New chairs for the parish hall? A leaky church roof? Your youth group wants to go to summer camp? Or do you want to employ a new Sunday School teacher?
There are many reasons why a religious community may need a financial boost. Fortunately, there are also many ways in which your community can raise funds. Here are some ideas!
The traditional way for a religious community to collect funds is the collection in or after service. While this is a great tradition, there are a few drawbacks:
- You generally only reach a small group – the regular churchgoers.
- People tend to give only a small sum at a time, so it may take a long time to reach the required amount of money.
In order to reach a larger group of people both in and outside your community, as well as reach your goal more quickly, why not organize a fundraising event?
One great example for such an event is a jumble sale held at your church. Ask community members to donate used stuff they no longer need. From old clothing, toys and books to electrical appliances, anything goes – remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
With the help of friendly and cheerful volunteers and the right weather, a jumble sale will attract visitors and bring in cash for your cause.
Seasonal Fundraising Events
Much like a seasonal variation of the jumble sale, these are great if you happen to need money at just the right time. Spread some holiday cheer by having a Christmas bazaar with cookies, eggnog and tree ornaments, or sell painted eggs and cake lambs or bunnies for Easter!
Put On A Fundraising Show
Most church communities have one or several clubs that will be happy to contribute. Whether a gospel choir concert, a play staged by your youth group or a live action quiz show with donated prizes, this is another opportunity to raise funds and have fun. You can sell tickets for a fixed admission fee and/or ask your audience for donations on their way out.
Motion for Money
Who says that sports are only for sports clubs? A sponsored run is a great way of collecting money and setting people in motion at the same time.
Before the event, have participants ask individuals or companies to sponsor them. Sponsors pledge to pay a certain amount for every mile or lap “their” participant covers at the event. Variations include biking, swimming or going on a community hike. Make sure that participants can get home safely after completing their end of the deal.
Spread the Word
Whatever you do, remember that the more people know about your fundraising efforts, the greater your chances of success. So spread the word!
Advertise in the local paper and ask local shops to put a poster in their window or to hand out flyers to customers. Let people know why you are collecting funds – they will give more freely if they know it’s for a good cause. And don’t forget to thank everybody who chips in! People want to know that their contributions are appreciated.