Colleges and universities receive funding from all different types of sources. Some colleges and universities rely entirely on government funding, while others support themselves with tuition payments and private donations.
Virtually all colleges and universities, however, have some sort of alumni fundraising program. Alumni fundraising provides a way for alumni – the graduates of an institution – to give back to their alma mater.
Alumni fundraising can be used to pay for all different types of educational costs. It can be used to pay for the costs of constructing a new building on campus, for example, or to finance initiatives that benefit students. Alumni donations can vary from a few hundred dollars to a few million dollars.
There are all different types of alumni fundraisers. If you’re ready to launch an alumni fundraising campaign, then BonfireFunds.com wants to help. Anyone can use BonfireFunds.com to launch an online t-shirt fundraising campaign.
An online fundraising campaign is an effective way to raise money without spending thousands of dollars in upfront fees or costs. Online fundraising means you don’t have to get out of your office chair to start a massive fundraising project – even if you want to raise hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars.
In fact, with Bonfire, there’s really no limit to the amount of money you can raise online. Here are just a few of the benefits Bonfire can offer your alumni fundraising campaign:
Easily contact all alumni in minutes
Door to door fundraising is slow, ineffective, and time-consuming. Cold calling alumni can be slightly faster, but equally as intrusive. Online fundraising strikes a nice middle ground between the two.
After launching your Bonfire fundraiser, you can easily contact all alumni simply by sending out a few emails. These emails can include a URL link to your fundraiser as well as basic instructions on how to support the fundraiser. Your alumni should appreciate the lack of intrusion. Plus, you can instantly reach out to thousands of alumni online.
Most schools and organizations already have an email list complete with all past alumni. After launching your Bonfire fundraiser, you can use that email list to instantly contact all alumni. Instead of taking days to canvas a neighborhood with door-to-door fundraising, you can send a fundraiser URL to as many people as possible in just seconds.
Design a t-shirt with our t-shirt wizard - no design skills needed
You are probably not a t-shirt designer. You probably do not have a degree in fashion design. That’s why we’ve created an easy and effective t-shirt creation wizard. Our t-shirt creation wizard is designed to be fun and easy to use. It takes only minutes to build your perfect t-shirt and we let you choose from a range of different colors, fonts, images, and designs.
This may be the very first t-shirt you’ve ever designed. Thanks to our effective t-shirt wizard, you’ll look like a design professional.
Bonfire t-shirts are amazingly soft, stylish, and comfortable
Colleges and universities give out t-shirts all the time. In most cases, these t-shirts are scratchy and uncomfortable. Students and alumni might wear them to the gym or as a pajama shirt, but they’re not going to wear them very often.
That’s why Bonfire t-shirts are different. Instead of giving you a low-quality design printed on uncomfortable fabric, we give you a professional-looking t-shirt that features a modern fit, soft fabric, and long-lasting durability. After alumni purchase the t-shirt, they’re actually going to want to wear it. What a novel concept!
No money upfront, you keep the profits
Even fundraising campaigns with the best intentions can lose money. Traditional fundraising campaigns – like event fundraising – may require thousands of dollars in venue rental costs, speaker fees, catering, and more.
Some fundraising events will produce a positive return on this investment. Others will break even and some will lose money. With Bonfire, as long as you reach the minimum quantity needed to print (as low as 5 shirts), we print and ship your shirts and send you the profits. If you don't reach the minimum quantity needed to print, your supporters are never charged and we do not print or ship your shirts - in other words, the entire process is totally risk-free.
Support all types of alumni events and fundraising campaigns
Alumni fundraising comes in all shapes and sizes. Some alumni fundraising is performed by the school in an effort to raise money for construction costs or to attract new students. Other fundraising is designed to support events that benefit alumni – like a grad class reunion.
No matter what type of alumni fundraising you’re trying to perform, BonfireFunds.com can help. Our fundraising system has been used by all different types of individuals and organizations. We’ve helped parents fundraise to adopt children overseas and we’ve helped launch fundraisers to cover expensive medical costs. No matter what type of fundraiser you’re trying to launch for alumni, we want to help.
Your BonfireFunds.com alumni fundraiser takes only minutes to setup. It’s entirely risk-free and requires no upfront investment. Once you’ve created your t-shirt and provided basic details about your fundraising campaign, you can send that fundraiser URL to all alumni.
More alumni fundraising ideas
Grad class reunions: Some alumni fundraising campaigns go to support grad class reunions. Others can be used in conjunction with grad class reunions. At upcoming grad class reunions, ask for donations from the attending alumni. Explain where the fundraising will be used and why their support is valuable for the institution.
Launch a speaking event with famous alumni: Even smaller colleges and universities have famous alumni. They don’t have to be A-list celebrities or Fortune 500 CEOs, but even minor celebrities can be used to launch a fundraising event. Gather some well-known alumni together and sell charity tickets for a speaking event. Whether it’s a motivational speaker, a television personality, or a sports star, these events tend to be well-attended.
Concerts and other events: Contact all alumni and tell them about an exciting upcoming event. Create a charity dinner with a speaker, band, or comedian, for example. Sell tickets in support of your fundraising goals.
No matter why you’re launching an alumni fundraising campaign, Bonfire can help. Our famously soft t-shirts and easy fundraising system are unmatched in the world of online fundraising.