Want to raise money or awareness for She’s the First, but unsure where to begin?
These creative ideas are easy, fun, and affordable!

 

  • Sponsor a study break throughout the week by reserving space at your campus library or student center, and sell late-night snacks like hot chocolate or popcorn. It’ll motivate your peers to hit the books, and it will give young girls around the world a chance to do the same!
  • Fundraise (right) after finals. It’s one of the best feelings in the world—walking out of the lecture hall after a final, forgetting the piles of notecards you spent the last 24 hours cramming with, and grandma’s Christmas cookies fresh on your mind. Ask your professor to place a can on the table where exams are turned in, where your classmates can drop in a dollar before they leave. They’ll be in a great mood after their exam is over—and full of that generous holiday spirit!
  • Inspire your family to donate when you’re home on break! Invite your family to visit shesthefirst.org, and show them a few videos from the website.
  • Host a table at your school’s activity fair. Recruit the eager freshmen who can’t wait to get involved—and what better organization to join than your She’s the First chapter? Talk to students about upcoming STF events and get them excited about joining your amazing team!
  • Donate portions of your dance ticket sales to STF. Having a homecoming dance this year? Ask your student council to donate a portion of the ticket proceeds to She’s the First! It’s an easy way to make a lot of money—and have fun at the same time!
  • Raffle a “Dream Job Shadow Day.” Ask the faculty and student parents to raffle off a shadow day with local professionals in the area. (For example, a sophomore who wants to be a pediatrician one day could buy a $5 ticket to win a “shadow day” with a local doctor in the neighborhood.)
  • Collect school supplies and used books for your own back-to-school sale. Gather unused pencils, pens, stickers, notebooks (anything!) sitting around your room that another student could use at school—and ask your classmates to do the same. Use these supplies as the starting-off point for a “Back-to-School” sale. Bonus: Ask representatives from your school store if they would be willing to donate a percentage of their profits for the week to your She’s the First sale. Ask teachers to donate extra classroom school supplies to the sale, and solicit local businesses to donate items or put together prize baskets to raffle off.

 

  • Host a chocolate extravaganza! Have your girlfriends over for a fondue party, where everything is covered in yummy chocolate, from strawberries to marshmallows to graham crackers. Set a price for the entrance fee, and donate the proceeds to STF.
  • Invite friends over for a veggie-filled dinner. Ask friends to bring healthy side dishes instead of desserts, and a few extra dollars for She’s the First. Create cute flyers about STF and incorporate them into your table setting.
  • Make some tie-dyed cupcakes! Take a cue from the women’s soccer team at Notre Dame, who created these gorgeous color-filled and swirly-all-over cupcakes for their STF fundraiser. Ask for a suggested donation as little as $5. The cupcakes will be the talk of the party.
  • Have a baking party. Everyone has a favorite baked good—whether it’s your mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies or the blueberry pie you grew up eating all summer. Get your friends together and either recreate an old favorite, or make a new dessert tradition of your own.
  • Host a rice dinner. Gather your friends for a cheap, easy meal. Rice is easy to cook—and you can get a lot of servings out of one measly bag. Get creative and make rice with beans, rice pudding, rice with noodles—whatever your stomach desires. Charge a small fee at the door, and do a tutorial of the new STF website in between courses!
  • Have a gingerbread house-making contest. This idea sounds just as fun as it really is. Invite your friends over for a full-fledged battle via icing and bite-size candies (you can buy each team a kit or choose the decorating goodies yourself and place them at each station). Each team has to pay to play, and the winner gets bragging rights at the end!

 

  • 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!
  • Have a DVD-night-in. Pick your favorite season of “Sex and the City” or go all out with a Julia Roberts movie marathon (we recommend “Eat Pray Love”). In between each show, tell your friends about some of the amazing girls She’s the First sponsors—like Happiness and Grace in Tanzania. Collect what you would have paid for movie tickets as a donation to STF sponsorships.

