Ready, Set, Fundraise!
Just because campus is buzzing again does not mean it has to be all work and no play! For each fundraising idea below, charge a small fee for friends to create a team or participate individually. Game on!
- Host a community game show. Fill in the blank with your university: Are You Smarter Than a _____ College (or High School!) Student? This is the name of your next STF fundraiser! Get your friends on campus to sign up as players, and ask prominent men and women in the surrounding community to compete against them. Ask professors to “host,” where they each ask questions on topics related to the field they teach—from English literature to engineering. Let’s see who really needs to hit the books!
- Throw a family (or friends!) game night. Remember the good old days when you used to curl up on the couch with Mom and Dad and play charades? OK, maybe you didn’t really do that, but we promise this version is a total blast! For She’s the First charades, everything has a girl power twist. Movies, think “First Wives Club.” People, think Ellen Degeneres. Invite your friends over for one game only, or pack it all in with games like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune—just put an STF spin on them!
- Organize outdoor games. Like being outside better than playing board games? Get student organizations on campus to create a team (or two!) and compete in outdoor sports—from flag football to volleyball. Not only is it tons of fun, but it will also bring STF to the attention of students who haven’t heard about it—yet!
- Sponsor a 5K race. On your mark, get set, go! With the help of your school’s athletic department, map out a scenic route around campus. Set up an area before the event with a registration table, food, and lots of water. Ask STF volunteers to stand in as cheerleaders along the way, and make sure you honor the first one to cross the finish line!
- Create a scavenger hunt. This is a good one if you have freshmen in your STF chapter who still need to get to know the campus. (And for the seniors in your group who spent a little too much time in the library!) You can get student organizations to sign up for a team, or bring everyone together and divide the group into two. Make STF badges that count as points, and make clues to find them based on campus history or trends. (Where does everyone have to take his or her picture on graduation day at PSU? Answer: Penn State’s Nittany Lion Shrine!)
If this post inspired you to throw a STF fundraiser, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll blog about your event! Read about last month’s Back-to-School fundraiser, planned by Sarah and Lauren of Northeastern University, here.