101+ AWESOME CHURCH FUNDRAISING IDEAS

FUNDRAISING ANY SUNDAY

These fundraising solutions are perfect for any Sunday’s service.

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Text-to-donate

THE BASICS

For all of the members of your church who can’t help but to hashtag #PTL (Praise the Lord) on Sunday morning, a text-to-donate campaign is an engaging option. Text-to-give is the easiest way to connect with the iPhone generation. It’s a low-key way to get everyone with a smartphone, which, let’s be honest, is everyone these days, involved in giving back.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A great text-to-give platform provider, like @Pay.
  • Church members with cellphones.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Text-to-give campaigns are simple, accessible fundraisers that your church’s members can participate in anytime, anywhere.

You can easily market your text-to-give campaign:

  • During Sunday’s service.
  • Through email.
  • On your church’s website.
  • With flyers and posters.
  • And more!

You can make text-to-give technology a part of your service any given Sunday.

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FAIR-TRADE CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER

THE BASICS

You’re probably aware that some chocolate is produced in an unsavory manner, and a good amount of chocolate harvesters aren’t paid a decent or fair wage.

That’s why it’s doubly important to make sure that the chocolate your church members are selling is 100% fair-trade.

You can find quite a few quality fair-trade chocolate distributors who love to work with churches and help sponsor mission trips.

The best part about a chocolate fundraiser is that the chocolate practically sells itself. Hardly anyone can resist a fine bar of milk or dark chocolate.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A fair-trade chocolate distributor.
  • A way to collect donations.
  • Volunteers to sell the chocolate.
  • Order sheers for the chocolate.

That’s really all you need!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Once you’ve got your chocolate, enlist the help of some volunteers to sell the goods to:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Neighbors
  • Coworkers
  • And more!

At the end of the fundraiser, you’re bound to have some satisfied customers–and some major funds for your church!

Bonus: Provide incentives for your fundraiser volunteers. The person who sells the most chocolate over the course of the fundraiser should receive a prize at the end.

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START A CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

THE BASICS

Do you need to raise money for a personal cause like medical care, a community event, or an upcoming trip?

Individual crowdfunding websites make it easy to raise money from friends, family, and the community at large.

They provide software that allows individuals to create fundraising pages and accept donations via debit or credit card with minimal hassle.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You first need to pick a cause close to your heart that you believe others would be interested in donating to.

To run a successful campaign you’ll need more than just a good cause though. It’s important to collect materials that you can use when putting together your crowdfunding page like photos, an emotionally compelling description of why you need the funds, and pre-written email or social updates.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To get started, you first need to a pick a crowdfunding platform.

Charge a few dollars per plate, and serve drinks for free. If at all possible, encourage a few of your church’s members to donate supplies like plates, cups, and simple sides.

There are plenty to choose from so make sure to do some research ahead of time to figure out which platform is right for your specific cause.

Once you build your campaign, start reaching out to your supporters so they’re aware that you’ve started a campaign. For a truly successful campaign, try to rally your supporters to also make their friends and family aware of your cause.

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CANDLE SELLING

THE BASICS

Candles make fantastic gifts for the holidays or for Mom on Mother’s Day.

But don’t limit your candle sales to the month of May!

Candles are a great gift for any occasion, especially if you tailor your candles for each upcoming holiday (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day).

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A candle provider–or wholesale candles.
  • Volunteers to sell the candles.
  • A way to accept payments.

It really doesn’t take much to get started with a candle fundraiser!

HOW TO GET STARTED

There are actually tons of great websites that sell heavily discounted candles to help fundraisers out. All your church needs to do is pick a website that satisfies your fundraising needs.

Marking up the discounted candles even slightly will bring in a hefty profit for your church.

You can sell your candles door-to-door, or you can advertise your candles on your church’s website. You could even do both! The more marketing, the merrier!

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DAILY INDULGENCE DROP

THE BASICS

How much did your morning cup of coffee set you back?

Probably more than you’d like to confess on Sunday.

We all indulge a little here and there, and that’s 100% okay.

But imagine the kind of money you could raise for your church if you challenged your congregation to go one month without that one thing they indulge in on a daily basis.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

That one thing could be:

  • An expensive cup of coffee three times a month,
  • An afternoon candy bar from the office vending machine,
  • Or fast food biscuit during every morning commute.

That $3 chicken biscuit would add up to a whopping $93 by the end of the month.

HOW TO GET STARTED

If you want to make it easier on your congregation, choose a shorter month, like February. Your congregants can also choose to opt in for half of the month.

Or they can make their daily indulgence drop every third day. As long as they cut back on indulgences and reallocate those funds to serve the greater good!

The specifics of the fundraiser are up to you, but the premise remains the same: helping your church raise money while shifting your congregation’s perspectives on indulgence.

Bonus: Host this fundraiser for the full 40 days of Lent if your congregants are up to the challenge! Lent and indulgence drops go hand-in-hand.

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T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER

THE BASICS

What better way to make your church feel united than by designing a church T-shirt?

Everyone loves a good, cheap T-shirt, and more than that, everyone loves to show off that they’re an active member of an organization, especially a church.

Have a creative member of your congregation sketch some ideas for your church T-shirt and either take those sketches to a local T-shirt design shop or try to translate those designs to an online format to order them for slightly cheaper.

You can find some really fantastic deals on bulk T-shirts online, and if you sell each one for just a little more than you paid, you can raise a great deal in a short amount of time.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A T-shirt provider.
  • Someone to design your shirts.
  • A way to collect money for the shirts.
  • An occasion for the T-shirts.

Having an occasion for the shirts is optional. Regardless of the event, everyone loves cheap T-shirts!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Your church can choose to host a T-shirt fundraiser for a specific event, such as:

  • A kickball tournament.
  • A church-wide rafting trip.
  • Field day.
  • Vacation Bible School.
  • And more!

Alternatively, you can create shirts for no reason whatsoever!

There are millions of occasions to wear T-shirts. Do you really need a special occasion to create and sell one? Not at all!

Bonus idea: If you have leftovers after the initial craze, you can donate the remainder to a local homeless shelter or thrift store.

T-shirt Fundraising Start your own T-shirt fundraiser today. They're perfect for any event!
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POPCORN SALES

THE BASICS

Popcorn is a treat for all ages. It’s also a treat for every type of weather.

It’s delicious hot…or cold.

There’s no “popcorn season,” apart from fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Because it’s such a versatile snack, it’s one of the easiest fundraisers to get off the ground.

You can host this fundraiser any Sunday, especially since it’s such a universally loved treat.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to host a successful popcorn sale fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Popcorn, of course!
  • A way to collect funds.
  • Pledge sheets.
  • Volunteer popcorn sellers.
  • A place to sell your popcorn.

The amount of popcorn you’ll need will depend heavily on how large (and popcorn-loving) your congregation is.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To get started, your church only needs to find a company that helps churches and nonprofits sell popcorn as a fundraiser.

Send around pledge sheets beforehand to get an accurate picture of who wants what.

You don’t want to be stuck with 50 pounds of caramel corn if everyone in your congregation wants white cheddar!

Alternatively, you could just buy popcorn in bulk at your local warehouse or wholesale store.

Either way, you can turn around and sell the scrumptious kernels for more than you bought them for, and there you go! You’ve made a profit.

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COFFEE MORNING

THE BASICS

Your early risers are probably hankering for a hot cup of joe on Sunday morning.

They likely also wouldn’t say no to a homemade muffin or scone.

Baking muffins and brewing up some hot coffee to sell is a great way to make a little extra money any Sunday morning.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

Make sure that you have:

  • Hot coffee (decaf and regular).
  • Sugar (artificial sweetener and regular).
  • Creamer (powdered or liquid).
  • Cups (small, medium, and large).
  • Stirring sticks (or spoons!).
  • A variety of muffins (or scones).
  • A cashbox and/or a card reader.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Assemble your coffee and muffin stand right outside of the service to catch congregants before or after church.

You can even set up your stand twice in the same morning!

If you have all of the right ingredients, you should be ready for business.

Bonus: If you can get a local coffee shop on board to sponsor your coffee mornings, you can keep 100% of the money you raise. You might be surprised how willing (and even happy) to donate supplies some coffee shops are. They might even include some free cups and lids!

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JUMBLE SALE

THE BASICS

Jumble sales are perfect for your women’s ministry.

It’s pretty likely that if you asked a woman in your congregation, “Do you have any clothes that you don’t wear?” she’d say yes without hesitation.

Give those women the chance to swap clothes with each other and appreciate old clothes anew.

That being said, you can host a jumble sale for everyone in your congregation–not just the women!

They’re essentially yard sales specifically for clothing.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For your average jumble sale, you’ll need to pull together:

  • At least a few dozen items.
  • An area to house the clothes.
  • Clothes racks–or tables.
  • A way to collect the proceeds.
  • Receipt papers.
  • Bags for the clothing.

Bonus:Use recycled bags to save money and the environment.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Jumble sales involve all of the women (and men, too, if they want) in your church bringing in their old, gently-used clothes and selling them for considerably less than they bought them for.

To get started with this fundraiser, ask your congregants to round up clothes they no longer wear with prices in mind.

Set up the clothes in the designated area. Invite everyone in your church to be a part of the sale.

Make sure you have a way to collect the funds and provide receipts for your donors.

Alternative idea: Your church can choose to donate the proceeds to a local women’s shelter, so that they can buy necessary supplies that often get left off of donation lists.

Learn more about hosting a church garage or jumble sale
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TRIVIA

THE BASICS

Who doesn’t love a good game of Jeopardy?

Or if Alex Trebek isn’t your cup of tea, Trivial Pursuit?

If your church members are looking to have a little bit of family-friendly fun after church on Sunday, you can host an afternoon game of trivia right there in your service hall.

Charge a small entrance fee to raise a little money while your congregants have a great time.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

As prizes, you can offer up:

  • A gift card to a local restaurant.
  • Olympic-style gold, silver, and bronze medals (fake ones, of course).
  • Movie tickets.
  • A T-shirt or mug.
  • Or whatever your heart desires!

Apart from prizes all you really need are a way to display questions, a place to play, and a way to sell tickets.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Start by coming up with a list of questions. Different categories of varying difficulty make the game fun for people of all ages and skill levels.

Once you have your questions and categories, you can create a presentation–or if you’re more low-tech, you can print off answer sheets to pass out.

In the first scenario, you can actually set up your game of trivia in a few steps just with Microsoft Powerpoint.

Next, you’ll want to designate one member of your church or leadership team to be the game-show host. They’ll be the ones calling out the questions and collecting the answers.

To make trivia as interesting as possible, be sure to incentivize the playing with some exciting prizes.

Bonus: You can sell concessions for trivia buffs who might be a tad thirsty or hungry.

Learn how to run a great trivia night!

LARGE CONGREGATION FUNDRAISING IDEAS

These fundraising solutions are great for larger churches.

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SILENT AUCTION

THE BASICS

For being “silent” events, silent auctions are some of the most exciting events in town. Have members of your congregation donate items or services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. You might be surprised by what people will offer up!

How is a silent auction different from a regular auction?

Silent auctions aren’t actually silent (you’re allowed to talk!); there just isn’t an auctioneer yelling out prices. Each item has a sign-up sheet, and bidders walk around the auction arena placing their bids on those pieces of paper.

At the end, the person who placed the highest bid on each sign-up sheet gets to take home that item (after they pay for it, of course!).

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A venue.
  • Sign-up sheets.
  • Items to auction off.
  • A way to collect donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

How should you get the word out about your silent auction?

No, you don’t have to whisper about it or share the news in hushed tones.

You can let your congregation know about your silent auction:

  • With formal invitations sent in the mail.
  • Through email, if it’s a less formal event.
  • In person, as an announcement during church.

Bonus: To make these events a little more fun–and to make a little extra money for your fundraiser–your church can sell snacks and refreshments while the bidding is going on. All those bidding wars are sure to inspire a mean thirst!

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HOST A GALA

THE BASICS

Hosting a gala will take some advanced planning, but it will be well worth it in the end.

Everyone loves to get dressed up and feel glamorous.

Make your congregation feel like movie stars by hosting an “exclusive” gala in your church’s atrium.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A gala venue.
  • Decorations.
  • Refreshments.
  • Entertainment.

