Alpha phi-esta philanthropy idea

Looking for a fresh new idea for how to raise money for your chapter’s philanthropy? Look no further! We’ve compiled five of the best ideas from chapters everywhere to help you plan a successful philanthropy event to benefit your charity!

From athletic tournaments to a simple barbecue, there are tons of great ways to raise money for the organization your chapter supports.


1. Food Events

One of the simplest ways to raise money for your philanthropy of choice is to host an event focused on selling a certain food item!

Whether it be a late-night barbecue featuring burgers and hot dogs, or a breakfast event with all-you-can-eat pancakes, the possibilities for this type of philanthropy are endless!

Your chapter can sell pre-sale tickets before the event, and tickets at the door for those who weren’t able to grab a ticket beforehand. Food events are a fun way to rally your fellow students, whether they are Greek or not, to come by and purchase a bite to eat for an awesome cause!


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2. Athletic Tournaments

Another fun way to raise money is to host an athletic tournament! This is a great way to attract the support of other fraternities and sororities on campus, as they can show their chapter pride by competing as a team in your sporting event!

Great ideas for this area of philanthropy events are a round-robin basketball or football tournament, or a pool event where contestants compete in a number of different water sports and activities! These events are a great way to raise money through charging a set registration fee, which could include the price of competing and sorority shirts for participants to commemorate the event.


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3. Shopping Events

Get ready to shop til you drop!

Shopping events are yet another great way for chapters to fundraise for their philanthropy! Communicate with a local boutique or store to have a certain amount of proceeds from sales at your event be donated back to your chapter’s philanthropy! This is a fun way to raise money; you and your sisters are able to grab some awesome new stuff, all while giving back!


4. Carnivals

Whether you go for a full-fledged carnival event, or simply an activity you would find at a carnival, these types of events are some of the most exciting philanthropies!

Some fun and easy ideas for this type of event are a Whip Cream Pie booth, where participants can pay to pie a member of your chapter, or even a dunk tank! These types of events are always sure to be a hit, but probably a little messy! 🙂


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5. Charity Run/Walk

Similar to hosting an athletic tournament, your chapter could organize a charity run to benefit your philanthropy! Whether a walk, 5k run, 10k run, or all of these, charity runs are a great, fairly-inexpensive way to fundraise.

Participants can be charged a registration fee to participate in the run/walk and given a custom sorority shirt or medal to recognize their involvement in the event and contribution to your philanthropy!


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When the time comes to host your philanthropy event, it’s always a good idea to make it an exciting environment for your guests by decorating accordingly, playing music, and having a fun, positive environment for your guests!

Be sure to order sorority clothing or other customized sorority merchandise for the entire chapter to commemorate your awesome event! With so many great ideas to raise money for your chapter’s philanthropy, the possibilities are truly endless! Happy fundraising!

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