The Catholic University of America

Fundraising Opportunities for Student Organizations

Alumni Connections, Friends, and Family: Alumni who were involved in your organization during their time at CU is a great source of fundraising, especially if you have a goal that will grow the organization or make someone proud to donate. Many CU alumni, parents, families, and friends already donate to the university, but if you ask, they can make their normal donations and specify that your organization receives those funds. If you have an alumni or parent newsletter that you already send, include a blurb about donating to the school and designating their gift to your organization. If you don't have a newsletter or even the contact information of alumni, it may make sense to start reaching out and building that list. Start with the most recent graduating class and ask if they can invite members they knew in years ahead of them.

Local Restaurants: The local Potbelly and Chipotle, as well as other nearby restaurants often do fundraisers on behalf of student organizations, especially service organizations. If you aren't sure if a restaurant does fundraisers, a good rule of thumb is: it doesn't hurt to ask.

Other Organizations on Campus: Do you see another organization on campus doing a great job with fundraising? Ask them about their best methods and what they suggest for an organization just starting out. 

Sales: Bake sales! Tshirt sales! Holiday gift sales! Krispy Kreme donut sales! You name it. Think back to your childhood school fundraisers and see what you can come up with.

Tell us yours!

Does your organization have a great fundraising idea that has been successful? Tell us about it and we'll post it here for other orgs to utilize! Email your ideas at

Need Seed Money? 

If your organization has an idea for a fundraiser, but needs to purchase something in order to hold the fundraiser (i.e. you want to sell something, but have to buy them upfront), present to the Treasury Board for a seed money loan. You will be responsible for returning whatever you borrow, but anything you make beyond that amount is yours to keep. For example, if you borrow $100 to buy mugs to sell and make $300 selling them, you must return the $100 but you can keep the remaining $200.