Giving back to the community through fraternity philanthropy is a key element to Greek life on any campus. Whether you're collecting can goods for hungry families in your college town or hosting a fundraiser for a trusted organization like Habitat for Humanity or the Red Cross, it's important to show the campus community that you care.
Why fraternity philanthropy is important
Participating enthusiastically in fraternity philanthropy is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it benefits the recipients of your charity, whether that's an underprivileged child, the local food pantry or a disaster relief fund. Fraternity philanthropy also help to promote the reputation of your organization and Greek life as a whole on campus in general. Too many people who aren't familiar with fraternity life think of Greek life in terms of the movie, "Animal House." As you know, while funny, it's not a very accurate portrayal.
Lastly, it's corny, but true: giving back feels good. Anyone who's participated in fraternity philanthropy knows the feeling of goodwill that comes from giving something back to the community.
How to make your fraternity charity event fun
Hosting a charity event doesn't have to be a drag. You'll also get more participation from your brothers if you make the event a little fun. You can do this in several ways. Inviting a campus sorority to co-host your fraternity's philanthropy will likely spark some interest with your brothers. What's more: the girls might just have one or two good ideas.
You can also incorporate a little charity work into your regular events. If you're hosting a Friday night party, make the suggested admission price a canned good for the local food pantry or some loose change for a children's organization.
Making fraternity philanthropy personal can help to raise the level of house commitment. Many families have been touched by disease or tragedy. If a family member of someone in your house is struggling with breast cancer, MS or other situation, do something for them (with your brother's permission, of course.) Making it personal can help your house members to identify with the cause.
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