101 – Chris Carneal: Entrepreneur & Founder of Boosterthon

chriscarneal28129Chris Carneal is an innovative leader who is not only impacting his organization, Boosterthon, but also the next generation of leaders by growing a national fundraising company from one elementary school in Alabama to thousands of schools in 21 states across the U.S.

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Since 2001, the Boosterthon Fun Run team has been serving schools across America, providing a fun, healthy alternative to sales-driven fundraisers. The Boosterthon Fun Run is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and this year we’ll serve more than 700,000 students at 1000 excellent schools in 22 states across the U.S. Boosterthon works to transform the way schools go about fundraising.

Where traditional product sales are purely transactional in nature, they’ve designed the Boosterthon Fun Run to be first and foremost, relational. Transactions don’t make schools great. People make schools great.

Chris believes that if you want to strengthen schools, you start with the people. While the funding matters, he views the greatest impact happens by pulling alongside our schools and serving each person we meet.  Boosterthon strives to:

  • Serve administrators by helping them forge a positive, energetic school culture where students love to learn.
  • Relieve teachers of the stress of fundraising, freeing them up to do what they do best—invest in their students.
  • Energize parent organizations with a hassle-free event that rallies families to get involved and provides the resources to fund their budget.
  • Impact students with an unforgettable nine day experience that leaves the lasting value of an engaging character and fitness campaign.

Since Chris started the Boosterthon Fun Run in 2001, he’s been working to provide a remarkable experience for each school they serve. Chris founded the Boosterthon Fun Run on four values:

  • Integrity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Leadership
  • Results

After a decade of school funding experience, the values are still the same. Now 11 years since the first Boosterthon Fun Run, Chris spends his year traveling the country visiting his hundreds of team members, imparting best practices to them and celebrating the continued growth and successes of the team.

Comments 3

  1. My boys “fun run” is tomorrow & I’m keeping them home. I am disgusted w/the way they have been manipulated & encouraged to beg for money. My 6-yr-old is now worried that we are “poor” because we don’t have extra funds for pledges. To call your scheme character building is infuriating. How dare you use innocent children to make a living. My boys have to sit & watch while their classmates get “prizes” & they sit with nothing…& know it won’t end for another week. And “fitness”? It’s two miles…one day! Do you think all of these children’s parents are stupid?

    1. Heather,
      I just left my sons Fun Run and after reading your post, I am a bit frustrated with you as a parent!!! The Boosterthon Fun Run, has given my son the ability to strive to raise money to help his school…he didn’t have to beg for money…Boosterthon provided technology for him and I to work together with technology for his pledges. He was excited to work to help his school in raising funds for their needs. He was rewarded respectfully for his efforts; and I was eager to help! That is what being a parent is all about…Get up and get moving!!! Don’t be so negative…Beats selling candy bars!!!

  2. Hey, Chris I’m Michele Beaver an EC Teacher Assistant at Mallard Creek Elementary School in Charlotte NC. I have been with CMS for 8 years and I this is my second school in CMS that has brought the Boosterthon team family to their school. I wanted to take the time to say what a blessing Martie Macfly and her team family has been to me the past two weeks. They have been an encouragement to the children, sharing their passion daily, and just being a light when dark try’s to come in. I know that each of Martie and her team have a special place in my heart. Go and spread the light of Jesus Christ because that is what your family the boosterthon has that makes a difference daily. Thank you Chris and your wife for having a dream so many years ago right out of college. God had a plan for you and your passion’s and your changing life’s daily.

    Thank you again Martie Macfly and all of her boosterthon family. You rock and lift peoples life daily. Your amazing.

    Michele R. Beaver
    EC Teacher Assistant
    Mallard Creek Elementary
    Jan. 15, 2015

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