Fundraising Ideas for 2020-2021


  • Shop Amazon Smile to support CSF/CJSFBookmark this link and start your shopping to support CSF. Or go to the menu on our website and click on SHOP AMAZON SMILE.
  • Get Take-out from Panda Express: Support CSF/CJSF by ordering online on November 5th. Details will be emailed to advisers, posted on Adviser News, on and social media in advance of the event.
  • Support CSF/CJSF with GoFundMe:



If you normally fundraise for your chapter and needs some ideas for virtual fundraising, here are a few suggestions.

  • Sell singing “telegrams”. Ask for email address of recipients. Use Zoom to deliver the musical messages.
  • Virtual concert. Make use of the talent of your chapter members to create an online experience and sell tickets to it.
  • Virtual talent show. Ask supporters to submit their virtual talent show performances video. The videos can be compiled for viewers to vote on their favorite. Charge an entry fee. Consider offering several prizes, including for best overall, most humorous, most talented child, etc. to boost participation.
  • 24-hour campaign. Get in on GivingTuesday – December 1, 2020
    Send emails to potential supporters requesting donations on December 1st, or any date you choose.
  • Panda Express Virtual Fundraiser. Participate in the CSF Panda Express fundraiser on November 5th and get 10% of your chapter’s pre-tax sales. Stay Connected for details.


We will be celebrating 100 Years of CSF and Scholars for Service all year long in 2021 and will cap off the 100th Anniversary of California Scholarship Federation with a CSF float in the Rose Parade® on January 1, 2022!

Participation by current and former CSF members and advisers will be needed to make this happen! Stay Connected for service opportunities and news throughout the year – float decorating, contests, and more.

We are looking for CSF history! Current and former advisers and members are asked to share their CSF memories and photos using the form on our website –

Many of our Board members were CSF members and are sharing photos and stories from their experience. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to contribute. Advisers – consider giving service hours to members who submit stories and photos to the CSF history campaign.

CSF/CJSF – Panda Express Virtual Fundraiser | Nov 5, 2020

Partners in supporting “Scholars for Service”

CSF is planning a virtual fundraiser with Panda Express restaurants across the USA for this school year. Funds donated by Panda Express go to support the programs of CSF and CJSF which provide Financial Awards, Spring Region conferences, conferences, and more for chapters, members, and advisers. Chapters will receive 10% of all their pre-tax sales.

We hope you will order Panda Express online on November 5th and encourage your members, family, and friends to participate.

Check our website and social media for details. Emails will go out to advisers in advance.

Help with Frequently Asked Questions from CSF & CJSF Advisers

1.  My district will be doing distance learning for the fall semester.  What is the best way for students to digitally complete applications?

Ideally, students should complete a regular application, and qualify based on the traditional letter grade system.  Since many schools will be doing distance learning for the start of the school year, it may be better to use an online application.  Advisers should use whatever method works for them to track and check grades received.  Advisers are free to create their own on-line application (online applications are permitted for all membership drives).

Matt Hungerford, CSF Board Past President, has created the following application which may be adapted for different schools. Email Matt if you need help. All applications must adhere to the CSF/CJSF membership requirements, with no “extras” needed to qualify, such as a specific GPA, service hours, essays, etc.

Advisers with a Gmail address/Google account* can save this sample form to their Google Drive Forms to edit and use for CSF student membership applications for Fall 2020. After you save the form you will need to edit school name and make any other adjustments you see fit.
*If you do not have a gmail address/Google account you will be unable to save the form. 

Step 1:

and paste it into a new browser tab/window. You will be asked to sign into your gmail or Google account. Once you have done that you will be able to edit your copy of the form for your own use and share it with students.

Step 2: Edit your copy of the form as needed.

Step 3: Share with students. Click on the “eye” icon. The form will open in a new tab/window. Copy the URL and share it with your students.
Google form fall 2020

Step 4: View responses. Return to your form in Google Forms and click on Responses.
Google form responses fall 2020

Step 5: Manage responses. Click on the vertical 3 dot icon for options. You can also save the responses to a spreadsheet by clicking on the green Sheets icon. This sheet will populate new responses as they occur.

2.  When should I have my fall semester membership drive?

In order for students to qualify for CSF and CJSF awards and recognitions it is important that all chapters hold a membership drive for the fall semester of 2020.  The membership drive can be held as soon as school starts, or a few weeks into the semester, and advisers should consider extending the drive to the maximum allowable time ( four weeks) thus giving all students an ample opportunity to apply.  Please note that CSF will not be changing any of the requirements needed to receive its traditional awards and recognitions.

3.  How do I communicate with my students?

We suggest several all-student and parent emails, suggesting to students that they pass them on to their friends.  Also, a Google Classroom set-up for CSF/CJSF students will give them the opportunity to share ideas for fundraising, service projects, etc.  Another idea is to publish the names of those students who qualify in a parent newsletter.  Many chapters also have had good success in communicating with members using the “remind” app and other similar programs.

4.  What do I do about non-traditional grades awarded last spring semester?

Since districts and schools around California have opted for a myriad of different grading systems for last semester, it is difficult to create a one-size-fits-all policy about how students should qualify for CSF and CJSF in the fall.

Here is a suggestion from one of our board members:

“My school went credit/no credit for the spring 2020 grades.  So, I plan to accept all students who took four core courses (three if one is AP), and passed all courses.  There may be several students who only qualify this semester, but it will get them thinking about getting good grades, and perhaps encourage some to push themselves harder.”

5.  I still have more questions and need help, what do I do?

Make sure that you contact CSF/CJSF whenever you need help or have questions.  We are here to help you.

CSF Region VPs

Central: Brian Dull,
Central Coast: Janie Falcone,
North: Mark Bell,
South: Lisa Alexander,
South Central: Rosalind Kanter,

CJSF Region VPs

Central: Wendy May,
Central Coast: Sandra Villasenor,
North: Pam Bodnar,
South: Hollie Lohff,
South Central: Veronica Reynolds,

You can always contact Lisa at the central office:, she is always a great resource. Also,  Matt Hungerford (CSF/CJSF Past President) is available to help for application questions,  Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Year-end Grade Requirements in Uncertain Times

During these uncertain times, CSF hopes that advisers will use their discretion on how to handle year-end grade requirements for those students still wishing to use this semester to qualify as Life Members/Sealbearers, as well as for CSF & CJSF fall membership which will be impacted by this semester’s grades.

Although many chapters ask members to do a certain amount of community service, attend meetings, etc, these are not required by CSF or CJSF in order to be members, or to earn Life Member/Sealbearer status (which includes the lamp pin & diploma seal) at the end of the senior year.  Again, it is at the discretion of the adviser as to how missing these activities will impact other recognitions established by the individual chapter.

Good luck in the weeks to come, and thank you for all of your hard work for CSF & CJSF!

Renee Tyler and Richard Roe
CSF/CJSF Co-Presidents