Support Raising Tips Part 2

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7 Popular Fundraising Ideas

1. Classis T-Shirt Fundraiser

One organization we love is Fund the Nations. You tell them where you are going, why you are going, and they will design a t-shirt for you at a low cost. You then sell the shirts at work, at church, at your little brother’s band recital, on Facebook, and everywhere else. Get your family and friends involved to advertise with you and help sell shirts. You pay for the cost of the shirt, and then the profit can go towards your mission.

Who needs to be involved? You, Family members, and if possible a few good friends

Where does it need to be? Church, work, school, Facebook, Instagram, and anywhere else you go

When does it need to happen? Any time before your payment deadlines

2. Pledge a Mile

Do a Google search to find the number of miles between where you live and the city you are going to. Divide the amount of your trip by the number of miles. That number is how much it cost to travel each mile. Ask people to buy miles to help you get there. If someone wants to donate, have them write a check to your church for the number of miles they want to pledge. From there, have your church send the money to iGoGlobal.

Ex. The distance from Dallas to Madrid is 4,941 miles. The cost of a one week trip to Madrid is $3500. 3500/4941=0.71.

So each mile of my trip is 71 cents.

100 miles is $71.

500 miles is $355.

Get creative. Set up a bulletin board with a map showing where you live and where you are going. Have a cut out of a plane or person that you can move along the map as you raise money. Include information on how to give. Keep in contact with your church leadership to see how much you have raised.

Who needs to be involved? You and your church leadership. Ask them for the best way to let the church know about this and if it is possible to set up a booth or bulletin board with more information.

Where does it need to be? Your church

When does it need to happen? As soon as you know the cost of your trip and can last until your final payment is due

3. Cake Auction

This is a great way to get your whole church involved. Have church members bake their best cakes and pies and then auction them off. Silent auctions work very well because it allows people to walk around, find what they like best and bid on it. You can make a whole event out of this. Host at your church and have live music/games while the silent auction is happening.

You will need to advertise at least a month in advance. Announce in church, have fliers printed, continually remind people. The bigger deal you make out of it, and more exciting it sounds, the larger turn out you will have.

We had one church that did a cake auction for their students going on trips. Just from selling cakes they made $7000.

If you want to get ambitious, you could go to local stores and ask if they would like to donate retail items or services to be auctioned off along with the cakes.

Who needs to be involved?  You, Church Leadership, as many church members as possible

Where does it need to be?  Ideally you would have this in your church fellowship hall or gym

When does it need to happen?  A Saturday or Sunday evening. Talk with church leadership to determine the best time of the year for this to get the most participation from church members.

4. Garage Sale

Garage sales are a great way to get your whole church involved. Ask members to donate items. It is best if they are collected over a few weeks rather than right before the sale. This will give you time to get the item organized and priced. Get as many members involved as you can. The more people you have, the easier it will be to collect and price items, and you will have more advertising for a good turn out.

Talk with your church leadership and ask if you can advertise on the church marquee, bulletin, and city newspaper.

Who needs to be involved? You and your whole church

Where does it need to be? If there is space available, your church parking lot or gym

When does it need to happen? Saturdays are best for garage sales. If indoors, anytime. If outdoors, a time when the weather should be pleasant.

One year we had a student whose church organized a garage sale to raise money for 3 people they were sending out. The church collected items for about a month and held the garage sale in the church gym. Because the whole church was involved in donating items and setting up, they raised $10,000. It paid for almost all of the students’ trips.

5. Church Contests

Here is an example: One particular student did a special fundraiser during VBS. They told kids if they raised over $400, the student would kiss a pig. By the end of the week the VBS students raised $550. If you do something during VBS, it is a great way to tell so many young kids about where you are going and getting them excited early in life about missions.

There are many options involved with this that really depend on how your church is run and what events you have. Talk with your church leadership or various program leaders to decide what would work best.

Who needs to be involved? You and your church leadership to discuss ideas

Where does it need to be? Preferably a church event such as VBS

When does it need to happen? Anytime

6. Puzzle Pieces

Purchase a puzzle (500 piece works best) with a picture that represents where you are going. Sell each piece for $5. When someone buys a piece (or multiple pieces) have them write their name on the back. When all the pieces are purchased, put the puzzle together. Not only do you have a picture to remind you to pray for where you are going, you have 500 names on the back of people helping you get there. If you sell every piece of a 500 piece puzzle for $5, that’s $2500 of your trip.

Who needs to be involved? You and your church leadership. Ask them for the best way to let the church know about this and if it is possible to set up a booth or bulletin board with more information.

Where does it need to be? Your church (Social media if you would like). Ideally, a church foyer or high traffic hallway would be a great place to set up a display. It allows people to walk by and continually see the progress.

When does it need to happen? From the time you are accepted until your final payment is due.

7. Change for Change

Talk with your church leadership about setting up a bucket in a main area of the church and/or in the children’s area. Ask people to donate pocket change as they have it.

Create a sign or small handouts to inform people of what the money is going towards. Things you can include on the hand out are: a picture of you, where you are going, what you will be doing, and a few ways to pray for you.

Pocket change adds up very quickly, and is an easy way to get people involved that can’t donate much money or time to other fundraisers. This is also a great way to get the children in your church involved, because they love to be able to give where they can.

Keep in touch with church leadership. Rather than the money sitting in a bucket for months, it would be best to count it every few weeks to keep track of how much has been raised.

Who needs to be involved? You and your church leadership

Where does it need to be? A well known area in your church

When does it need to happen? From the time you are accepted until your final payment is due

 

 

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