Gocart Racing Fundraiser -
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There are three great types of gocart racing fundraisers...

  1. Home-made push carts... for example, a downhill derby!
  2. Track racing with engine run gocarts.
  3. Or a pledge per lap event. This has BIG potential!

Both Are Fun & Profitable...

Each of these can be just as fun and profitable as the other, and each one will fit perfectly with a different set of circumstances, or different type of community.

Obviously you will choose the type of gocarting that will fit better with what you have in mind, and with what type of community your supporters are from.

For Example...

Are they hands on people with kids that would love to build gocarts and become the local downhill champion. Or are they jet setting businessmen who like to fly around a track at high speed!

To be honest most people will probably enjoy both types of gocart racing, and with luck and good organization, you might be able to use both of them!

There's loads of fun and funds to be had with a GoCart Racing Fundraiser! (Photo by Chris Breikss / Flickr.com)

With Both Types You Will Raise Funds By...

The great thing about both types of gocart racing is that you can hold them as a singular event or include them in a larger event, like at a summer fair!

Okay let's now take a look at each individual type of gocart racing...

PLEASE NOTE! Before running any type of fundraising event you should read the 'running charity fundraiser events' page and also the Instant Event Fundraising System.

Home-Made Push Carts –
A Gocart Derby:

Not only is this a really great Fundraiser, but it is also an amazing community builder! Family and friends all getting together, building their gocarts and then competing against each other...

Really powerful stuff!

Out of the two types of gocart racing fundraisers this one will be hardest to organize... but it'll also probably be a more profitable fundraiser!

The first thing you will need to do is to decide how you will hold your race...

Will it be a downhill derby or a flat race around a track with a pusher and driver the whole way... or maybe even a blind race where the driver is blind folded and the pusher has to shout directions to him!

Then Start Planning...

Once you've decided on how, you can then start planning the fundraiser.

Make sure you plan your health and safety at the event properly... Have an ambulance or a first aid person standing by in case of accidents etc..

You should have a few different prize sections, like best cart design/most extravagant cart design, best dressed, rowdiest team etc...

It will all add to the fun!

Also look to have a few different racing categories, like a father and son category, or under 18 category!

Make sure all your prizes are really super quality; no one wants to win junk!

The Fun Gocart Racing Fundraiser! (Photo by Michael Witzel / Flickr.com)

Add Fundraisers...

Ask for a modest entry fee and then use other fundraisers at the event to make the big cash. You could use...

  • A raffle
  • An auction
  • Betting
  • Food and drink sales
  • Other stalls etc.
  • An after party

Make sure you get corporate sponsorships from local companies and businesses as well!

You can even consider having a sponsorship competition where all the entrants have to get sponsors from family and friends or whoever they can get from.

The person with the highest amount sponsored wins a prize! Obviously all the sponsorship money will be yours!


One of the most important things you'll need to do is advertise properly. The more entrants and spectators you have, the more money you will raise. Simple!

Advertise through your website and newsletters. Send out a press release to local radio stations and media.

Put up posters and send out fliers! Do everything you can do while still keeping your advertising expenses as low as you can!

And lastly, make sure everyone has the most enjoyable day of their lives. Ensuring that they will always be willing to help out your cause!

For more ideas on promoting your gocart racing event read here.

Track Racing With Engine Run Gocarts:

You will more than likely always hire an outside company for this.

Whether you hire out their track for the day, or hire them to come set up a track for you with their gocarts (like during a summer fair), they will always make the running of a gocart racing fundraiser easier!

Essentially, they will organize and run everything to do with the racing... You'll just have to get the racers there and run the money side of the day!

A Few Things They Must Do & Have...

  • They must have a decent health and safety policy. And must follow it properly.
  • Mustn't be too expensive. You need to earn money from the event to! If they are expensive you won't be able to mark-up the entry fee much, which means that you won't earn much from the entry fees!
  • Must be willing to work with charities. The company must be willing to let you run other fundraisers (like a raffle, betting or drinks stall) during the gocarting and if possible, have a reduced price for fundraising causes.

You'll then need to obviously promote your event as much as possible to get as many people there as you can.

Rent Out Space...

If you're holding an event like a summer fair it might be an option to just rent out space to a gocart company, like you would to any other outside stand or stall.

This will then mean even less work and worry for you.

Do a search on Google below to find local Gocarting companies...

Run A Pledge Event (Big Potential):

You can either do this as an individual or as a group of fundraisers.

What you or your participants will do, is get people to pledge a donation amount for every lap completed in a certain time period. Either on an individual basis or as a group.

So For Example...

As an individual you could look to break a record over 24 hours, and solicit supporters or businesses to pledge $1 or 50 Cents for every lap completed.

Or as a group, each participant could recieve pledges and sponsorships for each lap that they complete. You can then give a prize to the participant who raised the most funds!

You'll need a method of taking pledges and then collecting the funds, so...

Setup A Pledge Site...

This will be the simplest way of doing it, and I'd recommend you use DoJiggy's Pledge Fundraising Software for it.

Take a good look around their site at the examples and information, and also setup a free trial with them to get a feel of how it all works!

Ending Off:

Whichever gocart racing fundraiser you hold, if you plan and organize it properly, it will be successful, fun and rewarding!

And always look for other creative ways of making your event more profitable. The sky is the limit!

If you want to hold other fundraising events I'd suggest that you also look at the golf day fundraiser.

It can be a really profitable and rewarding Fundraising event.

I wish you all the best of luck with your gocart racing Fundraisers!

Want To Fundraise Online?

Then setup your FREE Online Fundraising page, and start receiving donations today.

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