Fundraising for Student Organizations

Please remember to download and fill out the Student Organization Fundraising Form before hosting your event.

Description:
Recognizing the need to meet and support the various purposes of the respective organizations at Georgia Southern University, many student organizations must raise money to support a range of events/programs, philanthropic pursuits and various other initiatives related to the scope of their mission. In order to assist our registered student organizations in the fundraising planning process, the Office of Student Activities provides the following list of general fundraising opportunities:

List of Fundraising Programs:

  • 50/50 Raffles
  • Airbrushing
  • Art Show
  • Auction (Items and opportunities, no date auctions)
  • Bake Sale
  • Balloons
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Benefit Concert
  • Bike-a-thon
  • Bowl-a-thon
  • Calendars
  • Candy Sale
  • Car Wash
  • Care packages (holidays, birthdays, exam week)
  • Carnival
  • Clothing Recycling
  • Collaborate with other organizations
  • Cookbooks
  • Cookie Dough Sales
  • Coupon books
  • Craft Sales
  • Dance Lessons
  • Dance-a-thon
  • Delivery Service (i.e: Poems on Valentine’s Day)
  • Discount Cards
  • Dog Tags
  • Dog Walking
  • Dollar Dance (charge a buck- find a free DJ)
  • Donation Jars
  • Doughnut and Hot Chocolate Sales
  • Drive-in Movie Theatre
  • Dunking Booths
  • Entertainment Cards
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • Exam Survival Kits
  • Flea Market
  • Flower Sale
  • Food Baskets
  • Garage Sale
  • Gift-Wrapping
  • Golf Tournament
  • Laundry Service
  • Lip Sync Contest
  • Little Tot Carnival
  • Luau
  • Miniature Golf with Sponsored Holes
  • Only ask a Dollar (Dollar Donations)
  • Open Mic Event
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Paper Airplane Contest
  • Penny Jar Wars (Dollars and silver coins deduct points)
  • Performers
  • Picture Frames
  • Pictures (photographer or Polaroid)
  • Pictures with –(people in rented suits or cardboard cut outs
  • Pizza Kit Sales
  • Poetry Reading
  • Pool Tournaments
  • Raffles
  • Rent-a-worker
  • Rock-a-thon (rocking chairs)
  • Roster mug
  • Sand art
  • Scratch Cards
  • Seeds (plan gardens, etc.)
  • Shave your head
  • Silent Auction
  • Singing Gram
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Speakers
  • Sports Tournaments
  • Talent Show
  • Taro Card Reader
  • Tattoo Art (Fake)
  • Topless Car Wash (don’t wash the top of the car)
  • T-Shirts
  • Tuck-ins (people pay to have members go tuck-in their friends and read them a bedtime story)
  • Twister Tournament
  • Valentine’s Day Candy Grams
  • Walk-a-thon

Things to remember when fundraising:

  • Set goals: do you want to raise $100 or $1000?
  • Look into the ideas of others chapters, organizations, or schools. Why reinvent the wheel?
  • Check the University Calendar. You don't want to compete with other events on campus!
  • Use local sponsors. While you raise money, they get free advertising!
  • Create a planning committee: No need to do it all yourself!
  • Advertise: Don't forget to use your alumni or academic department!
  • Keep everything so that next time, you'll already be halfway there!
  • Seek donations: Why buy items to sell or raffle when you can have them donated?
  • If you can't get it donated, get it at cost. Buying wholesale is always cheaper than buying retail.
  • Evaluate: Make note of what worked and what didn't so you can plan better for the future.