4 Fundraising Ideas for Your Church

If you are anything like me, then I’m sure you have been to a number of churches that have a building fund. The church will have a thermometer in the back of the church or in the hallway that displays how much money the church has raised towards a new building or renovations for their current building. If you pay close attention, there are many churches where that thermometer has barely moved in the last two years.

Lets’ face it. Effective fund raising is a skill that many of us just are not born with. It is time some of us realized that prayer breakfasts and chicken dinners may not be the most effective ways to raise large sums of money. Most church members are already giving their tithe and offerings to the church. I know “everybody has to eat”, but you can only tap money from the same source for so long.

There are tons of things your church can do to raise money. Many churches have to fund building renovations, special programs and auxiliary ministries. Sometime the church budget just can’t meet all the needs. Here are 4 fundraising methods (in no particular order) that most people might not think of:

1. Hire a Professional
If your church is serious about raising money, then this is a small investment will be well worth it. There are tons of professional companies that specialize in helping non-profit organizations raise money. These companies will help your church set a vision and develop a strategic plan for its fundraising campaign.

Companies that provide these services, can be found by using your favorite search engine. Here are some keywords that should help you out: fundraising consultants, professional fundraising services, and church fundraising services. Make sure you do your homework before selecting a company. You will definitely want to talk to some of their previous clients first before making a decision.

2. Write a Donor Letter
The bible tells us that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). Under normal economic conditions, there are many individuals and companies that would be happy to make a donation to your church. All you need to do is ask. It is likely that you may only get 1 response out of every 12 letters. Don’t be discouraged, every little bit will help your church reach its goal.

Here are a couple of sites that will give you information about writing donation letters:

Fundraiser Help
Step By Step Fundraising
Alan Sharpe’s Direct Mail Fundraising Blog

3. Sell on eBay

There are thousands of people making a lot of money on eBay. The concept here is simple. Members of your church can donate items to be sold on eBay. The proceeds of the sales would go the church.

If you are apprehensive about your ability to sell products you can always use a consignment store. There are individuals who sell items on eBay for a living. Many of them are willing to sell items for you. They will keep a small portion of your sales and you keep the rest.

4. Work Where You Play
Amusement parks, arenas and stadiums are excellent locations for fundraisers. Basically you get a group of people together and work a couple of hours for the amusement part or venue of your choice. In return, they will either pay you a flat fee or give you a portion of the sales that were generated while you were working. Most amusement parks will even give you free admission to the park for the rest of the day.

All you need to do is call the amusement park, arena or stadium of your choice and ask to speak with the person in charge of coordinating fund raising. In some cases that will also be same person who oversees the concessions.

Like I said before, there are hundreds of fundraising options for you to choose from. Hopefully, I presented one or two things that you hadn’t thought of.

Please feel free to share any fund raising ideas that have worked for your church.

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