Tips on Throwing Your First Sorority Fundraiser

fundraiser1When sorority sisters want to get together and make a big difference for an important cause, throwing a fundraiser is one of the best ways to do it. There are so many nonprofit organizations in the community that have limited staff and resources to manage their own fundraising – help from your sorority could be exactly what they need to reach their goals!

Organizing and running a fundraiser can be a challenge the first time. Still, if you take it on, you could find that it makes an amazing impact. Not only do you have the chance to support a cause you care about, but you’ll also develop skills in connecting with the community that can be valuable in many different careers.

Chances are, your chapter has thrown many fundraisers, but if you’re a new member, you may not have had experience in the planning process.

So, how do you actually go about getting started with your first sorority fundraiser? It’s easy:

  •   Chat with members of your sorority to learn about fundraisers your chapter has thrown.
  •   Research the organization your event is being held for.
  • Brainstorm ideas about how to create the most buzz around your fundraiser.
  • Help plan and execute the event with your sisters.

If you’re going to be fundraising on campus, you have plenty of opportunities to get more people involved by going to other campus events, spreading flyers, or having your intentions announced in the campus paper. No matter whether you’re going to be on campus or off, your fundraiser needs to be enticing to get people to donate to your cause!

Getting people excited for your philanthropic event is easier than it seems. Try one of these ideas:

fundraiser2Try a Recycling Program

The great thing about a recycling program is that virtually everyone on campus will be able and willing to participate, even if they can’t make a direct donation to your cause. You can help save the environment by going door to door and collecting cans and other recyclables. Not only will this help the Earth, but you’ll get reimbursed based on the amount you collect.

Do a Holiday Walk – Any Holiday Will Do!

Holidays offer many opportunities to get involved helping those in need. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and other holidays throughout the year put people in a good mood, which can make them more generous. Dressing up in holiday-appropriate costumes will get you the attention you need to make a connection with others. Plus, you can have a lot of fun!

Sell Baked Goods or Food

College students love events that include food! An event where you and your sisters cook a tasty meal can be great because you may be able to partner with your campus Resident Assistants and get them to kick in their influence and budget toward your idea. This kind of fundraiser is most effective on the morning of big local events like parades.
Philanthropy is a big part of sorority life, and throwing a fundraiser is a great way to raise money for a good cause. Bring lots of energy and a can-do spirit to your fundraiser and you might find it’s even more successful than you imagined!