Please Sir, Can I Have Some More

The time has come.  I have my summer mission trip team in place.  Deposits are paid, space is reserved, and it’s go time.  Now begins the part that I’ve never done before…fundraising.  At the main campus of my church, fundraising beyond support letters isn’t done, so I have no real experience in raising money for the students.  But here are the three ideas I have so far!


RENT-A-KIDYouth Ministry Fundraiser
Need your lawn mowed?  Want someone to babysit for your date night?  Does your bathroom need a good clean?  Send me an email, and we’ll get it worked out!  Whatever donation you would like to make, give it to the student and they’ll turn it in.  I want them to feel the support from you.


DATE NIGHT 

Youth Group Fundraiser


Sign up, bring your kids to the church, and we’ll lock them in a room with sharp objects, plastic bags, lighters, terrorists, and the Wayans Brothers while you have a relaxing date with your spouse.  Feel free to donate to a specific student, or to our general fund.

 

FLAMINGO INFESTATION

Youth Ministry Fundraiser

This is a Classic youth ministry fundraiser.  Let’s say Joe wants to prank Bill. Joe pays me a donation, and Bill gets an assortment of lawn flamingos placed in his yard.  Bill then has the option of paying a donation (if he can) to have it removed, or to pass the prank on to Larry.  Here’s the catch.  If Joe pays me a donation to get Bill Flamingo’d, but Bill has paid me to have insurance, the flamingos go infest Joe’s yard.  Here’s the hang up with this one, we only have one student going on the trip who drives.  Therefore, any and all flamingoing will primarily rest on my shoulders.  That’s a LOT of potential flamingoing that’d have to be done after hours.  I don’t know how wild my wife would be about that.

 

What about you?

 I need some great fundraiser ideas that you’ve done in the past!  Whether it’s as classic as Sally Fields (can I get an amen for not seeing that wrapping paper in a while) or as creative as you want, I want to hear it!

