Fundraising Toolkit

Student participation in a FIRST® program offers a life changing experience that inspires innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership. Starting and subsequently sustaining a FIRST team requires commitment, organization and financial support in order to be successful. 

Recognizing the need for information to help new teams get started, FIRST has developed a new resource to guide teams as they learn the art of raising funds. Through a generous grant from the Argosy Foundation, FIRST Senior Mentor Renee Becker has created the FIRST Team Fundraising Toolkit to assist any FIRST team with the challenges of raising money.

Primarily geared towards older students who participate in FRC and FTC, FLL Coaches may also find valuable information in the toolkit for their teams, too. Topics covered include writing a team business and fundraising plan (a requirement to receive a rookie grant), community analyses, ‘how-tos’ on approaching a potential sponsor, recognizing and thanking sponsors, ideas for community fundraisers and much more.

The toolkit sections are presented in PDF format along with a series of informational webinars featuring successful FRC veteran teams. Additional information will be posted to the toolkit throughout the season and post Championship.

If a team has any questions, suggestions, or comments about the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit, please contact Renee Becker, the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit Coordinator, at rbecker@usfirst.org.  

Learn more about how to develop a team fundraising plan through the following resources and examples:

  • SECTION 2 – COMMUNITY ANALYSISHelps teams gain a better understanding of their community and the opportunities available locally to them.