Fundraisers are a great way to raise money for your organization or your community. There are two distinct ways you can fundraise:
- Direct solicitation (e.g., crowdfunding, newsletters, direct mail, etc.)
- Events (e.g.benefit dinner, race, pie in face, etc.)
For direct solicitations, first talk with your primary advisor about crowdfunding with Funderbolt.
Fundraising events can be a lot of fun for all involved. To get started you will need to complete an Event Registration Form. It is important to make fundraising a group effort and to get as many people involved as possible. The key to being successful in fundraising is to be creative while keeping your goal in mind. Make sure that the reason you are raising money is a legitimate cause, and let everyone know why you are raising funds. When it comes to planning your event, you need to speak with your advisor.
The following are ideas for creative fundraising projects. This list just touches the surface of the many projects available to raise money.
- Talent show
- Film or movie festival
- Contests (seed spitting, eating the fastest, throwing, stack-relay, best beard, etc.)
Hosting a Tournament or Conference
Hosting a tournament or conference raises not only money, but also awareness about your organization. It does take significant advance planning and may require an initial investment.
If you are considering hosting a conference or tournament, discuss your ideas with your advisor before making any reservations or outside communication.
A car bash is an event in which an old car from a junkyard is brought on campus. Participants take turns swinging a sledgehammer at the car, usually for a small donation. All proceeds for the event usually go to a charitable organization determined by the group sponsoring the car bash.
In addition to normal event procedures (e.g., reserving a location, using a Flex Wedge, advertising, etc.), the following safety precautions should be enacted:
- There is some chance of injury, so every participant must sign a Physical Activity Waiver and wear safety glasses.
- Obtain proper insurance for the event. Student organizations that are part of a national organization (such as fraternities and sororities and some awareness groups) can obtain this insurance through their organization. Other organizations should work with their advisor to obtain insurance through the Office of Counsel.
- The organization planning the event should be in contact with University Facilities and Services through the event registration process to discuss appropriate times and locations for holding the event. The goal is to minimize any impact on University grounds.
- Any car used for the purpose of this event must be completely stripped in advance, meaning the gas tank, all glass, and any other combustible parts must be removed from the car. This should be done by the location supplying the vehicle, not by the students planning the event.
If you event involved gambling, poker, or other games please see gambling page.