College students who want to raise money for a special cause, for an event that they would like to host, or for an activity they want to pursue can do so in a variety of ways. In fact, with a little creativity and teamwork, you can raise the funds that you need surprisingly easily while educating others about an important topic, such as childhood hunger, as an example, and you can really make a positive impact with your efforts. Continue reading for a few helpful fundraising ideas to get started.
Sell Special Merchandise
One great way to raise funds is by selling special merchandise. You can have a variety of products created, from hats and t-shirts, to cards, stationery and stuffed animals, that are all branded with your fundraising event’s name or with the cause that you are raising money for, such as cancer research, pet adoption, etc. If this sounds like something that is of interest, you can start by obtaining a free sample from IQ Cards – a company that encourages schools and colleges to fundraise in creative ways.
Tournaments and Fun Games
Hosting a game night or a daytime tournament is yet another great way to fundraise, and you can really have a lot of fun coming up with the competitions that will take place to raise money for a good cause. Basically, you can simply charge a minimal fee so that people can participate, and the prizes that are handed out to the winners can be donated to you prior to the event. So put the word out for donations from local businesses who would be willing to help in exchange for a bit of free advertising of their brand.
A movie night could be a lot of fun, particularly if you are showcasing a comedy that everyone will be interested in watching. You can seek out a venue in your school, or you can look to local theatres that would be willing to help you by providing you with the room that you can use to play the film. Charge an admission fee that is affordable for fellow students, and perhaps even invite the public to join the event so that you can raise even more money.
A Bake Sale
A bake sale is a really simple way to raise money for any cause that you are proud to support. Set up a table in an area of your campus where a lot of students pass through. Because students are always hungry and looking for a sweet pick-me-up, it will not be long at all until you have sold a lot of baked goods. Have a variety of options, from plant-based cupcakes, to gluten free cookies, so that you can cater to all tastes and dietary needs. That will ensure you can raise the most money possible.
With these ideas in mind, you can use your imagination to create a special and really fun fundraising event that everyone will enjoy participating in.