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The Campus Kitchens Project offers support on many levels to help you come up with a fundraising strategy for your Campus Kitchen. The following links offer several strategies that can be selected and combined according to your needs:

CKP Grant Competition –Go to the “grant opportunities” section of the Help Center for more info!

What the school can do

What students can do

What dining services can do

Current Campus Kitchen fundraising strategy testimonials 

What the school can do:

Student activities fees

  • Strategy: Add a small yearly amount to your student activity fees.
  • Suggested amount: $5 – $10 per student.
  • Benefits: If community service is something your students and their families support, this small fee will easily be welcomed, and could cover up to 100% of the costs of running a Campus Kitchen.


University/development department grants

  • Strategy: Institution’s development department writes grants to local foundations for support of the Campus Kitchen.
  • What we can provide: Boiler plate grant language, budgets, testimonials, grant development, press clippings and evidence of national matching.
  • Benefits: Because the program is a specific project with measurable goals and visible impact, it is very fund-able. Support for a Campus Kitchen can also be wrapped into existing service learning and community service grants.

Departmental budget sharing

  • Strategy: Allocate portions of the Campus Kitchen’s operational budget from budgets of several university departments, such as public relations, development, servicelearning and specific academic departments.
  • What we can provide: Evidence of benefits received by these departments at existing Campus Kitchens.
  • Benefits: Because each Campus Kitchen positively affects many different university departments, several departments at your institution can be responsible for a small contribution.

What students can do:

Online fundraising campaign

  • Strategy: Conduct an annual fundraiser through an online platform.
  • What we can provide: The platform (Razoo) and all the promotional tools and resources to reach out to your school and community.
  • Benefits: Makes fundraising simple and can also expand your recognition on campus while raising money for your Campus Kitchen.


Student-written grants

  • Strategy: Tap academic classes with an emphasis on writing, non-profit management or related fields to encourage students to apply for grants.
  • What we can provide: Boiler plate grant language, testimonials, press clippings and a “how to” guide for student-written grants.
  • Benefits: This option is a great example of true integration of service and learning. Real-world grant-writing experience will enhance any related course.

CKP grant competitions:

  • Strategy: Participate in CKP network-wide grant competitions provided by various outside sponsors. We will announce to all schools when each competition is held.
  • What we can provide: Connections and exposure to these grant opportunities.
  • Benefits: Allows Campus Kitchens to expand their programming and reach to various populations/needs that certain funders are looking to address. This also connects your Campus Kitchen with others across the country, as well as nationally known funders.

Student fundraising events

  • Strategy: Students on the Campus Kitchen Leadership Team conduct fundraising initiatives on campus, often in conjunction with special initiatives for clients.
  • What we can provide: Special event kits that outline plans, materials, timelines and budgets for historically successful student-run fundraisers.
  • Benefits: If you have highly motivated students with interest in fundraising, these events can provide a valuable volunteer and leadership experience and funding for your Campus Kitchen.

What dining services can do:

Student meal plan fees

  • Strategy: Offer an optional donation to support the Campus Kitchen, to be rolled into each student’s yearly meal plan.
  • Suggested amount: $1 per week for every week of school year = $36/year.
  • Benefits: If you have a dining services provider committed to community and student programs, this is a cost-free form of positive PR.

Appeal to national dining service foundation

  •  Strategy: Have your school’s dining service manager appeal to their national dining service provider foundation  and see if they would be willing to help sponsor your Campus Kitchen. Sometimes your school’s dining services can sponsor the Campus Kitchen monetarily as well.
  • Suggested amount: A good appeal would be for them to help pay the annual affiliation fee each year.

Current Campus Kitchen Fundraising Strategy Testimonials:

One of the best ways to learn how to fund your Campus Kitchen is to look at how other current Campus Kitchens do it! Here are some helpful funding tips for new Campus Kitchens on:


  • Form a relationship with the development office at your school. They can help you find and apply for grants (tip from Washington and Lee University)
  • Have a student designated as your grant writer (tip from the University of  Virginia)

Start-up money and support

  • Being a part of an academic department opens up access to endowments (tip from Washington and Lee University)
  • Make partnerships across campus. It can make a big difference to have allies all over campus, and your Campus Kitchen is different enough from the existing departments and programs that it typically does not compete or take away funding from others. (tip from Washington and Lee University)
  • Pair up with established organizations on campus or in the local community. This will help your Campus Kitchen gain credibility (tip from the University of  Virginia)

Start-up money and support cont.

  • Look to other service organizations or societies who have large endowments for possible start-up costs (tip from the University of  Virginia)
  • When fundraising, see if an outside group will do benefit events for you. This is a great funding opportunity that reduces the work load for your Campus Kitchen (tip from the University of Georgia)
  • Look at the structure of your campus and how to best utilize that when planning and budgeting out your Campus Kitchen



  • Tap into an alumni network. Target alumni who wish they had done more service projects in college or Campus Kitchens alumi. If you raise enough money, you can even start your own endowment (tip from Washington and Lee University)
  • Stay away from always asking students to give money. Instead, use other resources such as families, parents and alumni (tip from the University of  Virginia)


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