 

  • Give the gift of a girl’s education. If you’ve graduated from college and have a little extra cash in your pocket this year, pick your 10 best friends or close co-workers and tell them you’d like to sponsor a young girl’s education on their behalf. (Visit our directory for more info!) They’ll be reminded of how special your friendship is and end 2010 on a good note by helping a very worthy cause.
  • Party with a purpose! If you’re having a holiday get-together, ask friends to pay $1 (or more) at the door—in order to sponsor girls’ education for She’s the First. Our friends at She’s the First*{Syracuse} created a great video for Vivanista’s Party with a Purpose contest to get you inspired.
  • Include STF in your holiday cards. Moms love to do it—write to everyone from here to California with what each member in the family has been up to in the past year. When she gets to you (the most accomplished of them all!) ask her to include your work for She’s the First, and ask them to visit shesthefirst.org.
  • Throw a card-making party! Valentines are way more fun to make when you have friends to cut, paint and draw with. Invite your girlfriends over to make cute cards for your boyfriend, parents, friends—even your dog if you’d like. Buy a big pack of white stock paper at your local arts and crafts store and charge $1 per card (proceeds go to STF)—way less than Hallmark!
  • Put a Valentine’s Day mailbox on your desk…in honor of STF. Maybe your co-workers aren’t going to drop heart-shaped notes on your chair, but they might be inclined to donate a few extra dollars to STF if you stick a well-decorated mailbox on your desk during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Put a postcard explaining what She’s the First is next to the box, and ask that your closest pals at work place a dollar or two inside.

 

  • Promote your event with Picnik.com. This photo editing site is almost as fun as a fundraiser itself. Just like we did to celebrate the She’s the First Soiree in NYC, upload a photo of yourself to Picnik.com, add a fun hat, some sparklers and key details at the bottom (date, time and location) for the big day. Upload it to Facebook, and suddenly all your friends will want to RSVP so they can bedazzle their profile pictures, too!
  • Snap a photo the next time you’re around a lot of people. Where is this going, you ask? We think it has some serious potential: The next time you’re at a football game, a bar or somewhere with a bunch of your friends all in one place–snap a photo, write a caption along the lines of “We support She’s the First! Go to www.shesthefirst.org for more info” and tag your friends–asking them to do the same for friends of friends (of friends…of friends…you get the idea!).
  • Tag a girl-power quote on Facebook. Think of a quote that inspires you–whether it be from Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey…or our 2011 theme, “She believed she could, so she did” (perfect for college graduates who just landed their first jobs!) Tag your friends, your sister, your mom–anyone who deserves your support–just make sure to add a lil’ info about She’s the First in the caption, like this: “Check out shesthefirst.org to read about young women who are rocking the world!” Just think about all the likes and comments (aka publicity!) it will gain for STF!
  • Make a one-tweet-a-week goal. Based on how often you use Twitter, make it a goal to tweet at least once a week (make it more of you’re a tweet-a-holic!) about She’s the First. It can be as simple as RT-ing a fellow STFers upcoming event, or challenge yourself to get creative and see how many avatars, hashtags and links you can fit into 140 characters. Once you’ve got it down, invite your friends to join in on the fun!
  • Create a tweet-up! Gather friends, classmates, co-workers and family to have an online conversation on the subject of girls’ education, using a certain hash tag, or gather offline to have a discussion, and have someone tweet it for the world to see. We do this quarterly in NYC and it’s a great way to build community and spread awareness of girls’ education in your friends’ news feeds.
  • Sponsor a 5K race. On your mark, get set, go! With the help of a nearby school’s athletic department, map out a scenic route around town. 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.)
  • Exercise more! Sponsor a Zumba class at your campus gym or invite friends over to do a workout video to benefit She’s the First. Not only is it easier to keep yourself motivated to workout by having a strong support group of friends, but you’ll also be busting a move for a great cause.
  • 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!