Fundraising (Ilderton Jets)


Fundraising and Sponsorship

The Projected Gap in Our Operating Budget

The proceeds of fundraising and sponsorship are expected to contribute to more then 10% of the projected operating budget of the organization for 2014-2015. Although this gap may not seem significant, our ice costs will continue to rise by 3% per year over the next few years and it will become increasingly difficult for IMHA to cover our costs. Fundraising activities, events and sponsorships will help us to achieve our objective of keeping hockey affordable and accessible for all. If we all do our part, registration fees can remain at current levels and we can continue to invest in player development and other programs that will contribute to the continued growth and success of our organization.

Below is an overview of the credit program, proposed organization and fundraising activities, events, community-based donation, sponsorship and partnership opportunities in place to help us reach our overall objective.

The Credit Program

A credit program has been established to encourage, track and compensate families that choose to assist IMHA in meeting our organization and fundraising objectives.  Individual player registrations for 2014-2015 included a contingency fee of $150 per player.  The contingency fee was paid in the form of a post-dated cheque at the time of registration.    

Every family is provided with an opportunity to recoup the contingency fee by earning the equivalent of 5 credits by end of the season.  If the minimum of 5 credits are earned, the post-dated cheque will be destroyed.    

If Billy Smith and Suzy Smith both played hockey in Ilderton, contingency fees associated with their registration would total
$300.  The Smith Family is provided with the opportunity to recoup 50% of the contingency fees by earning 5 credits or
100% of the contingency fees by earning 10 credits. 

Earned credits are non-transferable, will be tracked by player and summed by family.  The credit tracking sheet will be updated and posted to the website throughout the season.   Please do not hesitate to contact one of the current Directors of Sponsorship and Fundraising with any questions or concerns regarding the credit program or allocation of credits.     


New for the 2014/2015 Season

Contributions of our membership need to be acknowledged and recognized.  

Top three credit earners by the end of the 2014/2015 season will receive a $500 discount each to put towards 2015-2016 IMHA registration fees, powerskating and/or checking clinics.  

Discounts will not be accepted in lieu of payment of competitive tryout, league specific, late registration or contingency fees.


There are a variety of ways in which credits can be earned.

 (I)  Volunteering/Serving as a Board Member

Members are nominated to our Board on an annual-basis through a procedure conducted at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Our current board is comprised of 16 members that have been elected to serve in a variety of different capacities as Directors
of the organization.   Directors of the Board serve without compensation, are exempt from payment of game day gate fees and are allocated 5 credits for their time and efforts.

(II) Volunteering/Serving as a Coach

Members interested in coaching for 2014/2015 season were invited to submit an online application for consideration by the Coaches Selection Committee prior to May 31 2014.   Individuals selected to coach are provided with 5 credits for their
individual contributions and an additional 10 credits for allocation to team helpers, families and/or parents who assist them in their role (to a maximum of 2 credits per individual).   Additional credits are allocated at the discretion of the coaches but
are available for allocation to assistant coaches, team trainers, team managers, on-ice assistants, time keepers, jersey
washers, etc. 

(III) Volunteering/Serving as a Head Trainer

Head Trainer is a new non-board position introduced for 2014/015 season.  Team trainers are responsible for ensuring that all safety-related hockey risks are effectively managed and mitigated.  The Head Trainer will be responsible for tracking required certification dates/expiries, providing mentorship/leadership and ensuring expectations of the Team Trainer role are clearly understood and being met.   The Head Trainer will also be asked to compile an annual safety/risk management report for the Board detailing any significant areas of concern or for improvement.   Individuals interested in serving as Head Trainer are encouraged to communicate their interest, pertinent background and experience through any current Director of the Board. 
The individual selected as Head Trainer will be allocated 5 credits for meeting expectations of this new role.   

(IV)  Volunteering/Serving as a Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee Representative

A Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee comprised of one representative from each registered team will be formed at the
beginning of the 2014/2015 season.     Responsibilities will include regularly attending scheduled meetings and ensuring that
their respective teams and members made aware of activities/events that will help us to achieve our fundraising and organizational objectives.

Team-based fundraising activities or events are not permitted without the prior written consent and approval of the Board.

