Collegiate and alumnae sorority women have raised nearly $35,000,000 for philanthropic causes, according to the National Panhellenic Conference. Each year, chapters across the country host fundraising events to benefit various philanthropies. Launching a new fundraiser is a great way to keep members involved and get your campus excited about a fun, new event. We’ve compiled the best sorority fundraising ideas to help spark a new interest for your chapter’s fundraising efforts.
1. Host a food fundraiser
A food fundraiser is the perfect sorority fundraising event idea because you will probably see a large turnout of hungry and broke college students! You can decide whether you’d rather host your own fundraiser or team up with a local eatery, such as Cold Stone Creamery or Five Guys.
DIY Food Fundraiser
There are endless ideas for a do-it-yourself food fundraiser. All you need to begin planning a successful food fundraiser is a place for hosting, contestants, volunteers, and lots of food! We recommend hosting your event with a fraternity to help spread the word and reach more potential contestants. To help you decide which type of food fundraiser to host, here is a compiled list of fundraising ideas.
Teaming up with a restaurant is another great option to raise funds for your philanthropy. Find a restaurant near campus willing to host your event for a few hours and donate a percentage of the proceeds to your philanthropy. This is a great way to bring the Greek community together for a fun break from studying! Soapboxie has compiled a great list of chain restaurants that support these events, so you can choose the best match for your sorority.
2. Organize a sports tournament
Organizing a basketball tournament of Greek chariot races is a sure way to bring the Greek community together while inspiring students to get involved. Discuss your sports tournament ideas with your campus representative to find a central location to host your chapter’s event. Once you set the location, begin promoting the fundraiser to chapters across campus.
3. Plan a competition
Planning and hosting a competition fundraiser on campus will excite other chapters and students to participate and help your cause. Cassandra Oresko, Philanthropy Chair for Alpha Xi Delta at Penn State University, has experience organizing competitions to benefit the sorority’s philanthropy, Autism Speaks. In March 2016, Cassie organized an event called Xi Man, where fraternity men competed for the title in a fun, male pageant. The competition raised $1,800 and brought out a phenomenal turnout of over 210 Greek students.
Although planning a competition fundraiser is demanding, the successful outcome is worth the time and energy, and it’s especially a profitable idea for Greek organizations. Cassie advises other Philanthropy Chairs to simply use your heart, saying, “When you begin to plan events as time-consuming as Xi Man and start to feel the anxiety, the pressure, and the weakness, remember why you are here in the first place. Remember why you are doing this, and remember the difference you’ll be making in your philanthropy.”
4. Accept offline donations through crowdfunding
An easy way to collect offline donations for any fundraising event is to launch a free crowdfunding page with YouCaring. Asking cashless donors to donate to your fundraising page at events is a convenient way to collect supplementary donations. Inspire your members to promote the fundraiser’s link on social media throughout the school year to help raise awareness and drive donations from family and friends who cannot attend the events.
Raise money for your chapter’s philanthropy by finding new and fun ways to excite your chapter and community, which is vital to your success. For even more sorority fundraising ideas, visit our website.