You can make your decor and refreshments as lavish or as laidback as you’d like. It’s up to you!

HOW TO GET STARTED

First, you’ll need to settle on a date and tell all of your congregants to save that date on their calendars.

Next, you’ll need to invest in some decor and enlist a top chef-in-training to whip up some hors d’oeuvres to pass around.You may also want to hire some entertainment, like a band or a DJ to encourage people to dance, talk, and mingle without the fear of awkward silences.

The more fun, entertaining, and elegant you make your event, the more likely your church members are to pull out their checkbooks and donate.

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ART AUCTION

THE BASICS

Hosting a church art auction is a great way to make your congregation feel like their creativity is valued.

Your artistic members will be flattered you asked for their help.

There are bound to be some Picassos in your church. Enlist their help to get started with your church’s art auction.

Have them paint, draw, and sculpt to their hearts’ content. Of course, make sure that they’re on board with donating their works of art.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to host a successful art auction, you’ll need:

  • Artists who are willing to volunteer their artwork.
  • A space to display the pieces.
  • A way to accept payments.
  • A way to accept payments.
  • Auction paddles.
  • Refreshments.

If you’re planning to host a silent art auction, you may also want to provide bidding sheets.

HOW TO GET STARTED

You’ll first need to scope out a space that has adequate lighting and wall space to showcase the art that you’re auctioning. You will also want to set a date.

With a space and time in mind, you’ll next want to begin recruiting artists to contribute their works to your event.

You can host a typical auction with an auctioneer and a gavel (going once, going twice, sold!), or you can host a less traditional silent art auction and avoid having to find someone who’s capable of talking a mile a minute.

However you choose to host your art auction, your congregation will be grateful for the opportunity to redecorate their houses with some fine, local art!

Make Your Next Auction as Effective As Possible
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BUY-A-BRICK

THE BASICS

Buy-a-brick fundraisers are typically for concrete projects, such as building an auxiliary building for your church or for repaving the front walkway.

You can host a virtual buy-a-brick fundraiser and have people buy their bricks (donate to your church) online or on their mobile phones.

Since there’s a concrete (pun intended!) item that donors feel like they’re purchasing for your church, they’re much more likely to give to your fundraiser.

Brick by brick, your congregants will help you build up your church–in more ways than one!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need much to get started with a buy-a-brick fundraiser, just:

  • An online/mobile donation page.
  • Different levels of contribution ($10, $35, $500, etc.).
  • A way to engrave bricks, if you choose to go that route.

That’s it! Buy-a-brick fundraisers are fairly easy to get off the ground, so to speak.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first step is to set a goal.

Once you’ve set your goal, you can decide how much the cost of “one brick” is. This will be the metric for your fundraiser.

To keep track of your progress, you can set up a fundraising page where your members can easily pledge or donate money. On this page, you’ll want to incorporate a fundraising thermometer that automatically updates whenever a contribution is made.

After you’ve set up your page, your participants can pledge a certain amount of money to contribute a “brick” (or a whole wall or a bathroom sink).

Since your buy-a-brick fundraiser is virtual, you can have members donate to your project from anywhere.

So whether you’re adding on to the main atrium, or planning to plant a new garden, you can meet your goals faster with a virtual buy-a-brick fundraiser.

Bonus idea: You can charge a little extra to have congregants’ names or a message engraved on the bricks they buy.

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CHILI COOK-OFF

THE BASICS

You probably have more than a couple of church members who think that their chili recipe is the be-all and end-all.

It’s especially likely the larger your congregation is.

The best way to end this silent rivalry between your church’s chili experts is to hold a definitive chili cook-off.

Make it a congregation-wide event and host it on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to attract the most attendees.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to throw the most amazing chili cook-off on either side of the Mississippi, you need:

  • Eager chili chefs, first and foremost!
  • Brave judges, willing to test the limits of their tastebuds.
  • A designated chili cook-off arena.
  • Pots, pans, bowls, and utensils.
  • A prize for the winner.

Get creative with your prizes; fashion homemade chef hats or “gold” medals out of yogurt lids.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First, you must pick a date that works for your church. Late fall or early winter typically work best for chili-making and enjoying.

Next, you’ll want to pick a location and enlist your chili cooks. Charge entry fees for the chefs as well as for anyone who wants to be a “judge.”

On the day of the cook-off, provide tasting bowls and utensils to judges and collect fees at the entrance to the festival.

At the end of the day, judges will submit their votes for the tastiest chilis. You can “crown” the winner and present the best chili chef with their much-deserved grand prize!

Find the Perfect Chili Recipe
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SIP-AND-PAINT

THE BASICS

This fundraiser is great for your congregants who are artists–and even those who aren’t!

Sip-and-paint fundraisers are pretty much just what they sound like: your church’s members pay to come and learn how to paint a certain work of art and sip on a beverage of their choice.

Generally, sip-and-paint fundraisers provide the canvases, paint, brushes, and wine. After paying for all of those supplies, you might be wondering how this fundraiser could possibly turn a profit.

It’s simple: you charge just a few dollars more than the cost of the supplies, and you make sure people contribute funds before you purchase the paint.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To get a sip-and-paint fundraiser off the ground, your church will need:

  • Paint. Acrylic is more accessible (and cheaper) than oil.
  • Canvasses.
  • Paintbrushes.
  • Water jars.
  • Wine (optional, but suggested for adult classes).
  • An artistic teacher who’s willing to volunteer.
  • A classroom.

You’ll, of course, want to choose a style of painting you want to emulate. You may offer to paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night. One night you can imitate Monet’s Water Lilies.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First, you’ll want to gauge interest in a sip-and-paint night.

If your congregants are interested, you can set a date and begin collecting information and fees from the interested parties.

Take a percentage of the fees to pay for the supplies (paint, brushes, canvasses, etc.). You can also pay an instructor if you can’t find someone to volunteer to teach the class.

On the night of the fundraiser, set up your classroom with supply stations throughout the room. If you’re offering wine, pass it out to those who would like to enjoy a beverage along with their painting.

Then sip, paint, and repeat!

Ready to plan your sip-and-paint fundraiser?
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BASKET RAFFLE BINGO

THE BASICS

Take one part bingo. Add a dash of raffle ticket sales. Mix in a pinch of festive baskets. No need to preheat the oven. Your recipe for the perfect basket raffle bingo is complete.

In all seriousness, a basket raffle bingo fundraiser involves getting members of your congregation to donate themed baskets, such as:

  • A spa basket: nail polish, facial masks, loofahs, and lotion.
  • A fruit basket: apples, peaches, pears, plums, and oranges.
  • A picnic basket: a blanket, lunch supplies, and maybe some candles for ambience.
  • A coffee basket (or a hot cocoa basket): coffee beans, mugs, cocoa mix, marshmallows, and whatever else a caffeine-lover might enjoy.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To knock this fundraiser out of the park, you’ll need:

  • Raffle tickets.
  • Bingo cards and chips.
  • Baskets full of goodies, of course!
  • A way to accept payments.
  • Volunteers to help run the event.
  • A venue.
  • Refreshments.

In order to make the most of this fundraiser, you may want to ask your generous congregants to donate baskets and other supplies.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first thing you’ll need to do is to choose a time and a place for your event.

After your date and location are set, you’ll want to ask your members for supply contributions. There are, of course, roughly a million possibilities for baskets.

Once you have a collection of different prizes to offer up, you can start selling raffle tickets for the bingo night. The more tickets a bingo-player has, the more likely they’ll be to win the basket of their choice.

On the night of the event, be sure to provide refreshments to make the bingo night more festive.

Bonus: You can sell more tickets throughout the event to help your members increase their chances of winning their favorite baskets (and to raise a little more money!).

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DANCING LESSONS

THE BASICS

There are probably some members of your church who have two left feet.

Likewise, there are also probably some of your members who are excellent dancers.

Why not pair the two types of people up in a formal (or informal) dance class?

That’s precisely what a dancing lesson fundraiser is: offering up formal and informal dance lessons for your congregation at a small price.

Hosting these lessons for a few dollars a week is not only a great way to raise money for your church; it’s also a fabulous way for your church members to socialize and get to know one another.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a successful dancing lesson fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • A space large enough to host a troupe of dancers.
  • Someone who’s willing and able to teach dance.
  • Music, of course.
  • A way to collect participation fees.
  • That’s it!

You don’t need much to get the ball rolling on a dancing lesson fundraiser. Just throw on some dancing shoes and get grooving!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Designate a space for your dancing lessons and establish a night and time that works for the interested members (soon-to-be dancers).

Invite churchgoers to participate once a week, once a month, or once in a blue moon.

Pick a different style of dance to explore each week, and rotate among:

  • Jazz.
  • Ballroom.
  • Swing.
  • Salsa.
  • And more!

Bonus: You can host a recital at the end of the season, so all of your dancers can show off their groovy moves.


Check out this great dance tutorial for inspiration!
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EASTER EGG HUNT

THE BASICS

An Easter egg hunt is a special occasion that comes about once a year.

Children of all ages love to go on safari to find precious, goodie-filled eggs.

Egg hunts are incredibly simple to set up with the help of a few volunteers. Your church can host one quite easily if you follow a few basic rules.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

All you really need is:

  • A large area with more than a few good hiding spots.
  • A few hundred eggs (or however many you think you need–plus a few more!).
  • Treats and/or prizes to fill up the plastic eggs.
  • Eager Easter egg hunters, of course!

You may also want to have a selection of back-up Easter baskets in case more than one hunter shows up without a basket of their own.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First, you’ll want to set a time (the date is Easter Sunday!) and a place for your hunt.

Then, start spreading the word about your fundraiser by:

  • Announcing it during church.
  • Putting up flyers.
  • Emailing your congregation invites.

Next, you’ll want to gather up your supplies: eggs, treats, baskets, and more.

Finally, on the day of the fundraiser, hide as many eggs as you can throughout the hunting grounds.

Charge a nominal fee (like $1 or .50¢) for each participant and let them all loose at once to try to find as many eggs as they can.

Bonus: You can open up your church’s Easter egg hunt to the whole neighborhood. Invite everyone in town. Who knows? They might end up wanting to join your church by the end of the hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
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VIRTUAL ROAD RACE

THE BASICS

Just as the virtual bake sale involves actual baking, the virtual road race also involves actual running.

The main difference between a typical race and a virtual race: a virtual road race can be run anywhere.

Your out-of-town church members can sign up to run a race, just like the rest of your church’s members, but instead of running alongside the other members, your out-of-towners will plan their own route wherever they happen to be.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A crowdfunding page.
  • Access to several different race routes.
  • People who are willing to pledge from afar.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Set a date for your race, and have your out-of-town members mark it on their calendars.

Have them draw up their own routes–or join an existing route.

Participants will pledge a few dollars per mile that they plan to run, so the farther they run, the more money they’ll end up donating to your church.

In the end, a virtual road race is a great way to keep everyone feeling involved, even if they’re not in the immediate vicinity.

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500 DOLLAR WHEELBARROW

THE BASICS

This is not at all what it sounds like. No, you don’t have to go out and buy a $500 wheelbarrow. All you need is someone willing to donate their old wheelbarrow for an afternoon.

Why the $500 then?

Because a wheelbarrow can hold up to 50,000 pennies, which amounts to exactly $500!

If each member of the congregation brings all of their unwanted pennies and dumps them into the wheelbarrow, you’ve got a few hundred dollars practically for free.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to host a wheelbarrow fundraiser, you need:

  • A wheelbarrow (preferably one that’s been donated for the afternoon).
  • A place to park your wheelbarrow.
  • Participants who are willing to part with their excess pennies.

You really don’t need much to launch a successful 500 dollar wheelbarrow fundraiser.

In fact, you don’t even need a wheelbarrow, strictly speaking. You just need a receptacle for the spare change you’re aiming to collect.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Once you’ve procured a wheelbarrow and picked a location for your fundraiser, it’s time to let people know about the 500 dollar wheelbarrow event!

You can spread the word through:

  • Word of mouth.
  • Email.
  • Phone calls.
  • Announcements in church.
  • And more!

The day before the event, make sure to send out an additional reminder so that people come prepared with their spare change.

