Fundraising University

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Franchise 500 2023
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#489 Ranked #488 last year
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Initial investment
$92K - $99K
Units as of 2023
49 Increase 104.2% over 3 years

Helping fund the dreams of school sports teams across the United States, Fundraising University employs a playbook of efficient strategies proven to raise the money needed to keep sports programs alive and student-athletes active. Comprised of former athletes and coaches, the team at Fundraising University has been helping equip students, reach out of town tournaments, and more for over ten years.

With more than $150 million raised for school sports teams throughout the U.S., Fundraising University has made it their mission to raise the most money in the least amount of time without adding to the already heavy workload of teachers and student-athletes. Fundraising University believes its proven methods not only bring teams closer together, but enrich communities with positive, lasting change.

Why You May Want To Start a Fundraising University Franchise

Anyone with a drive to help develop America’s next top athletes or who wants to ensure every student gets the opportunity to play may make an ideal Fundraising University franchisee. Although no specific prior experience is required, a business and/or sports background would prove beneficial. 

Most of all, Fundraising University franchisees should be people whose leadership abilities will prove crucial in helping coaches and students plan and execute fundraisers year after year. Relatively fast startup and low overhead costs also may help make Fundraising University appeal to budding entrepreneurs.

Fundraising University has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

What Might Make a Fundraising University Franchise a Good Choice?

A Fundraising University franchise employs an expert team of former athletes and coaches including basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, cheer/dance, and more. Fundraising University’s experts work directly alongside coaches and students and remain at their side every step of the way. In fact, not only does Fundraising University aid school sports teams to set and achieve their funding goals, but establishes strategies to bring even greater growth in subsequent seasons.

To be part of the Fundraising University team, you should make sure you’re financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company’s set net worth and liquid capital requirements. 

How To Open a Fundraising University Franchise

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Fundraising University franchising team questions. 

If a Fundraising University franchise is awarded to you, franchisees enter an intensive multi-week training course before returning to their communities where they’ll be able to remotely access ongoing training materials and the vast resources of Fundraising University’s corporate team.

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Company Overview

About Fundraising University

Industry Children's Businesses
Related Categories Fundraising, Miscellaneous Services
Founded 2009
Leadership Mike Bahun, CEO
Corporate Address 3317 S. Higley Rd., #114, #157
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Social Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2020 (4 years)
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises in the following US states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming

# of Units 49 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Fundraising University franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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Initial Investment Information Circle
$91,800 - $98,500
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
5% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing Fundraising University offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs
Third Party Financing Fundraising University has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 40 hours
Classroom Training 200 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 0-1
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022