Ideas to Help Make the #DECAICDC Experience Affordable

Nick Matthews | Michigan DECA
Photo courtesy of @ut_deca on Instagram.

As association Career Development Conferences are starting to commence around the country, it’s time to face the reality that you or your students may qualify to attend the 2018 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., this April.

The International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is where an expected 19,000+ high school students, advisors, business professionals, and DECA alumni will gather to demonstrate and develop their skills and knowledge for college and careers.

Representatives from associations from all 50 Unites States, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain will meet in Atlanta, and will have the ability to network and connect with individuals who share one common interest: DECA.

#DECAICDC is a life-changing experience for any attendee. Whether it be for competition or an academy, the potential to make lifelong friendships, travel to an industrial city like Atlanta, and network with business professionals is absolutely #Limitless.

However, like any week-long trip, this may not be favorable for your bank account. So, what are the best ways to fundraise and make this monumental trip affordable? Check out some ideas below:

Chapter Fundraising

In order to put off costs for multiple members that may be attending, take advantage of your chapter’s platform and presence in your school and community. There is a limitless amount of ways to fundraise for your trip this way! You’ve got your classic fundraisers, such as bake sales or proceed nights that can raise money.

If there’s a big college rivalry game coming up, you can have a giveaway where the winner is the person closest able to guess the score of the game. I’ve even heard of a fundraiser as crazy as placing bets on an area of a field where a cow would do his business! Yes, gross indeed, but extremely creative. Put the FUN in fundraiser, get creative, and raise money so you can take part in the ICDC experience.

Individual Fundraising

If you’ve received all the financial help you could get from your chapter and its efforts, you can take it upon yourself to raise money for this trip. There are a lot of ways to fundraise for this trip as an individual. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask local businesses for their support.

Like DECA, many local businesses are always looking for opportunities to give back and contribute to their community. And I know what you’re thinking: YES, supporting local high school students is definitely something businesses are willing to do! Like us emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, many business professionals share the same determination and ambition to find success and would love nothing more than to help local adolescents take the proper steps in doing the same.

Also, I’ve seen many people reach out to relatives for assistance. I’ve even seen GoFundMe fundraisers started for those wanting to attend the conference. Don’t shy away from the unlikely, because you never know the final result if you don’t take part in the process.

Again, there are too many ways to raise money for the ICDC trip that can be covered in one article, so go out there and get fundraising!

Know your environment and discover what will work best for ultimately achieving the goal of attendance at #DECAICDC. It is well worth the time and it’s a conference you won’t want to miss.

This article was written by Michigan DECA Vice President of Community Service, Nick Matthews. You can follow Nick on Twitter @NickMDECA.


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