After your event is when the real work starts!

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ANGEL FESTIVAL

THE BASICS

An angel festival is a fun and exciting way to raise money while allowing your congregation members to dress up and be creative.

Angel festivals are just like any other festival, except they’re 100% angel-themed.

Sell angel cake as your main bake sale treat. Offer up angel-themed crafts. Play classic carnival games with an angelic twist.

The main attraction, however, should be your members who choose to dress up as angels.

Collection plates set out in front of them allow festival goers to vote for their favorite angel. By the end of it, you’ll have raised money as well as spirits!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

When you’re planning an angel festival, you’ll need to procure a few things, including:

  • A space to hold the festival.
  • Volunteers to work the event and to be angels.
  • Angelic baking supplies.
  • Angel-themed arts and crafts.
  • Tables and or booths to sell wares.
  • Collection plates to be placed in front of angels.

You might also want to purchase some festive decorations to tie the event together.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first thing you need to do is to choose a date for your festival. Angel festivals lend themselves well to winter, specifically right around Christmas.

Once you have your date in mind, you can begin gathering supplies and recruiting volunteers.

When you have everyone on board (and your non-perishable items on deck), you can start to pass out flyers and send out e-vites to get your congregation excited about your upcoming festival.

On the day of the festival, arrive at your venue early to set up tables and booths and to make sure that everything is in order.

The most important step: have fun with it!

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ORNAMENT SALES

THE BASICS

This is a great idea for the holidays. People love to give and receive ornaments for Christmas, and some people may even buy the ornaments for themselves during the month of December.

If you’re using ornaments to help pay for mission trips, have your mission trip participants craft unique ornaments in the shapes of the countries they’re going to serve.

The other members of the church are sure to love the idea of having a handmade, artisanal ornament on their tree–especially if it reminds them of the important work the church is doing in the world.

Great decor for a great cause: what could be better?

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • Ornament crafting supplies.
  • Or somewhere to order custom ornaments from.
  • Online and in-person order forms.
  • Volunteers to sell and deliver the ornaments.

HOW TO GET STARTED

If you’re using ornaments to raise money for your church in general, there are several websites that offer customizable ornaments.

Your church can put its logo or a special message on each ornament.

Because you can usually order in bulk from ornament sites, you can often get ornaments for bulk prices.

Charging just a few dollars per ornament will ensure that a lot of people will want to buy from you (ornaments aren’t cheap these days!), and you’ll be turning a profit since you bought them all in bulk.

You can go door-to-door with your ornament fundraiser, or you can set time aside after church on Sunday to have people place their orders.

Additionally, you can set up an order form on your church’s website.

In any case, ornaments are a great way to raise a little extra cash around the end of the year.

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING

THE BASICS

An excellent fundraiser for right before Christmas: gingerbread house making is fun for the whole family.

This fundraiser can be donation-based, or you can charge a small flat fee for each entrant.

All you’ll really need to do is provide the basics (gingerbread, icing, peppermints, and gumdrops.)

But if your congregants want to get a little more creative, they can bring in their own candy for decorations.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To throw the most magical gingerbread house fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • A supply of gingerbread (or you can use graham crackers; they really do work just as well).
  • Icing.
  • Candy to decorate the little houses.
  • A way to collect entrance fees.
  • Volunteers to judge the gingerbread houses.

You can improvise with the kinds of candy you provide, but classics like gumdrops and peppermints tend to be crowd favorites.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first step is to pick a date and time for your gingerbread house making fundraiser.

After you’ve settled on a date, you can send out requests for supplies from your church’s members.

And once you have a steady stream of supply donations coming in, you can send out invites.

When the fundraiser rolls around, make sure you have fresh gingerbread (or graham crackers) and icing to pass out to your participants.

Charge a small fee for each entrant at the door, or if you’d rather just accept donations, provide a space to do so toward the front of the event.

Bonus: Have participants compete for different categories, like “Largest House,” “Most Creative Design,” and “Best Use of Icing.” Come up with some unique categories of your own for even more fun.

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HOLIDAY SYMPHONY

THE BASICS

Hosting a holiday symphony gala is a marvelous way to engage the whole family in a night of culturally-enriching fun.

Obviously, since it’s a holiday symphony, people will be expecting a festive collection of classic Christmas songs.

What they might not be expecting: how much their kids will enjoy classical music by the end of the night!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to throw a fun, elegant holiday symphony, you will need:

  • A concert venue.
  • Musicians who are willing to play for free/cheap.
  • Volunteer ushers and ticket sellers.
  • A way to sell tickets and accept donations.
  • Festive Christmas decor.
  • Refreshments.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First things first, you’ll need to set the date of your symphony well in advance of the concert itself. The holiday season, as you know, only gets busier the longer you wait to plan something.

Once you’ve settled on a date, pick classic pieces to play–along with everyone’s holiday favorites, like “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.” Everyone loves a good mix of light-hearted childhood tunes and poignant, moving compositions.

Give your orchestra enough time to get the set list memorized and well-rehearsed.

Give your orchestra enough time to get the set list memorized and well-rehearsed.

On the night of the symphony, have ushers and ticket sellers help set up the venue and make the evening as smooth as possible.

Bonus: Sell hot cocoa, fresh popcorn, and other refreshments at the event to make it a nice, cozy event.

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HOLIDAY CHILD CARE

THE BASICS

In the midst of the Christmas shopping season, your church can offer a special service that Santa and Mrs. Claus will greatly appreciate.

Enlist the help of your church’s youth group and offer babysitting and/or childcare for the week or two before Christmas, so parents can have time to go out shopping for presents.

It’s such a busy time of year; your parishioners will be so thankful to have that extra time to get all of their errands done (of course, without their children knowing what’s really going on!).

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To have your child care fundraiser run as smoothly as possible, you’ll need:

  • Volunteer babysitters.
  • Someone to supervise.
  • First-aid supplies (just in case).
  • A Sunday school classroom.
  • Crafting supplies.
  • A way to accept donations/payment.

In addition to crafting supplies, you may also want to provide your babysitters with games and activities to play with the kids.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first step is to choose a night (or two) in December to offer your holiday child care services.

Next, you’ll want to ask around for volunteer babysitters. Your youth group would probably be your best bet.

After you’ve gathered your babysitting troupes, it’s time to announce your event to your congregation. You’re bound to have a rousing response in no time!

Ask for suggested donations in return for these services, and you might be surprised by how generous parents can be around the holidays.

If you create a fun camp where multiple families’ kids are dropped off all at once, you can ask for a smaller amount of money from parents who might otherwise just hire a high-priced babysitter.

Bonus: Have the kids in the childcare craft simple presents for their parents. Cute, handmade presents are sure to warm their parents’ hearts after they’ve been fighting the crowd at the mall.

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PUMPKIN PATCHES

THE BASICS

A pumpkin patch fundraiser is a fabulous way to raise a few extra donations in the month of October.

It’s just what it sounds like: transforming your church’s front lawn into a pumpkin patch and inviting everyone (friends, neighbors, church members) to come buy their fall staples from you!

It may seem like a simple idea, but it really gets people who aren’t involved with your church involved with your fundraiser.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host the perfect pumpkin patch fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Dozens of pumpkins, ripe for the picking.
  • Bales of hay.
  • A scarecrow or two.
  • Some way to accept donations.
  • Volunteers to work the pumpkin patch.

To get the word out in the neighborhood about your pumpkin patch, you might also consider crafting eye-catching signs that will direct passersby to your fundraiser.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you really need to do is to set up an inviting pumpkin patch and charge a little bit more for each pumpkin than you paid for them.

Some churches will host pumpkin patches right in their front yards to attract the most passersby possible.

You can host this event for the entire month of October and end up raising a sizable chunk of change.

Bonus: Provide tools and an area designated for carving so that people can carve their pumpkins right away!

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POLAR PLUNGE

THE BASICS

Only for the bravest of heart, the thickest of skins, and the craziest of the crowd: the polar plunge involves donating money to get up early on a Saturday morning in January or February and run into a freezing cold lake or river or pond–whatever body of water you have nearest.

You would think that no one would be willing to participate in such an absurd activity, but people really seem to love it.

There are even repeat polar offenders who are excited about the challenge every year.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A location.
  • T-shirts.
  • Hot cocoa (optional, but recommended).

HOW TO GET STARTED

Scope out a location (the closest body of water is generally your best bet). Make sure that you either reserve a spot on the beach for the day or that there’s no reservation policy for the place you’ve chosen.

Pick a date. January and February are the prime time to host this event. December is too busy, and March and November are typically too warm.

Send around sign-up sheets and charge each participant a fixed amount to jump in.

Another way to raise money is through mobile and online pledging.

On the day of the event, set up a starting point, make all participants line up behind the starting point, and once everyone’s in place, have an announcer count down: Ready? Set? GO!

Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa and warm pizza.

Bonus: Sell warm, long-sleeved T-shirts with your church’s name on them for after the polar plunge.


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CHRISTMAS LIGHT REMOVAL

THE BASICS

Right after Christmas, no one wants to take down the lights that they spent so long putting up. That’s why it’s the perfect time to advertise your church’s Christmas light removal service.

Enlist the help of volunteers to go from house to house, removing lights, bundling them up, and returning them to their owners.

You can either charge for the service or count on the generosity of the families that you serve, hoping that they might donate a few dollars in exchange for the kind gesture.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For the optimal Christmas light removal fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • More than one ladder.
  • A few volunteers.
  • Some way to accept payments or donations.
  • Any other tools you might anticipate needing.

Giving your church’s members the option to donate via credit card on the spot will make it easier for your light removal crew to accept payments on the go.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first thing you’ll need to do is to get some volunteers on your team.

You’ll also need ladders and tools, but those can be donated by volunteers (or you might already have a few ladders in your church’s basement).

Once you have your light removal recruits and supplies, you can start selling your services either:

  • Door-to-door or
  • On an order basis.

In either case, you can choose to ask for donations or charge a small fee.

Bonus: Your volunteers can also offer to pack the Christmas lights up and label the boxes for an extra cost–or free of charge, if they’re generous!

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FLOWER FUNDRAISER

THE BASICS

In the same vein as the lollipop fundraiser, selling flowers for Valentine’s Day is a cost-effective fundraiser that will make everyone’s day a little brighter.

It really is as easy as it sounds.

Your church’s members pick and pay for as many flowers as they’d like to send to a loved one or a friend on February 14th.

Those flowers (and perhaps a sweet message) get delivered in-person on Valentine’s Day–or if you’re not wild about Valentine’s Day at your church, you could easily throw a flower fundraiser for Mother’s Day.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To launch a fantastic flower fundraiser, you will need:

  • Dozens upon dozens of flowers.
  • Ribbons.
  • Notecards.
  • A cash box or a credit card processor (or both!).
  • A way to keep track of orders.
  • Volunteers to take and deliver flower orders.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First, you’ll want to pick what kind(s) of flowers you want to sell. Keep in mind that, especially when bought in bulk, carnations are the most inexpensive of all the flowers, and they tend to come in the most colors.

After you’ve decided on the types of flowers you’re going to buy, you’ll want to find a flower provider or a florist.

Next, set up a flower-selling station where volunteers will take orders. Once all of the orders are in, you can purchase the flowers to be delivered (on or around Valentine’s Day).

Finally, have your volunteers deliver the flowers.

Bonus: Make this fundraiser more interesting by adding the option to write a note attached to the flower or flowers to be hand-delivered to the church member of the buyer’s choice.

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CAROLING FOR A CAUSE

THE BASICS

Another essentially free fundraiser, caroling for a cause is a festive fundraiser to employ right around Christmas.

Much like traditional carolers, carolers for a cause wander door-to-door and sing hymns and cheery Christmas tunes.

While donations are not guaranteed, December is the most generous month, and people love to give to carolers who are singing for a specific cause.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You won’t need much to get started with caroling fundraiser, just:

  • Volunteers who love to sing.
  • Rights to music–or free Christmas music.
  • The Christmas spirit!

That’s really all you need!

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first step is to round up your carolers. Get them together for a few practices before you head out, door-to-door.

With your carolers organized, all you need to do now is to go from house to house, ringing doorbells and singing songs of joy and peace.

