Interested in coming to the conference, but worried about how to cover the costs?
Ask your Student Government, Women’s Center, Women’s Studies Department, Public Service Centers and
ethnic studies departments on campus to help pay for travel to the conference. They have funds for student leadership and
training that often go unused. Most Student Activity Centers have forms to fill out to request funding.
Here are some other great fundraising ideas for your campus group!
Find a comfortable venue and ask people to bring their own snacks. Advertise the screening and ask for $5 donations at the door. Some suggested feminist films:
- Iron Jawed Angels
- North Country
- Real Women Have Curves
- A League of Their Own
- The Joy Luck Club
- The Laramie Project
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Girl Fight
- Sisters of ‘77
- The Life
This idea is much like the paper ribbons hanging on gas station walls around the country to support the troops or speak out against HIV/AIDS. Go to a local drycleaner and ask them to donate as many wire hangers as they can spare. Then have a pro-choice proclamation party somewhere on campus. “Sell” the hangers for $1 and let the buyer write a message as to why they are prochoice. Staple the message to the hanger and hang them around campus. Or simply display them at your FMLA events and meetings.
Host a craft day every other weekend where group members gather and can make everything from buttons to scarves— and have a blast doing it! Make sure you price the items so that you get what money you put into making the items. You can also contact your FMF campus organizer about getting products at cost.
One of the easiest ways to raise money is to have a jar at every meeting and every event. Feel free to decorate the jar in order to personalize it for your group.
Pass it around at your meetings, and don’t forget to tell members that change is welcome. Make sure to have your jar present at all the events you host. You never know who has a little extra change in their pockets!
Local businesses and community members are often an untapped resource for funding. It is usually a good idea to approach a business with a small brochure or a sheet of paper with the background of your group, and a letter explaining why you need the money.
If for any reason they cannot give money, ask if you can place a donation jar at the counter that one of your members can come and check once a week.
Open Mic & Art Show
Know any artists or poets? This is a great event to gather those in need of creative self-expression and to raise money at the same time! Contact artists, poets, or performing artists in order to confirm 2-3 people to get the ball rolling so that others will feel comfortable expressing their creativity. Make sure to publicize the event on campus. You can charge money at the door - even if it's just a dollar, it will help. For an art show, artists usually donate 50% or more of sales when showing their art for a charity event.