Please note, this article was originally published on Progressions in February 2013. It was modified with a few content changes for this round of publication.
The National FUNdraising Bowl season is upon us. PRSSA calls on all Chapters to submit their fundraising ideas. From now through May 31, Chapters can submit fundraisers to the contest by filling out the one-page FUNdraising Bowl application. Each Chapter is allowed one submission per month, which must be submitted by midnight on the last day of each month.
Why should your Chapter get involved? Here are five reasons.
- Free National Conference registration
The grand prize of the FUNdraising Bowl contest is two free registrations to the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta. That’s a value of $600! The grand prize winning Chapter will be chosen at random from the Chapters that are declared monthly winners.
- Monthly recognition
Aside from the opportunity to win the grand prize, monthly recognition is also awarded. The winners are chosen at random from all who applied for the specific month. Any fundraiser, no matter how big or how small, has the opportunity to be recognized nationally.
- Participation is one of the PRSSA National Initiatives
National initiatives are targeted projects for Chapters and members to participate in to maximize the opportunities that PRSSA membership offers. Participation in these events can become shining stars on the résumés of Chapters, especially when applying for PRSSA’s Chapter awards. And speaking of stars, participating in a National Initiative brings you one step closer to becoming eligible for the Star Chapter Award.
- Inclusion in the FUNdraising Bowl Playbook
Participation also means that your fundraising idea will go into the FUNdraising Bowl Playbook, an online tool that lists all of the submitted fundraisers. Other Chapters will be able to use your success stories to aid in their own fundraising efforts.
- It’s just one page!
The FUNdraising Bowl application is very short. Your Chapter is just a one-page application away from the chance of winning two registrations to Conference, improving your Chapter résumé and qualifications for awards, bragging rights and helping out others. The deal couldn’t get much sweeter.
Those with questions can check out the FUNdraising Bowl Guidelines or email Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber. And remember, you can submit one fundraiser each month! February’s deadline has already passed, but March’s deadline is just a few weeks away on March 31.
Brian Price is the PRSSA 2014–2015 immediate past president. Follow Brian at @BrianDPrice.