A Guide to College Fundraisers | Moses Dixon | Philanthropy

Moses Dixon
2 min readFeb 10, 2023

College fundraising is more important than ever, and although you can still use some of the same tactics, you also need to think outside the box. This guide will teach you how to create an effective and creative college fundraiser .

Develop a Committee

The first step in establishing a successful fundraising committee is establishing one within your group. After that, ask your members for their commitment, time, and resources in helping you raise money for the university. Discuss their abilities and interests to see which one would excel in certain areas, such as organization, marketing, and advertisement. Keep in mind that everyone’s talents should be considered at all times.

Set a Budget

After you have established a committee, it’s time to start thinking about your budget. Since it’s a group composed of individuals from a particular area, you must have a tight budget. One of the most critical factors you should consider is finding out what resources are available to help you with your fundraising efforts.

Think of Concepts

A fundraising event that’s affordable and exciting for the target audience you’re trying to reach will make your event successful. If you’re planning on holding an event for other students, then target them to give you donations, while if you’re planning an event for the local community, choose something that will appeal to them.

Your fundraising efforts should be simple and short, as most students are usually busy with their studies and social life. Doing so allows you to focus on providing them with value instead of wasting time.

Create a Plan

Organizing the event’s details will allow you to focus on providing the best possible service to your audience. You’ll also need to consider the various expenses involved in the operation and the times and locations where you’ll be getting the supplies you need to complete the task.

Set a specific date for your fundraising event so all your members can be available. After that, start planning the various details of the event, such as the decorations and the materials that will be used.


You should publicize your upcoming fundraiser by generating excitement about the event and letting everybody know where, when, and how it will be conducted. You should additionally point out the exciting points about the fundraiser and how your supporters will benefit. Don’t hesitate to ask for contributions since, in general, people are helpful to others.

Originally published at https://moses-dixon.com on February 10, 2023.



Moses Dixon

Moses Dixon is a Ph.D. holder in Worcester, MA. His work has been centered around community development. More @Moses-Dixon.org