Raising Revenue through Booster Clubs, Sponsorships, and Foundations
By Bob Buckanavage
Bob Buckanavage is the executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association (PSADA). His responsibilities include professional development, corporate sponsorships, conference planning, publications, strategic planning, and state and national strategic alliances. Since the 2001-02 fiscal year, Bob has secured an averaged of over $100,000 per year in corporate sponsorships for the association.
In 1998, Bob founded the SportWellness Management Group, a company providing consulting services to schools and state associations across the country.
Throughout his career, Bob has been recognized for his leadership and dedication through the numerous awards that he has received from local, state, and national organizations. He has been inducted into three halls of game, including the National Interscholastic Athletic Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition, he has been a regular contributor to numerous state and national publications and frequent presenter of professional development workshops on the state and national level.
Bob began his esteemed career in public education with the Pennsbury School District in 1969. After teaching and coaching football and serving as assistant principal for the district 1973-75, Bob was appointed director of health, physical education and athletics for the district, a position he held until his retirement from public education in 1998.
Given today’s ever-tightening school budgets, outside funding is no longer a nicety but a necessity. Athletic departments routinely look to booster clubs, corporate sponsors, and alumni to cover costs of uniforms, scoreboards, equipment, transportation, and more. As an athletic director, coach, or other administrator charged with securing these funds, your success is based primarily on how effective you are in developing a network of funding sources and establishing and nurturing long-lasting relationships with these key providers.
Raising Funds through Booster Clubs, Sponsors, and Fundraisers was the topic of our free webinar, held Wednesday, October 30, and brought to you by ASEP and Clell Wade Coaches Directory. The webinar was led by Bob Buckanavage, executive director of the Pennsylvania State High School Association.
The ASEP Successful Coaching webinar series is offered free of charge to coaches, athletic administrators, athletic trainers, instructors, students, professionals, and parents interested in learning about the hottest topics in the sports arena. Webinars to date have addressed concussion management, bullying and social media, sports nutrition, and college recruitment.
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