Q: I am the assistant philanthropy chair of my chapter. We are doing some research on different philanthropy events for our chapter besides the ones we have been doing for the past few years. Do you have any advice on finding events that other sororities have done and some ideas for coming up with original philanthropy events? Thanks!
A: Launching a new fundraiser is a fabulous idea for keeping your membership interested, attracting other greeks on campus, increasing participation and energizing everyone connected to your philanthropy!
The first step is to decide what type of fundraiser you want to tackle. Is your chapter more the sports type, or foodie fans? Think about what your sisters, alumnae and other greeks will respond to. Also, if 5 chapters already have food sales, you should try a dodgeball tournament instead. Being unique will attract more attention.
$ Creative Sorority Fundraising Ideas by Category: $
☆ SPECIAL EVENT fundraisers:
Sorority Fashion Show
Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
Pie in the Face
Fraternity Bachelor Auction
Christmas Caroling Service
Shopping Night at a Favorite Dress Boutique - a % of sales donated to the chapter philanthropy.
Haunted Hay Ride
Carnival/Festival for Kids
Dunk Tank - recruit popular people to dunk
Junker Car or Old Computer Smash - charge for turns bashing an old jalopy, or vintage computers.
Outdoor Movie Marathon
Campus “Celeb” Bartenders Event
Service Auction - sorority & fraternity volunteers are auctioned off for 2 hour “work” sessions.
☆ COMPETITION fundraisers:
"MR" Sorority Contest
Pie Eating Contest
Chicken Wing Eating Contest
Board Game Tournament
Air Band Competition
Skip-a-thon, Walk-a-thon, Seesaw-a-thon, etc…
Battle of the College Bands
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Decorated Golf Cart Parade & Competition
Halloween Costume Competition
Adult Spelling Bee
Yellow Rubber Ducky Race
Male Beauty Pageant - dressed as women.
Goldfish Races - set up two rain gutters filled with water as race tracks. Contestants are given a straw to blow on the water to help the fish along to the finish line.
Charity Specific Events - such as Walking in High Heeled Shoes, Bra Dart Board, Relay for Life, etc…
☆ FOOD fundraisers:
Late Night Waffles
Grilled Burger Dinner
Chicken Wings Dinner
Box Lunch Delivery
Build Your Own Sub Sandwich
Soup & Salad Bar
Build Your Own Sundae
Popular Food Truck on Campus
Watermelon Eating Contest
Yogurt Eating Contest
Coffee & Donut Table
All You Can Eat Baked Potato Bar
Gourmet Popcorn Tasting Party
Midnight Munchies Sale
Chili Cook Off
Chowder Cook Off
BBQ Cook Off
Burger Cook Off
Snow Cone Booth
Cookies & Milk Event
Eat for a Cause - ask a local restaurant to donate 10% of their profits on a designated night, in exchange for encouraging greeks to eat there.
☆ SPORTS fundraisers:
Flag Football Game
Powder Puff Football Game
Swimming Pool Competitions
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Miniature Golf Tournament
Coolers with Wheels Races
Inflatable Rock Wall Climbing Competition
Holiday Jingle Bell Walk
Greek “Chariot” Races
☆ SERVICE & SALES fundraisers:
Discounted Prom Dress Sale
Candy-gram/Flower-gram/Balloon-gram Deliveries on Campus (especially for Valentines Day and finals)
Finals Week Snack Deliveries
Raffle with Amazing Grand Prize
Sell Swag - koozies, croakies, buttons, or other small greek/gameday accessories.
Sorority Trunk Show ~ especially greek jewelry or fashions.
Craft Sale - especially gifts for holidays.
Yard Sale or Antique Sale
Used Book Sale - collect & sell children’s books to local families.
Holiday Ornament Sale
Sorority Recipe Book
Holiday Gift Wrapping Service
Flower Sales for Valentine’s Day
Art Show & Sale
Gift Basket Auction
Guess How Many ___ in the Jar - M&Ms, jelly beans, peanuts.
Friendship Bracelet Sales
Pink Flamingos on Greek Row - sell pink flamingos to be placed (with a message) on sorority & fraternity house front lawns.
Sell Commemorative Bricks or Tiles for a Sorority House Construction Project
Tee Shirt Sales
Massage Chair Booth - offer several chairs & charge for 10 minute messages by professional therapists.
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So I'm transferring to JMU as a junior and really want to rush. Would it be weird to rush as a junior, though? I thought it would be a good way to meet people. Also, how do people normally budget for sororities if they're paying for it themselves?
• NOT weird to rush as a junior! GO FOR IT!
• Paying for greek life requires a big commitment of working part time at school and saving up your earnings during the summer. Working for TIPS is an excellent idea for college employment. You get triple the pay for the same hours worked. On-campus employment, college town jobs and babysitting are also options. Get creative and you can make it all work with careful planning. xoxo ;)
I've always wanted a shirt that says "So and so's Big." My problem is that I have more than one little (3 that I love with all my heart!). What do I do in that situation? Do I create a shirt for each little or one with all my littles on them? I appreciate your help!
