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Student Organization Fund Raising ideas?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by savory, Apr 18, 2002.

  1. savory

    savory New Member

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    Hello. As I'm sure is the norm, various student organizations (AMA, AMSA, etc.) at a medical school often conduct some sort of fund raiser to get funds for planned projects. Any good ideas/success stories? I'd appreciate any feedback. I continue to scratch my head to think of anything that is not cliche or that other groups on campus already do. Thanks!
     
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  3. Nova

    Nova Member 7+ Year Member

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    Recently, some policemen had a fund raiser that I thought was clever and funny. It does require the participation of a local restaurant, but at least you only have to sell the idea once.

    Detail up why you need the fund raiser. Approach a restaurant about a waiter-day. For one evening shift, or one day, or however you want to work it, the med students work as waiters/waitresses at the restaurant. You should dress in scrubs and a lab coat and maybe swipe some hair nets. The student-waiters split the tips with the servers who help them, and the restaurant donates the night's tickets to your organization.

    Your posters and ads can make a pun on the whole "Tired of waiting for your doctor?" bit. Careful not to bill yourselves doctors yet, though. ;>

    Speaking of plays, a play is a great way to raise money. There are a lot of one-act plays that don't take a ton of rehearsal time but are funny as anything. Besides, after what you've already gone through, memorizing a few lines of dialog is a snap. If your school is attached to an undergrad, see if the undergrad theater department can help for extra credit. Talk to the prof. (I recommend "If Men Played Cards the Way Women Do" for starters. Riot.) Three or four could fill an evening, depending on the length, and you could sell baked goods and drinks in the lobby to boost profits, too. Outdoor venues require louder voices, but the novelty attracts jaded theater-goers.

    Or have a mini-Renaissance festival. Again, call on a nearby theater department for help, though they may want to split the profits. You'll need shaded booths that don't look like folding tables with paper covers over them, and a way to do site-control so that people have to pay admissions, but can still wander around, and you'll want lots of parking. Make sure to invite food vendors. Put up posters well in advance aimed at selling tables so that local craftsmen know what's happening. Only three weeks or so prior to the event should you put up posters aimed at customers. Profits will come from table fees and entrance tickets. The theater department should come up with little skits and "street entertainment", unless you want to do it all yourselves.

    These are some unusual ways to raise money, and (I think) things people will find novel and interesting. Though the work you put in will cut into your study time, there are benefits aside from money. 1) The organizing experience is major. 2) Once you know how to do it, it makes doing it again the next year easier. 3) It gets you outside of your box for awhile. A really novel idea and some enthusiasm might even impress some of the faculty enough that they'll pitch in and help; if not with their time, then maybe by giving you some of yours back. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Nova
     
  4. savory

    savory New Member

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    Quality ideas, Nova! Thanks! They sound epically fun and effective. Very creative.
     

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