Sorority Fundraising Ideas
The times you share with your sorority sisters can be some of the most wonderful and memorable times in your college career. This is a time when you bond with other young women to show support and help each other through all the fun and challenges of college.
How a T-Shirt Fundraiser Can Help Your Sorority
If you’re looking for easy fundraising ideas for your sorority, t-shirt fundraising is a great idea. It’s low-cost, requires minimal effort, and it can be a great way to raise awareness and publicize your sorority.
One branded fundraising shirt can generates nearly 4,000 impressions. If you have 25 sisters wear a fundraising t-shirt—that’s a whopping 100,000 impressions total – meaning 100,000 people have seen that shirt, read what it says and learned about your organization.
People tend to actually remember what they saw on a t-shirt, too. It’s not just out of sight, out of mind. According to statistics, recall from t-shirts is more than 80 percent in all areas of the United States.
In order to take advantage of this powerful sorority fundraising medium, you first have to design a great shirt. Something your sisters and donors want to wear, as well as something easy to see and read from a distance. Additionally, you’ll want to be sure to include your sorority letters on your shirt design as well.
You can use TStacker to design and sell your shirts, because this cuts out a lot of cost and hassle from the process. You aren’t required to pay any up-front fees, and your sorority sisters, alumni and donors can easily purchase the shirts online at their convenience. You don’t even need to worry about shipping! We handle it all for you. You just sit back, and wait for that check to hit your mailbox.
Easy Fundraising Ideas for Sororities
If you want to bring in as many donations as possible, you can supplement your t-shirt fundraising with other sorority fundraising efforts as well. Here are just a few of our favorite creative ideas for sorority fundraisers:
Designer Bag/Shoe Auction
Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade are popular brands among the female students on campus. Take those shoes, purses or accessories that are still in good shape but are a few seasons old--or maybe those you just don’t want any more and sell them to raise money for your sorority!
- Designer and popular label purses, wallets and/or shoes
- Silent auction sheets and pens
- Do some research online and see what these designer used bags and shoes usually go for. Set your opening bid for half or even a fourth of this price. The lower the opening bid, the more bidders you will get and the more frenzied the bidding may become.
- Just remember that some items may go for less than their value, but if they were just taking up space in your closet instead of being used and enjoyed, it shouldn’t really matter, after all, you’re raising money for you and your sisters!
- Set a date for your event, and get the word out to to classmates and other sororities by using flyers and social media like Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to include the time, date and purpose of the event, as well as the name of the sorority house you’re raising funds for. Have fun and come up with a catchy name.
- Label or do a “fact sheet” for each item. You’ll want to include as much information as possible including the designer, the bag name, shoe size, year made, etc. People are more likely to bid on items that they have as much information as possible about. Go to an online auction site like eBay to see what information they usually include.
- If you are worried about the items being “borrowed” during the silent auction, you and your sisters can volunteer to stand next to the tables where the items are being auctioned off. This will also allow you and your sisters to answer any questions people may have or to encourage people to bid more.
Beautiful Bachelorette Auction
A Bachelorette Auction is always a great idea and is usually a popular one. A sorority bachelorette auction can gain lots of local media attention and is a great way to be noticed by those outside of your sorority or college.
The first place to look is within your own sorority. Are there any single females who would like to participate? Don’t force anyone, or guilt them into it, though. If they don’t want to be part of the auction itself, they can always help out in some other way. Don’t just limit the bachelorettes to your sorority sisters. Do you know any other singles who might want to help out a cause and have a fun evening in return? Ask them if they’re willing to participate to help out a good cause. One way to increase community involvement is to include single local celebrities like news anchors or radio hosts.
Arrange a local venue that has seating, tables and a PA systems. Your college campus should have plenty of locations to pick from. If it is big enough or has the space, use the sorority house.
Next, get the word out about your event. Set a date and time, and hang posters around your campus or student center. Send out emails, post it to your website and share it on your favorite social media sites like Twitter or Facebook. Have your sisters share the details with their friends, family, classmates and teammates. One of the sisters can be the emcee for the night—or see if you can get a local DJ or Newscaster to volunteer their time.
