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7 Ways to Maximize Canning Funds

Canning weekends are great way to burst out of the State College bubble for a few days. But, you’re away from the happiest of valleys for a reason. Once you’ve taken to the street, you’ll want to make the most of your time. Here are a few ways to ensure your org will be rolling in the dough:

1. Shiver


Unless it’s the first canning weekend or your org/committee somehow was able to afford taking a road trip to warmer places than the usual Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and occasional New York and Virginia, it’ll probably be pretty cold. Hopefully you’ll be wearing a lot of layers and you’ll be braving the weather like a champ. If not, even better, because people feel really bad for people who are freezing their asses off and are more likely to donate.

2. Look Ridiculous


If you were born with stunningly good looks, this one doesn’t apply to you. If you’re part of the general population, you should do something to grab people’s attention. Work with what your momma gave ya. A simple accessory, like a ridiculous hat, can attract loads of attention. More attention = more potential donors.

3. DON’T Text


NO ONE is going to donate to some random girl holding a can sending a duckface Snapchat to everyone and their grandmothers. If you were really FTK, as the caption on said snap will indubitably state, then you’d put your phone away.

4. Make a Genuine Compliment


If you like someone’s sweater, tell him or her. If you think someone’s child is adorable, don’t just creepily stare at it. Compliments are a great, positive way to start conversation. When you engage in a conversation with someone they’ll be more likely to scrape up some loose change for you.

5. Hope it Rains


This is similar to #1. People will feel bad for you if you’re standing in the rain voluntarily. Even though you probably won’t be able to be outside for as long, you’ll make bank while you are out.



Let’s face it. We college kids just aren’t cute anymore. But, we can be smart by doing a little bit of outsourcing. Nothing says FTK like an actual, live K. A canning weekend could be a perfect time to bond with your THON family/child. Not only will your THON kid hopefully enjoy being with you guys, but he or she will easily fill up their can multiple times. If your THON kid can’t make it, recruitment of your sister’s friend’s little cousin could be in order.

7. Have Fun


People can tell when you’re having fun and they’ll be more inclined to like you and therefore donate. But monetary maximization aside, canning is normally a really good time and a unique experience. Whether it’s the home cooked meals or the sweet, nostalgic alumni, there’s a lot to love about canning weekends.

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Janki Patel

An awkward girl in an awkward world. Ke$ha is my role model. Nothing I say is meant to be taken seriously (unless it is).

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