Programming to Geeks! (3 of 4)

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Geeks have a secret power once they know each other; once Geeks know they can connect, their influence goes exponential. And that power can be harnessed for social justice and charity! And Geeks can use their powers for good!

Program: Fundraise with Geek Power!

This program is the Geek Power Readathon! Geeks shall read from either Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter books and at the same time raise money for charity. This charity could be worldwide like charity:water or Kiva. Maybe you want to do something local for literacy in your area or donating books to a women’s shelter so the kids there have plenty to read. So how do you do this kind of fundraiser?

Geeks will read from selected geeky read until they raise enough money or time has run out. For example students read from Lord of the Rings for 24 hour straight or until they raise X amount of money. Now the geeks must beware for the forces of darkness are against them. More on that below!

You need a podium, a place on campus to speak in front of a lot of people with high traffic, and have someone at a table with signage and two LARGE jars labeled “GOOD” and “EVIL”! People must read aloud until amount of money is raised in the GOOD jar, like $2,500. If someone puts money in the EVIL jar, it counts against the total. So for example, if there is $250 in the GOOD jar, and then some goblin puts $20 in the EVIL jar, there is only $230 towards the goal (but $270 total!!) Keep reading my geek brethren until you reach your goal. And make sure you have someone guarding both jars and tracking what gets put in what! (I’d update it every day and have the totals so people can rise up if EVIL is taking over!)

You’ll need a sign in sheet for students to decide what hours to sign up for. Other than signage and other marketing (college radio, etc.) that publicizes it, that’s all you need.

I’d get your English or Literature department on board and ask them to even read!

You can set up “guilds”, groups of students that fundraise and some can be for good (elves) and other not so much (Slytherin). The good guilds would fundraise for the GOOD jar and the evil guilds would attempt to sabotage, forcing the readers to be up there LONGER!

Have fun with it and show the world that geeks are a force for good and positive change!

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Greg Fondman

Greg Fondman

My names Greg. I'm your typical college student, obsessed with my fraternity (Pi Kappa Alpha), music and blogging. When it comes to advice from a college student who's been there, I'm your guy.