Today one of my organizations, Alpha Phi Omega Petitioning Group held a fundraiser event to raise funds for the March of Dimes Foundation. The event was human bowling where students get into a metal cage sitting down and are rolled and knock down cloth bowling pins. It was sponsored in part by Student Senate so it was completely free for UC students but there was a suggested donation of $2. Lots of people showed up and participated and donated some even donated without participating. Although there was tons of mud out there it didn’t stop us! We got dirty and had a great time for a great cause!
Event planning isn’t always easy but here are some tips to a successful event:
- Do your research early- Months in advance you need to know exactly what you’re doing, where it will be, what date and time, and how much will it cost. A good way to is to talk to your peers on campus to see what they want here at our school. An alternative to that is to check out what neighboring schools had on their campus and if we can make it a success here. It never hurts to try new or unusual things.
- Use all your resources! – Human Bowling was funded by Student Senate. When planning your event consider presenting to the Finance Committee to request funding from Senate. That’s one of the many reasons it is there! Get together with another on campus organization and make it a collaboration. Some orgs have their own specialty, if you do an event with WPNR they can play the music for the event or PRSSA could be in charge of publicity. If you don’t qualify for the funding by the Finance Committee by laws, reach out to orgs on campus that may have a budget like, the Utica College Programming Board or the Inter-Greek Council.
- Communicate– Whether it be with people in your organization or the Director of Student Activities make sure you are communicating well so everyone understand what is going on and what’s their part. So make sure all your locations are booked and you have attended any meetings required. If you are not sure about something…ASK! It makes it a lot hard on yourself when you assume things. Don’t forget your manners either, thank everyone who helped you out. Thank you cards are really nice touch and it leaves a great impression about your org on someone.
- PROMOTE! – Get the word out there! There areso many FREE methods on campus to spread the word:
- Put it in the DaySheet
- Submit and ad request to WPNR and have it on the air
- Paper flyers are good for the wall but try e-flyers… take it a step further create custom invites and send them via email
- Use social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter are all big right now take advantage
- Have each member of your org tell a new person – a great way to meet people and get the word out
- You could even take an ad out in the Tangerine (this one cost money)
- HAVE FUN!!– The public will feed off your energy, if you look like you aren’t having fun they won’t either. You put so much hard work into why wouldn’t you have fun!