Many of the teams within any school get little or no funding for their activities, so the students must find ways to provide their own. Car washes and bake sales have always been popular activities to raise money, and they bring a welcome sense of camaraderie to students and their advisors. They provide a way to fund the activity and travel of a school team, but they also draw students closer to their community.
Selling items for team activities has grown with the advent of the internet, and students have also come up with their own ways to garner support. Some of them build support through family and friends, and others use local retail outlets to get out the message of need to locals. Those who have the ability to organize social media campaigns have found they have a new voice online, and they realize the value of their social capabilities in terms of funds gathered to help their school teams.