Fundraising Ideas and Tips
Student Life realizes that many of our club members are juggling class work, family obligations, jobs, and a social life. We appreciate the work you do to make your clubs and organizations successful!
Part of what it takes to run a club involves planning events and raising funds. To assist you, we have compiled a list of event ideas that you may want to try out.
We suggest you connect with the Student Life Office, Rollins Student Center, Room 112 or the Student Service Coordinator at Upper Bucks or Lower Bucks Campuses if you have any questions or would like to talk about ideas to generate dollars.
Or you may want to call us at 215-968-8257, or email us.
Attention Student Organizations!
You can run a raffle with virtually any prize. You will need to promote it well before the day of the event, and then again in the hours right before it is set to run.
Student Life can help you come up with ideas for what event would best suit your club, as well as how to promote it so that it can be a success. Some common raffle themed events include:
- 50/50 Raffles Sell tickets, and then take half of the proceeds for the club and half goes to the winner of the raffle.
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction Get people together for a good cause. Meet new people and have a lot of fun in the process. If possible, contact local celebrities to take part in the auction to draw more attention.
Getting people involved often means bringing out their competitive spirit. What better way to do this than to plan an event centered on games or tournaments?
With these types of events, a theme should be selected around which the games can be centered. Themes could be anything, but should be related in some way to a club’s area of expertise. Some game based events that have found success in the past include:
- Night at the Races Gather people for a night of horseracing, indoors! Old footage of actual horse races with announcers doing commentary can be shown, with any number of variations on how to raise money. One way would be to keep track of who picked winners in each race and give prizes out at the end. An entry fee for all participants can help raise funds for the club
- Bingo Everyone has played Bingo at some point in their lives. Perhaps couple this game with a larger event and purchase prizes for the winner of each round.
- Field Day Build some school spirit by organizing a Field Day of outside sporting events on a nice day. Tug-of-war, obstacle courses, Sumo wrestling suits, high jump, and countless other events could be done. Think of it as an Olympics for your school, and your club is the sponsor! This event is great for getting publicity for a newly formed club or can be an inexpensive event to do as a reward for accomplishing a club’s goal.
- Tournaments This can take any form your club wants it to take, whether that be board games, video games, races, or athletic events. Whatever gets your club members and others excited is the goal. Most tournaments ask for an entry fee and this goes a long way towards generating money for your club.
Sales are perhaps the most common method that clubs utilize when trying to raise funds, and for good reason. They are easy to carry out, requires little set up, and can be done several times a year. Bake sales are always a favorite, but don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd by selling other items, such as:
- Gourmet lollipops
- T-shirts with your club’s logo
- “Going Green” recycled material products
- CFL light bulbs
- Hershey kisses with optional love note tags attached
Service based fundraisers require little more than a good idea and some elbow grease. Club members are the likeliest people you can recruit, but if you pick something inspiring then others will join in as well. A charity walk for cancer research, for example, can get tons of support and donations to give to a non-profit as your club’s community service project. Other examples include:
- Car wash
- Raking leaves
- Outdoor Movie Night
- Dances / Dance-a-thon
- BBQ contest
- Shave the head/moustache/beard of a beloved (and willing!) professor
- Kissing Booth