At the end of your singing, be sure that every house knows what your church’s needs and goals are this year.

They’ll be much more likely to toss a few dollars in the caroling bucket if they feel like their money is going to help patch up the roof or send three missionaries to Rwanda.

What are you waiting for? Get out there, and get singing!

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EGG ‘EM ON!

THE BASICS

A lot like the flamingo-in-the-yard fundraiser, the egg fundraiser involves door-to-door solicitation.

No, your volunteers won’t be egging houses. Nor will they be going from house to house cooking scrambled eggs for your church’s members.

Basically, an “egg ‘em on” fundraiser will have volunteers going around to all of the church members’ houses with eggs in tow.

They’ll perform tricks using only a dozen eggs, but only if the household is willing to give over a small donation in exchange.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For an egg ‘em on fundraiser, you’ll only need:

  • Volunteers who are good at juggling/various other egg tricks.
  • As many eggs as they’re able to carry and perform with.
  • A way to accept payments.

That’s really all you need!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Gather willing participants to go to each house in the neighborhood with a basket of eggs (it’s especially fun during Easter when you can color the eggs) and negotiate how much each neighbor is willing to pay to see the church member do stunts with the eggs.

The members can offer to juggle the eggs, toss them up in the air, or even crack them on their own heads!

It’s entirely up to the neighbors and how much they’re willing to pay. The more they’re willing to pay, the more wild and outrageous the egg stunts become.

It’s a cheap, fun, and easy fundraiser that your church can do any given Sunday (especially on Easter), provided you have members who are talented with eggs.

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PIZZA SALE

THE BASICS

Who doesn’t love a good, greasy slice of pizza? It’s cheap, easy, and hard to resist.

This is one idea that can be used over and over. No one’s going to complain about a hot slice of pizza being offered up for a couple of dollars after 5 o’clock service–or even after a morning service!

Many pizzerias will offer up deals and specials to churches and schools that are trying to fundraise.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

If you find a deal, all you need to do is order a few different types of pizza, such as:

  • Quite a few pepperoni (this will be the most popular slice).
  • Several cheese.
  • A veggie option.
  • An oddball, like a Hawaiian.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you need to do is order up!

Have some church members (or staff or leadership) volunteer to bring in plates, cups, and maybe some soda.

You can charge a dollar a slice, and you’ll be sure to make a nice profit in no time.

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ORGANIZE A 5K

THE BASICS

Thanks to crowdfunding, 5K fun runs have become one of the easiest fundraisers with some of the lowest overhead–which is great news if you’re looking to host more than just a couple of fun runs a year.

You can call on the whole community to come out and support: run, jog, walk.

Everyone can participate!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A race route.
  • T-shirts (optional).
  • Race volunteers.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The first step is to figure out a loop or a route for the race. 5K is roughly 3.1 miles, so keep that in mind when you’re mapping out your course.

A crucial step in organizing a successful 5K fun run is to pick a name. If you’re wanting to host a more serious race, you should stick with a more cut-and-dry name. But if you’re hosting more of a fun run, make sure you pick a light-hearted name like the Lemonade Fun Run if it’s in July or the Turkey Trot if it’s in November.

Next, you should set up an online registration form. If you’re more low-tech, you can also print off registration forms for participants to fill out.

Collect your race fees. How much you charge is up to you, but make sure you include the cost of a race T-shirt.

On the day of the race, set up markers and have volunteers pass out race essentials from water to race numbers.

The final step is just to have fun!

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BUCK-A-POUND

THE BASICS

A Buck-a-Pound fundraiser is essentially a fitness challenge.

For every one pound a participant in the Buck-A-Pound fundraiser loses, they donate one dollar to the church. But for every one pound they gain, they have to donate two dollars.

This fundraiser kills two birds with one stone: you help your members get in shape, and you raise money for all of the programs your church wants to host this year. It’s a win-win!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

This is another fundraiser that won’t require much. You’ll only really need:

  • Eager, excited participants.
  • A way to collect pledges/donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First, determine when your fundraiser will take place. Buck-A-Pound fundraisers are perfect for January. Everyone is already in the fitness state of mind. People are joining gyms and buying more fresh vegetables. Encourage these great habits with a month-long challenge.

Spread the word about your challenge fundraiser through:

  • Word-of-mouth.
  • Flyers.
  • An email blast.

Next, you should set up an online registration form. If you’re more low-tech, you can also print off registration forms for participants to fill out.

Award the ultimate winner of the challenge with a prize, such as a trophy or tickets to a sports game of their choice.

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COLOR RUN

THE BASICS

Color runs are all the rage! Young and old alike will pay to get absolutely covered in colorful powder as they run. And it’s all for a great cause; what could be better?

Color runs work just like any other standard 5K fundraiser–they’re just more colorful.

Pro tip: Host a technicolor dance party at the end for all of your participants.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • The basics of what you’ll need are:
  • A race route.
  • Volunteers to throw colored powder.
  • Online and mobile registration forms.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To organize a successful color run, you must first pick a location.

After you’ve chosen your race route, you can aptly name your color run.

Once you have a name, you can start to advertise for your event. Provide your members the chance to sign up for the race online or offline. Online registration pages are fairly easy to set up.

Through online registration pages, you can instantaneously raise the money for your 5K or 10K color run. With paper registration, you may have to wait a little longer to cash all of the checks you receive.

For the day of the race, encourage your race participants to wear their finest white running outfits. Okay, maybe not their finest white outfits. They’ll be getting extremely colorful by the end of the race.

Designate a few volunteers to line up along the race route to throw pigmented corn starch. You can make the colored powder yourself fairly easy using corn starch, icing dye, and a little bit of water.

Before you know it, your race participants will a happy, colorful mess!

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CHRISTIAN SPEED DATING

THE BASICS

With so many dating websites and dating apps out there now, it seems like no one ever meets the old-fashioned way anymore.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though!

You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are a number of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes sitting next to you on Sunday.

A great way to bring these Christian singles out to mingle is to host a speed dating night.

All the church’s singles can buy tickets to participate in a night of quick get-to-know-you’s and maybe leave with a new Bible study buddy.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to host a successful speed dating fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • A space to hold the event.
  • Small tables, perfect for two people.
  • A timer to signal when each speed date is up.
  • A way to collect donations.
  • Volunteers to help with the event.
  • Refreshments.
  • Conversation cards.

The most essential ingredient in a successful speed dating fundraiser is, of course, the singles themselves!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You’ll first need to pick a time and location for your speed dating fundraiser. In most cases, you can host a pretty fun, effective event right in your own church hall.

Next, start advertising your event. When there’s enough interest built up, you can begin collecting donations as entrance fees.

On the night of the fundraiser, make sure that you have tables with conversation cards set up all over the venue, and don’t forget to sell inexpensive refreshments.

The final step is to let your congregants have fun with it and get to know one another.

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ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER

THE BASICS

Envelope fundraisers are super simple.

The basic premise is that your church labels envelopes with different numbers on the outside. Each number is a donation amount.

Your church’s members will pluck a random envelope from the bulletin board and give the amount that matches the number on the envelope.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

All you need are:

  • Envelopes.
  • A bulletin board.

Chances are, your church already has a bulletin board, and envelopes are cheap in bulk.

You can use as many envelopes as you like, but most churches like to keep the number under 150.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To get started, all you need to do is number each one of your envelopes and tack them up on your bulletin board.

After the sermon on Sunday, just have your congregation’s members pick an envelope off of the board.

The numbers inside the envelopes correspond to the amount that each member should donate. Say, for instance, a member picks an envelope with the number 12 in it. That person would donate $12 to the church.

If you number all the envelopes between 1 and 100, you could end up with up to $5,050!

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YARD SALE

THE BASICS

Yard sales are really stellar for first-time fundraisers.

They’re easy to plan, simple to set up, and almost 100% profitable.

Not only that, but they’re also incredibly straightforward to explain. Everyone knows what a yard sale is!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

There’s not much that your church will need to provide, apart from:

  • Tables for the items.
  • Chairs that the sellers can sit in.
  • Some way to collect payments.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All it really takes is picking a date, asking your congregants to bring two or three boxes of gently-used items, and setting up some tables in the churchyard or parking lot.

As your members are filing out of Sunday service, they will love to peruse the plethora of goodies laid out in front of them.

There’s hardly any cost to the church, and all proceeds from the sale go straight back to helping reach the church’s goals.

There’s hardly any cost to the church, and all proceeds from the sale go straight back to helping reach the church’s goals.

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LADIES’ DAY

THE BASICS

Womanly bonding is so crucial, and most women feel like they could use more female friends.

So why not treat the women in your church to a special ladies’ day?

What it looks like is up to you, but a great idea would be to give them the option to have an organized brunch together, or have a spa day.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

What you need depends on what kind of ladies’ day you host, but you could provide:

  • A place to gather, at your church–or away from it.
  • Spa items, like face masks and cucumbers.
  • Ingredients for a nice brunch (orange juice, eggs, bacon, etc.).
  • A way to sell tickets to your ladies’ day.
  • Volunteers to work the event.

Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that the women at your church feel comfortable and welcome.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To get started with a ladies’ day, you must first decide what kind of event you’re hosting. Taking a poll of the women in your church may help you come to a decision.

Once you’ve decided what you’re doing, you’ll want to set a date and then start selling tickets to your women’s ministry.

Tickets for the event can be $10-$50, depending on what you have planned.

On the day or night of the event, have volunteers prepare the venue and get everything together to make the fundraiser as inviting and relaxing as possible.

It’s a two-for-one: a fundraiser and an event that brings your smaller church a little bit closer together.

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RETRO GAME NIGHT

THE BASICS

Scrabble! Risk! Monopoly! Life! Battleship! Clue! The list goes on.

Nowadays, too many games are virtual. There’s Minecraft and Angry Birds and so many more.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get back to simple, old-fashioned board games?

You can! Just host a retro game night.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To have a night of family-friendly fun, you’ll need:

  • A selection of board games.
  • Refreshments.
  • A way to collect small donations.
  • A place to host your event.
  • Tables and chairs.

If your church has text-to-give technology, you can have participants text their $1 or $2 donations in on the night of the event.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you need to do is order up!

Everyone’s sure to have at least one of their favorite games sitting on their shelf, collecting dust.

Get them to brush those boxes off and bring them along for a night of family fun.

Sell tickets to the event for $1 or $2.

You can have prizes for the winners, or it can be all about healthy competition.

Bonus: You can sell retro-themed concessions. Raisinets, Goobers, and Junior Mints go well with classic games. And you can never go wrong with good old soda and popcorn!

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LOST TREASURE

THE BASICS

Have you ever shaken out your couch’s cushions and found an extra chunk of change you didn’t even know you had? It’s a fairly common scenario.

Most people have those little areas in their houses and cars where “treasure” gets lost.

A super easy fundraiser your church can host next Sunday is to implore your members to go on a treasure hunt to look for all that spare change that gets tucked away:

  • Between cushions.
  • Underneath car seats.
  • Beside the washer and dryer.
  • Basically anywhere and everywhere change gets lost.

Your members can then bring in that change and donate it.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

In order to get started with a lost treasure fundraiser, you will need:

  • A hat, bucket, or collection plate for accepting donations.
  • Volunteers to collect the loose change.

That’s all you’ll really need.

If you want to go the extra mile and promote your lost treasure fundraiser, you can create:

  • Informative flyers.
  • Promotional posters.
  • Decorative collection plates/buckets.

You can leave the latter out in your church’s main hall, in case any passersby want to donate.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Lost treasure fundraisers are incredibly easy to get off the ground. All you need to do to get started is to gather your minimal supplies together and spread the word.

Have your congregation search their couches, cars, and laundry rooms to find that spare change.

Because it’s money that they didn’t even know they had, they won’t miss it quite as much as money that they had in their overall budget.

Plus, it’s a treasure hunt!

It’s great fun for a great cause.

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BINGO NIGHT

THE BASICS

Bingo is a fun game for folks ages 5-99.

If you’re not sure what exactly bingo is, it’s a game that involves score cards that have numbers on them.

An announcer will call out different numbers, and if a participant has that number on their score card, they will place a bingo chip on that number.