I would recommend one shirt for each little individually, just in case one little drops out, or something else unforeseen happens. If you had a falling out with one of your littles, or she disaffiliated, it would make the joint shirt null and void. I don’t want to be doom and gloom, but the safest thing would be to make an individual shirt for each sister (if their names are on it too.) It will also make each girl feel individually special and not just part of the pack. One-on-one you are the big for each little separately. That seems like the best way to go all around. xoxo ;)
Hi there! I'm going to be a senior in high school and I just recently thought that I would want to join a sorority. I plan to go to Arizona State next year. I was just wondering what I need to do to rush. I know one girl was telling me about a letter she needed but I didn't understand that at all. I'm a smart and outgoing person and I'm student body president, so I wouldn't have a problem fitting in. But I just don't understand the steps of rushing.
You sound like an excellent future sorority girl! You have all the qualifications. Once you confirm your acceptance at ASU, then you can research their recruitment policies. Each school is a little different, so wait until you know for sure where you will be attending.
Your friend was telling you about recommendation letters which are needed at some universities. A good place to learn the BASICS of sorority recruitment in general is the sorority sugarHOMEPAGE! Take a look at my top navigation bar and click on the links to the Glossary of Terms and FAQ pages. There you will get an overview of the what it takes to rush.
Basically you register, get rec letters mailed in on your behalf, participate in a week of recruitment events and then finally join a chapter on bid day. Once you register, you will be provided with a Recruitment Handbook and lots of information about “how to do it.” You can also visit the websites and social media of the Panhellenic Council and individual chapters at ASU when the time comes.
You will start the process late spring 2015. So until then, keep your grades up, participate in lots of activities in HS, volunteer and make the most of your student government leadership. You will be an ideal PNM when you go away to college! xoxo ;)
big/little problems: little sister personality changes...
Q: So I have one little who’s been in the sorority for almost a year. We started off really close and then after initiation she became weird, rude and distant. Now everyone loves her and I feel like the black sheep of my organization. Should I go forward and try to get another little, or just deal with the fact that the only little I wanted and have hates me?
A: Your little’s personality sounds like a roller coaster! First she was sweet and nice, then mean and then nice again with the rest of your chapter. Very hot and cold. College is an emotional time and many girls go through dramatic changes during these years. Maturing, being away from home and stresses from academics take a toll on some people. Your little may be having some difficult times emotionally.
But if she has now gotten back on track, and is being pleasant again, then you should forgive and forget. At least pretend to put the “bad days” behind you. You can join the rest of your sorority in loving her once more. Smooth things over, don’t hold a grudge and become united again with her and your other sisters. Getting yourself if a good place with everyone else should be your first priority!
As for taking another little, you can do that even if you’re not having problems with little #1. A new member without all the baggage may be just what you need. Maybe you can find a darling little candidate this fall. Look for someone down to earth, positive and easy going! No more drama. Patch things up with your original little (at least moderately) and think about bonding with a new sister who will be a breath of fresh air. I think you can do both! xoxo :)
To the girl who was asking about rushing an academic sorority:
I am a member of Sigma Tau Delta and the recruitment process was very simple for me. I went to a general informational meeting where they just told us about the organization. Basically if we had all of the requirements we were in. We didn’t have a new member period and were initiated the next week. I am also a member of Kappa Delta and it is a lot different then NPC recruitment! Hope this helps! :)
Q: I’m attending the University of South Carolina and though recommendations aren’t required, I’d like to submit some anyway. My only issue is that since I’m from the north, I don’t know any alums at USC. Can I get recommendations from alums in the same sororities, but at other schools? Or is there a way to connect with USC alums? I’m having a hard time finding alums to write on my behalf.
A: You DO NOT have to get rec letters from alums who attended the same college you are going to! Most PNMs do not know alums from their future school, unless they happen to live in the university area. Girls get letters from their own hometown, region, or through other connections. A sorority letter writer can live anywhere in the country and have graduated from any college. This holds true for all NPC recruitments, not just your USC campus.
To find alumnae to write on your behalf, please visit my REC LETTER CONNECTION PAGE for lots of advice on how and where to get referrals. In your case, if letters are not required, you should really try for people who know you personally. Submitting several strong recommendations would be preferable to “stranger” letters. But do what you think is best. I hope you can round up a few friends of friends who were in sororities and they will write for you. There ARE greeks in the north if you look hard enough and work every possible family connection you have. xoxo ;)
I have a friend who was a member of a small non national (local) sorority only at her school with full rituals/traditions/inductions and she is now transferring to a school with a panhel lox Greek system. Is she allowed to rush one of those cause she still wants to be a part of Greek life
YES she can rush a NPC chapter at her new school. Only NPC sororities don’t allow for joining a second NPC sorority after initiation. Local chapters and specialty greek groups don’t have the same restrictions. xoxo ;)