The Game Changer: Social Fundraising for Golf Outings

In recent years, the concept of social fundraising has gained significant traction, revolutionizing how non-profits and charitable causes raise money. Social fundraising empowers supporters to fundraise online for their cause.

This emerging wave of online activism is particularly advantageous for golf outings, which traditionally have relied on in-person participation and sponsorships. Now just about any golf event should be using some form of social fundraising to augment their existing programs.

Understanding Social Fundraising

Social fundraising, also known as peer-to-peer fundraising, leverages the power of social networks to increase reach and donations. It enables individuals to help sell a digital product linked to an organization’s cause. These fundraisers then share their organization’s unique product link via social media, email or SMS messaging, effectively amplifying their fundraising efforts by tapping into their networks.

This method is particularly compelling because it transforms supporters into advocates. When a fundraiser shares their link, they’re not just asking for donations; they’re inviting friends and family into a story—a cause they passionately support. This personal endorsement is powerful, with donations often made because a trusted contact has highlighted a cause’s importance.

Why Golf Outings are a Perfect Fit for Social Fundraising

Golf outings offer a unique blend of entertainment and networking, making them an excellent platform for social fundraising. They typically attract participants who are not only interested in the sport but also in supporting good causes, which creates a fertile ground for fundraising. Here’s why social fundraising and golf outings are a perfect match:

  1. Extended Reach: Traditionally, the fundraising reach of a golf event might be limited to the participants at the event and a few sponsors. Social fundraising allows organizers and participants to reach beyond the physical attendees to a much larger audience – think friends of friends, potentially increasing the funds raised significantly.
  2. Reduced Time and Overhead: By using digital platforms for social fundraising, golf outing managers can add a whole new revenue stream that requires virtually no additional time on their part because their participants are doing the work. Digital coupon books like Chicago Golf Rewards simply provide a unique signup link for an event to share. There’s no cost to the charity, who also receives $25 of each $50 annual subscription sold by their participants. 
  3. Engagement Beyond the Event: With social fundraising, the engagement isn’t confined to the day of the golf outing. Participants can start raising funds as soon as they register, maintaining momentum before, during, and after the event. This extended timeframe significantly boosts fundraising potential.


How to Implement Social Fundraising in Your Next Golf Outing

Adopting social fundraising for your golf outing requires strategic planning and the right tools. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Choose the Right Platform: Select a fundraising platform or tool that supports social sharing and is easy to use. Chicago Golf Rewards provides a custom product purchase link so all the event manager will need to do is provide the link to their participants and cash the check once social sharing is complete.
  2. Empower Your Participants: Provide your golfers with the tools and information they need to succeed. This includes ideas for sharing their event link on social media, and tips for reaching out to their network.
  3. Create Compelling Content: Encourage participants to share their personal stories and reasons for supporting the cause. Content that resonates on an emotional level is more likely to inspire donations.
  4. Offer Incentives: Motivate participants with incentives such as prizes for top fundraisers or tiers of rewards based on the amount raised. This not only spurs competition but also makes the fundraising experience more rewarding.
  5. Promote Widely: Use every channel available to promote the golf outing and its social fundraising component. This includes email campaigns, social media posts, SMS messaging and traditional marketing methods like flyers and posters.
  6. Celebrate Success: After the event, share the results and celebrate the achievements of your participants. Highlighting individual and collective successes can foster a sense of community and accomplishment, encouraging continued support.


Social fundraising represents a significant shift in how charitable donations are gathered, making it a perfect complement to events like golf outings. By harnessing the power of digital platforms and the persuasive influence of personal networks, golf outings can reach unprecedented fundraising levels. As more organizations recognize the benefits of this approach, social fundraising is set to become a standard practice in event fundraising, turning every golfer into a potent advocate for their chosen cause.


Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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