Youth Group Fundraisers Archives

By Allison Westbrook

So the youth ministry is planning to go to an incredible church camp that is supposed to be out of this world. The only problem is that the parents, teens and youth ministry budget do not have the funds to go. What do you do? Naturally, you begin looking for ideas to raise money through church fundraisers, youth car washes and other avenues of bringing in funds. There are a few secrets to having a successful church fundraiser.

There are two types of church fundraisers. The first type is marketed in-house and can be quite lucrative. These types of fundraisers usually include church suppers where the youth work on food preparation and/or waiting tables. Kids work either by way of tips or by charging a ticket price to get into the dinner. If you decide to go this route, consider getting the food donated by either a member of the church or by a local business. Restaurants love to do things like that because they get to use their costs as a write off on their taxes.

The other type of youth ministry fundraiser is conducted by marketing to everyone in the local community. These are often preferred by the eldership and senior pastor, because it doesn’t drain the funds of church members who already provide a tithe and offering (the funding which supplies the youth group with its budget).

This type of fundraising is best done by selling a product such as cookie dough, wrapping paper or candy. Carwashes are also excellent sources of youth ministry income, and local raffles are another option.

Whichever type of ministry fundraiser you decide to use, make sure that you keep it simple and keep your costs low. A high shipping fee can completely offset your group’s earnings. In order to have the most lucrative earnings, it is recommended that you use both and in-house fundraiser and a community fundraiser. The combination of the two can generate a positive response. For more information and tips on youth ministry, see below.

The website below has a host of completely free information on youth ministry including starting from scratch, discipleship, training and teaching tools, game ideas and free ministry downloads. There is also a forum where you can connect with other youth ministers for support, advice and networking.

http://www.ministertoyouth.com

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I could think of no better way than to start this blog with one of my all time favorite fundraisers: Egg Cracking. And yes, it is as bad as it sounds. We used egg cracking every year to raise money for youth camp. The kids absolutely loved it. Basically, you have each participant bring a carton or two of eggs. Set aside approximately 3 hours to go “cracking.” These 3 hours are best early on Saturdays when people are still home, usually between the hours of 9 and 12 in the morning.

Students walk through neighborhoods with eggs and approach homes asking for donations in exchange for cracking an egg on their sweet little heads. Let me tell you, though you may ask for a minimum donation of $1.00 per egg, your youth ministry fundraiser will fly through the roof with cash. People love a good laugh. There were several instances where we were given $20 per egg. Now sure, you are going to have a few sour attitudes here and there. But if you are a veteran youth minister, you shouldn’t be a stranger to unusual glances and weird looks, right? But just in case you are new to the game, don’t be naive. Your teenagers WILL throw eggs at you. It is the way of youth ministry. Think of it like winning the Superbowl and getting a giant cooler of Gatorade over the head. Except you smell like you just stepped out of a chicken coop.

If you are looking for a more conventional method of fundraising that doesn’t require a shower afterwards, consider FastTrack Fundraising. Request some information from them (it’s free) and you’ll be overwhelmed by all the options they have. They were featured by Forbes and NBC and have anything and everything you could imagine to fundraise with.

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