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College Fundraising Ideas

College Groups hold fundraisers for many different reasons, be it an improvement to campus or campus life or to help out a local charity or perhaps there’s a fellow student in need and your college group wants to help. Many groups fundraise for scholarship funds. There are many choices and options when it comes to College fundraising, the key is making your fundraising event stand out.

One of the biggest decisions is often deciding what type of fundraiser to do. In San Fernando, CA, hundreds of students, teachers and parents of Naparima College trekked through the streets of San Fernando as a fundraiser to purchase a maxi-taxi for their school. While they walked, students kept their eyes peeled for clues about the city as they participated in the “Know your city treasure hunt.” Carrying note pads and pencils, the students searched for clues to win prizes. In New York, a performance unlike any other at the College of Staten Island had taste buds dancing. Savor the Flavors, a scholarship fundraising event hosted by the CSI Alumni Association, lured more than 200 hungry attendees to the campus to sample food and beverages from 30 restaurant vendors, including a brewery and winery. Fundraisers by other college groups include thons, bake sales, chili feeds, yoga classes, Facebook, discount cards, raffles, and temporary tattoos.

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Do-It-Yourself College Fundraiser

You can also choose from a wide variety of college group DIY fundraising ideas to supplement your program. How about Mascot Pride, Spirit Chain, raffles, yard sales, or thons of every type? Perhaps one of these successful and creative ideas can be adapted for your college group fundraiser.

Red Neck Games – For this fundraiser, participants dress up like rednecks and take part in redneck-related activities such as the hubcap toss; mud pit belly flop contest; bobbing for pigs feet; mud pit slip-and-slide; mud pit tug-of-war; redneck horseshoes using toilet seats; the armpit serenade contest; greased pig catching; and redneck surfing, in which a participant stands on a mattress while being pulled through a mud pit by an all-terrain vehicle. Read more…

Best Seat in the House - First, find a sofa to use. This fundraiser involves raffling off tickets for a student and two friends to win the best seat in the house. Tickets are sold throughout the week prior to a game. Before a volleyball, basketball, or football game announce the winner. The winner gets to sit on the sofa with two of his or her friends. Make sure the sofa is in an ideal spot to view the game. For halftime, order pizza and sodas for the winner and guests. Read more…

No Talent Contest - Organize a talent contest where the contestants purposefully perform badly. Suggestions: singing out of tune for an entire song, silly and failing magic tricks, dance routine out of sync, etc. Advertise as a fundraising event for your group. Place signs at the entry point that state the entry fee is $1, exit fee is $5. Read more…


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