Once someone has placed chips on a full row (in any direction), they can call out “Bingo!”

Bingo is a super simple fundraiser.

Charging a couple of dollars for a bingo card will put your church in the black in no time at all.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To get the bingo party started, you will need:

  • Score cards.
  • Bingo chips.
  • An announcer.
  • A venue.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • Refreshments.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First things first, you’ll want to come up with a time and place for your fundraiser. It’s such an easy event to host that you can even make it a monthly staple at your church.

Once you’ve established that you’re gonna have bingo nights every third Wednesday night of each month (or whenever!), you can send out an email blast to invite your congregation to participate.

All the supplies you need should be fairly easy to obtain. There are websites that wholesale bingo cards and chips specifically for fundraisers.

Bonus: If you want to add in a little extra fun, have participants swap cards with a random neighbor halfway through the night.

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SKIP-A-MEAL

THE BASICS

Easy to do from just about anywhere, this drive is a pledge.

Participants pledge to give up one dinner or lunch (or breakfast) a month. The money that would have been spent on those meals instead goes straight to your church.

That chicken biscuit you skipped out on? It helped pay for new sets of crayons for Sunday school.

Bonus: Challenge your church members to up the ante whenever they feel they can afford to. Start with something small like $3 a month and have them work all the way up to $45 or $50. Even if they stop before $45, they’ll have been steadily increasing their contributions.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host a skip-a-meal fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Willing participants.
  • A way to collect donations.

That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

In order to host a successful skip-a-meal fundraiser, you must explain the idea to your church’s members.

Offer them the perspective that missing out on one date night per month ($50 dinner out on the town) could mean $600 a year for the church, which could translate to new pews, a better projector for Sunday morning, or any other number of improvements for the church.

You could also propose that, if they don’t want to give up date night, they could give up one lunch out a month. Or even one breakfast out a month! It doesn’t have to be an incredible sacrifice.

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BAIL OUT

THE BASICS

This is an exciting and engaging fundraiser that’s sure to get participants riled up.

Throwing a bail out fundraiser means tying up one or more church members (or leaders) and refusing to untie them until their “bail” or “ransom” has been met by the congregation.

The bail, of course, is the fundraising goal to be met.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

All you need to get started with a bail out fundraiser is:

  • A willing participant.
  • An intrigued congregation.
  • A rope and a blindfold.
  • Alternatively, you could use handcuffs.
  • A set bail amount.

That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You can host a bail out fundraiser anytime, anywhere.

You just need to have a large enough audience to help pay the “bail” or the “ransom.”

This event would be easiest to pull off during a church service, when everyone is in attendance.

Of course, you wouldn’t want it to be too much of a distraction, so be sure to pick a less eventful Sunday, nowhere near any major holidays or other events.

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MAKE THE GRADE

THE BASICS

A “make the grade” fundraiser is a fantastic way to motivate your church’s Sunday school and youth group members to get the best marks in school.

All it really involves is students (of any age/grade) signing up at the beginning of the semester to be a part of the “make the grade” challenge.

For every A (or B) they receive, participants will ask donors to pledge a dollar or two.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To get started with a “make the grade” fundraiser, your church will need:

  • Students who are willing to accept the challenge.
  • A way to keep track of pledges and collect them at the end of the challenge.

There’s a pretty simple solution for keeping track of pledges: fundraising thermometers.

How you collect those pledges at the end will vary, but it’s recommended that the students who signed up for the fundraiser go door-to-door (or pew-to-pew) to ask for the donations they’ve been promised–if they’ve made the grades!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You need to start planning this fundraiser at the beginning of the semester, before grades start to come in.

Each student in the youth group will collect pledges for the number of A’s and B’s they hope to earn during the course of the semester.

At the end of the grading period, youth group members will bring in their report cards and cash in those pledges.

It’s a win-win situation. Your youth group gets motivated to make better grades, and your church receives donations at the same time!

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KARAOKE NIGHT

THE BASICS

Who doesn’t love a fun karaoke night out? Well, now you can bring all of that excitement and good-natured fun into your church hall.

Just set up a karaoke machine (or make one of your own using the church’s projector and lyrics videos on YouTube).

You can charge a few dollars for admission, or you can charge per song. Either way, your youth group is bound to love the chance to pretend they’re the next Beyoncé or Justin.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host a great karaoke night fundraiser, you will need:

  • A karaoke machine (or a projector).
  • A microphone.
  • Refreshments.
  • A way to collect payments.
  • Somewhere to host your event.

HOW TO GET STARTED

When you’re planning your youth group’s (or entire church’s) karaoke night, the first thing you need to do is to pick a date for your fundraiser.

With the date set, all you really need to do is to gather supplies–whether that’s a karaoke machine or a projector and a microphone.

You will also need to ask for the help of some volunteers to set up and work the event.

Sell tickets beforehand, but make sure to have some extra tickets at the door for last-minute karaoke singers.

Bonus: You can offer concessions for a small, extra fee. For those who’d rather watch the show than participate, they’ll enjoy being able to munch on some popcorn and slurp on some soda in the audience.

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HAT DAY

THE BASICS

Your youth group’s members probably own at least a dozen hats.

One beanie. One fedora. One cute baseball cap. One Indiana Jones wool hat. The list goes on.

But since they’re not typically allowed to wear those hats in school (and they’re not supposed to be sporting them during the church service), they’ll jump at the opportunity to pay a dollar to wear their favorite caps on Sunday morning.

There’s nothing more fun than seeing your members expressing themselves, all while supporting a great cause!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need a lot to set up a hat day fundraiser. All you need is:

  • A way to spread the word.
  • Multiple ways to accept payments.
  • Refreshments.

That’s really all you need! Your church members will supply the hats, and that’s all there is to this fundraiser.

Because it’s so easy to get started, you can do this fundraiser as many times as you’d like!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Hat day fundraisers are really easy to organize.

Just let your churchgoers know the week before, so that the next week they can bring in their hats (and their dollars).

On the day of the fundraiser, have church leadership walk around with collection plates or ask your congregation to text in their $1 donations using their smartphones.

Gaze upon a sea of happy, hatted congregants!

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BOOKS FOR BUCKS

THE BASICS

Most of us have books we read in school that we haven’t touched since.

Instead of allowing those books to collect more dust on your shelves, sell them to help fund your youth group’s mission trip–or whichever project you need to accomplish.

Books for Bucks is just like a yard sale; it’s just a little more specific.

If the whole church gets involved, you could have a veritable Barnes & Noble.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a successful Books for Bucks fundraiser, you will need:

  • A venue that’s large enough to house books and booksellers.
  • Tables.
  • Chairs.
  • Bookshelves.
  • A way to accept payments: cash box, text-to-give, credit card swiper, etc.

You can have a lot of these items, such as the tables, chairs, and bookshelves, loaned specifically for the event.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First things first, you will need to pick a time and place. You’ll also probably want to recruit your volunteers and start having people sign up to bring in books to sell.

Once that’s all in place, you can begin to advertise for your event via:

  • Email blasts.
  • Posters and flyers.
  • Word-of-mouth.
  • Social media.
  • And more!

On the day of the event, make sure you set up your venue so that it’s easy for your event attendees to navigate among the books.

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INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY

THE BASICS

International food days are an excellent way to teach your youth group about the diversity and beauty that the world possesses.

For an international food day fundraiser, each member of your youth group or Sunday school class will bring in a dish from a different culture. Other church members will pay a small entrance fee to come and try all the tasty treats from around the world.

The more variety you present, the more fun the event will be, so go crazy with the number of dishes and countries. The sky’s the limit!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For an incredible international food day, you’ll need:

  • An event location that has access to a kitchen.
  • If there’s no kitchen, provide warming stations to keep food hot.
  • Tables and chairs.
  • A way to sell tickets and accept donations.

Set up your stations in a circle or semicircle to foster an “around the world” feeling.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Assign each of your youth group’s members a different region or country and have them research the typical cuisine and food culture.

Their task is then to create a shareable portion of each different dish to serve at the international food day.

On the day of the event, charge your other church members an entrance fee to taste each of these specialties and to learn a bit more about all of the different cultures.

Bonus: You can make it into a competition and give prizes for “Tastiest Dish,” “Most Impressive Cultural Display,” and more. The categories and prizes are completely up to your discretion.

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MAGIC SHOW

THE BASICS

With the help of YouTube and Google, anyone can become a mind-blowing magician.

As a unique fundraiser, your youth group can host a night of magic tricks and illusions.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • A stage.
  • Props (cards, scarves, you name it!).
  • Backstage volunteers.
  • A cash box–among other ways to collect donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Pick a date for your magic show first.

When you’ve settled on a night for the event, treat the magic show as though it were a talent show and present sign-up sheets for willing participants.

If a youth group member doesn’t want to show off their magic skills in front of the crowd, they can volunteer to be a part of the backstage crew.

Sell tickets a couple of weeks ahead of time to make sure you’ve got a packed house. A great magician is only as good as his or her audience.

Bonus: Sell magically delicious concessions right outside the performance to raise a little extra. Abracadabra! Your youth group’s next project is funded!

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BIKE-A-THON

THE BASICS

If your church’s youth group is super active, this one’s a perfect fit. Much like a marathon, bike-a-thons are pledge-based.

Donors pledge per mile that the youth group bikes during the bike-a-thon.

They can be as long and involved or as short and sweet as your youth group would like. The point is to have fun, raise money, and stay active.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host a spectacular bike-a-thon, you’ll need:

  • A race route.
  • Sponsors.
  • Crowdfunding pages for participants.
  • (Optional) T-shirts.
  • Water bottles.

And, of course, participants who are interested in biking for a good cause!

HOW TO GET STARTED

There are bike-a-thons that your youth group can join and be a part of a larger fundraising effort, or you can host your own and make it exactly what you want it to be.

To get started, you’ll need to choose a date and location for your race. Map out a route ahead of time and begin pursuing sponsorships.

Once you have a time, a place, and sponsors, you can start enlisting participants.

On the day of the race, make sure you have plenty of water for your bikers.

Most importantly, have fun with it!

Bonus: Enlist one of your most artistic youth group members to design a special T-shirt for the event. Participants, attendees, and more can purchase a shirt or two on the day of the race. Always have a little extra to sell to those who couldn’t quite make it on the actual race day.

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LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

THE BASICS

A classic mission trip fundraiser: the old-fashioned letter writing campaign.

It probably goes without saying, but the real key to a successful letter writing campaign is a well-written letter.

While grammar is always important, what’s of the utmost importance is the message.

A strong, meaningful message is sure to take your letters to the next level and help your church’s youth group meet its goals in no time.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • Envelopes.
  • Stamps.
  • Paper.
  • Letter writers, of course!

HOW TO GET STARTED

There are several tips and tricks for writing the most effective church fundraising letters, but the most crucial tips to keep in mind are:

  • Keep it simple. It’s not a thesis paper; it’s a short, sweet fundraising appeal! Make it conversational. Write as though you were talking to an old pal.
  • Start with the P.S. in mind. People will always read their names first and the P.S. line second, so be sure to make that last line sparkle.
  • Always say thank you. Regardless of whether or not they donate, the recipients of your letter have taken time out of their days to read your letter. Thank them for that at the very least.

If you play by these rules, you’ll be sure to have an extremely successful letter writing fundraiser.

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YOUTH GROUP THEATRE

THE BASICS

Much like hosting a talent show, putting on a musical or a straight play can be a great way to raise money and raise spirits at the same time.

Before you know it, your youth group will feel like Broadway stars, and your church’s project will be fully funded.

While grammar is always important, what’s of the utmost importance is the message.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To put on a phenomenal youth group show, you will need:

  • A stage.
  • Props.
  • Actors.
  • Backstage crew.
  • A way to collect donations for tickets.

HOW TO GET STARTED

To save money on buying the rights to an existing show, have your church’s youth group script their own show.

After you’ve picked a show (or written one yourself), you can start rehearsing. When you feel that your youth group has the show well rehearsed, start promoting the show and selling tickets.

You can charge just a few dollars a ticket, and you’re bound to make any money you’ve spent back in no time–and then some!

Bonus: Buy candy and other snacks in bulk and sell them at the door as concessions, like a real theatre!

