Homecoming isn’t only a fun celebration for high school students, it’s a time when those who have graduated can return to their alma mater and remember their high school days. Many alumni groups use this time to fundraise. It’s a prime time to hold some great fundraisers. Turn homecoming into a successful alumni fundraiser with some of these ideas.
Sponsor Homecoming Activities
The week of homecoming is typically filled with student events. It’s the one week of the school year that tends to be more about school spirit than academics. Decide on a homecoming activity the alumni can sponsor. Maybe it’s the annual powder puff game, another sporting event or host a homecoming talent show. Make money by charging an admission fee.
If you don’t want to charge people to attend an event, consider charging students to be a part of the event. Hold a banner decorating contest where student groups create a homecoming-themed banner and have them pay a small fee to enter. Start a homecoming parade where each float entered must pay an entry fee.
Sell tickets to an alumni tailgate party before the big game. Grill out, bring a few footballs to toss around, and decorate the tailgate area in balloons and other spirit decorations in the school colors. If possible, have some tables with old high school yearbooks on them. People will love looking through them and reminiscing of their days in high school.
Provide the meat and buns for the tailgate, but have everyone bring a covered dish. Advertise for the event in the weeks leading up to it, and hopefully you’ll end up with a good turnout!
The Homecoming Football Game
This is probably one of the most packed football games of the season. Take advantage of all the spirit-filled alumni by offering them lots of ways to support their alumni association. Have a bake sale, sell hot chocolate, popcorn, or even spirit items. After all, there’s probably no better time to catch people in the spirit of their high school!
Another great idea for the football game is to sell raffle tickets. See if local businesses will donate prizes, or have a 50/50 drawing where half the money goes to the winning ticket and the other half goes to the alumni association.
Alumni Golf Outing
Since many alumni will attend the Homecoming football game on Friday night, hold a golf fundraiser the next day. Advertise well in advance by sending out invitations as well as having a personalized banner hanging the night of the Homecoming football game. There are many different ways to raise money through golf outings. Do your research and see what will work best for your group. At the outing, use some of the other ideas listed here like the raffle, cookout, and selling of spirit items.
People love to help out their school. Take advantage of homecoming week to raise funds for the alumni association. There’s no better week of the year to do so!