Wilson Commons Student Activities

Event Planning


Fundraisers are a great way to raise money for your organization or your community. Fundraising events can be a lot of fun for all involved. It is important to make the fundraising project a group effort and to get as many people involved as possible. The key to being successful in fundraising is to be creative and to keep your goal in mind. Make sure that the reason you are raising money is a legitimate cause, and let everyone know why you are raising funds. Planning for your event you need to speak with your advisor.

A Few Fundraising Ideas

The following are ideas for creative fundraising projects. This list just touches the surface of all the many projects available to raise money.

Hosting a tournament or conference

Hosting a tournament or conference has proven to be a great method of fundraising that not only raises money, but also awareness about your club.  It does take significant advance planning and may initially require an investment.  It you are considering implementing this strategy to raise funds for your organization discuss your ideas with your Primary Advisor first (before any reservations or outside communication).  Keep in mind the deadlines for space reservations, parking, communication, holidays or other University events and how these things could impact the tournament or conference. 

Car Bashes

A car bash is an event in which an old car from a junkyard is brought on campus. Participants take turns swinging a sledgehammer at the car, usually for a small donation. All proceeds for the event usually go to a charitable organization determined by the group sponsoring the car bash.

In addition to normal event procedures (e.g. reserving a location, using a Flex Wedge, advertising, etc.), the following safety precautions should be enacted:


In compliance with state and federal regulations, gambling is illegal and not permitted at the University of Rochester or among its student organizations. If you are considering hosting any casino related games or games of chance speak with your advisor.

Poker Policy