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YOUTH GROUP THEATRE

THE BASICS

This is one of the quirkiest fundraisers around.

If you’ve never charmed a worm before, get ready to get your hands in the mud! This fundraiser works by providing paying customers (donors, church members, random passersby) with a dirt plot full of worms.

By the end of a certain amount of time (typically 20 minutes), the farmer who has “charmed” the most worms to the surface of the dirt plot without digging any of them out wins a prize.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a fabulous worm-charming experience, your church will need:

  • Worms!
  • Buckets.
  • Dirt plots.
  • An area to host the competition.
  • Some sort of reward for the winner.
  • A way to collect donations from participants.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First things first, you’ll need to set a time and place for your worm charming fundraiser.

Next, enlist the help of the youth group to dig up worms for the competition. They can also help to set up the dirt plots in the designated areas.

On the day of the fundraiser, be sure to explain to participants that they’re not allowed to dig up the worms. The key to the game is to charm the worms out of hiding.

At the end of the fundraiser, whoever has the most worms in their bucket is the ultimate worm charmer!

Pro tip: worms apparently respond to vibrations, like those produced by tuning forks.

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CHARITY CAR WASH

THE BASICS

Much like yard sales, car washes take little to no effort to plan and set up.

This fundraiser’s always best to do during the summer, but if you’re having an unseasonably warm fall, you probably won’t find quite as much competition.

Either way, charity car washes are great fun for all involved, and you’ll be surprised by how generous your neighbors can be once you’ve transformed their muddy SUVs into spectacularly sparkling new rides.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need much for a car wash, just:

  • A parking lot or other location for washing the cars.
  • Car-cleaning supplies: buckets, sponges, soap, hoses, etc.
  • Volunteers to wash the cars.
  • Signs to direct customers to the car wash.
  • A way to collect donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

You really only need a few members of the church to volunteer to wash the cars, a couple to advertise by the side of the road, and some basic car-cleaning supplies.

Pick any given Saturday or Sunday, set up shop somewhere outside, preferably near a well-traveled road.

Have buckets, sponges, and hoses ready for all the customers you’re about to have!

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BALLOON COUNT

THE BASICS

Don’t confuse a balloon count with a balloon release. With a balloon count fundraiser, there are no balloons being released into the atmosphere. In fact, the balloons used in a balloon count fundraiser don’t even have helium in them. They’re just regular, old, blown-up-by-mouth balloons.

Much like a jar guessing game, a balloon count involves participants paying to guess how many balloons are stuffed into a car.

The person who comes the closest to guessing the number of balloons in the car will win a prize of the pastor’s choosing.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

Because it’s such a lost-cost fundraiser, you’re bound to make a sizeable profit. The only costs you’ll incur are:

  • The price of a few bags of balloons that you can get fairly cheaply at any grocery store or party supply store.
  • The cost of a small prize for the winner of the contest.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Choose a time and a location for the balloon count. Blow up as many balloons as you possibly can (make sure you keep count, though!). Stuff the balloons in a car or other confined space.

Your church can charge $1 per guess. Participants can guess as many times as they’d like, as long as they pay a dollar every time.

If you want to make it extra fun, try to cram as many balloons as possible into your pastor’s car.

Balloon counts are easy, fun events that everyone from ages 9-99 can enjoy!

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CREATE A COOKBOOK

THE BASICS

It takes a village to make a cookbook. Okay, maybe not a whole village!

The kids in your Sunday school classes are bound to have parents who make recipes that everyone would love.

This upcoming holiday season, host an extra-special fundraiser by creating and selling handmade cookbooks.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To make the most marvelous cookbooks, you will need:

  • Recipes.
  • Crafting supplies.
  • Small hands to cut and paste and be creative!
  • A way to collect donations for the cookbooks.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Have your church members compile recipes they’ve created or been passed down.

Once you have enough recipes to fill up a book, you can pretty easily get it bound with pretty pictures and neat type.

It’s a special keepsake that makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

You can sell them around or before Thanksgiving and make a tidy profit for the new year.

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ALL-NIGHT DANCE PARTY

THE BASICS

Appeal to the night owls and dancing fools alike by hosting an all-night dance party right in your church’s service hall.

Get groovy! Raise money! Change lives!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a stellar dance party fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Music.
  • Decorations.
  • A location.
  • Churchgoers who are ready to dance all night!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You only need to charge a few dollars a ticket in order to break even on costs and make a little extra for your church.

Decorations can be minimal as long as the beats are blasting.

You can hire a DJ or master your own list of sweet tunes.

All that matters is that the dancing doesn’t stop ‘til morning and you’ve reached your fundraising goals.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL CALENDARS

THE BASICS

Get ready to get crafty!

Your Sunday school students can craft their own calendars to sell as gifts during the holiday season.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

Your Sunday school calendar can include:

  • Original artwork done by the students.
  • Pictures of the kids in church.
  • Photos of the Sunday school class in their Sunday best.
  • Upcoming church events.
  • And more!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Toward the end of the year, have your Sunday school students start creating calendars. The more handmade and personal, the better.

Sell the calendars right before Christmas to make the most of that thoughtful giving season.

Make sure you have multiple ways to collect donations, from cash boxes to mobile giving and more.

Bonus: Students can personalize the calendars to sell to their family members specifically.

Learn how to create your own fundraising calendar
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SMOOTHIE STAND

THE BASICS

A twist on the traditional lemonade stand, a smoothie stand is a fabulous idea for your church’s youth group or Sunday school fundraiser.

Who doesn’t love a fresh fruit smoothie on a hot summer day?

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

After you’ve chosen your perfect locale, you’ll need to gather supplies, such as:

  • A table.
  • Chairs.
  • A handmade sign, advertising your fresh smoothies.
  • A blender.
  • Fresh fruit and ice.
  • A cashbox and a card reader. Of course, you’ll want to be sure to provide multiple ways for passersby to pay for their delicious, refreshing smoothies.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you really need to do is to pick a popular street corner (preferably one with a lot of foot traffic).

You can make the smoothies beforehand, or you can make them fresh-to-order by bringing an extension cord and a portable power source to your smoothie stand location.

Set up your stand on a warm, sunny day when everyone’s out and about, and you’re sure to turn an easy profit in no time whatsoever!

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NOISY SUNDAY

THE BASICS

Noisy Sunday is a fun and easy fundraiser that can be used multiple times a year.

It involves your Sunday school students running up and down the church aisles with half-empty cans and jars of change (making as much noise as they possibly can).

To stop the noise, your congregation must fill up each and every jar and can.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a noisy Sunday fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Jars and cans.
  • A little bit of change (preferably coins).
  • Sunday schoolers who love to make noise.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Enlist the help of some precocious young ones on this.

Give them the directive to make as much noise as possible with semi-full cans of change as they walk around the church service on Sunday morning.

The point is to encourage everyone in the service to donate as much as they can to fill up all the cans and make the noise disappear.

Be sure to give your congregation a heads-up so that they come prepared with change and bills to fill the noisy cans!

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PINK FLAMINGO

THE BASICS

A pink flamingo fundraiser is an easy way to get your neighborhood involved with your church’s fundraising.

All it takes is an obnoxious pink flamingo lawn ornament and a note with contact information attached.

The younger members of your congregation will have a blast planting the flamingo in other church members’ yards and forcing them to contact the youth group with a promise to donate a given amount of “ransom” money to have the flamingo removed from their yards.

It’s a game for the youth group or Sunday school students, but it’s a fantastic way to motivate the other church members to donate when they otherwise might not have.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a pink flamingo fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Several pink flamingos.
  • “Ransom” notes.
  • Sneaky Sunday school students.

That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Gather together some pink plastic flamingo lawn ornaments.

Write your “ransom” notes. Make sure you include contact information, so they know who to call to remove the flamingos.

Target the lawns of church members in the neighborhood.

Wait for the calls to start coming in!

Church members can also purchase “flamingo insurance” if they really don’t want to deal with the flamingos ever gracing their front lawns.

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KIDS’ COOKBOOK

THE BASICS

Who doesn’t love a good PB&J or a solid mac ‘n’ cheese?

That’s precisely why creating a kids’ cookbook is such a wonderful fundraiser.

They’re made by kids, for kids (and adults who are in touch with their inner kids).

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To craft the perfect kids’ cookbook, you will need:

  • Easy recipes.
  • Arts and crafts supplies.
  • A way to bind the books.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Your church’s children can plan out, draw, cut, and paste together handmade books showcasing their own culinary masterpieces.

Hand your little Picassos and Julia Childs all the supplies they’ll need in Sunday School: construction paper, glue, glitter, crayons, etc.

You can staple all of the pages together or get them laminated and bound.

Sell them to parents and other church members for a few dollars. Have the children themselves walk around after Sunday School, pitching their cookbooks to any member who will listen.

It’s hard to say no to the cutest little chef in the world.

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BABY PICTURE CONTEST

THE BASICS

This is a fun one that’s sure to get everyone’s attention.

No, it’s not, “Who’s the cutest baby?”

It’s a guessing game using baby pictures from the congregation.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

All you really need is:

  • A bulletin board.
  • Several baby pictures.
  • A way to collect donations.

That's it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

All your church needs to do is pool together 15-20 baby photos of church leadership and current members.

You can either post them on the church bulletin board or on your church’s website.

Everyone can guess who’s who if they pay $1.

You’re sure to get some outrageous guesses and some funny stories along the way.

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CLASSIC LEMONADE STAND

THE BASICS

It’s a hot summer day. Nothing is quite as refreshing as an ice-cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade.

This may seem like an old-fashioned fundraiser, but it’s one that’s withstood the test of time. For good reason! Who can say no to a Sunday school class selling homemade lemonade in the church parking lot?

That’s right; no one can resist a tall glass of lemonade on a sweltering July day.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a classic lemonade stand, you need:

  • Lemons.
  • Water.
  • Sugar.
  • A pitcher.
  • Cups.
  • A table or stand of some sort.
  • A way to collect donations.

Stir it all together, and you have a recipe for an irresistible summer fundraiser!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Find a recipe for lemonade and whip up as much as you can ahead of time.

When you’re setting up your stand, be sure to enlist the help of your most artistic Sunday school student to make some signs. Bold colors and glitter tend to draw the biggest crowd!

Pick a busy area and start selling the perfect summer treat to friends and passersby alike.

Bonus: Offer strawberry or raspberry flavoring at an extra cost.

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FIELD DAY

THE BASICS

Tug-of-war! Balloon popping! Egg tosses! Flag football! Three-legged races! Ring tosses! Relay races!

There are so many events you can set up with a Sunday School field day. Granted, this sort of fundraiser probably won’t rake in too much dough, but if you charge $1 or .50¢ per participant, you can raise enough to cover the costs of supplies plus a little more.

The most important part of this fundraiser is that your participants have a blast!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host a successful field day fundraiser, you will need:

  • A field or grassy area to play.
  • Supplies for each game.
  • (Optional) T-shirts.
  • A way to collect donations.
  • Water bottles for participants.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Start by choosing a day you’d like to host the event.

You can host the field day after church one Sunday, and all of the church members who want to watch can stay later to see the games go down.

Designate an area for the games and have each game set up beforehand.

Charge each participant a small entry fee to play, and let the games begin!

Bonus: You can easily have T-shirts made up to sell before and after the field day events. Make sure to have different colors to choose from, so that T-shirt wearers can feel that they’re supporting their favorite team.

Keep these considerations in mind if you use text-to-give at your field day
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PIE IN THE FACE

THE BASICS

This fundraiser is super simple (some might even say it’s as easy as pie!)–if your pastor is on board with being pied in the face.

It’s all in good fun, of course.

If your pastor is not interested in being covered in whipped cream, elect another representative from church leadership who’s willing to take on the burden for a good cause.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To pull off a pie-in-the-face fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Pie tins (aluminum works best).
  • Whipped cream.
  • A willing member of church leadership.
  • Raffle tickets.
  • A way to collect entry fees.

HOW TO GET STARTED

The way you raise money for this is much like the way you raise money during a raffle.

At the beginning of the event, sell as many tickets as church members and Sunday schoolers are willing to buy.

Those tickets will then go into a drawing bucket.

