Pope Visit to Affect First THON ‘Fundraising Outreach & Canning Weekend’

Fundraising for THON is going to look a little different in the fall.

According to a fall fundraising update, THON has enacted a series of changes to the upcoming season. Changes have been made across the board, affecting everything from canning weekends to alternative fundraising methods.

For starters, the term “Canning Weekend” will no longer be used, at least officially. The new term THON wants to label those three weekends during the fall semester used to solicit funds is now “Fundraising Outreach & Canning Weekends.” According to THON, the name change is to encompass all of the various methods of fundraising that occur during these designated weekends, such as canvassing and alternative fundraising.

THON volunteers now have the option of planning an alternative fundraiser during a Fundraising Outreach & Canning Weekend. The new process, called “Alternative Fundraiser Rapid Review,” allows THON chairs to register their event before the weekend, then meet with a captain for approval.

THON also announced that no organization will be permitted to raise funds in Philadelphia’s city limits during the first fundraising weekend due to the Pope’s arrival — and the massive crowds expected to follow. Philadelphia is set to receive an additional 1.5 to 2 million visitors, so in order to keep THON volunteers safe, no fundraising of any kind will be permitted in the city during the weekend of September 25-27.

To read more about THON’s fundraising changes, click here.

Correction: A previous version of this story used an incorrect THON-provided estimate for Philadelphia visitors. We have updated the figure.

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