Sorority Fundraising Ideas to Elevate Your Greek Life
Running a sorority is expensive. Between organizing events, paying for house renovations, donating funds to charities, or serving the community, there are lots of expenses that you and your sisters need to consider. On top of all this, it can be hard to come up with great sorority fundraising ideas. As a college student, it is sometimes difficult enough to rub two pennies together, let alone find money to give to other people. However, there is a way to find the money you need to keep your sorority afloat. Fundraising is a great way to find the money you need to keep up with all of the costs.
There are lots of ways to fundraise for your sorority, and a lot of the things on this list are things you can do together with friends. Don’t think this will be easy though; great sorority fundraising ideas are in short supply. Afterall, who wants to give up their hard earned cash? By raising money, you and your friends can give back to the community and donate to charities that are important to you. Depending on what type of organization you are donating to and what type of Greek organization you are, you can modify and alter these different fundraisers to suit your specific needs.
Establish a partnership
There are plenty of businesses in your local area that would be more than willing to help you with your fundraising endeavours. Establish a partnership with a restaurants, ice cream shop or any local business, stating that a certain percentage of your sales will go to the charity you are donating for. Anywhere from 5 cents to 20 cents in every dollar is a great way to make money for charity.
You can collect change from everyone attending campus events or from local areas. Make sure you share just what
the money can do.
For example, you could say that $4 can provide school lunch for one whole year for a school girl in a developing country, $7 buys a set of textbooks and $29 can buy new school uniforms. This means that the small dollars and cents that people contribute can make a big difference in the long-run.
Inspirational women’s only night
You could host an inspiring women night at your sorority and invite some notable women speakers who can give talks on success and striving for greatness as a woman. You can charge people $15 to $20 entry and the money can go to the charity. You can spread the world and invite people’s mothers, grandmothers, aunties, teachers, counsellors and mentors to hear from some great women. You can set up a fundraising site for people to buy tickets and collect some light refreshments for the night.
“Give me five!” campaign
Most people will grab a Starbucks on the way to class or work. Why not implore them to donate that $5 to your campaign. When multiple $5 notes are added together, they make a big difference.
Casino night fundraiser
Events like these always take a great deal of work and dedication, they are also a great way to make money. You can charge a cover fee and use that to pay for the items you will need for the night. You will also be able to find some local businesses who are happy to support you with a chance to sponsor it. You will also need some prizes for a silent auction, which you can also source from local businesses.
Why not host a 24-hour dance marathon to raise some funds? All you need is some good spirit, some great donors and some good publicity. The University of California raised more than $200,000 in 2006 for the UNC Children’s Hospital For The Kids Fund with this method.
There are a lot of companies that pay students to complete online surveys. These can be done in your own time and can earn you between $10 and $25 per survey. If you participate in an online focus group you could earn up to $75. If you get your whole sorority online, you can make some decent fundraising money in no time.
Collect all old textbooks, novels or children’s books and start a book drive at your local campus. Charge $3 per book and you will find that you will make a decent dent in your fundraising budget. Make sure you advertise well by putting signs up around the campus and post on the university’s Facebook page. This gives you maximum reach. Another great way to find books is to go to local thrift stores and pick up the classics for next to nothing.
There are plenty of eligible bachelors in your campus that want a date with a great lady, and vice versa. Host a rent-a-date night where guys can pay a certain fee and have a great date with a beautiful lady. Promote the event with flyers and make a Facebook page. Hold an auction night and charge a small cover people to cover the costs of advertising and hosting the event. Have an auctioneer start the bidding and manage the auction. This is always a fun event and can end with some very interesting results.
What you will need for this is event a great theme, someone who stamp hands and collect donations, a DJ with some great music and some decorations – and of course somewhere to host the event. Choose a theme such as 70s disco, The Great Gatsby or angels and demons and let the fun ensue. You could charge a lower price to people dressed up and a higher price to people who are not in costume, that way you encourage everyone to get in on the fun.
Ballroom dancing lessons
This is a great way to have some fun and learn a great new skill. You can hire a local ballroom dancing teacher and charge a cover fee for people to come in and take dance lessons. Make sure you have a system where people can sign up and pay in advance. You could even turn it in to a series of events and collect more money for the charity, but this would be if you could afford to pay the dancing teacher across those lessons, and how much you aim to make from the event.
Much like the ballroom dancing classes, the cooking classes could function in the same way. You could find a local chef or restauranteur who could help you out with the lessons. Similarly, you could charge people for attending these classes and donate all the profits to charity.
There are plenty of ways to fundraise but you should try and make the most out of any fundraising exercise you do. Here are some great ways to maximise the amount you fundraise:
- Use social media – You’re always checking your profiles to keep up to date with your friends anyway, so why not use social media to your advantage to get the word out.
- Take advantage of holidays – There is always a “something” day, whether that is Nutella day or “hug a redhead day”. Take advantage of those days for your fundraising campaign.
- Set a goal – Make sure you set a goal so that you know what you are woking for. This makes it much more achievable.
Send thank you notes – It is a very simple thing to do but it leaves a nice taste in everyone’s mouth. Next time you have to fundraise, people will be much more likely to give.