Suggestions, ideas and proposals for new fundraising and sponsorship activities and events will be discussed at the committee level but receive final approval from the Board prior to implementation.   Committee meetings will be scheduled and chaired by one of the current Directors of Fundraising and Sponsorship.   Each designated team representative will earn 3 credits for their participation on this committee.   Additional credits will be available for assuming leadership role in the planning of scheduled organization and/or fundraising activities and events.

(IV) Volunteering/Serving as the Standings Board Display Representative/Coordinator

The Standings Board Display Representative will be responsible for the design/layout of the Standings Board located within the lobby of the arena at the beginning of the season.   The Standings Board Display Coordinator is responsible for posting weekly updates/results for all leagues and teams on the standings board.  Both individuals require some technical computer skills in addition to the ability to print in an industrial manner.   Individuals interested in volunteering for either role are encouraged to express their interest through a current Director of the Board.  The Standings Board Display Representative and Coordinator will each earn 3 credits for their respective contributions. 

(V)  Volunteering/Assisting with Organization and Fundraising Activities/Events           

Members will be provided with an opportunity to volunteer/assist with scheduled organization and/or fundraising activities/events throughout the season.  Organization events include Photo Day at the beginning of the season and Annual Banquet at the end of the season.

Photo Day:   Sunday, October 19, 2014  

Silent Auction:  Saturday, February 14, 2015

Annual Banquet:  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More details concerning the above activities/events, available roles, tasks and credits that can be earned through volunteering to assist will be communicated out to the membership in advance of the scheduled activity/event.

(VI)  Donating Products/Services to the Silent Auction

The silent auction remains the single most effective means for members to earn credits and raise funds in support of IMHA.  Close to $9,000 was raised in 2013/2014 through the sale of products and/or services donated by our membership, sponsors
and community-based partners.   D
onations coordinated by families of registered hockey players will be assessed at fair
market retail value and credits will be earned at a rate of 1 credit per $30 donated. 

Product and service donations from community-based partners will be sought independent of member participation in the credit program.

All parents of registered players that purchase a ticket and attend the silent auction will be allocated a ½ credit for coming out in support of the event irregardless of making a donation or purchase.



New for the 2014/2015 Season.

Format of the silent auction will change to increase participation and involvement of our membership.   We would like to encourage families to consider bundling individual product and/or service donations with other families in such a way that they may more broadly appeal to individuals in a live auction format then if sold individually through silent auction.

Examples of bundled packages.

-The Chefs Table –

- Family Fun Pack –

- Ultimate Sports Package –

- Romantic Getaway –

Please do not hesitate to contact one of the current Directors of Sponsorship and Fundraising to share your ideas, thoughts and suggestions to help us build upon the success of the Silent Auction.    


Organization and Fundraising Activities/Events

Organization activities/events contribute to the overall environment that we are providing for our kids to play hockey in Ilderton.    Go Jets Go!  Examples include the Photo Day and Annual Banquet.   Fundraising is not the primary objective as with the Silent Auction or other fundraising activities/events.    Ideas, thoughts and suggestions are always welcome as to new activities/events that will help us in reaching our organization and fundraising objectives.    All activities/events will be discussed at Committee Level and receive approval from the Board prior to implementation.   It is recognized that the continued success of IMHA will be dependent on our ability to maintain the support, commitment and involvement of our members and community partners.  


Community-Based Donation, Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities

IMHA is open to considering donations, sponsorships or new forms of partnership that will help us in meeting our objective of keeping hockey affordable and accessible for all families with kids aged 4 to 19 living in Ilderton and surrounding areas.  Every effort will be taken by IMHA to ensure that all donations, sponsorships and partnerships are appropriately recognized.

Local Service Group and Foundation Donations

IMHA continues to benefit from generous donations from local service groups and foundations located within Ilderton and surrounding areas.   These donations offset operating costs and have been used to make specific equipment purchases such as goalie equipment.    Local service groups include the Lions and Optimists Club of Ilderton.   The Roy Davis Foundation has also provided IMHA with funds needed to purchase equipment and financial assistance for families in need.   IMHA and its members are greatly appreciative of the continued support it receives from local service groups and foundations.

Team Jersey Sponsorships

A team jersey sponsorship program was launched in 2013-2014.  Sponsorship provides recognition/advertising for sponsor names on a set of team jerseys, the dressing room board within the arena and website.   Team jersey sponsorships required a commitment of $1500 over a 5 year term.   This program is currently fully subscribed for the 2014-2015 season.

