9 Unique Fundraising Ideas for Your Sorority

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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of a sorority is the community service requirement. Working with your sisters to make a difference can change your whole perception on life. However, raising funds for your big plans or for a worthy cause can be difficult when you’re in college. But with some creativity, drive, and passion, you can take these great ideas to the next level!

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1.   Dance Marathon

Hosting a dance, social, or ball has always been a sorority must-do. But what if the party never stopped? And what if the attendees didn’t just show up, but they were sponsored to? Hosting a dance marathon takes loads of advanced pay-off and outside assistance, but it can raise huge amounts when the campus gets involved.

2.   Campus 5K

Races and fun-runs aren’t just popular with college students, but this is a great way to attract attention from a community already familiar with charity giving: runners! Promote your race around the neighborhood or on popular race sites for even more participation and entry fees.

3.   Bailout a Sister

Have a free weekend? Build a makeshift jail near the student union or cafeteria and place a couple of popular sisters (or even brothers) inside for the day. To get out, their “bail” must be paid. Get creative by adding signs of their crimes or making the jailed person annoying enough to grab attention (jail-themed music, cries for freedom, etc.).

4.   Panhellenic Olympics

Raising funds shouldn’t be done alone. Your other Greek friends can play a big role with a fun round of Panhellenic Olympics. Each sorority or frat pays to participate in fun competitions such as bed races, powderpuff football, or miniature golf.

5.   Business Partnership

While not terribly exciting, partnering with businesses is still the most effective way of bringing in quick cash. You can add a bit of a twist by hosting a BINGO night at a local bar or have your girl’s guest waitress for the night.

6.   Silent Date Auction

Silent date auctions are a blast when done right. To make them fun and safe for all involved, don’t offer the girls at a free-for-all style auction on stage. Instead, make sure you set ground rules regarding the date (auction the actual date when possible, such as a gift card to a restaurant when paired with sorority sister). Most of all, don’t pressure any girl to participate who doesn’t want to – a random date can be very intimidating!

7.   Holiday Sales

There is an endless amount of ways you can use the holidays to raise funds. For example, host international students for a Thanksgiving at the house, have a caroling-on-demand troop or pass out Valentines and roses.

8.   Tailgate Cook-Off

You’re already at the games and tailgating with food and games, why not let others join in for a few bucks! Make and publicize a themed tailgate and sell your food, memorabilia and bake goods to sell to hungry football fans. It’s a touchdown for everyone!

9.   Lip Sync Night

Lip sync contests are tons of fun. Giving college kids the chance to show off their own skills can help your charity get the attention it needs. Add in costumes and dances, or throw in twists such as a spin-the-wheel song for finalists.

Getting involved with a great cause is a wonderful thing for your sorority. With these ideas, you can attract not only funds but love to your charity of choice!

Student Athletes with a Vision-The Ripon Red Hawks

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rp_to-do-list-image-1024x764.jpgThe schedule of a student-athlete is a grueling yet rewarding test of independence, passion, and dedication. For many collegiate athletes, fundraising is just another part of the routine. The way a Division I athlete might have three scheduled workouts a day, student-athletes for smaller programs must combine these training sessions with fundraising efforts that make their sport possible.

OCM is honored to make an assist to the student athletes of the Ripon Red Hawks’ Women’s Basketball Team in Ripon, Wisconsin- a perfect example of a student group with a vision who earns much of their opportunity through fundraising.

“Fundraising is integral to our program experience,” says Lauren Johnson, Head Coach of the Red Hawks. “Our student athletes raise money for travel, game promotions, gear, and winter break trips. OCM has done a terrific job providing us with opportunities to create funds within our program.”

Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for more news about the Ripon Red Hawks!

Follow @RCCoachLauren and check out the team’s Highlights on Youtube

To be able to reward hard-working student athletes with fun, hands-off fundraising programs is a job OCM truly enjoys. It is a special type of commitment seen in athletes like the Red Hawks, one that deserves admiration, recognition, and support.

The Red Hawks and OCM have teamed up to offer a suite of services to Ripon students and their families, all of which benefit the Women’s Basketball team. Ripon’s Residence Hall Linens Program provides families of first year students with a creative variety of XL-sheets, bedding, and décor for move-in.

For the times when students need that extra “home-court” advantage, the Red Hawks have their back with a care package program for nearly every milestone during the first year of college.

“Our program can reach out to non-basketball families and students and creates a better environment and experience for all students on campus,” said Johnson.

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This past year, we traveled to a tournament in Southern California. Some of our players experienced flying, visited a theme park and competed in a different region and state for the first time. Fundraising made that experience possible, one which will last as a lifetime memory for our student athletes.

In addition to OCM, The Red Hawks launch T-Shirt sales and sell raffles throughout the year as part of their fundraising campaign. Keep an eye out for these fundraisers, and other news about Red Hawk sports, on the Ripon College Athletics Facebook page, AND here in OCM in the future!

Coach Johnson concluded by saying, “I would highly recommend fundraising programs to other coaches and programs,” that a decision to help her student athletes earn opportunities to compete and enjoy all they can earn is an easy one. Thanks for sharing your story Red Hawks! We are proud to call ourselves your teammates.

Know another student group that deserves a boost? Think an OCM fundraiser can help your group? Let us know! Email me at gkehoe@ocm.com with the Subject “Student Dedication from [your group] at institution name]” and I’ll do my best to get your cause out there!

 

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!