One lucky Sunday school student will get to draw the winning ticket. The ticket holder gets to run up on stage and throw a whipped cream pie right in the pastor’s face.

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BAKE SALE

THE BASICS

A bake sale is one of the easiest, most rewarding fundraisers a church can do.

A delicious cupcake is hard to pass up, especially when it’s being sold by adorable children.

Cue the puppy dog eyes!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To throw the best bake sale in town, you’ll need:

  • Volunteers to bake.
  • Volunteers to sell.
  • Cupcakes, cakes, cookies, etc.
  • A table or booth.
  • Some way to accept donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

You just need volunteers to bake the goods and some more volunteers to sell the cookies and cupcakes.

Once you have your volunteer bakers and your adorable salesmen (we suggest enlisting the help of your Sunday school’s finest helpers), you’re ready to scope out the ideal location for your bake sale.

Either way, you should be strategic about your placement, so you can make the most effective sales pitches.

On the day of the fundraiser, be sure to coordinate your bakers and your salesmen, so everyone knows where to be and when.

After church lets out, assemble your teams and start pushing those perfect pastries.

Plan your own bake sale fundraiser
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LOLLIPOP FUNDRAISER

THE BASICS

Lollipop fundraisers are perfect for churches on tight budgets.

To begin with, lollipops are ultra inexpensive. And to make it even easier, there are tons of sites that sell tasty lollipops in bulk for very reasonable prices.

Kids of all ages–and grownups, too–are suckers for suckers. It’s the best part of going to the bank.

Why not make it the best part of heading out of church on Sunday?

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For the best results, you’ll want:

  • A fundraising lollipop distributor.
  • A way to collect donations.
  • An area to sell the lollipops at your church.

HOW TO GET STARTED

An area to sell the lollipops at your church.

You can charge $1 per lollipop, and you’ll end up making almost pure profit!

How will you get the word out about your lollipop fundraiser?

That’s simple, too!

Word of mouth, of course.

Just let a few people in your church know about your fundraiser, and they’ll be sure to tell all of their family and friends, and before you know it, everyone will be asking where they can get gourmet lollipops to help out the church.

Alternatively, you can also set up a small lollipop stand right outside of the main service hall and sell the lollipops to churchgoers as they flood out of the doors Sunday afternoon.

Learn more about how lollipops can meet your school's fundraising needs.

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These fundraising solutions can help launch your next mission trip.

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TRAVEL RAFFLE

THE BASICS

Imagine the buzz you could create if your church hosted a raffle and instead of the traditional fare, you were giving away airfare!

Before you say, “That’s impossible!” keep in mind that you never know who your congregants might know.

All it takes is pulling the right strings, and you could have the most impressive raffle in church fundraising history!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

Just like any other raffle event, a travel raffle involves:

  • Raffle tickets.
  • A hat, bucket, or bowl to draw from.
  • An announcer.
  • Multiple levels of prizes (including the grand prize trip!).

HOW TO GET STARTED

Before you can start planning a true travel raffle, you must first survey your congregation to see if any of them has a connection with any travel agencies or any airline companies.

If no one has any connections, you can still host a travel raffle; it just might have to be an inexpensive giveaway, like a camping trip.

On the flipside, if you find that someone within your congregation is connected, you can appeal to them and ask them if they might be willing to use their connections to help out your church.

Bonus: To spice up the night, you can serve little teaser appetizers to get people excited about traveling. You can offer up airplane peanuts and little pretzels. Small soda cans. The sky’s the limit, literally!

Proper planning can help you make the most of your fundraising events
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BURRITO MILE

THE BASICS

Chipotle. Taco Bell. Moe’s. Homemade.

It doesn’t matter where you get them: burritos are delicious everywhere.

If your church’s missionaries are looking for a unique way to raise money for their trips, then they need look no further than hosting a burrito mile fundraiser.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a successful burrito mile fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • A race route.
  • A burrito restaurant sponsor.
  • (Optional) T-shirts.
  • Race volunteers.
  • Crowdfunding pages.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Burrito miles are just like your typical 5K race, except right before your runners start, they have to guzzle down a huge burrito. Of course, that’s a terrible thing to do right before running a race, but that’s part of the fun.

All you really need to do differently from any normal 5K fundraiser is to find a restaurant who’s willing to sponsor the race by providing burritos.

Once you have a burrito restaurant on board, you can proceed with the way you’d typically plan your 5K fundraisers.

A burrito mile is a fun challenge, and your church’s members will love to buy T-shirts afterwards to commemorate the zany experience.

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Kickball is a fun sport for all ages.

THE BASICS

Kickball is a fun sport for all ages.

You don’t have to be particularly skilled to play, but it sure is fun!

Your church can host this fundraiser any Sunday to help out your mission trippers meet their goals.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

A kickball fundraiser needs:

  • A playing field.
  • Kickballs.
  • A referee.
  • (Optional) T-shirts.
  • A way to collect donations.
  • Two teams.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Divide your church up into teams, and have members pay a small entrance fee to be a part of your “league” and to play in your “tournament.”

You can have a set of trophies made up for the winners of your tournament (and some consolation prizes for those who didn’t quite get to first place).

Aside from the cost of trophies for the winners, kickball is a very inexpensive fundraiser.

Chances are, you probably have an old kickball (or a ball that would do just fine) lying around somewhere. And your church parking lot is the perfect spot for a tournament.

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50/50

THE BASICS

This fundraiser is as exciting (and as easy) as seeing fireworks on the 4th of July.

It can also be done in conjunction with any other event you have going on.

The reason it’s called a 50/50 is because 50% of the proceeds go to the winner of the raffle, and 50% go to the church (or the mission trippers).

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a 50/50 fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Raffle tickets.
  • A hat, bucket, or jar.
  • An announcer.
  • Some way of collecting donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you have to do is sell raffle tickets at the door of your event.

The lucky winner of the raffle gets to go home with 50% of the raffle ticket money.

The more tickets you sell, the greater the jackpot will be–and the more likely people will be to buy tickets.

Of course, the other 50% goes straight back to the church.

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COFFEE FUNDRAISER

THE BASICS

Coffee is a wonderful item for a fundraiser because, let’s be honest, who can go a morning without a hot cup of joe?

Your church can also choose to sell tea as well as coffee for those younger members who haven’t quite caught the coffee bug yet.

Either way, you’re bound to stir up some excitement in your congregation!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To throw a coffee bean sale, you’ll need:

  • A coffee bean wholesaler.
  • Volunteers to sell the beans.
  • A way to collect donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Chances are, someone in your congregation knows or is willing to reach out to a local coffee roaster.

Even if your congregation doesn’t happen to have the caffeinated bean hook-up, there are several companies that offer wholesale prices specifically for fundraisers.

Order a large quantity of coffee at a lower price then turn around and sell individual bags at a profit.

Learn more about coffee fundraising!
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PHOTO PLEDGE

THE BASICS

Make everyone in the congregation feel like a photographer with a philanthropic photo pledge to help send mission trips.

It’s a low commitment fundraiser, but it can have a huge impact.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You’ll need:

  • A prize for your photo pledge winner.
  • A way to collect pledges.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

The way a typical photo pledge works is by asking participants to pledge money and submit photos centered around a theme.

Themes range from cutest pet to most interesting photo of the pastor you can snap without his or her noticing and beyond!

The 5 best photos that are submitted to the church will be chosen, and the photographers will receive a special prize.

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PRESENT WRAPPING

THE BASICS

Present wrapping is a great fundraiser for the holidays, but it’s also something that works really well specifically for mission trippers.

If your church group is planning on going on a mission trip in the spring or summer, Christmas-time is the perfect time to ask for donations by offering to wrap presents.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • Wrapping paper, tape, and scissors.
  • Volunteers who are willing to wrap.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You can buy nice wrapping paper in bulk, tape by the dozens of dispensers, and you can ask mission trippers to bring their own scissors.

If you put a jar out on the table where you’re wrapping presents, you can prompt people to make donations without actually charging them for your services.

Generally speaking, people are far more inclined to give generous tips when the service is free than they are if they’re being charged.

Bonus: Sell handmade Christmas cards on the side for a little extra! Handmade cards always brighten people’s spirits.

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MOVIE NIGHT

THE BASICS

Who doesn’t love a good, wholesome movie?

Throw in a little popcorn and some soda, and you’re well on your way to the ideal Friday night at your church.

Why not host a movie night fundraiser?

You can throw a drive-in movie night, or you can go the more simple route and host a classic movie night in your church’s gymnasium or main hall.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need much for a movie night, just:

  • A family-friendly movie.
  • A projector and screen.
  • Concessions
  • A way to sell tickets.

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you need is a projector, a screen, some comfy chairs, and a fun movie that’s sure to draw a crowd. You can sell tickets to the event a week or two ahead of time, and have extra tickets available at the door on the night of the movie.

Another great way to raise a little extra money (and make the whole experience better) is by offering childcare services during the movie.

Generally speaking, people are far more inclined to give generous tips when the service is free than they are if they’re being charged.

Bonus: You can sell concessions right outside of the movie. Just be sure to buy candy, popcorn, and soda in bulk, so that you can make a profit.

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FILL A FILM CANISTER

THE BASICS

This might be a bit tougher for those of us who don’t use film cameras anymore, so feel free to substitute “film canister” with some other sort of small jar or container.

“Fill a film canister” fundraisers typically involve asking participants to gather as much change as they possibly can to try to fill as many canisters as they can.

When you make gathering change into a game, it becomes a fun activity, and therefore, people are more inclined to donate.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a film canister fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Film canisters or small jars.
  • Participants.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You can turn your film canister fundraiser into a competition by incentivizing the person who gathers the highest number of canisters with a prize.

Of course, you don’t have to make the prize something of monetary value. It can be the opportunity to be pastor-for-a-day.

However you choose to get people interested, the end goal is the same: to rack up that extra change.

Lead with your nonprofit's mission to get your donors excited
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ADOPT-A-MILE

THE BASICS

If your mission trippers are looking for an easy way to raise money for their excursions, they need look no further than an adopt-a-mile fundraiser.

Adopt-a-mile fundraisers involve mission trip participants mapping out exactly how many miles away their missions are. For every mile, they have to convince a church member to donate a dollar or two.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You really don’t need much. You might need:

  • A map.
  • Some way to collect pledges or donations.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you need to do is:

  • Figure out exactly how many miles away your mission trip’s destination is from your church.
  • Then have members of your congregation “adopt-a-mile” to help pay for the trips.
  • You can charge $1-$2 a mile and still make a significant amount, depending on how far away your mission trippers are traveling.

How will you entice your congregation members to adopt a mile from you?

That’s easy, too!

Offer them incentives, such as:

  • Printed photographs from your trip.
  • Handmade trinkets.
  • Services, such as lawn care or babysitting.

A successful adopt-a-mile fundraiser has the potential to pay for the entirety of an individual’s mission trip.

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YOUTH AUCTION

THE BASICS

A youth auction is a great, simple fundraiser that any mission trip can pull together at any time.

Instead of auctioning off items, your mission trippers can auction off their services, from child care to lawn maintenance and more!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You’ll need:

  • Somewhere to host your auction.
  • Willing volunteers.
  • A way to accept donations.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Have the members of the youth group volunteer to be auctioned off as worker bees for a day.

Volunteers will go to the highest bidders for the day to do such tasks as yard work, cleaning out attics, babysitting young kids, or whatever needs doing.

All of the proceeds from the auction will go to fund the mission trip.

It’s a great way to encourage the youth group to volunteer and to raise funds for their trips at the same time.

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FAST FOOD NIGHT

THE BASICS

Fast food night fundraisers are simple, profitable, and popular with congregation members of all ages.

All they have to do is purchase fast food from the restaurant that’s sponsoring the charity night and say that they’re with your church.

Voila! 10% of their purchase goes straight to your church!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You don’t need much, just:

  • A restaurant that’s willing to sponsor a charity night.
  • Church members who love fast food.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Plenty of local and chain fast food restaurants love to sponsor charities and churches.

All you have to do is ask the manager at your local burger joint if he or she is willing to donate 10% of a night’s proceeds to your cause.

Typically, you’ll have to make sure your congregation members know to specify they’re with your church when they go in and order.

