Fraternity fundraiser ideas are important for any Greek organization.
From raising money for charities, events, and other philanthropic endeavors, there are a lot of resources out there for fraternity fundraising.
Fraternities around the country do a lot of amazing work and need funds to help them reach their goals. They also need money for their operating budget, housing, and other expenses to maintain their organization.
It can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve compiled a list of 25 Fraternity Fundraiser Ideas to help. Don’t be afraid to try new things, put in the hard work, and start fundraising today!
1. Crowdfunding Campaign
Utilize communication streams and social media to reach out to family, friends, and the college community to crowdfund.
Don’t just ask for a dollar amount; share your story or convey your goals in a clear and passionate way to show others why it’s important for them to donate to your fraternity or your causes. Learn what crowdfunding service is best for you and don’t leave any social media and online resource-stone unturned!
2. Selling Custom Shirts and Merchandise
Create custom merchandising for your fraternity to sell at events you host or sponsor or maybe at a campus store.
You can not only strengthen your fraternity’s brand identity this way, but you can also raise money for your causes, maybe pledging to donate to charity for every item sold for example. Order some custom fraternity t-shirts with a stylish design and start selling!
3. Giving Day
Set a specific monetary goal and focus your efforts on raising that money on a certain day.
By reaching out to friends, family, business, and alumni and the college community, having a giving day can help motivate and inspire people to donate now. Giving days require proper preparation to raise awareness and build hype for the actual day, so make sure to put in the work beforehand. You can also pair the giving day with other fundraising events and activities to grow interest and excitement.
4. Shoe Drive
Yes, shoe drives are a thing.
Getting people to donate their shoes in a shoe drive is a great fraternity fundraising idea when working with organizations such as Funds2orgs, which supports your shoe drive, provides your monetary compensation for items donated, then turns around and helps entrepreneurs working in developing nations. Seems like a win-win to us!
At auctions, silent or otherwise, you can bring people together and sell some really cool items.
Auctions are a great way to get crowd participation in your fundraising campaign while having an event that’s both fun and productive. If you have a frat member that can already talk fast then you’re halfway there!
6. Throw an Alumni Event
From cocktail hours to a simple networking social, reach out to your school’s alumni and Greek members and have an event catered from them.
With an upfront-goal about fundraising or charitable donations, having face-to-face interactions with potential alumni donors is a great way to make these connections. You can even have ticket sales or an overhead fee to fund raise even more.
7. 50/50 Raffle
Having a 50/50 raffle can raise money simultaneously for your fraternity and for the prizewinner.
You can build up these funds through ticket sales alone or get further donations to increase the steaks and reach a higher goal.
8. Make Food for Students
Having a pancake breakfast or selling snacks on campus is an effective way to get students interested in your fundraising.
If you offer them food, they will come to your even. Especially if you host events like these during midterms or finals, you’re sure to get a great turnout!
9. Peer Fundraising
Asking fellow students and friends for money can be hard, but you’ll never make any money if you don’t at least try.
While some of your peers may not be in a place to financially support you, there are many you might be willing to give a little bit to support their friends by supporting their fraternity.
10. Host a Kids Camp or Skills Clinic
Offering services and events for kids is a great way to drive up community involvement.
Spending a Saturday teaching kids a sports skill or having other interactive activities is a great way to give back to your local community while still raising some money through registrations fees. Not only will their kids love it, but their parent’s (potential donors) might too!
Why not utilize technology in your fundraising efforts?
Text-t–give donations are a quick and easy way to have people donate wherever they are just by typing a few digits or a keyword into their phones. Learn more about text-to-give campaigns and get started!
12. Host a Charity Walk-A-Thon or Race
Hosting a walk-a-thon or some other sort of race such as a 5k can be a great way to raise money, encourage physical fitness, and create a positive event for your local community.
It also helps to get others involved in your fundraising efforts from having volunteers working the event having runners reach out and find their own sponsors to donate to your cause in return for their participation.
13. Have a Dance-A-Thon
No, dance-a-thons are not just a thing they did in the movie Grease.
Dance-a-thons are a fun way to appeal to people of all ages while trying to reach your fundraising goal through a single, focused event. You can even spice things up with a dance theme, costume element, or other twists to get participants more excited about being involved!
14. Bake Sale
Maybe this event may seem like something more for sororities, but a good bake sale is good fundraising for everyone.
You can think outside the campus-box as well and set up shop at other local locations likely to buy your pastries and desserts, like working with local schools, businesses, or churches.
15. Restaurant Partnership
Reach out to a local restaurant about a partnership deal to fund raise.
Have a night at a local restaurant dedicated to your fraternity where a percentage of the proceeds go to your organization. This is not only a great way to raise money with friends and good food, but it also drives traffic and more business to the restaurant.
16. Host a Carnival Day
While these events take more work and expenses to get off the ground, a carnival day is a fun way to make money and provide entertainment to your fellow students or local community.
Not only can you fund raise through ticket sales, you can offer food services, raffles, games, and other fundraising events to make the event both enjoyable and productive for whatever cause you are supporting.
17. Apply for Grants
Your organization could be eligible for grants.
These can help shoulder the financial burden of membership dues and other fees required for sustaining your fraternity. Look into local or collegiate opportunities to apply for grants you and your organization may be eligible for.
18. Be a Designated Driver
Help keep students save while fundraising.
Yes, there are apps like Uber that can do this for you, but providing driving services on and near campus for students that have maybe had a bit too much to drink after a night out is a considered and helpful way to also raise some money. There is always a need on campus for these kinds of driving services and there is a great market for people to participate in this kind of fundraising. Help out your fellow students and be a designated driver for hire for a weekend or even a month out of the year.
19. Car Wash
Car washes seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a reason everyone keeps doing them.
Besides buying a few cleaning supplies and advertising your event, car washes are a great way to make a lot of money at low operating costs. All you need is a good work ethic and nice weather!
20. Host a Date-Night Bidding Contest
A fun way for fraternities to fund raise is by auctioning off dates with their members.
If your college has an upcoming event or even a dance or you bid on dates like dinner or a movie night, there are lots of creative ways to peak student’s interest in your philanthropic endeavors and give back to your organization through bidding on a date.
21. Provide Tutoring for Students
Raise a bit of money and support your school’s academic programs by providing tutoring services on campus. Put up flyers in the library, dorms, and student hubs on campus. Helping other students study is a simple way to help your fraternity raise some money.
22. Host a Yard Sale/Clothing Drive
You would be surprised how many people are willing to give away their old clothing and other household items for other people to sell.
Advertise your sale on social media, in campus publications and the local paper. You can even have frat members go house-to-house to pick up the donated items, giving people more incentive to participate and give items for you to resell.
23. Send a Newsletter to Alumni
Alumni, especially those who participated in Greek life, are a great resource when fundraising.
They want to know what your up to, and raising awareness for your frat and your causes through a newsletter is a great way to raise money and get participation in your fundraising.
24. Ask for Matching Gifts
When in a fundraising campaign, as other business and organizations to match donations to help you reach your goal faster.
Seek out donors who support your cause and who are financially affluent and willing to match other donations given. It’s a great way to motivate others to give even more as well!
25. Write Letters to Donors
For more serious fundraising, traditional letter writing is still an effective way to raise money.
Writing personalize letters from your fraternity or individual house members can be a great way to connect with potential donors, business, alumni, and others. It can be a daunting task to be straightforward and ask for donations, but there is no fundraising potential if you won’t even ask. Also be sure to write thank you letters to those who donate!
We hope these 25 Fraternity Fundraiser Ideas help get you started!
There are a lot of ways to fundraise for your fraternity.
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