Community-Based Partnership Programs

London Knights Hockey Club

London Knights Hockey Club has been a great community-based partner for IMHA and other local organizations.  Our teams at various levels have taken advantage of opportunities to skate on the “big ice” at Budweiser Gardens, to meet and greet the players and to attend regular season and playoff hockey games at group rates.  Minimum ticket purchase commitment applies with a portion of sales returned to support IMHA.   Please contact one of the current Directors of Sponsorship and Fundraising
to learn more about this opportunity and to book an experience that would be best suited for your team.



New for the 2014/2015 Season.

London Knights Hockey Club has offered IMHA with an opportunity to host a 50:50 draw at one of their home games in support of our organization and fundraising efforts.

Our game date:

Friday, November 14 2014, 7:30 pm

 London Knights vs. Owen Sound Attack

We will be looking to recruit 20-40 volunteers to successfully run the draw and make the most out of this opportunity to raise funds.

Tim Horton’s

Tim Horton’s sponsors the purchase of Timbits Minor Sports team jerseys for use by kids aged four to eight and hosts an annual Timbits Jamboree for them in partnership with the London Knights.  The 3rd Annual Timbits Jamboree will be held at Budweiser Gardens on Family Day, Monday, February 16th 2015.   The Jamboree will take place from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and
all participants are invited to purchase tickets to stick around and watch the London Knights game against Saginaw at 2:00 pm.   Further information on how to participate in the Jamboree or attend the game will be made available in September.

Komoka Classics Senior A Hockey Club

IMHA has partnered with the Komoka Classics Senior A Hockey Club in hosting an annual fundraising golf tournament at Firerock Golf Club in the Spring of each year.  Registration fees include use of the driving range, lunch, dinner and 18-holes of golf.  A portion of the proceeds raised at the tournament have been directed back to support our organization.  Now is the time to start thinking about pulling together your team for 2015.    More details concerning the planned tournament will become available in the New Year! 

Pete's Sports

Pete's Sports became the exclusive apparel and equipment supplier to Ilderton Jets in 2013/2014.    Pete's sells a wide range of personalized Jets logo items, including track suits, sweat shirts, hoodies, T-shirts, hats, equipment bags in addition to a broad line of equipment and supplies.    A portion of all Ilderton Jets Logo sales is returned back to support IMHA.   Be sure to let Pete's know that you are an Ilderton Jet.


New for the 2014/2015 Season.

A game puck program is currently in the process of developed.  Game pucks are a great way to encourage kids at the younger ages to try their best and are a novelty item that can be sold along with stickers, pins, etc.     

IMHA is hoping to find one or more a community-based partner/sponsors to assist with the launch of this program.


Please do not hesitate to contact one of the current Directors of Sponsorship and Fundraising to discuss any further ideas, suggestions or thoughts that you might have in relation to donation, sponsorship or partnership opportunities for IMHA.


Other Sources of Financial Assistance Available to Families

A variety of programs exist to assist families in need of financial assistance to help with the costs of registering and/
or equipping their kids to play hockey in Ilderton.

Canadian Tire JumpStart Program -

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a nationally registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game.    The program provides funds to families with kids ranging in age from 4 to 18.  It assists with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming.   Information and applications for obtaining funding can be made in confidence through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart representative local to the region.  The local representative can be reached through the toll free number, 1-877-646-6600.


Roy Davis Foundation


The Roy Davis Foundation, through Hockey AnyOne, offers financial assistance for the children of families with financial restraints to participate in organized sports in the communities of Ilderton and Lucan.   Funding from the Roy Davis Foundation has utilized for the purchase of team equipment for the Ilderton Minor Hockey Association (IMHA).  An application for financial assistance from the Roy Davis Foundation can be through one of the current Directors of Sponsorship and Fundraising for IMHA. All applications for funding and family names will be kept in confidence.


Chevrolet Free Hockey Helmet Program

Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey program has handed out more then 50,000 free Bauer youth hockey helmets to 5 yr old players over the last four seasons.   To qualify for the 2014/2015 season your player must be registered to play hockey with Hockey Canada and be born in 2009.   Registration for the Chevrolet Free Hockey Helmet Program is now open.   Further information and details concerning the registration process and steps to obtaining your free hockey helmet can be obtained through the following website -

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