Planning ahead for a full year of activities can help keep the Challenge interesting for students and provide plenty of time to promote events. Consider these month-by-month fundraisers as part of your fundraising calendar.
Host a back-to-school virtual cooking class or dining meetup to celebrate being back on campus with your favorite classmates, faculty and staff. See if you can invite a Foundation-funded researcher to speak about the work that was made possible with their grant, fellowship, or scholarship. Whether you order out or cook together, this event is sure to make the crowd happy.
Organize a virtual or outdoor workout class. It’s no secret that many physical therapist and physical therapist assistants chose the profession because they wanted to connect with people in a meaningful way. Organize a fitness event (such as a yoga class) led by students or local instructors.
Host a percentage night by reaching out to the manager of a local restaurant or chain to arrange a percentage of sales to benefit your Challenge fundraising efforts. Be ready to hand out flyers around campus and at the door! This is a quick and easy way to fundraise for the Challenge. Some chains that may hold fundraisers in your community for takeout or curbside include Chipotle, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, California Pizza Kitchen, Panera Bread, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Hosting an event during these winter months can help you stay connected with your fellow student fundraisers and keep your momentum going. Consider a winter or holiday-themed event like caroling, or a virtual ugly sweater party in December and January. This is also a good time to promote merch sales while your friends and family are in a shopping mood.
Heat up the remaining weeks of winter with a competitive event. You could host a trivia night, cook-off, coin wars, a game night, a talent show, and more! There are several online gaming platforms that would support a virtual event. Make teams for a little friendly competition to spark some fire and raise some funds for the Challenge.
For the final monthly challenge, organize a bracket competition or sports tournament. You could arrange a bracket for a sporting event or a favorite reality TV show, or organize a virtual 5K.