5 Ways to Turn Your School’s Spring Fling into a Fundraising Machine

5 Ways to Turn Your School's Spring Fling into a Fundraising MachineAre you ready for Spring Fling?

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?

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7 Ways to Turn Your School’s Spring Fling into a Fundraising Machine

Spring-Fling
Springtime is right around the corner and with it comes Spring Fling. Spring Fling is a fun social event celebrated by many colleges and universities. It consists of a series of events organized by different student groups or Greek Life members. The activities range from sporting events to carnivals and usually culminates with a big dance at the end of the day. If your school is planning to celebrate Spring Fling, it is the perfect opportunity to raise funds for your school or a local charity. Doing so is easier than you might think, read on for my 7 favorite ways to turn your school’s spring fling 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, items to give away at raffles or even a space to host the Spring Fling.

#2: Sell Tickets

A great place to internally start to raise funds is by selling tickets to the Spring Fling. You can choose tickets with stubs to be used for a raffle later on in the day, plus they make fun keepsakes. Or, if your school is hosting a carnival as part of Spring Fling, you could sell roll tickets for not only admission but food, beverages or carnival rides or games.

#3: Marketing is Key

A great way to market your upcoming Spring Fling is through goal posters. 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 can be hung all over the campus and in local shops, inviting students and the community to the big event!

#4: Announce Your Goal

A great way to show students, facility, staff, and the community the amount that your school is trying to raise during Spring Fling is with a giant thermometer. It could be displayed in the main entrance of the campus or outside where everyone passing by will see the progress. Just remember to update the dollar amount as your donations start to roll in.

#5: Special Delivery

When I was in college, a sorority offered a paid gift delivery service to raise funds during Spring Fling. For a certain dollar amount, you could have either a rose, candy bar or balloon delivered to that special someone by a girl in the sorority. You could take this idea a step further and personalize each gift by allowing the person who is sending the delivery to customize a gift tag to go along with the treat.

#6: Silent Auctions and Raffles

Whether you choose to host a silent auction or a raffle is completely up to you. Silent auctions are great for big-ticket items that will be popular, causing a bidding war. 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. By using a stubbed ticket for your silent auctions and raffles, you can collect the individuals names, phone numbers and email addresses to add to your mailing list.

#7: Make a Loud Statement

If part of your Spring Fling is a sporting event, consider selling customized megaphones in the bleachers. Not only are they a lot of fun for everyone (kids and adults alike!) but they will yield a pretty penny when it comes to raising funds for your charity. Plus, it’s just a fun keepsake  from what is sure to be a memorial college activity!

How does your school celebrate Spring Fling?

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