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Many chapters will be holding fundraisers to support their local groups in addition to funding the work of National Student Peace Alliance.  Here you can find resources to get you started on your chapter’s fundraiser.  Along with specific ideas for events, it is always helpful to have Student Peace Alliance materials available for sale.  This is a great way to market our work and raise some money at the same time.

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Good luck and go get ‘em! Check out a few ideas that have been sucessful for SPA groups in the past:

Fundraising Events

Change is Cookin' Host a Benefit Show Give Peace a Dance

 

Student Peace Alliance work can be funded through The Peace Alliance, a 501(c)4 and The Peace Alliance Educational Institute, a 501(c)3 that accepts tax deductible donations.  Please make sure that any checks collected that go specifically to funding Student Peace Alliance put "Student Peace Alliance" on the memo line.  All checks and cash donations (which can be put into a money order or a personal check) should be sent to:  The Peace Alliance, PO Box 27601, Washington, District of Columbia 20038.  For any questions regarding donations or setting up a local bank account for your chapter please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @thepeacealliance.org.


Types of Fundraising Events

  1. Events- defined as a one-time fundraiser at a location outside of school hours and usually targeting a larger scale attendance.  Event fundraisers are best held at venues where there are staff members to handle logistical and security needs.
    1. Ex. Dance, concert, drag show, house party, banquet
  2. Activities- defined as smaller, less intensive fundraisers.  These events can be held on your campus and usually don’t last more than one day.
    1. Ex. Bake sale, car wash
  3. Volunteer Fundraiser- defined as volunteer opportunities to aid TPA and SPA with fundraisers.
    1. Ex. Phone call campaigns, grant research and writing
  4. Material Fundraiser- defined as a fundraiser where chapters produce materials and sell them to raise money.
    1. Ex. T-shirts for local chapters, SPA bumper stickers, jewelry, etc.

Change Is A Cookin'!

Host a bake sale to support SPA’s national efforts; by following a few easy steps you could raise quite a bit of money!  Here’s how to do it:
  1. Reserve a date / time and location at your school or on your campus for your bake sale.  Find a location with a lot of traffic and a time of day that would be most likely to attract hungry students (i.e. before and after the lunch hour).
  2. Promote your event!  Have a creative member of your chapter design a small poster which can be put up in visible locations all over campus advertising your bake sale.  The poster should emphasize the baked goods to draw attention to the event and should also include the location, date / time, short explanation of what the sale will benefit, and contact info of chapter leaders.
  3. Get ingredients and cook the goodies!  Try to find individuals who are willing to buy the goods for your chapter.  Look to parents, other family, friends, or any other supporters who would be willing purchase ingredients.  This will decrease costs for your chapters.  If you will be reimbursed through your chapter at school make sure you keep receipts for any materials you purchase on your own. 
    The night before your bake sale get your chapter together for a fun baking session where you bake and decorate your goodies.  Never underestimate the power of peace-themed treats.  Whether this means using peace signs in your baking design or coming up with catchy names for the goodies, the theme and marketing of your goods can make or break your bake sale.
  4. Sell your baked goods and raise money!  Get energetic people to work the table and around the entrance and exits to the cafeteria to encourage people to get their treats after lunch.  If you don’t have people to spare, some well-placed signs in the cafeteria will attract customers!
  5. Once you have completed your fundraiser all you have to do is put you money in an account which your organization can access.  Having your own account will help give your group legitimacy and accountability when fundraising!  Please see note above about setting up accounts.

Host a Benefit Drag Show

In the past, SPA organizers have had great success holding drag shows as fundraisers to support both the work of local chapters and SPA national organizing efforts.  With a little preparation and some hard work you can raise money, have a blast, and create organizational relationships with other groups at your school or in your community.  Here’s what you do:
  1. Find some people who are familiar with organizing drag shows and build interest around doing a drag show to raise money for SPA.  Once you have identified a partner for the event find a date that works for both of you.  These events usually take about 2 months to plan so it is important that you plan ahead.
  2. Once you have found a venue and set a date and time you then need to recruit performers.  Drag performances often consist of audience members tipping the performers.  Find some local talent and ask them to perform at your show for tips.  If they are getting paid for their performance through tips then your group will be able to collect a percentage of the “door” money from the cover charge to the event (most venues will work with you to split the door money so they are still making money the evening of your show).
  3. Marketing your drag show will be half the battle!  Find someone that you know who is gifted in marketing or graphic design and ask them to make fliers that can be hung up on campus and in your community and which may also be turned into quarter sheet handbills.  Once your fliers are ready it’s time to hit the streets and put them up in visible locations 3-4 weeks before the show.  In the two weeks prior, have your chapter members carry handbills with them and hand them out in class, at work, at parties, and other social events.  You should also encourage other groups on campus to come and hand out flyers at their meetings the week of the show.
  4. The night of the show it is important that you raise as much awareness about Student Peace Alliance as possible.  Recruit donations from local businesses such as movie tickets, free coffee, and gift certificates to raffle off during the show.  Local sponsors will help reduce the costs to your chapter to hold the event and increase the profitability of the fundraiser!  Feel free to incorporate other fundraising activities such as raffles, auctions, and material sales to increase your success!
  5. Once you have completed your fundraiser all you have to do is put you money in an account which your organization can access.  Having your own account will help give your group legitimacy and accountability when fundraising!  Please see note above about setting up accounts.

Give Peace a Dance!

Everyone loves DANCE PARTIES!!!  Why not have dance parties for peace?  Dance parties are a great way of getting people together in a fun environment to support Student Peace Alliance and to get to know one-another!  Here’s what to do:

  1. Find a venue to hold the dance party at.  Local clubs which are frequented by college or high school students are ideal as they will already be attracting a crowd of students ready to have a good time.  Book your venue with enough time to recruit musical performers and to promote the party.
  2. The next step is to find DJs who are willing to play at the show.  Look to local performers who have a local following and will play for free.  If you find one, they will most likely be able to find other DJs which will make your dance party a hit!
  3. Once you have a venue, performers, and a date you need to hit the streets with promotional materials.  Find someone that you know who is gifted in marketing or graphic design and ask them to make fliers that can be hung up on campus and in your community and which may also be turned into quarter sheet handbills.  Once your fliers are ready it’s time to hit the streets and put them up in visible locations 3-4 weeks before the show.  In the two weeks prior, have your chapter members carry handbills with them and hand them out in class, at work, at parties, and other social events.  You should also encourage other groups on campus to come and hand out flyers at their meetings the week of the show.
  4. The night of the show it is important that you raise as much awareness about Student Peace Alliance as possible.  Recruit donations from local businesses such as movie tickets, free coffee, and gift certificates to raffle off during the show.  Local sponsors will help reduce the costs to your chapter to hold the event and increase the profitability of the fundraiser!  Feel free to incorporate other fundraising activities such as raffles, auctions, and material sales to increase your success!
  5. Once you have completed your fundraiser all you have to do is put you money in an account which your organization can access.  Having your own account will help give your group legitimacy and accountability when fundraising!  Please see note above about setting up accounts.