It’s a simple way to get people who rarely participate to join in on the fundraising. They’d already be buying those chicken nuggets: why not take a 10% tithe out of that?

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HEAD SHAVING

THE BASICS

This is another fundraiser specifically for the brave and not-easily-embarrassed.

The premise is that members of your church will pledge a certain amount of money to have their heads shaved in front of everyone in the congregation.

It’s a crazy concept, but it really works if there’s a purpose behind the shaving, like showing solidarity and support for a member or members of the church suffering from cancer.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

You’ll need:

  • Volunteers to have their heads shaved.
  • Clippers for shaving.
  • A way to accept donations.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

To get started with a head shaving fundraiser, all you really need to do is to pick a date.

Advertise through:

  • Email.
  • Your newsletter.
  • Flyers on the church bulletin.
  • And more!

On the day of the fundraiser, have someone volunteer to do the head-shaving.

Bonus idea: Donors can pay extra to have designs shaved on their heads. Mohawks are another great option.

Plan your own head-shaving event
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BUNGEE JUMPING

THE BASICS

Bungee jumping is certainly not for the faint of heart.

For those who are unafraid of heights, however, bungee jumping for a cause can seem like the thrill of a lifetime. Planning a bungee jumping fundraiser will bring your daredevils out of the woodworks.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a bungee jump fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Sponsors.
  • A location.
  • A bungee jump company with an excellent safety record.
  • A way to collect donations on the day of the event.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Before they can strap into their jumping boots, your jumpers will need to find sponsors to fund their jumps.

They’ll want to seek out people who are willing to donate money to see their business advertised at the bungee jumping event.

Once they have sponsors, they can start organizing the actual jump.

On the day of the fundraiser, your church can ask for donations to come and see the thrill-seekers in their natural habitat: on the edge!

Family-Friendly Fundraising Ideas

These fundraising solutions are ideal for the whole family.

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90’S PARTY

THE BASICS

There’s some pretty rampant nostalgia popping up for the 90’s. Millennials everywhere are reminiscing about the “good old days” when they were kids, and everything was simple.

Tap into that nostalgia by hosting a 90’s party at your church.

Of course, people of all ages are welcome to participate, regardless of whether or not the 90’s were a golden era for them.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host the perfect 90’s party, you’ll need:

  • A killer playlist, featuring original Britney Spears, and of course, the Backstreet Boys.
  • A 90’s dress code. Modern attire is unacceptable. Jelly shoes are encouraged, if you can find them.
  • Simple decor, because the 90’s were a simpler time.

HOW TO GET STARTED

For the ultimate 90’s party, you’ll want to pull together all of the necessary music and decorations.

Set everything up in your church’s main hall, and enlist the help of volunteers to get the party started.

Charge for tickets to the party in advance (but save some to sell at the door the night of the event, for those stragglers who always forget to buy tickets until the last minute).

Bonus idea: Set up some classic party games, from Twister to limbo, to keep the party interesting.

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PANCAKE DINNER

THE BASICS

Also known as “brinner” (breakfast meets dinner), a pancake dinner can be a great way to bring everyone together over a simple meal.

No one can refuse a freshly flipped flapjack.

And with the price of ingredients so low, you can charge a few dollars a ticket and come out way ahead.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

What do you need for a successful pancake fundraiser?

  • Pancake mix.
  • Bacon and eggs (optional).
  • A kitchen with the necessary utensils.
  • Volunteer pancake chefs.
  • A way to collect money (cash box or card reader, or both).

HOW TO GET STARTED

All you need to do is:

  • When you’re planning your pancake dinner fundraiser, you’ll want to get some volunteers to cook the breakfast first.
  • Then, you’ll want to pick a date.
  • Get the word out ahead of time by announcing your pancake dinner plans during Sunday morning service. You can also tack up flyers with information all around your church.

The day before the event, gather supplies and prep the kitchen.

That’s easy, too!

On the night of the fundraiser, prepare for pancake-flipping madness!

  • Printed photographs from your trip.
  • Handmade trinkets.
  • Services, such as lawn care or babysitting.

Bonus: Provide extra toppings like chocolate chips and banana slices to make those flapjacks extra flavorful.

Pancake dinners were popular fundraisers after Hurricane Katrina
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CHUCK-A-DUCK

THE BASICS

A chuck-a-duck fundraiser, also called a rubber duck fundraiser, involves exactly what it sounds like. Participants in the fundraiser chuck rubber ducks at a target.

Those who get closest to the bullseye of the target are the winners.

Chuck-a-duck fundraisers may sound simple, but they’re actually a lot of fun–not just for kids. Adults really get into them, too. They’re really perfect for the whole family.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a chuck-a-duck fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Lots of rubber duckies!
  • Targets.
  • A location.
  • A way to collect donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Rubber duck fundraisers work best with a ton of participants.

The best way to attract the most participants is to cross-promote your rubber duck fundraiser with another church in the area.

If you sell tickets to the event for a dollar or two, you can make a pretty penny and draw a great crowd.

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DOG WASH

THE BASICS

This fundraiser is pretty self-explanatory. Much like a car wash, a dog wash is a wonderful fundraiser that any church can pull off with ease.

Dog washes are great for the whole family, Fido included!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a successful dog wash fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Hoses.
  • Buckets.
  • And of course: some dog shampoo.

HOW TO GET STARTED

You can hold your church’s dog wash in the parking lot or somewhere with a ton of room for multiple “groomers” to set up shop.

Put up signs and flyers all over the neighborhood to attract all the pooches in the area to your fundraiser.

Bonus: If you have some experienced dog groomers in your midst, you can offer up those services for an extra fee.

Who doesn’t love a freshly pampered poodle? Those tufts of fur are irresistibly cute!

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FACE PAINTING

THE BASICS

Come one, come all! Get your faces painted like lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Face painting fundraisers are lovely when the weather starts to get nice again, and everyone wants to be outside, basking in the glorious sun.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a face painting fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • Face paint.
  • Artistic volunteers.
  • An area to set up shop.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

You can plan your face painting event for right when the weather starts to turn, and you’re bound to have dozens of eager beavers come out to get all dolled up.

You can easily find inexpensive face painting kits, and there are sure to be at least a few members of your church who would love to be face painting artists.

Bonus: You can also have someone volunteer to be a balloon artist and sell balloon animals to make it all feel more like a carnival!

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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

THE BASICS

Essentially, this fundraiser is a glorified lock-in. Sell tickets for a “Night at the Museum” and decorate your church’s atrium like a museum.

Think large cutouts of dinosaur bones, caveman exhibits, mockups of famous paintings; get creative with it!

The best way to entice teens and young adults as well as young kids is to offer a late-night dance party as well as game stations throughout the event.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To host your own night at the museum, you may want:

  • Decorations (mock-ups of famous paintings, stuffed animals, etc.)
  • Games for kids and adults of all ages.
  • Refreshments.
  • A way to accept donations.
  • Volunteers to set up and clean up the event.

HOW TO GET STARTED

In order to get started, you’ll first want to choose a time and a location for your night at the museum event.

Then, enlist the help of volunteers to collect supplies and craft decorations.

Get the word out about your fundraiser through social media, email, and paper flyers.

On the night of the event, pick up some refreshments (popcorn and soda, etc.) and get the party started!

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BEST IN SHOW

THE BASICS

Hosting a dog show can be a lot of work, but it’s well worth the pay-off.

People love to show off their prized pooches. Why not give them an arena and the possibility to take home a blue ribbon for old Sparky?

You can have prizes for every sort of category (“Waggliest tail,” “Shiniest coat,” “Cutest bark,” etc.).

If you charge entrance fees to the show as well as for each participant, this easy fundraiser is bound to rake in some moola.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a best in show fundraiser, you’ll need:

  • An “arena” for showcasing the pups.
  • Volunteer judges.
  • Puppy participants.
  • Prizes!
  • A way to collect entrance fees.

HOW TO GET STARTED

First things first, pick a date for your best in show fundraiser.

After you’ve chosen your time, you’ll need to find a place that’s suited for a dog show.

Invite your church members with dogs to be participants. Charge a small entrance fee for each animal.

Start selling tickets once you’ve rounded up all of your canine contestants.

On the day of the show, have volunteers help set up and get the ball rolling!

An optimized donation page will help you raise more once the event is over
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GUESSING GAMES

THE BASICS

Apart from the cost of a roll of tickets, a large mason jar and the three bags of M&M’s needed to fill the jar, this fundraiser is essentially free.

If you charge $1 a ticket for each person who wants to guess how many M&M’s are in the jar, you could raise a hefty sum and break even after the fifth or sixth person.

It’s like a mini raffle that requires slightly more finesse.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

To throw a guessing game fundraiser, you will need:

  • Mason jars (or some other clear container).
  • Small, countable items like M&M’s.
  • Raffle tickets.
  • A way to accept donations.

HOW TO GET STARTED

If you’re unfamiliar with how a guessing game works, all you need to do is to:

Fill a clear container with some kind of small, countable item (M&M’s, jelly beans, candy corn, etc.).

Charge people for the chance to guess how many pieces of candy are the in the jar.

Reward the person with the closest answer with the jar itself.

That’s it! It’s a simple fundraiser that’s fun for all.

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MAKE A SNAKE

THE BASICS

Don’t worry. There are no actual snakes involved in this fundraiser. Make a Snake is a free, easy fundraiser that anyone can pull off.

All you have to do is to urge your church’s members to collect as many pennies as they can in a certain amount of time.

On the day of the fundraiser, they’ll bring in their pennies, and whoever can make the longest snake with their pennies is the winner!

Of course, all of the pennies will be donated to the church in the end, and the prize can be something cheap and fun, like the chance to pie the pastor in the face.

It’s great fun for the whole family.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a make a snake fundraiser, you’ll really only need:

  • A location.
  • Church members with pennies to spare.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

Make a snake fundraisers are so simple that they really don’t require much planning.

A few days before the fundraiser, let your church know that you’re hosting a make a snake and to start collecting pennies.

On the day of the fundraiser, elect some volunteer judges to measure the penny snakes and declare a winner.

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ROCKATHON

THE BASICS

No, this fundraiser isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll battle of the bands. Although that would be cool, too.

And it doesn’t have anything to do with throwing rocks or painting rocks.

It’s all about rocking chairs.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

The basics of what you’ll need are:

  • Donated or inexpensive rocking chairs.
  • Church members who want to rock.
  • Some way to collect donations or pledges.
  • That’s it!

HOW TO GET STARTED

This fundraiser is a pledge of sorts.

Your church members have their friends and family pledge a certain amount of money for each hour they can stay in a rocking chair.

One member might pledge $5 an hour and rock back and forth for 3 hours. That’s $15 for your church!

If you don’t have rocking chairs on hand, you can ask for members of the church or community to donate them to your cause.

Bonus: You can also host a knitting marathon at the same time. What goes better together than rocking chairs and knitting? Well, peanut butter and jelly, but that’s just not a fair contest!

These helpful resources can help your church get started fundraising today!
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THEMED RACE

THE BASICS

Even if your church members aren’t marathon runners, everyone can get excited about a silly themed race that they can get dressed up for.

Some theme ideas include (but obviously aren’t limited to):

  • Disney. Everyone dresses up as their favorite character to run the race.
  • Turkey Trot. Runners dress up as turkeys to trot a few miles.
  • Spooky. For Halloween, have your racers dress up in their costumes.
  • Red vs. Blue. Add a little competition to your fun run by creating two teams (a red team and a blue team) and having them race one another.

Like other 5K races, your members can either pay an entrance fee to participate, or they can pledge per mile.

Either way, themed races are a wonderful way to raise money and include the whole family in on the fun.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

For a make a snake fundraiser, you’ll really only need:

  • A race route.
  • Volunteers.
  • A way to collect and accept donations.
  • A theme, of course!

HOW TO GET STARTED

To get started with a theme race, you must first decide on a theme!

There are so many to choose from, so the world is your oyster.

Once you have a theme in mind, you can simply plan your event as you would any other 5K race fundraiser.

Advertise for your themed race through:

  • Flyers and posters.
  • Social media.
  • Your church’s website.
  • And more!
These helpful resources can help your church get started fundraising today!