Many teams have come up with remarkable ideas for raising funds during Walk to Aspire:
- Raffle. One year, a team raffled an Apple Ipod. It was the hottest item on campus! Look for an item that everyone wants and hold a raffle. You must make it convenient to purchase the raffle tickets and prices must be reasonable. But not too reasonable – this has to get you to your goal!
- Sports donations. A sports team can ask for donations during one of your regularly scheduled games and announce that the collection is to support the team. Make posters and flyers to promote the project.
- Sponsorships.Get family and friends to sponsor you for each lap around the track. Raise money and get in shape at the same time.
- Host a luncheon. One previous team hosted a full luncheon in the lobby of the Administration building – hot plates kept the entrees warm and they had an assortment of items including salad, pasta, sausage and peppers, chicken and rice, coffee, tea and dessert! The keys to its success was that it was thoroughly organized; all the servers took turns at the tables; its location was advertised on the main walk in front of the Administration building; they had plenty of plates and cups and bags for people to eat and run and the food was delicious.
- Door-to door. One year, Freshman Academies won the "innovative fundraising" award mobilizing its people within the College and partnering with the community to reach their goal. They held raffles; they went door to door asking for support; they held a raffle using donated gifts as prizes; they went outside to the business community and told them about their project and won support – they did it all the old-fashioned way – they earned it! And they succeeded – they raised $3,463.
- Connect your outside organizations. A service learning project can connect your club, church, synagogue, your local high school or organization to raising funds for scholarships for students. Establish a process of developing a list of names and addresses for a mailing list or create an event at which to fundraise; draft a letter or invitation on behalf of your project; send to your mailing list; establish how you will handle returns or plan your event; develop a thank you; count your collections for the Walk to Aspire!
- Host a contest. Your club or organization can hold a contest – a dance, karaoke or literary contest– where the entrants will make a donation to enter the contest. Part of the collection can go to the prize and the rest goes for your team.
- Community relations. One team wrote to a former professor now working at a local hospital. The professor shared the letter with the hospital community, raising $1,000.