The more money you raise, the better the programs you can plan and the more support you will get from your campus. When planning fundraisers make sure you’re working within campus guidelines. Do you need special permission from the school to ask local vendors for goods? What is the process for securing space around campus? Is there anyone who will match funds?
Host a Bagelthon
Ask local vendors to donate bagels, a variety of cream cheeses and paper plates etc. Set up a table on campus/in the union and sell bagels to passersby. Charge less than a snack bar and donate some money to a chosen charity. Make sure to include flyers for a future event.
Sell holiday baskets
Send a letter to parents asking them to purchase baskets full of food and holiday needs for their children. Have student volunteers stuff them. Get a stall/table somewhere and send a note to students to pick them up! Make extras and sell them to passers-by. Include some information on the holiday and what your union is doing to celebrate it.
Raffle a gift certificate, movie tickets etc.
Ask local vendors to donate prizes, and then sell raffle tickets around campus. Link the raffle (or the draw) to another event like a casino night or dance.
Send a letter to parents and alumni asking for their support. Include a list of equipment and/or resources you need with the costs if appropriate. Get some parents or alumni to help by signing the letter or sending it to their friends with a personal note.
Local synagogues may be willing to sponsor or cosponsor an event or speaker. You may also be able to use their facilities for a dinner or retreat/seminar. Try to speak directly to the rabbi or president. Both hometown and local synagogue are good places to go to when looking for funds to attend conferences. NB. It’s important to see how a particular synagogue affiliation may be off-putting to certain students so be aware.