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 cookout 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 fire up the grill for traditional burgers and hotdogs or put your own spin on events with crawfish, taco night, ice cream sundae bars, or s’mores, this event is sure to make the crowd happy.
Organize a community event and connect with your neighbors. It’s no secret that many physical therapist and physical therapist assistants chose the profession because they wanted to connect with people in their community in a meaningful way. Organize a fitness event (such as a yoga class) led by students or local instructors, host a “rent a PT” service day, or organize a rummage sale that your wider community will get excited about!
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 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, selling hot chocolate, or hosting an ugly sweater party in December and January.
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! 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 March Madness or a favorite reality TV show, or organize team-based events like a volleyball tournament, basketball game, or golf outing.