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Church fundraisingFundraising has always been a necessity for churches, youth groups, and non-profit organizations. Most people realize that funding is a tool to do God’s work and the amount of funding earned helps to determine the effectiveness of our giving.

For example if your youth group was going on a mission but there was only enough funds to get half of them to the location then less will be accomplished, or what if you could get everyone there but were not able to bring bibles, food, and that much needed water pump? Fewer people might have their mind open to hearing God’s word.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Corinthians 9:6)

What is your cause?

missionDetermine the single cause for which all of the money will be used. This needs to be something “extra”. A van for the youth group, a new roof or pews for the church, the 2009 South American Mission. This step is absolutely essential, as the cause must create enthusiasm and determination among the group. The greater the cause the more people will want to participate and make it happen.

Having a fundraiser to pay the utilities or to keep the church alive will not work, if the congregation as a whole were behind those efforts they would have already happened and would be an indicator to the over all success you would have in church fundraising.

How much do you need to raise?

Determine the amount of money that will be required in order to accomplish your cause, this will be your goal.

Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.

At the start of the fundraising campaign you will want to let everyone know what the goal is and exactly what the fundraiser will pay for. If the fundraiser is to get a new sound/video system for the church write out exactly what is being paid for and how it will benefit the congregation, Sell it!

“This fundraising money will be used to purchase and install:

  • 3 woofermajigers
  • 1 sound board
  • 1 sub processing system
  • 1 amplification system
  • 3 60×90 overhead projection screen
  • 1 3-way projection system

This new sound system will allow our choir and band to be heard crisply and clearly. With our over head projection screens showing the words to songs and hymns everyone will be able to sing along, including new patrons that may not already know the words. Our chorus of joyous voices will raise the roof and lift our spirits! This will also help us to make guest feel welcome and perhaps they will come back and praise with us again… just one more way we can spread God’s word. Additionally if you have you ever missed the first 2 minutes of my sermon while you are looking up the verse you will really appreciate that you will be able to see it on a state of the art overhead screen…….or as the Pastor you could say I am tired of seeing the top of peoples heads for the first two minutes of my sermons”

You must sell it, you must drum up support.

What is your product?

Fundraising cardsI recommend fundraising discount cards because they are quick, easy and profitable. The church members sell the fundraising cards just like they would sell candy bars or pop corn. They sell for $10 and cost as little as $1.50 each. Supporter can sell 10 – 20 cards. On the front of your fundraising discount card will be your organization’s name, logo, and expiration date. The back will contain twelve (12) to twenty (20) local merchants, each giving a buy one get one free offer or other discount. The cards are valid for one (1) year of continuous use by the bearer.

Since a discount card fundraiser is also a great opportunity for the merchant, most of them will stay with the group for a fundraiser year after year. Some groups actually form waiting lists. Easy Fundraising Cards is great source.

Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Continue to remind people why their effort is so important. Communicate daily with everyone involved in the fundraising effort, let them know how it is going, let them hear success stories, praise the efforts of those producing the greatest results, so other will follow. everyone wants to be recognized for their efforts in a successful cause and want to be part of “the buzz”.

Your church fundraising efforts can produce quick revenue to continue God’s work.

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

Easy church fundraising sounds like an impossible feat, doesn’t it?  Preparing for a fundraiser can be overwhelming to say the least, especially if you are the one left with the responsibility of organizing it all.  If you are looking for easy church fundraising ideas, there are many things you can do to make it all run a little more efficiently.  You want a great item that is easy to sell, affordable for most peoples budgets and offers a great value for their money.

In order to make things easy, church fundraising items should probably be limited to products that do not require shipping and other extra costs.  The less steps involved, the easier things will be for everyone who participates in the fundraiser, from organization down to the ones who are actually doing the selling.  All too often, raising money for a new church van, a basketball goal or trip for the youth group can become complicated and overwhelming, so keep things simple!

Here are a few easy church fundraising ideas:

1.  Have a bake sale on the parking lot of a local grocery store or restaurant.  Most church memberships include lots of women (and many men) who are great at making cookies, brownies, pies and cakes.  The ingredients cost very little for most of these items, and you can make some extra cash for your cause.

2.  Host a fundraising benefit at your church and serve spaghetti, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the extras.  The ingredients are affordable, the recipes are easy to make, and you can put a little more away for the cause.

3.  Offer services!  If you have a number of teens or young adults involved in the fundraiser, have them offer to mow yards, trim hedges, clear away brush or anything else other members of the church need done for a donation.

4.  Sell products that you can offer to your customers on the spot, products that are really useful.  For truly easy church fundraising, nothing beats discount cards loaded with offers from local and national merchants that the customer already uses!  Consumers love getting the item they paid for instantly, especially something that allows them to save more than they originally spent over the course of a year.

The economy is not in the best shape recently, and everyone loves to save money; perceived value is also essential if you want your fundraiser to be successful.  Most neighbors and other citizens in your local community are glad to support the church, but no one wants to spend more than they feel is within their budget.  Offering discount cards is a no brainer for easy church fundraising – the value is exceptional, the product is affordable, and local merchants are supported in the efforts as well.

Easy church fundraising starts with efficient planning.  You need to determine how many in your group will be selling, how much money you need, and which products or services will allow you to collect the funds you need quickly, with little fuss or confusion.  Also, consider product costs and how much you will make.  For example, if you need to raise $1,000, what sounds easiest – selling 200 discount cards or approximately 650 candy bars at $1.50 each?

Keep these things in mind the next time you need to raise money for your church or youth group; try to keep things simple and streamlined.  With proper planning, easy church fundraising really is just that – easy!  When you see just how simple it can be to raise money quickly, you will find that you don’t dread the next fundraiser nearly as much.

Mark South
Easy Fundraising Cards

Fundraising discount cards are a great way to raise money for your church. To find out how to make the most out of your fundraiser read more.

Fundraising discount cards are a great way to get an 50%-105% profit in a fundraiser. They are based on providing for a flat fee a book of discounts to local area merchants. Often times the discount card will be shopping discount cards, pizza discount cards or fast food discount cards. The idea is that they are items that people already use and will find easy to purchase.

Discount cards are small and light weight making it easy for your volunteers to carry them around. This makes for immediate delivery. It is always easier to get a donation or a purchase when you can give the discount cards at the same time as purchase.

The three different types of discount cards vary only slightly;

Shopping discount cards are wallet sized and offer special savings and limited coupons to merchants in your area. They may include hair cuts, dinners, auto motive services or a host of other types of discounts.

Discount pizza cards often times are full of two for one offers or buy a large pizza and receive a medium for free. This type of discount card can be used in the restaurant or order by phone.

The third type of discount card is a fast food discount card. This type offers limited coupons to fast food chains in your area.

The main benefit to fundraising with discount cards is that they are easy to carry and quick to sell. Most households eat pizza, fast food and shop a local merchants. This makes discount cards an easy sell to both your congregation and to families in your community.

Shauna Hanus builds and maintains fundraising websites for churches and small ministries. Shauna has years of experience building websites and internet marketing. For more information on how to get a church fundraising discount cards visit Fundraising discount cards

By Shauna Hanus
Published: 5/25/2007