Every spring, Greek organizations on college campuses come together for a week of community building. Fraternities and sororities unite in the tradition of Greek week, where they participate in a mixture of social, sporting, scholastic, and charitable events. The purpose of these activities and friendly competitions is for the chapters to develop meaningful relationships and to celebrate the Greek values, all while raising money to gift to a philanthropy.
One way to collect donations easily throughout the week is to create a crowdfunding campaign. On your campaign page, you can add a description explaining why your sorority or fraternity is participating in Greek week. Make sure to add high-quality photos from past years and promotional videos for the upcoming year to help spread awareness. Once your campaign page is polished, ask your chapter members to share it on their social media pages to get the most exposure. With a crowdfunding campaign, anyone can donate to your chapter’s cause, even if they aren’t able to attend an event.
Greek week often kicks off with a big event and continues throughout the week with activities that lead up to the final competition. Preparing for Greek week requires a lot of careful planning and organization between chapters. Here is a list of Greek week ideas that all can double as offline fundraising events to help launch your planning for next year’s Greek week. Before you plan your own event read Seven Simple Tips for Hosting a Successful Fundraising Event.
Thrilling greek week ideas
1. Greek Olympic games
One way to kick off Greek week in a big way is to organize a field day of Olympic style games. This can be held on your campuses’ quad or field with a lot of open space. Pick a handful of athletic competitions for sororities and fraternities to do, such as tug-of-war, a water balloon toss, a food eating contest, an obstacle course race, a corn hole, and any other fun game that may come to mind. You can open up the event to the larger college community, offering all students the ability to participate with a small donation. Ask your fellow chapters to bring snacks and refreshments to sell to people watching the events to gain even more potential donations.
2. Service day with penny wars
An important part of Greek life is a tradition of philanthropic giving. Dedicate one day to service where each chapter spends time giving back. There are endless options for community service like volunteering at an animal shelter, making bagged lunches for the homeless, holding a clothes and canned food drive, or cleaning up a local park to name a few. One way to add a bit of competition to this day is to have a Penny War. At the beginning of the day, inform each chapter that on top of their chosen community service, they will compete against one another to see who can collect the most coins. And all the proceeds collected can be added to your donation pool.
3. Keynote speaker
Your college has many thought-provoking professors, impressive alumni, and captivating staff. So why not ask one of them to give a motivational speech on a compelling topic that students can relate to? Motivational speeches on life after graduation can be a much-needed resource for students seeking advice on life after college. Open up the event to all students and charge for admission.
Heat things up with a Greek cook-off, tailgate style. Have each fraternity and sorority appoint their best chef with a few helpers and compete in a cooking competition. Invite teachers and faculty to attend and judge the food. Ask each chapter to bring whatever cooking utensils and tools they made need to cook like a barbecue. Allocate a specific amount of time for the meal to be prepared and invite all students to come watch the event unfold. For entertainment, consider asking a band from your college to perform while the teams cook. Then you can charge a small donation for admission to the show.
Put your chapters to the test with a trivia game like Jeopardy. Try to secure your school auditorium for this event so you can pack the stands with audience members. Collect an admission fee that doubles as a donation. Consider breaking up your game into a few different rounds requiring different types of knowledge about your school. For example, you could have round one be on Greek life; the second round could be on your college’s history; round three could cover Greek week specifically, and final jeopardy being a combination of leftover questions from the first three rounds.
Bonus tip: Keep a laptop or tablet at all of your events with your crowdfunding campaign pulled up. That way people can donate with a few clicks of a button, which is great for when people don’t have any cash on hand.
Is your chapter looking for more Greek life inspiration or Greek week ideas? Check out our sorority and fraternity fundraising ideas for even more ways to enhance your efforts. YouCaring makes crowdfunding easy and with no platform fee you can rest assured that the funds you raised throughout your Greek week will go to your chosen charity. Start your free fundraiser today.