25 Fun and Easy Mission Trip Fundraisers
Signing up for a mission trip can be an exciting experience but one that often requires a significant amount of fundraising. By planning your fundraising events in advance and being creative in your approach, your efforts will pay off in not only learning about new cultures and visiting another part of the world but also in being a part of the larger mission of spreading God’s love and message.
Here are 25 time-tested and fun ways to get started and put the fun back into fundraising!
Rummage Sale: Rummage sales give you a good reason to finally clean out your closet and declutter.
- Plan in advance so you can collect as many items from your church members.
- Advertise on church social media platforms and encourage post sharing.
- Organize items by groups.
- Simplify pricing. Make all items within each group the same price. For example, all books are 25 cents, all clothing $1 and all shoes $2.
Tarts and Art: Enlist everyone in the youth group to create a work of art and a dessert. Think you don’t have any talent? Be creative. Take a photograph. Write a poem. Create an image out of code. Hang up artwork a couple weeks prior to the event so people can enjoy the art and “shop.” Invite church members to a post-church social for tea and dessert for $5 and allow them to purchase the art.
Greeting Cards: Any artists in your group? Design and sell greeting cards.
Pumpkin Patch: Have some empty land next to your church? Plant a pumpkin patch in the summer and sell the pumpkins in October. Check your local planting guide for proper times.
Parents Night Out: Plan several nights throughout the year when parents can drop off their children at the church or another pre-arranged place for a set fee.
ACT/SAT Tutoring: Do you have kids in your youth group who’ve done well on the ACT or SAT?
- Research the year’s testing dates and organize tutoring sessions.
- Sell them per session or in discounted packages.
Pet Photography Shoots: Pet lovers’ phones are full of candid shots of their fur babies, but most people can’t afford professional pet photos. Set up an impromptu studio with fun props. Sell the digital prints or use an inexpensive Polaroid.
Computer Lessons: Are you a Snapchat expert? Have any coders in the group? Computer, social media and technology tutorials are a great way to put your smarts to use. Schedule a single lesson or design a series of lessons.
Car Wash: Car washes may be cliché, but they’re still a cost-effective way to earn money. Don’t limit yourself to the car exterior either. Professional car detailing can cost as much as $200 for an SUV or minivan, so anything less will be a bargain.
Yard/Home Work: Set an hourly or per project price for pulling weeds, clearing out garages, and cleaning toilets.
Pooper Scooping: It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. Charge per hour or per “scoop;” it’s up to you.
Raffle: Solicit a big-ticket donation from a community business and raffle it off a couple of weeks before Christmas.
50/50 Raffle: 50/50 raffles are popular and for good reason: who doesn’t want to donate to a good cause and win a little money? Sell tickets and the winning one earns half the pot.
Trivia Night: Host a team-trivia night. Each team pays an entrance fee. Solicit donations for prizes. To increase donations, schedule multiple nights that culminate in a tournament. TIP: Swap out trivia for chess, bingo, scrabble, Sudoku, or other fun game.
Dunking Booth: Rent a dunking booth and have your pastor, youth leader or DCE volunteer to sit in the booth. Sell chances.
Love-grams: Sell bags of goodies with personalized messages to be delivered to loved ones either in town or after church service.
Mighty Box: Have each member of the mission group decorate a shoe or tissue box with phrases and images that explain the purpose of the mission. Place the boxes in the church in high-traffic areas with donation requests.
Change for Change: Decorate glass jars and have a jar adoption. Participants agree to return the jars filled with change on a set date.
Online Crowdfunding: Online fundraising platforms like WonderWe Pro are an effective way to reach donors beyond your geographic boundaries. Unlike car washes or bake sales, online fundraisers allow you to extend your reach into other states and countries.
Even better, they don’t require you to invest in additional supplies or time. With peer-to-peer fundraising capabilities, group members can harness the power of their networks, extending their reach even wider.
Envelope Fundraisers: Set up an area with 100 envelopes and a donation box. Write the number of the envelope on the outside and encourage people to donate that amount. You can do this online with your WonderWe account by challenging donors to chose a number from 1-100 and donating that number until you’ve reached 100 donations.
Brave the Shave: Set an amount each mission member would be willing to shave or cut their hair. Set a date for the shave event. Everyone who raises their amount agrees to have their hair cut or head shaved. A WonderWe peer-to-peer campaign helps raise event awareness, keeps track of donations (for a little, friendly competition!) and allows you to easily brand the campaign.
Paid for the Grade: Challenge family, friends and members of the church to pony up for good grades on report cards. You can increase the challenge by offering to do services for poor grades.
“Thon” of your Choice: Biking. Running. Jumping Rope. Reading. Choose a fun and interesting task your group will complete in exchange for sponsorship. The sponsorship could be in distance, time or quantity.