Entering college is one of the most exciting experiences for a young person. It’s that time when they get to explore new things and learn more about themselves. For example, college allows you to meet new people, learn new things, and expand your horizons.
But, college is also expensive. You’ll need to pay fees, unless you’ve been awarded a scholarship. Still, you’ll need some money for your upkeep to ensure that your stay in there is manageable. Therefore, many students rely on fundraisers to help pay for their education and get some extra money for their daily expenses. In the past, fundraising was often done offline, but thanks to technology, students can now raise funds online, too. This increases their ability to meet targets and also have fun while doing so.
Here are some college fundraising ideas to try:
1. Fundraising Games
Everybody loves to play a game and will be more willing to participate if they know it’s for a good course. Therefore, one way of fundraising is to host different kinds of games, which could be online or offline. For example, you could host a monopoly game night where people pay to play. The winner gets a prize, but, also, the proceeds go towards your college fund.
You could also have an online gaming tournament with different teams competing against each other. The losing team pays a small fee, which goes into the pot. The winners get bragging rights, and you get to raise some money for college at the same time.
You may also try installing a fundraising app for your phone that allows you to compete as a team and donate to your college fund.
2. Movie Marathon
Movies are a great way to bond with friends and raise money for college. You could have a movie marathon where people pay to watch different movies back-to-back. You could also have themed movie nights where people dress up as their favorite characters and enjoy watching movies. Themes you can choose from include horror, animation, romance, or whatever it is that you think will sell more.
You can also make and sell props used in movies to raise money. For example, if you’re a huge Harry Potter series fan, you could make wands and sell them to people who love the movie.
3. Bake Sale
Bake sales are a traditional way of raising funds. Who doesn’t love food? And, if it’s homemade, then, even better!
You could bake cupcakes, cookies, or even whole cakes and sell them to people. You could also have a competition where the person who bakes the best cake or cupcake wins a prize. Remember to make it as competitive as possible to attract more people.
The best part of a bake sale is combining it with other activities to raise more money. For example, if people participate in a tournament or are in a movie marathon, they could buy food from the bake sale to keep themselves going.
4. Talent Show
This is a great way to show off your own and other people’s talents, and raise money for college. You could have a talent show where people pay to watch different acts. These could be singing, dancing, comedy skits, or anything else you can think of.
Another great idea is to have a competition where the winner gets a prize. And, if you want to attract more people to participate, make it as competitive as possible.
5. Art Auction
If you’re good at art, this is a great way to raise money for college. You could have an art auction where people pay for your artworks. This can be an excellent method as people are willing to pay good money for original work from upcoming artists. You can also offer to create custom images for people, such as face paintings, caricatures, or anything else you can think of.
If you’re not good at art, you can still sell some pieces you may have collected in the past. This can be a great way to get rid of stuff you no longer need and make some money for college.
6. Karaoke Night
This is a great way to show off not just your singing talents, but other people’s vocal chops as well and raise money for college. You could have a karaoke night where people pay to sing different songs, or people pay to watch you as you sing some of their favorites. You can either do it alone or ask your friends to help you make it livelier.
Alternatively, you can organize a competition where participants pay a registration fee, and the winner gets a prize. This would encourage more people to participate and will also make the whole thing more fun.
7. Social Media Spaces
Another great way to raise money for college is by developing engaging content in your social media spaces. This has a high chance of success as you connect to many users who may be willing to contribute to your college fees by tipping you or paying a subscription price to access your content.
The content should depend on what you’re good at. For example, you can create a YouTube channel where you sing or dance, or even show off your cooking skills. If you’re good at writing, you can start a blog or a website where people can pay to read your articles. Alternatively, you could start a podcast and ask for donations from your listeners.
8. Fun Run
This is a great way to get people to exercise and raise money for college. You could organize a fun run where people pay to participate. This could be a running, walking, or even a biking race. You can also make it more exciting by adding obstacles along the way. The best part of having a fun run is that you get to raise money for college and also promote a healthy lifestyle.
However, when doing a fun run, ensure that you schedule it on a day where many people are available. For example, weekends or holidays mean more people in your town or estate can participate, which means you’ll get to raise more money.
9. ‘Give It Up’ Challenge
This is another great way to raise college money and help needy people. In this challenge, you ask people to give up something for a certain period. For example, you can ask them to give up smoking for a month or even alcohol for two weeks.
You can also ask people to give up something they love, such as watching television or going out on weekends. In exchange, they pay you a certain amount of money. This money can then be used to pay for your college fees.
10. Sell Branded Apparel
Branded apparel always brings some uniqueness that can complement different styles. Also, such types of clothes give the wearer a sense of association with a brand, an institution, or a club. Therefore, there’s always a demand for branded clothes and items.
When fundraising for your college education, you can sell branded apparel, such as t-shirts, hoodies, or even hats with your school logo. Not only will this help you raise money, but it’ll show some school spirit. You can sell the apparel online or offline through different channels, such as a stall on your school premises, social media platforms, or even door to door. You’ll get to meet new people and build connections that’ll benefit you in school.
11. Garage Sale
This is a great way of getting rid of stuff you no longer need and making money for college. Such items may include clothes, books, furniture, or anything else you think people might want to buy.
You could also team up with other students and have a bigger garage sale. This would attract more people and increase your chances of making more money. The best part of a garage sale is that it’s a great way to declutter your own space and make some money for college at the same time.
12. 50/50 Raffle
In a 50/50 raffle, participants buy tickets with the hope of winning half the prize money. The other half of the money goes to the cause, in this case, your college fees. The prize may not necessarily be cash; it can also be goods. For example, you can raffle off a TV or even a smartphone. The goal is to get the cash from the ticket sales and half of the winnings.
The raffle tickets can be sold online. Therefore, you don’t need to spend much time selling them physically. This gives you the freedom to try other fundraising activities while at it.
There are many ways you can raise money for college. The ones highlighted above are some of the most popular and effective methods. However, feel free to try out other ideas that works best for you. The most important thing is to have fun and ensure you get the money needed to pay for your education.