Raise even more money beforehand by hosting an exclusive VIP package for $60 with a reception that allows bidders to mingle with sorority sisters 45 minutes before the auction starts. For everyone else, sell advance tickets for $35 or charge $45 at the door.
Before the bidding is scheduled to begin, hand out lists of bachelorettes along with photos, brief bios and potential date ideas before the event starts. Include some fun facts or humorous quote. Give the lucky auction winners and the bachelorettes the responsibility of arranging the date itself.
This event can get a bit loud and rowdy--with bidders shouting out their bids while the emcee and bachelorettes encourage bidding--but that’s part of the fun.
Looking for adult-themed ideas to raise money? Partner up with a local winery or merchant, offer an on-site tasting even for your 21-and-up members, and charge an entry or tasting fee. The merchant or winery offers tasting to participants and also has products on hand for people to buy. You take the entry fee and a small portion of the sales for your fundraising goals, and the winery or merchant takes the rest.
- Bottles of wine in various price ranges
- Plastic shot glasses for tasting
- Tables and chairs
• Talk with local wineries, suppliers and merchants about participating in your event. Make sure there are plenty of options, so you can meet different taste levels and budgets. Make sure to negotiate your percentage of sales with the merchant, as well as what level of promotion and signage they can have at the event.
• Set a date for your event, and get the word out to through friends, classmates, flyers and on social media. Be sure to include the purpose of the event, as well as the name of the sorority house you’re raising funds for.
• Finally, host your event. Set up a table for each merchant in your largest room, and provide tasting or shot glasses at each one. Each guest should get at least a handful of small servings from each merchant and can then stop back by their favorites to purchase a full bottle. Be sure to charge an entry or tasting fee at the door, since this will go straight into your sorority funds.
Your sorority already has what it needs for this fundraiser--a sorority house with a lot of rooms! This is a great fundraising idea for an established sorority chapter to hit up its alumni for donations. Hospitals, universities and libraries do this all the time, naming rooms or even parts of buildings after donors or organizations that contribute money. Alumni are sure to have great memories about their time at the sorority house, and everyone loves to see their name in print.
- Paper and printer
- Drawing or sketch of the sorority house layout
- Engraved plaques
Don’t just offer to name the various bedrooms, have rooms like the kitchen, storage area, meeting rooms, etc up for sale as well. Room prices can vary from sorority house to sorority, but a good guideline is that rooms that are more popular gathering places for the sorority sisters should be more expensive. If a room in the sorority house is particularly popular, you may be able to get several of the alumni sorority sisters into a bidding war over who gets the room named after them!
When the naming rights campaign is over, don’t forget to email sorority alumni a thank you note with a picture of their naming plaque!
Offering gift wrapping during the holiday season can be a lifesaver for many people with busy schedules. Some book and department stores will even have programs where your sorority can make a percentage of the gift wrapping proceeds. It not, approach major department stores or shopping centers and ask if you can set up your wrapping table at their entrance or a place of their choosing. Most will not object since you are helping their sales by providing a service that costs them little or nothing. You can also have a gift wrapping event at your sorority house or student union.
- Several long tables
- Wrapping paper in various styles and colors--see if your friends or parents have any leftovers from last year
- Holiday labels
- Sticky bows
- Lots of tape and scissors
- Large holiday bags for awkwardly shaped items
- Charge a varied price structure is a good idea. Adjust prices from $2 for a quick and simple wrap, $5 for more detailed wrap (this includes ribbons and a small card) to $10 for a deluxe wrap (this is where having some of your more creative and crafty sorority sisters). The deluxe wrap features the more expensive paper, ribbons and time for the wrapping.
- Make sure that those sisters with little gift wrapping experience start out at the $2 table. They can work their way up to the more expensive tables if they find they have a talent for package wrapping.
- Remember that some large or awkwardly shaped presents are best put in a decorated Christmas bag. Better to offer this option for an item you aren’t sure about than taking the time to wrap something and have the customer not like it!
Although pancake breakfasts and spaghetti dinners are tried and true methods of raising money, they can get a little old after a while. Why not mix things up with something fun and different like a potato bar? You can use a combination of sweet and russet (white) potatoes. The great thing about a top your own potato bar is that it is perfect for everyone: dieters, vegetarians, those with food allergies and even just picky eaters.
