Raising money for your sorority can be a challenging task. The good news is that there are so many different fun, easy and inexpensive ways to raise money for your cause. Below are some fundraising ideas for sororities.
1. Bake Sales
One of the simplest and most basic ways to raise money is through a bake sale. Bake sales are really effective, especially when held on college campuses. The key here is to make sure that everyone does their part. Baking enough goods for the event can be a major undertaking. Keep it as simple as possible. Baking one type of cupcake or cookie may be the best option unless you have a team of avid bakers. Also, keep your profit in mind. If you spend $5, plan on making at least $7. Aim for 100% profit if possible.
2. Dinner and a Movie
Host an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner and show a movie during the event. Charge an admission fee and use the proceeds to benefit your sorority. Pasta dinners are inexpensive and crowd pleasing. You should have no problem attracting a large crowd. Also, make sure that you choose to screen a film that will appeal to the crowd.
Hosting a barbeque is a great way to raise money for your sorority. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize with your classmates and network with others who may support future fundraising efforts. For just a few dollars a plate, guests can enjoy food, fun and entertainment.
To make this event a success, you will need to plan well in advance and you will need all the help you can get. Reach out to local grocery stores, businesses and restaurants to see if any would be willing to donate items or food. If you can receive enough donations, you may be able to hold a raffle or give away prizes for fun contests. Eating contests are great ideas for barbeques. Don’t forget to plan for entertainment as well. See if you can find a live band who would be willing to play or a DJ willing to lend their time.
4. Go Door-to-Door
Going dorm to dorm to sell items is another great way to raise money. Just make sure that you choose items that people will want to buy. Candy bars and snacks are always a good choice. The items you choose need to be cheap and they need to sell well.
5. Set Up a Table on Campus
Another simple fundraising idea is to set up a table on campus to collect donations. Get in touch with your school first before setting up a table. Depending on campus rules, they may or may not allow you to do this. Make sure that whoever is running the table is personable, friendly and dresses nicely for the event.
6. Sell Fresh Doughnuts
This idea may be a bit time consuming, but it can be highly effective. The idea here is to offer fresh donuts in the morning. This will require a great deal of advertising to be a success. However, you can make things a bit easier by offering order forms.
Raffles are a surefire way to raise money for your sorority. If you plan on raffling off prizes, you will have some work to do. Reach out to the local community to see if anyone would be willing to donate prizes to your raffle.
Alternatively, you could sell an item and offer a complementary raffle ticket with the item. In this way, you may be able to offer a cash prize for the raffle. Make sure to do your research before going this route to circumvent any legal issues that may arise.
8. Valentine’s Day Candy Grams, Flowers or Cards
Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday for fundraising. Offer candy grams, flowers or cards and deliver them to dorm rooms. This idea will require some careful planning and everyone will need to do their part in order for the event to be successful.
9. Rent a Sister
This can be a fun way to raise money for your sorority. Allow the campus community to “rent” one of your sisters to wash their car, run errands, clean, etc. Make sure that everyone is willing to participate in the event before committing. This fundraising idea may be best suited for larger sororities who have more sisters to “rent.”
10. Yard Sale
Yard sales are another excellent way to raise money. Have your sisters look through their things in their dorm room and/or their homes to find old items they would be willing to sell. When hosting the yard sale, make sure that you find a central location that receives a lot of traffic.
11. Silent Auction
Silent auctions are always a hit. Much like the raffle idea, you will need to first secure some items to auction off. These items need to be new and they need to be attractive. Big ticket items can really raise a lot of money. Try to reach out to the community to see if anyone would be willing to donate items to your cause.