Fraternity fundraising is very common on college and university campuses. Being part of the Greek system can be expensive, so money often has to be raised. Typically there is an annual membership fee (usually a few hundred dollars), in addition to a number of other things that cost money, such as fraternity lettered sweatshirts, paddles, group photographs, frat parties, social events and the financial cost of the pledging process.
As well charity work and giving back to the community is often part of the commitment of being in a fraternity. Many fraternities host at least one major sales fundraiser or fundraising event per school year that raises money for the community or a cause. Alumni fundraising events can be part of these efforts.
Selecting a Fraternity Fundraiser
One thing to think about with your fraternity fundraiser is the message that you’ll be communicating with your fundraising initiative. Mission driven fundraising is sure to make a big impact as it aligns the acquisition of your funding and resources with your organization’s most deeply held beliefs and values. Not only can you raise money for your fraternity or community and raise awareness for your cause, but when fundraising mirrors your mission, your supporters are more likely to become engaged and supportive of your event. Consider exploring fundraising initiatives that embody the spirit and excitement of “brotherhood” and are fun, so people will want to attend.
Another important thing to keep in mind is time commitments and resources. Brothers are already busy with classes, sports and extracurricular activities, work, and other fraternity commitments. That’s why fraternity fundraisers should be relatively simple to put together and easily replicated year after year.
To help your determine what fundraising event is right for your fraternity, we’ve outlined a couple of popular options hosted by fraternities on college campuses across the country. If you don’t like what you see here, check out our creative fundraising event ideas section, as many of these activities could also work well for a fraternity.
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Ideas for Fraternities
Peer-to-peer fundraisers are a great way to raise money, as they encourage teamwork and healthy competition. Plan your crowdfunding event with specialized crowdfunding software. Participants can send out an email or social media donation request which includes a link to their personal fundraising page, making it very easy for potential donors to contribute.
Community Service Projects
Service to the community, while raising money for your fraternity, makes this a special fundraising opportunity. Organize groups committed to a service area: pre-school care, park or beach clean-up, help for elderly home owners or feeding the hungry. For the weeks leading up to the serve-a-thon fundraiser, participants solicit donations for their efforts in support of the cause. Top fundraisers and groups are recognized and rewarded with prizes. Serve-a-thon fundraising events are a perfect method to help the community you serve and raise awareness of your mission.
Fundraising Color Runs
University and fraternity fundraising campaigns may have great fundraising success with Color Run Fundraisers. Color runs are 5K or other shorter distance runs where participants are doused in colorful powdered paint. Splashes of vivacious hues of color powders being thrown throughout a Fun Run is just one of the magical ingredients that make a color run fundraiser successful and fun. Add an after party at the frat house to bring the community together and offer event sponsors an opportunity to showcase their products and offer samples.
Bike-a-thons are another fun, healthy fundraising option for fraternities. Cyclists bike a predetermined course and commit to raising money for their efforts. Plan your bike-a-thon fundraising event with specialized crowdfunding software. Encourage healthy competition while motivating participants to do more crowdfunding by providing incentives and prizes for the best performers. For example, partner with a local bike shop to see if they would donate a new bike for the participant who collects the most donations.
Dancing with the Stars Dance-a-thons
Of course there are plenty of other fun events that work well for fraternities. How about a “Dancing with the Stars” dance contest? Try to recruit a few girls from the dance or cheerleading teams to participate. Pair them up with one of your frat brothers who commits to training and learning a choreographed dance. Invite the student body to come vote for the best dance team. Also award prizes to the top fundraising team and promote the event widely online.
Creative Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events
If you didn’t see what you liked here, create a peer-to-peer fundraising event that will appeal to your brothers and alumni. If you’re near the beach, maybe a surf-a-thon or 100 wave challenge is for your group. What about hosting a Fraternity Cook Off? I bet you never thought you’d see that idea under fraternity fundraisers! Creativity can really help in making your event fun and lucrative. And your frat brothers’ mothers would love to see what kind of cooks they’ve become now that they’re on their own.
