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!
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.
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.
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!