international trip can be very expensive for students and costs may
initially discourage you from participating. But you should know
that there are many ways to raise funds. Some of these ideas
have been successful in the past:
This is another way to connect with the campus and local community through
providing a musical event and charging admission to it. This gives exposure
to musical talent and helps to fund the alternative break program at the
same time. Keep in mind that you need a big enough place to hold the event
as well as an arrangement with campus activities to hold the event. One
school's theme for an event such as this is "think globally...jam
This is a great way to build on the talents of your participants or the
campus as a whole. Host a campus wide event on the lawn or in an auditorium
where students can come and perform their specific talents such as poetry
reading, gymnastic feats, acting, and musical numbers.
Another way to draw on the talent of your campus, especially the English and
Literature departments is to host a poetry reading night. Charge admission
and perhaps even charge for snacks while folks get immersed in verse.
Change Bottles/Penny Wars
This is plain and simple collecting change donations for your alternative
break program. Have participants cut water bottles in half to collect that
loose change. Perhaps having it site or issue related would draw out more
donations from a specific portion of your campus.
Community Civic Clubs
Rotary, Elks, Masons, Optimists, Kiwanis, the Lions Club, and so on to see
if they would be willing to give scholarships to individuals. As a way of
thanking them, meet with them and tell them about your trip, and show them
pictures or slides from your trip.
Places of Worship
Many times they are willing to help an individual to participate in such a
trip. Also contact local churches and synagogues, as they might also be
willing to help. Showing the congregation a slide show as a way of thanks is
also a good idea.
Being able to make a proposal for funding from the Student Affairs or
Student Government Association of your campus can be a very important
element of funding for your alternative break program. Sometimes being
listed as an organization will allow your program to apply for funding
through these avenues.
Charity Sporting Tournaments
(baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf...)
Connect with the campus by providing a sporting tournament where you charge
admission for participants. You could also work the concession stands for
The basic all-purpose fundraiser! First, you need to ac
uire baked goods through
either participant cooks or local businesses or campus food services. Then
you need to have booths in well-traveled areas of the campus. One suggestion
that was offered was to have donations instead of prices because people are
likely to donate more than pay a specific price for an item.
This dependable event places a bunch of people together to wash cars by
hand. You could charge a specific amount or ask for donations. It is
important to have this type of event in a well trafficked part of your
community or campus. Sometimes local businesses will let you use their water
sources. A twist on this idea is the "topless car wash". This is
where you only wash convertibles or everything but the top of the car.
This is a great way to get rid of old junk! Have participants dig into their
dorm rooms or ask their family members to donate for the sale. This is also
a great way to get faculty and staff involved with the program as they
donate for the sale. It will be necessary to have the event in a well
traveled area and have the appropriate amount of volunteers to staff the
facilities/staff campus events
This is a great way to use the community around you as well as your campus.
Sometimes theme parks, concessions and clean-up opportunities are offered to
the community in exchange for donation or payment. Check with local sporting
facilitates, theme parks and your own campuses sporting program.