- Several bags of potatoes
- Baking sheets
- Large coolers
- Plates, bowls, serving utensils, and silverware for the potatoes and their toppings
- Variety of potato toppings--don’t forget the basics like salt, pepper, margarine and sour cream/yogurt
- Load up baking sheets with raw potatoes and see how many you can bake at one time in your oven. Most sorority house kitchens have more than one. Putting the potatoes on baking sheets will help taking them in and out of the oven easier.
- Use large coolers that have been pre-heated with hot water for holding the cooked baked potatoes--they'll stay hot for a a few hours this way. Empty and dry it the coolers before adding the hot potatoes. To find out how many coolers you’ll need, fill the coolers with raw potatoes to see how many will fit, and then determine how many coolers you will need.
- You can bake several batches and keep the first batch warm in the coolers while you're baking the next batch.
- Charge per potato, or charge a higher fee for as many as you can eat option
- Using a long table, set up a topping station. Some ideas for topics include various cheeses, salsa, salad dressings, vegetables, chicken, pesto, chilli, bbq pork, fresh herbs and seasonings, soy crumbles or beans. People love to experiment with flavors, so have fun using some unique savory toppings people may not have thought of!
This is one of our favorite ideas because your sorority house already has everything you need, it just takes a bit of effort to get it all together in one place. Also--bonus points--it’s good for the environment as well!
- Aluminum cans, glass or plastic bottles, cardboard containers—pop cans, energy drinks, beer, or milk cartons.
- Several leak-proof bins or boxes
- A car, truck or SUV
- If they aren’t already, separate your recyclables into categories: aluminum, glass, plastic and paper. Make sure the containers are empty. Poor any extra liquids down the sink. Keep an eye out for broken glass!
- Make a separate box or container for each type of recyclable and label it. Plastic bins or solid cardboard boxes are best. Crush any cans, plastic or paper containers to get as many items in the box as possible. If you have time remove any labels from plastic or glass bottles.
- Go online to find the nearest recycling facility. Pay attention to what kinds of recyclables they accept. You don’t want to do all that work for nothing!
- Once everything is all separated and put in their individual boxes, have some of your sisters put them in their cars. You may want to put old blankets or towels on the seats to make sure that they are protected from liquid or dirt that may fall off the recyclables while they are being transported.
- Drive them to the nearest recycling facility, turn them in and collect your money!
Sorority Fundraising Letter
When fundraising for sororities, you often need the old fashioned fundraising letter – something that describes your mission, your organization and your plans for the collected funds. You’ll then send this off to alumni, local businesses and others throughout the community once your fundraising activities get off the ground.
While these letters should typically be customized to your exact needs, organization and audience, they should look similar to the sample sorority fundraising letter below:
The [NAME OF SORORITY ] at [UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE], is growing at a rapid pace. Sadly, due to budget problems, we have been unable to afford [EVENT/CAUSE YOU NEED FUNDS FOR], a movement we feel would benefit our sisters immensely. As such, we are seeking help from our alumni, family and others in supporting this cause. The estimated costs for [EVENT/CAUSE] are [$XX]. Though we have currently raised [$XX] from prior fundraising engagements, we are still in need of [$XX] to meet our goals. We hope to raise these funds by [DEADLINE DATE.
A donation on your behalf could greatly help us in our goals. Though we will certainly accept cash or check donations, the [NAME OF SORORITY] will also host a number of fundraising events and activities to help us reach these goals. These events include [LIST FUNDRAISING EVENTS, DATES AND TIMES.] Information can also be found on our website, [INSERT sorority WEB ADDRESS AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES.]
If a financial donation is not possible, we would gladly appreciate volunteers to help us in these fundraising efforts. Simply contact [SORORITY MEMBER] at [PHONE NUMBER/EMAIL] to inquire about these opportunities. We need the support of community members like you to keep our organization strong. To learn more about our fundraising efforts, please contact [SORORITY SISTER] at [PHONE NUMBER/EMAIL]. He would be glad to answer any and all questions.Thank you for your time and continued support.