Team 1902 has to raise enough money to cover an estimated Total Budget of $43,800.00. This includes just about everything, we are quite a bit short of our goal currently, about half and I’m sure there will be some other costs incured as there always is, but we’ll have to deal.
a.How much does each team member need to fundraise to be on the team?
Each member has a $50 dollar due just to be on the team. This goes into a general fund to get the ball rolling pays for general things like shirts, buttons, helps covers office supplies and such for team forms and promotional things. The $50 dollars can be achieved through fund raisers.
b.How much does each team member need to fundraise to travel to each competition?
The Florida Regional is free for travel and attendance fee for members. It is just a few miles from most of our houses, so no travel fee, nor hotel fee is incured.
The second Las Vegas Regional is required by students to pay or fund raise for. The hope is that enough hours participated in fund raising will defer the cost of travel. We have many fundraising options for the students and we hope they participate in as many as they can to cover there costs.
The same goes for the national championship.
c.Are the travel expenses seperate from the team’s budget?
Each member works to satisfy a personal travel budget but each fundraiser a certain percentage of the money goes to the team and a certain percentage goes to the student. ( varies with fundraiser ) The reason for this is often cost of the fundraiser needs to be covered, and general funds are needed which the students also benefit from.
d.How do you fundraise your money?
There are many methods 1902 uses to fund raise. First is through corporate sponsorship, In years past we have had Siemens Power Generation, and Lockheed Martin. This year we have received commitments from Siemens, Disney, and are still waiting on Lockheed, Kiwanis Club, and a few others.
Secondly we develop innovative fundraisers, including and not limited to, Car Washs, A no show ball, Advertisement Opportunity, and Pigging Lawns ( A fundraiser were we stick dozens of Pigs on Rockets in front lawns of friends and family and ask for a collection fee to come pick them up, or to send them to someone elses lawn. )
Lastly of course begging, pleading, praying. Raising the required money to cover all expenses for a FIRST competition can be challenging, asking and telling everyone you can about it is the most important thing you can do, you never know who will become interested and poney up some dough.