Fundraising

FUND RAISING SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUPS

Rock-a-thon. Rock the day and night away in rocking chairs to earn money. This fundraiser is best done in a group, so get your mission team or youth group together to join forces and raise more money. Each rocker must seek out sponsors who agree to pay them per hour of rocking. Hold a movie marathon or set up several video game systems to pass the time.

Pink flamingo flock fundraiser.: This will require an initial investment to purchase a “flock” of pink flamingo yard ornaments, but it is fun and goofy.  In a nutshell, the members of your church or organization can pay the mission team to “flock” someone else’s home. Individuals can also buy “anti-flocking insurance” from your fundraising group to protect their home from migrating flamingos.

Free Car Wash: Students get people to pledge a donation amount per car – or people can offer a set amount donation. Students then wash cars in the community for free. They get sponsored per car they wash; therefore, if a person sponsors $1 per car and the students wash 100 cars, that person will donate $100.

Sell car wash coupons ahead of time. Some will buy just to support and not show up and others will show up along with any you happen to draw in from advertising. Doing it this way may raise more money  than just doing a regular car wash.

Make salvation bracelets:
Sell two for $10. The person gets to keep one along with an explanation of beads and then “gives” one back for you to take overseas for mission use. These salvation bracelets are very effective on mission trips. Wear two of them. When you are asked about them, tell the person that if they can remember and repeat back the explanation to you, you will let them have one of the bracelets. Some accept Christ; some just carry the message with them.

Congregation Spaghetti Dinner: Host a free spaghetti dinner, accepting donations for the dinner.  During the dinner, there is also a pie or dessert auction (silent or the traditional way, depending on if you have a good auctioneer handy).  A huge seller is a “Pies or dessert for a Year” (one per month – have congregation members sign up to help with this). This also acts as a great intergenerational ministry as the youth and “older members” get to interact with each other more intentionally.

Pancake Breakfast Can be done before early services, between multiple services, or at completion of a service.  A donation amount can be set for an all you care to eat, or this can be done on a donation only.

Congregations for the most part love to share a meal.  Use your imagination and what your specific group would relate to.

FUND RAISING SUGGESTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS

Tell Your Story
There is a reason you have decided to go on a mission trip. Maybe you want to meet fellow Christians, visit a country you’ve never been to, or make a difference and help those in need. Each person has a unique and compelling story behind his/her mission trip. The No. 1 thing you can do to be successful is build and share that story. Let people in on why you’re going on this trip, why you need their money and what you’ll do with it. Be transparent with your supporters about what your goal for the trip is and how their donation will help you accomplish it.

Tip: We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, so use them to help tell your story. Fundraising campaigns that include photos receive six times more donations than those without – proof of how valuable images are in engaging donors. Include pictures of yourself, where you’re going and what you’ll be doing in your social media posts.

“People give to vision. Give people something to be a part of. Allow them to take some ownership.”

Recruit Your Inner Circle
We all have an inner circle of people who love and support us. Maybe they’re our best friends, our pastor, or our parents. When fundraising, it’s important to recruit your inner circle – they’ll be the foundation of your fundraising efforts and help you get them off the ground.  Beyond that, get them excited about sharing your mission story with their circles of friends and family, to start reaching a broader group of potential donors to your trip.

Tip: Email is a great way of reaching out to your friends and family. Make sure to customize your message to each person to make him/her feel connected to your story and passionate about helping you raise money.

Make Social Media Your Best Friend
Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram are powerful tools to help spread your mission trip story. Think of your social media campaign as a chain reaction – as you share your story, your friends and family will start to share it, and their friends and family, and so on. All of that sharing helps your story reach more and more people who can help you reach your fundraising goal.

Tip: Give a shout out on social media to thank your supporters. Publicly thanking donors makes them feel appreciated and gives them an easy way to post or retweet your story.

Treat Your Supporters Like Family
Your family knows your past and present, successes and failures. As you gain supporters for your mission trip fundraiser, you will form a new family. Keep them up to date on how your campaign is going and any news you have to share with them. That correspondence will help them feel like they are part of your journey, beyond just helping fund it.

Tip: Set up a personal blog to keep your supporters updated. Your donors will enjoy reading about your journey and seeing what their donation has helped you accomplish.

Be Persistent
So you’ve shared your story via email and social media to your friends and family. Now what? Two words: remind and repeat!  Don’t be afraid to ask people multiple times to give to your mission trip. There is a 10 percent conversion rate off reminder emails, proving that even those with the best intentions forget to do things! Find fresh details to share to make each message stand out as unique.

Tip: If at first you don’t succeed… ASK AGAIN!

Provide a service
Think about what you’re good at doing for yourself – maybe you could do the same thing for others and earn some extra money. Here are a few other ideas:

  • Computer skills
  • Mow lawns
  • Shovel snow
  • Bake special occasion cakes
  • Walk or groom pets, or pet-sit
  • Tutor students
  • Style hair for formal events
  • Babysit

Sell stuff you’re not using
Making money is great – even better if you can make money and de-clutter your living space a bit.

  • Books — If you have bookshelves full of college textbooks or novels you read and will never pick up again, take them to a local used bookstore, or list them on a website like Half.com or Amazon.com.
  • Clothes — Consignment stores are a great way to get rid of nicer clothes that don’t fit or that you’ve grown tired of.
  • Yard sale — If you and a family member or friend will be traveling on a mission trip together, combine your selling efforts by hosting a yard sale together. Ask people you know if they have items they’d be willing to donate to add to your merchandise.

Create and sell a product.
There are tons of creative ideas from mission trip participants who have made and marketed their own products to raise the funds for their mission trips.

Make salvation bracelets
Sell two for $10.  The person gets to keep one along with an explanation of beads and then “gives” one back for you to take overseas for mission use. These salvation bracelets are very effective on mission trips. Wear two of them. When you are asked about them, tell the person that if they can remember and repeat back the explanation to you, you will let them have one of the bracelets. Some accept Christ; some just carry the message with them.