As a student organization, having funding makes a tremendous difference in the ability to organize successfully and accomplish your goals. You can use money to buy materials, host speakers, hold events on campus, or travel to SSDP’s 13th Annual National Conference in Denver this March.
If your chapter is recognized by your school, you likely have the opportunity to apply for university funding through your student government, activities board or other funding body. If you haven’t already, you should definitely look into submitting a chapter budget proposal.
If university funding isn’t an option, you will have to raise the money as a chapter through events, campaigns, or online efforts. The thought of raising hundreds or thousands of dollars may seem daunting at first, but it’s actually easier than you might think. There are tons of creative ways to raise money in today’s day and age. Here are a few recommendations you should consider that have been successful for SSDP chapters in the past:
-Sell SSDP T-shirts (order some, or create your own)
Once you decide what you want to do, here is a useful resource to help create your chapter fundraising plan. After you’ve developed a fundraising plan, you want to advertise any fundraising events or campaigns as effectively as possible:
-Use banners, posters, and flyers while tabling on campus
-Utilize your University event calendar, radio spots, newspaper
-Advertise on your chapter website, Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking websites to get the word out.
Now that you are armed with the knowledge to create a successful fundraising strategy, go out and raise money to help your chapter end the war on drugs! If you have any more questions about fundraising, make sure to contact your SSDP regional outreach coordinator today.