Fundraising Tips and Suggestions for AITP student chapters....off the top of my head and some of these I provide not only from Texas State University-San Marcos AITP student chapter but from other student chapters over the years.
Sell USB drive, Notebook/Desktop PC check-ups/virus removal service or other things that are unique to IT so as not to compete with other campus organizations.
Consider an AITP tutor for CIS/CS classes for a nominal fee that goes to the student chapter and everyone planning on attending the NCC should pull shifts doing so.
Consider running an IT how to seminar or workshop for senior citizens or the community.
Solicit donations from ALL alumni of the CIS/CS program over the past few years - especially those that attended the AITP NCC in the past.
Ask the members of the CIS/CS/IT department's advisory council or board for support and/or sponsorship as a whole let alone the member organizations!
Apply for departmental, college and university funding support as it is a national conference and you will be representing the college or university.
Solicit donations from the community to support the trip to "nationals".
Ask your sponsoring AITP professional chapter for support as well. I realize that not every AITP student chapter has a sponsoring local/regional professional chapter but also seek out area IT professionals and enlist their support.
Consider driving instead of flying to save money. Worst case - you can arrive early Friday morning and depart after the Saturday night awards banquet which would require only 1 night of hotel lodging but you will be "real tired" and miss out on many networking opportunities and, perhaps, some of the contest events as well. Memphis is close to both Little Rock and Nashville and those two cities typically have cheaper airfare but then you need to add the time and expense of a rental vehicle to finish the trip.
Host an Information Technology conference on campus for area high school students, area IT college & universities and/or your respective AITP Region. Many schools have done this as a fundraiser and we at Texas State are doing that this fall in hosting the 2007 AITP Region 3 student conference and are also inviting area IT high school students for a 1-day symposium and plan on making it an annual event.
Generally, as long as you have a specific purpose for fundraising like "getting to nationals", the individuals and organizations that you ask will be very supportive!
These items are listed as suggestions and please feel free to share your fundraising suggestions which I will post and share them with the rest of the AITP world!
Kevin Jetton, AITP National Collegiate Conference Texas State University-San Marcis AITP Student Chapter faculty co-advisor email@example.com