidly evolving dynamic between employers and employees can stress even the most capable leaders if organizations don’t rethink how they manage, evaluate, and reward their people. While building strong leadership remains paramount to every business, this year’s findings show that “culture and engagement was rated the most important issue overall” for corporate groups and employees alike. Not only that, the study shows that a significant gap exists between the importance of this issue and the readiness and ability of most company’s to address it.

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Go-Kart Racing Like a Champ… an 8 Time NHRA Champ!

Speed Raceway Cinnaminson, one of the east coast’s largest indoor, electric go kart racing facilities located in South Jersey had a special visitor this past Friday night. Eight-time NHRA Champion and Top Fuel drag racer Tony Schumacher came by to sign autographs, take pictures with guests and race against a few lucky fans. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Army Recruiting Center in Cherry Hill, NJ and two great local radio stations.

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A Few Reasons Go Kart Racing is Better than Family Fun Centers

Finding something to do that the whole family will enjoy is a tall order, there’s no doubt about that. This is especially true for families with younger kids and teenagers. A family fun center might come to mind as a good place to entertain them all, but don’t rush in. At an indoor go kart racing track, every member of the family age 6 and up can have a great time every time you go. Here are five reasons indoor go kart racing is better than family fun centers.

 

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Are You Making These 4 Go Kart Racing Mistakes?

Having a good time on the go-karting track is all well and good.  But sometimes you want your good time to include beating other drivers or beating your old race times. Read below to find out if you are making these 4 common go kart racing mistakes?

 

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7 Outside the Box Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

During the most romantic time of the year, show your Valentine that you truly care about them. Rather than just dropping money on an expensive gift or fancy dinner, make a memory that will last forever. Try out one of these 7 outside-the-box Valentine’s Day date ideas for a one-of-a-kind date. Continue reading

DON’T LET COLD WEATHER GET IN THE WAY OF FUN BIRTHDAY PARTIES

The parents of kids with spring and summer birthdays seem to have their pick of places to host birthday parties. Pools, amusement parks, and even simple outdoor parties at home are all options that give kids a good time and enough space to burn some energy. But that doesn’t mean that your winter baby can’t have a great indoor birthday party!  Don’t let cold weather get in the way of a fun South Jersey birthday party this year.

Beat The Cold Indoors

Instead, opt for a fun, indoor location that offers all of the excitement of an amusement park with the additional bonus of being easy to plan and fun for parents and kids of all ages. Speed Raceway in South Jersey is the perfect place for kids to burn energy and engage in the excitement of live action go-kart racing. Each child will be fully in charge of driving his/her own go-kart around our full go-kart racing track, which is sure to be just as exciting as any roller coaster!

Check Out Our Party Packages

Our party packages include a reserved start time for your guests as well as the use of a private party room. All of our packages include at least 2 races per person and medals for the top three finishers. You can choose from a variety of packages that offer upgrades such as tokens for the arcade, trophies for the top three finishers, and a t-shirt for the birthday child.

Reserve A Party Room

Our themed party rooms are the perfect spot for food, cake, and presents, and they are already decorated for your added convenience. You can bring your own food or choose from a selection of our preferred caterers to safe yourself the hassle of making and transporting your own food. We work with some of the best restaurants in the area, and your party specialist will be happy to make recommendations based on your preferences and needs.
Who needs a pool or amusement park to have a great birthday party? This winter, book your child’s birthday party at Speed Raceway for an experience s/he will never forget. Contact us today to get started!

Why Not All Birthday Parties Are Created Equal

Hosting a party at home often seems like a good idea. After all, how hard can it be to entertain your child’s friends and their parents? Yet hosting a party at a fun location like Speed Raceway is even easier than holding it at home, and we guarantee it is a lot more fun. Here’s a step by step comparison of a home party versus a party at a go-kart racing track that will convince you that all birthday parties are not created equal:

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The 10 Most Popular Birthday Party Themes of 2014

Sometimes it can be hard to pick the theme of your child’s birthday party. You want to find out what will make them the happiest, but it just doesn’t do any good to ask them. You’ll just get a different answer every week. Luckily for you, we handle this kind of stuff all the time. To help you get started, here’s a list of the ten most popular birthday party themes of 2014.

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