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Question:

How to raise money for a fraternity without help from alumni?

Answer:

If your fraternity doesn’t have a robust fundraising program, you are leaving a ton of money on the table. And really, relying on your alumni is one of the last options you should utilize for your fundraising efforts.

So how to raise money for a fraternity?


I have actually written pretty extensively on this topic. This article (Fraternity Fundraising) shows how a fraternity of 30 brothers can raise $9000 fairly easily. Also, below is a list of all my other fundraising articles:

Fraternity Fundraising Ideas

That being said, my very best fundraising ideas are described in a chapter of my ebook – The Fraternity Leader. The chapter is titled “How to Raise $40,000 for Your Fraternity.” In the chapter, I describe step by step how to set up the fundraiser and make sure it is a success. This chapter alone makes the ebook a fantastic investment for your fraternity. Go here to learn more about the ebook: The Fraternity Leader.






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2 thoughts on “How to Raise Money for a Fraternity Without Help from Alumni?

  1. Province Advisor hits on the key point. Fraternities have a bunch of people at their disposal, and that is where the true fundraising potential exists. With just an average amount of effort, chapters will be able to raise literally thousands of dollars each semester. All it takes is implementing a simple idea…

  2. Having read the e-book, I can attest that the ideas and thoughts provided are insightful and I have been sharing similar ideas with chapters for years – because they struggle with this topic. Fraternity men aren’t all that good at fundraising. Why? It’s not really something we’re taught to do or naturally good at. Go ask any other organization out there how hard it is. When a chapter raises $2000 in a semester for their philanthropy, that is a great accomplishment, but they can’t manage to figure out a way to raise money to lower operating costs. Why? They don’t think outside the box. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins

    1) chapters do most of their philanthropy fundraising on campus – students are cheap and they are the same people that we solicit for philanthropy, so we can’t just shake a can for our chapter needs
    2) chapters may solicit in the community, but most people have a poor image of greek life
    3) It’s easy to say, “Help me support cancer research!”, it’s a lot harder to say “Give Kappa Eta Gamma a $1”

    Some of Pat’s ideas touch on these things.

    -How can your group of # men provide a service to someone in exchange for a donation? Think about all the tasks that are easier and less tedious with a lot more people (see Pat’s article on helping alumni move). There are countless examples like this. How many people got snowed in this winter? I wish 40 guys showed up at my house to dig me out.
    -What new locations/people can we fundraise from that we haven’t reached out to in the past?
    -What can donors receive that provides value to them for their donation?
    -How can we recognize the support and thank the people that help us raise money?
    -How can we raise money over winter or summer break when we’re not concentrated on academics, social events, athletics, or philanthropy fundraising?

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