Fundraising can play two vital roles to your chapter: first, to raise money in support of our National Philanthropy, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF); second, to allow your chapter to function without continually asking members for money.

Raising money for the JDRF allows Cardinal Key to go beyond support through volunteering (which is exceedingly important) to directly impacting their ability to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.  For more information on how JDRF uses donations visit their website.

Generating income for your chapter will allow you to increase your campus impact as well as support social and fellowship activities.  Many Cardinal Key chapters have found that with a little extra fundraising, they can send a second (or third or fourth) person to attend the National Conference, with little direct cost to the student(s).

While college and university organizations often focus their fundraising activities on small events (bake sales, car washes, etc.), many Cardinal Key chapters have found that a concerted effort by all members during one or two large fundraisers each semester will net a more usable amount of money for their efforts.

Some interesting ideas* shared during past conferences:

✴  Dodgeball tournament
✴  Sponsor a 5K or 10K Run/Walk
✴  Sell: cookie dough, t-shirts, “dorm friendly” cookbook
✴  Car Wash – asking for donations rather than setting a price typically yields greater income
✴  Sell hot chocolate, water at football games or other college events
✴  Trivia Night
✴  Work concessions at a professional sports game
✴  Host a spaghetti dinner or pancake breakfast
✴  Service Auction – accept bids for Cardinal Keys to help with yard work, cleaning, cooking, etc.

We would love to hear about your successful fundraising activities, and highlight them on our website, or in our KeyNotes Newsletters.  Let us know what is working for your chapter!

*For JDRF specific fundraising ideas, see their Fundraising Page.

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