Just to help with planning for the next season...
One of our biggest challenges was fundraising/sponsorship. I assume many school/organization groups at least have a base kit that gets reused each year and possibly some other support. (Probably not all of them.) But for a small group of homeschoolers that already pays for their own materials to teach each year, additional outside funding seems like a must. Do you have any tips for finding sponsors? Especially approaches for getting to the right person to talk to. For example, we were certain my husbands engineering company would be a great candidate, but he sent out several letters, spoke with HR, managers, even VPs and they didn't seem to have any clue where he should start. Same with some of Senior Health Care providers we tried. Is there a trick to this?
In the end, we did finally manage to scrape enough together from some smaller sources and we've been very careful to let them know just how thankful we are to them. But we want to get ahead of the game for our second year.
Also, not that we're too worried about this problem any time soon, if ever, but what do teams do that qualify past their regional tournaments? Do they get sponsors for that as well?
We never realized when our kids talked us into this how expensive this program is. And now were seeing that a part of some team strategies includes doing give aways as part of their team brand recognition (pins, buttons, stickers, etc). How can teams afford this along with everything else? I would think from a sponsors position this might be seen as a misuse of funds?
One last thing, this year the parents did most of the upfront leg work to find sponsors and then had the kids do the follow up work. Is it customary to have the kids also do the initial inquiries?
Thanks for any tips you may have.