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Golf Tournament Fundraising Event Ideas
Fraternity Charity Golf Tournaments
A very popular and lucrative fundraising event for fraternities is a charity golf tournament. Not only do many guys love playing golf, but golf tournaments can encourage brotherly bonding. Also it’s good practice to hone your golfing skills, as many business deals are conducted on the course. If new pledges are assigned a Big Brother, why not plan a golf tournament format such as “Alternate Shot” which is played in two-person teams and encourages teamwork? Don’t forget to market the event by inviting parents, faculty and businesses to participate. Reach out to local businesses on campus to see if they are interested in sponsoring the golf tournament. There are also plenty of ways to raise additional funds during the tournament, such as offering on-the-course contests, beverage cart sales, raffle fundraising and more. Read golf fundraising ideas for more information.
Miniature Golf Tournaments
The great thing about mini golf is that anyone can play… and it only takes a couple hours, rather than an entire day on the golf course. Hosting a charity mini-golf tournament is a great fundraising activity for fraternities and other college organizations. Just like a regular charity golf tournament, a mini golf event is fun, encourages team-building, and can bring in a great deal of funds.
Other Fraternity Fundraising Event Ideas
Rent a Brother Fraternity Fundraisers
For this fraternity fundraising event, frat brothers are auctioned off to raise money for a good cause. In order to be successful with this type of fundraiser, you’ll want to draw in a big crowd so there will be plenty of bidders. See if you can use the school auditorium so you can easily showcase your frat brothers on stage. Make the atmosphere fun and energetic. Explain what types of activities the “rented” fraternity brothers can do such as: cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, washing a car, running errands, and more. Of course, chores must be legal and within school policies – i.e. no asking someone to take a test for you and no under age drinking. Now here’s where the fun part comes in. Music plays and each frat brother struts out and tries to win the audience’s admiration. Then line them all up on stage and start the bidding. The highest bidder wins. After the auction, each frat brother can meet with the winning bidder to arrange what his chores will be and schedule the day of service.
Themed House Parties
This one should be fun! Create a fundraising theme – like the Disco 70s or Big Hair 80s. Hire a DJ to bring the tunes and some local food trucks to park out front. Encourage everyone to come in style by offering Best Dressed contests. Charge an entry fee and then include a raffle fundraiser as part of the event to raise additional dollars. Be sure to have staff on hand that assure this fraternity fundraising event is alcohol free and everyone can join the fun.
Fraternity Fundraising Sales
Remember that your fraternity or Greek fundraiser does not have to be an event. There are lots of other options including sending a donation request letter to parents, family and friends asking for donations. Your fraternity could also consider fundraising sales.
Fundraising Discount Cards
An item that may be very popular for university students are college discount cards. Students are often budget-conscious, and the local establishments on campus often offer specials to cater to this group. Look into offering a fundraising discount card that provides students with savings at local restaurants, bars, fitness centers, retail shops and book stores. These cards typically cost students only $10 and may save students several hundred dollars over the course of the school year.
Toilet Paper Sales
In college, it seems pretty common that students run out of the bare necessities. Try selling one of life’s necessities to raise money for your cause. Your group buys a truckload of toilet paper at wholesale prices and then resells rolls of paper to other groups. This is absolutely something people need! And, it makes sense approaching groups (perhaps dorms and/or frat houses) that have a lot of people living there, and always need to keep toilet paper stocked. Keep some extra on-hand and offer individual packs for sale in high-traffic areas. What better way to avoid a trip to the store if you can pick up a needed roll on your way home from class? Use funny slogans and stickers to promote your cause, such as “Help wipe out hunger!”
Budget-conscious college students may not want to purchase something that costs much more than their lunch. So offering affordable options are a great idea. Colorful silicon bracelets can be imprinted with your group’s message and easily sold after classes, during lunch or at campus events (just fill up your backpack whenever you are out). You can make 50% profit by selling the bands for only $2.00. Many students have a couple bucks in their pocket, and once they purchase they can show off their support by wearing the wristband. The Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised more than $100 million for cancer research with the Live Strong wristband campaign.