ABOVE: Scented soaps made and sold by the Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) student
chapter in time for Christmas and Mother’s Day provide most of the chapter’s fund-raising revenue. RIGHT: The Francis Marion University (Florence, SC) student chapter
earns its money by selling general chemistry, organic chemistry, and laboratory safety
manuals each semester.
◆ ◆ Set up a profit-share day with
a local business. For example,
the Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)
chapter arranged a promotion
with Panda Express in which
every purchase made using
a simple coupon netted the
chapter 20% of the total cost
of the meal.
◆ ◆ The West Virginia State
University (Institute) chapter
teamed up with Kroger Cares
to earn 5% of every $5,000
spent at Kroger by anyone
with a WVSU Kroger gift card,
and used the funds for the
chapter’s school outreach program.
(The national Kroger Cares program
is open to any organization and costs
nothing to join.)
◆ ◆ Hold a silent auction and ask for donated
gift certificates and products from area
businesses. Businesses are often happy to
give free products or services, which draw
Here are a few examples:
◆ ◆ The Spring Hill College (Mobile,
AL) chapter holds a crawfish boil
every spring and sells tickets at
the door. With help from the
ACS Mobile Local Section and University
of South Alabama student members,
the chapter hosted 150 guests this year
during Alumni Weekend.
◆ ◆ The Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY)
student chapter makes and sells
handmade soap in time for Christmas
and Mother’s Day each year. Last year
they mixed 16 batches and made
How to Get Your Creative
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of
suppliers, but it will get you off to a good start!
◆ ◆ www.acs.org/undergrad
List of ACS grants available to student
◆ ◆ www.usimprints.com
US Imprints sells thousands of items that
can be personalized, including some in small
◆ ◆ www.zazzle.com/create
Zazzle has lots of customizable options as
well, including many with no minimum
◆ ◆ www.store.acs.org
The ACS store sells chemistry silly bands,
periodic tables, and everything in between.
◆ ◆ www.globalindustrial.com
Global Industrial sells chemical splash-resistant goggles for as low as $1.50/pair.
◆ ◆ www.prosafetysupplies.com
Pro Safety Supplies sells a range of goggles
for as low as $1.16/pair.
◆ ◆ The chapter at William Jewell College
(Liberty, MO) sold exam survival kits to
parents and delivered them to students
the week before finals began.
Go big or go home
Although they are more risky, big fund-raising events or projects can net big
profits, and the more creative, the better!
Allison Byrum Proffitt is a
writer and editor based in
Singapore and covers science
all over the world. When she’s
not writing, she is traveling as
much as she can.
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