Fundraising Tips

5 Tips for Starting Your College Event

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
October 7, 2015

Sometimes, a VEO needs a little direction, like a freshman without a map on the first day of class. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are five tips to get you started on organizing the best head-shaving event your campus has ever seen.

A crowd at a bar during a St. Baldrick's event

1.  Get a little help from your friends 

Know someone who’s majoring in accounting? There’s your treasurer! How about a communications major? They can help you advertise your event! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work — plus, what’s better than working with friends?

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2.  Use your on-campus resources

Take advantage of the resources your school has to offer.

  • Get the word out by contacting the campus newspaper and radio station.
  • Add the event to your campus’ event calendar.
  • Reach out to your sports teams, Greek life, residential life and other on-campus organizations that are involved with philanthropy.

Make it a fun competition to see what group can raise the most!

3.  Just ask 

You know that pizza place off campus that you can’t get enough of? Ask them if they’ll donate a few (or a hundred) pies to your event! Local shops and restaurants might be happy to donate swag or chow for a good cause, but you’ll never know if you don’t knock on some doors and ask.

4.  Make an impact  

Drive home the mission and the true reason for the event.

Invite local families to participate and see if any students on campus have a cancer story they’d like to share. Show videos or a slideshow of the kids your event is honoring. Invite a local researcher to attend and speak so your participants can see the impact they have on childhood cancer research.

Find an Honored Kid to celebrate at your event >

5.  Have fun 

St. Baldrick’s events are like parties for good, and who doesn’t like a good party? Invite student artists, dancers and musicians. Energize the crowd with performances, music, auctions and art projects. You could even ask the marching band to come and play a few tunes.

Finally, relax, have fun and celebrate — you are impacting the lives of kids with cancer all over the world.

Right now, colleges all over are preparing to go head-to-head in the Battle of the Bald. Get your school involved today!

Battle of the Bald

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