Fund raising: Need money for a mission trip?

Fund raisers for short-term trips

Guiding thoughts

1. Begin by being an intercessor.
2. Devote yourself to the task. Give time to it.
3. Be confident (If God has called you; He has also called the resources).
4. See yourself as a vision setter, not a fund raiser. Be an educator.

Adapted from material by Rob Martin of First Fruits foundation
 

Fund raiser ideas based on material by Kevin Paszalek, Houston (TX) Southway Community Church

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Building financial support through the mail

  1. On the average, $2500 can be raised through well-written letters sent to about 75 people who know you: family members and friends
  2. Some groups prepare a fund raising letter in an electronic format so participants can easily personalize it [ more info ] [ sample letters ]
  3. Spread the word widely; don't limit the letters to Christian friends and family.
  4. Send thank-you letters for every financial gift. Sometimes, "thank you" notes will even bring follow-up financial gifts

How local churches can help come up with the needed money

  1. Give official blessing or sanction
    • Provide letters of endorsement on church stationery
    • Let individuals share with the congregation in services
    • Allow pleas for donations during services
    • Host informational meetings about the trip
  2. Publicize the trip
    • Information in the congregation's monthly newsletter
    • Inserts in the weekly church bulletin
    • Call attention to those who get involved in local ministry when they return or decide to go long-term as a result of going short-term
  3. Provide direct financial support
    • Provide partial funding from the church budget [ one church's policy ]
    • Help in getting out a support raising letter [ see samples ]
    • Organizing prayer support
  4. Organize fund raising events within the church
    • Sell salvation bracelets [ more info ]
    • Auction off 6 hours of the trip participant's time [ more info ]
    • Hold dinner/auction of baked goods [ more info ]
    • Auction of baked goods with pie-in-the-face
    • Penny drives

Other ideas

  1. Car Wash: Sell car wash coupons [ more info ]
  2. Collect old cell phones
  3. newly addedPercentage of purchases people make through an online site
  4. Organize dinners or dinner theaters and sell tickets
  5. Chicken catching [ more info ]
  6. Hold giant garage/rummage sale
  7. Sell barbecue
  8. Organize and teach an Internet beginners' course[ more info ]
  9. Sell tubs of frozen cookie dough
  10. Find a restaurant that will donate part of the cost of a meal or provide meal
  11. Sell restaurant meal tickets
  12. Sell discount cards
  13. Car-hopping for tips
  14. Selling t-shirts
  15. Sell soap and other fair trade items made by African villagers or contact info@zambiansoap.com ]
  16. "Green" fund raiser: Get people to donate used, unwanted consumer electronics and gold, silver or platinum jewelry
  17. Set up a website at youcansend.me For $10 a month, you get a personalized fund-raising website to share with friends and family.
  18. Sell IV7 disinfectant. To get to fund-raising video, click on "Mission" at bottom of page and then click on panel that has a chess piece with a cross on it. Or contact Victoria Pate 870-447-2611 gillisv@windstream.net

Source for products for fund-raising

Note: Andy Lepper of MissionTripFundRaising.com helps groups with fund raising events like the above list. However, he says, "Realistically we will probably only be able to help them with 25%-50% of their trip depending on the cost."

The joy of giving

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