22 Comments

  1. I think you have missed a big one, asking for sponsors. I personally am of the mindset that if fundraisers are needed, then lets do it, but the church I serve with says no to fundraisers quite frequently. Instead, they would rather have us ask them to sponsor a student to go and they are willing to pay for their full ride. Obviously this is a case by case situation and the family cannot pay for any of it. At all times I ask the pastor if they can do work to earn it and I have yet to have one say yes. Instead, the student writes a thank you letter before hand and a 3 paragraph response after camp to share what they experience. Through the love and generosity of the elders, pastors, and congregation members, not one student has had to miss camp due to financial reasons.
    • Good call. Probably should have included that each of our teams will write their own support letters to family and friends, which I hope and pray handles most of it. I'm also going to have cards printed up with their name and information to pray for so they can put in their support letters and pass to family.
  2. I think you have missed a big one, asking for sponsors. I personally am of the mindset that if fundraisers are needed, then lets do it, but the church I serve with says no to fundraisers quite frequently. Instead, they would rather have us ask them to sponsor a student to go and they are willing to pay for their full ride. Obviously this is a case by case situation and the family cannot pay for any of it. At all times I ask the pastor if they can do work to earn it and I have yet to have one say yes. Instead, the student writes a thank you letter before hand and a 3 paragraph response after camp to share what they experience. Through the love and generosity of the elders, pastors, and congregation members, not one student has had to miss camp due to financial reasons.
    • Good call. Probably should have included that each of our teams will write their own support letters to family and friends, which I hope and pray handles most of it. I'm also going to have cards printed up with their name and information to pray for so they can put in their support letters and pass to family.
  3. The church I grew up in (and what I'm doing as well at my church) did monthly luncheons, putting donation cups on each table and the teens serving the food. Now, this may not work with a more modern church, but the old folks at my church love to open their hearts (and wallets) when the teens bring them food and refill their drinks. I'm also open to other ideas, because luncheons are sometimes stressful to coordinate.
  4. The church I grew up in (and what I'm doing as well at my church) did monthly luncheons, putting donation cups on each table and the teens serving the food. Now, this may not work with a more modern church, but the old folks at my church love to open their hearts (and wallets) when the teens bring them food and refill their drinks. I'm also open to other ideas, because luncheons are sometimes stressful to coordinate.
  5. I've never done a big fundraiser as a youth pastor, was very fortunate to have a small youth group and big budget before moving, and we haven't had any giant events out here yet. We did a few car washes in our last ministry, and those were a waste of time, 5 hours of work for like $300 bucks. When we do fundraisers, I want to do the envelope one (forget where I first saw it) where you get 150 envelopes and label them, 1-150. People choose an envelope to take home and bring it back with that label in dollars, so if they take the 148 envelope, they put $148 in, etc. Or, I would do this one http://www.averageyouthministry.com/2011/05/25/how-to-make-10000-in-3-hours/
  6. I've never done a big fundraiser as a youth pastor, was very fortunate to have a small youth group and big budget before moving, and we haven't had any giant events out here yet. We did a few car washes in our last ministry, and those were a waste of time, 5 hours of work for like $300 bucks. When we do fundraisers, I want to do the envelope one (forget where I first saw it) where you get 150 envelopes and label them, 1-150. People choose an envelope to take home and bring it back with that label in dollars, so if they take the 148 envelope, they put $148 in, etc. Or, I would do this one http://www.averageyouthministry.com/2011/05/25/how-to-make-10000-in-3-hours/
  7. We've done a couple things that have been very successful... 1. A youth auction, which is a lot like your first deal already, except we had someone coordinate the different talents and services among ALL the church members who would be willing to donate their time. We've had a fishing trip with the pastor, family photos from a photographer, a free month of music lessons, on top of what the youth do (babysitting, mowing lawns, etc.). We also auction off cakes and pies (a lot of our ladies are awesome cooks). It takes a lot of work from the team that coordinates the whole deal, but we pulled in $5,000 last year to go toward the students' fund. Our church runs about 450. 2. A community-wide chicken dinner - another fundraiser where you'd have to get a team together to organize and plan. It sounds kinda old-school, but many of our students raised over $300 each (some paid for their trip AND a friend's). We set a date for the event. Students began selling tickets 2-3 weeks in advance (to the entire community) for $7 each. They showed up on the specified date and either ate at the church or picked up their dinner and left. It was a lot of work, and we had to weigh out the options. We liked the fact that they involved not only the entire church (and allowed members an opportunity to SERVE rather than just give financially) but also was an outreach to the community. It sure beats selling coupon books... Hope that helps.
  8. We've done a couple things that have been very successful... 1. A youth auction, which is a lot like your first deal already, except we had someone coordinate the different talents and services among ALL the church members who would be willing to donate their time. We've had a fishing trip with the pastor, family photos from a photographer, a free month of music lessons, on top of what the youth do (babysitting, mowing lawns, etc.). We also auction off cakes and pies (a lot of our ladies are awesome cooks). It takes a lot of work from the team that coordinates the whole deal, but we pulled in $5,000 last year to go toward the students' fund. Our church runs about 450. 2. A community-wide chicken dinner - another fundraiser where you'd have to get a team together to organize and plan. It sounds kinda old-school, but many of our students raised over $300 each (some paid for their trip AND a friend's). We set a date for the event. Students began selling tickets 2-3 weeks in advance (to the entire community) for $7 each. They showed up on the specified date and either ate at the church or picked up their dinner and left. It was a lot of work, and we had to weigh out the options. We liked the fact that they involved not only the entire church (and allowed members an opportunity to SERVE rather than just give financially) but also was an outreach to the community. It sure beats selling coupon books... Hope that helps.
  9. For some reason my church is a stickler for the holiday's. Here's what I mean... Valentine's Day: The youth will be providing a nice meal for couples and will be providing childcare for those with children. (Donations only for the meal. This works better for our church, some churches it helps to have a set plate price). Easter Sunday: We have a local sunrise service that our church participates in, every year the youth provide a pancake breakfast at somewhere between $3-5 a plate. Other than that, the church I interned at did a Biggest Loser contest between the youth minister and the pastor. People would bid a certain amount per pound and at the end of the month pay that amount for each pound lost (promoted health and single handedly paid for 60% or more of our trip two years in a row). Also this year we had an industrial sno cone machine donated to the student ministry. In my home town there is a student ministry that has used theirs not only to employ their students during the summer but also all profits go directly into their summer budget, I'm hoping that we can do that this year as well.
    • The previous student minister used to do a banquet near valentines every year. It was one of the sacred cows I chose not to continue when I got here. And now that I'm looking at my calendar, it was God's provision. I'm packed. in fact, I'm quadruple booked tomorrow. Afternoon because I neglected to check iCal before committing to things. I like the easter sunday idea. That's really great. Pancakes are way cheap as far as overhead goes.
  10. For some reason my church is a stickler for the holiday's. Here's what I mean... Valentine's Day: The youth will be providing a nice meal for couples and will be providing childcare for those with children. (Donations only for the meal. This works better for our church, some churches it helps to have a set plate price). Easter Sunday: We have a local sunrise service that our church participates in, every year the youth provide a pancake breakfast at somewhere between $3-5 a plate. Other than that, the church I interned at did a Biggest Loser contest between the youth minister and the pastor. People would bid a certain amount per pound and at the end of the month pay that amount for each pound lost (promoted health and single handedly paid for 60% or more of our trip two years in a row). Also this year we had an industrial sno cone machine donated to the student ministry. In my home town there is a student ministry that has used theirs not only to employ their students during the summer but also all profits go directly into their summer budget, I'm hoping that we can do that this year as well.
    • The previous student minister used to do a banquet near valentines every year. It was one of the sacred cows I chose not to continue when I got here. And now that I'm looking at my calendar, it was God's provision. I'm packed. in fact, I'm quadruple booked tomorrow. Afternoon because I neglected to check iCal before committing to things. I like the easter sunday idea. That's really great. Pancakes are way cheap as far as overhead goes.
  11. Great ideas! We've done "Dancing with the Staff," the normal talent shows, pie sales, and gift wrapping. Our ladies group even sold hand knitted items to benefit out mission teams.
  12. Great ideas! We've done "Dancing with the Staff," the normal talent shows, pie sales, and gift wrapping. Our ladies group even sold hand knitted items to benefit out mission teams.

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