Though college students might view sororities as social organizations, they offer service opportunities for their members as well. Whether the sorority wants to raise funds for a worthy community charity or boost funds for a personal project like renovating its on-campus house, it can choose from many fundraising options. The benefit of fundraising with such a large organization is that there are many capable volunteers who can help implement the fundraiser.
Sororities can create Greek calendars to bring in money for their cause. A wall calendar can hang in sorority houses, fraternity houses and student dorm rooms. Choose a theme for the calendar that will attract sales--for example, Big Men on Campus. Sororities can recruit their favorite male students to pose for the 12-month calendar. If the sorority members want to star in the calendar themselves, they can pose for 12 seasonal pictures appropriate for each month. Have the calendars printed from an online retailer or local print shop, and sell them to make a profit on each one.
Many colleges host annual dance marathons to raise money for a worthy charity. Sororities can participate in--or organize--the event on campus to bring in money. Each sorority member can have friends and family members pledge money to support her 24-hour dance-a-thon. Members can offer an overall pledge or pay a certain amount for every minute or hour she dances. Pledges can go toward the sorority's overall fundraising goals.
Sorority service projects serve a dual purpose: They allow sorority sisters to help the community while raising money for their organization. Have sorority members contact an organization in need on campus or in their community. For example, they can offer to entertain at a local nursing home for an afternoon or plant flowers in a community park. In exchange, the organization they help can contribute a donation to the sorority to thank them for their efforts.
Welcome past sorority sisters back into the home by hosting an alumni reunion, which can double as a fundraiser. Plan the event around the school's homecoming weekend to increase attendance. Host a dinner at the house, and sell tickets to the event. Alumni sisters will be happy to contribute to their sorority and get a chance to explore the sorority house they once called home.