Springtime is right around the corner and with it comes everyone’s favorite Spring Fling. This seasonal get together is a fun social event celebrated by many colleges and universities consisting of a series of events organized by different student groups. Activities range from sporting events to carnivals and usually culminate with a large-scale dance at the end.
Is your school planning to celebrate an event this year? It’s the perfect opportunity to raise funds for your school or a local charity. It’s a wonderful time of festivities and a natural fit for supporting good causes and doing so is easier than you might think. Read on for my 5 ways to turn your school’s spring festivities into a fundraising machine this year.
#1: GET DONATIONS
To start, I recommend connecting with local businesses and school sponsors to collect donations. The organizations can either donate funds directly to your charity or they can provide items that will be essential to the success of your Spring Fling. For example, they could donate paper supplies, food, prizes to give away at raffles, or even a space to host the celebration.
#2: SELL TICKETS
The first place to start to raise funds internally is to sell tickets for the Spring Fling. You can choose between event wristbands and tickets with stubs to be used for a raffle later on in the day, plus they make fun keepsakes. You can also sell roll tickets both for admission and also for food, beverages, or activities at the event.
#3: PICK A THEME
This is a great chance to be creative! Everyone loves a good themed party, and this is your chance to be creative. A fun theme gives people something special to look forward to, and creates distinct memories that people will carry with them for the rest of their lives. For example, you might consider closing out the activities with a big Masquerade Ball that no one is soon to forget. When you pick a theme, you build extra excitement and sell more tickets.
#4: MARKETING IS KEY
Part of any great event is getting the word out and building a buzz. Even in these days of social media, there is nothing quite as effective as an eye-catching poster. An ideal poster size is 12 X 18 and with Design It Yourself poster options easily available online, you can customize each poster to include the name and date of the event, along with the day’s activities and the goal amount that you are trying to raise for your school. Posters inviting students and the community to the big event can be hung all over the campus and in local shops. Spread the word!
#5: SILENT AUCTIONS AND RAFFLES
Both silent auctions and raffles are excellent ways to fundraise and I highly recommend that you choose to run one as part of your Spring Fling. Whether you choose to host a silent auction or a raffle is worth consideration; each has its own unique benefits. Silent auctions are great for big-ticket items that are popular enough that they could trigger a bidding war while raffles are great because almost everyone can afford to purchase a raffle ticket or two. Both of these activities will equal big bucks for your charity at the end of the event. For your silent auction, you’ll need bid slips to help the event to run smoothly, while for raffles there are a variety of ticket styles to choose from. You can also combine the idea of a silent auction and a raffle by holding a Chinese Raffle. Learn more about how to run a Chinese Raffle here.
You can also use the ticket stubs from your silent auction or raffle to collect names, emails, and phone numbers to add to your mailing list.
Spring events like the Spring Fling are some of the biggest highlights of the year. When you combine the excitement of your event with fundraising efforts, not only does everyone have an incredible, memorable time that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, but you also generate funds to go to a great cause.
How does your school celebrate Spring Fling?