Are you needing a fundraiser idea? Are you trying to raise money for your sorority or college organization? Tired of bake sales? Here are a few fun ideas that might be very profitable. These fundraisers require lots of hard work and dedication, but your efforts will pay off.
Are engagement announcements common in your area? A bridal fair is an excellent fundraiser idea for a college organization. You will earn profits by charging the vendors to rent a booth. Even if there is a large yearly bridal fair in your area, your expo (on a smaller scale) could still be very successful. Read “Fundraising Idea: How to Organize a Bridal Fair / Expo” for advice.
A second fabulous fundraiser is to sell singing Valentines. You could especially target college professors and their spouses. It will take lots of work and creativity, but might be the right fundraiser for your group. For tips and suggestions, read “Charity Fundraiser Idea: Singing Valentines.”
Another fundraiser idea is to organize a speed dating event. You could reserve a room in a coffee shop or restaurant. Each participant will spend four to ten minutes with each “date”, depending on how many people come. When a bell is rung, the daters will move to a different table with a different date. The hardest part of this fundraiser is recruiting speed-daters, and you might have to make the event free for men to get them to come. Door prizes might help as well. It’s a unique, and fun fundraiser.
If you live in an area that is populated mostly by families, this might be your choice. A family expo will allow vendors to promote their businesses or services to parents. It can be held at a community center, children’s museum, or even the local mall. Read “How to Host a Kid and Family Expo” for more insight.
Coupon Book or Calendar
A fifth fundraiser idea is to distribute free coupon books or calendars. This is ideal at the beginning of the semester, but can be created at any time of the year. Businesses such as beauty salons, gyms, restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, and more will pay to have a coupon in the book or calendar.
There are numerous companies that would be happy to serve you with this project. (Search on on Yahoo for “fundraiser coupon books” to learn more.) However, if you have a graphic designer in your group, you might produce it on your own. This would essentially bypass the middleman, leaving you with more profits.
Cookie Dough Sales
A very popular fundraiser for sororities and college organizations is to sell cookie dough. The downside of this is that you will need fridge space to store the cookie dough. It also requires bugging friends to buy cookie dough from you. However, it can bring in nice profits. Search for “cookie dough fundraiser” on Yahoo for some opportunities in your area.
Craft Show / Bazaar
Another idea is to organize a craft show. These usually do best during late October through early December, when people are Christmas shopping. You will charge vendors to rent a booth, and might even charge a reasonable entrance fee for shoppers. This does require a lot of advertising, but can be a very profitable event.
This idea is similar to cookie dough sales, but with a healthier twist. Your group can sell pasta that is shaped like your college symbol. Check out this website here for fun pasta fund-raising to learn more.
Another idea is to create and sell care packages. Parents and other family members will buy the care package for their students. This requires contacting the parents of students. Your registrar might be willing to release that information to help send out postcards. You will need to charge at least three to five dollars more than the actual cost of the package to make a profit.
Fundraisers can be challenging, but can also be lots of fun and create memories. For more tips and insight, you might check out the Greek Chat forum here. Happy Fund-raising!