Raising money can be a challenge for ACS student chapters, but it’s also a necessity. We polled 45 chapters to see what’s working, and came away with
some real gems. From the tried-and-true to
the completely new, you’re bound to find
ideas here to line your coffers!
First, the goal of fund-raising is to make
money. That might seem obvious, but take
a closer look at your fund-raising efforts
and ensure that they are, in fact, making
you money. You should not be providing
any goods or services at cost as part of your
fund-raising activities; if you can’t charge a
reasonable markup, then find other options.
Also, be sure to consider the competition.
If the campus bookstore sells model kits
for $10 and you can only find kits for $8.50,
then you won’t be able to both make
money and be competitive.
Your goal is to make money as efficiently
as possible, so be conscious of your members’ time as well. Finally, have a plan and a
timeline for your fund-raising efforts. Know
exactly how you hope to spend the money,
how much you need, and your deadlines.
Everyone will be much more motivated!
Before you sell your first tchotchke, make
sure you are taking advantage of the grant
programs available to you. ACS offers
grants for active student chapters in good
standing. Applications are straightforward,
but be sure to follow the instructions and
provide all of the information requested by
the due date. Otherwise, you’ll waste your
stamp … and the reviewers’ time as well!
Here are descriptions of the various
grants that ACS offers— so make sure
to apply for any that are relevant to your
◆ ◆ Starter;grant;for;ACS;Student;Chapters;at;
Two-Year;Colleges: Students at two-year
colleges can receive starter grants in the
amount of $500 to start or reactivate an
ACS student chapter.
◆ ◆ national;Meeting;Travel;grant: ACS awards
grants to help active ACS student chapters
pay for registration fees, lodging, and/
or transportation costs associated
with ACS national meetings.
◆ ◆ Undergraduate;Programming;at;regional;
Meetings;grant: Chapters can receive up to
$2,800 to develop undergraduate events
and activities for ACS regional meetings.
◆ ◆ Community;interaction;grant: Active
student chapters are eligible to receive
up to $500 to help improve the science
learning experience of minority children
through community interactions and
◆ ◆ innovative;Activities;grant: Active chapters
are eligible to receive up to $500 in
matching funds to support new and
innovative chemistry-related projects.
Feed your brain
Food fills an ever-present void for college
students— one in their stomachs! And
savvy chapters are making the most
of the hungry masses. For example, at
inChemistry • www.acs.org/undergrad