If you’re planning to start a fundraising event for your church, why not step outside the box from the traditional techniques of bake sales and car washes and opt for something creative and interesting? Whether you’re raising funds for your church directly, for a youth group or even a mission trip, there are literally hundreds of ways you can turn your event into a fun experience without rehashing the same fundraising methods over and over again.
Creating a crowdfunding campaign allows you to have an organized online fundraiser where you can easily accept donations and use it in conjunction with your offline fundraising events. It also provides you with the perfect outlet to promote your fundraiser on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and to share it via email with the click of a button. If your church has its own website or blog, you can even add a widget directly to your site to make it more convenient for people to make donations.
Six Unique Idea Suggestions
Get started on the path to success with the following unique church fundraising ideas.
- Babysitting Day
Volunteer with a few other church members to host a babysitting day at church so parents can have a day to run errands. Charge a flat rate fee for the service as a donation to your fundraiser, or allow them to donate an amount of their choosing. If your fundraiser happens to be during the holidays, schedule the babysitting day in early December to allow parents to get their Christmas shopping done—they’ll love you for it!
- Money Envelope Wall
Tape 100 envelopes to a wall in your church with the dollar amounts written on the outside, starting at $1 and going to $100. Ask church members to take an envelope and place the amount written on the front of the envelope in the envelope and return it to the fundraiser organizer. If they wish to donate more than is written on the envelope—the more the merrier.
If you are planning to go on a mission trip, figure out the total mileage for where you’re going and how much each mile should cost you. You can then ask your supporters to donate the cost of each mile you will travel by “adopting a mile” and paying part of your trip. Have them make these donations to your online fundraiser.
- Youth Auction
Ask several of the kids that attend your church to auction themselves off in a “youth auction” to other church members (with their parents’ permission, of course). They can offer to help with services such as yard work, petsitting, babysitting or any other duties that may need to be done around your church. Ask that the donations toward the auction be made to your online fundraiser.
- Flamingo Fun
Ask your church youth group to “flamingo” the house of one of your church members by putting little plastic flamingos all over their yard. You can then charge a set donation amount to those people to have the flamingos removed, and they’ll tell you where to take the flamingos. You can also sell flamingo insurance policies to members of your church who do not wish to participate.
- Church BBQ
Everyone loves a delicious barbecue. Throw a church barbecue and ask that donations be made to your fundraiser in order to purchase a meal ticket. Bring some goodies to the event as well (think cookies, brownies, etc.) to sell for a small donation fee, and be sure to set a collection jar out in case anyone would like to make any additional donations to your cause.
Ready to begin raising donations for your church or for an upcoming mission trip? Take a shot at one of these interesting ideas and start your free online fundraiser today!