Let’s face it – it’s easy for everyone in the church to get burned out on church fundraising after a while.  All of the bake sales, car washes, cook books and multi-family yard sales get old, and those same people in the church seem to be the ones responsible for all of the work time and time again.  The good thing about church fundraising is that since you are raising money for your church or youth group, people tend to give or donate more often than they might with a school or other organization.  They know you are doing God’s work, and it makes them feel good to help out.
What can you do besides the same old things your group has been doing for years?  You need to spark the interest of those in your church, get them involved again.  The truth is, people live busy lives today and the easier and less time-consuming you can make your church fundraising the better.  Sure, it’s always fun to get together and organize those spaghetti suppers and bake sales, but there are things you can do in addition to the old stand-by’s to raise even more money and get more people involved.
What about a beauty pageant held at the church where the contestants are actually the men of the congregation?  This is fun and can be hilarious, and is a great way to raise money.  Charge a $2 or $3 admission and offer refreshments for sale during intermission.
Summer months will be coming up soon, and car washes are still great for church fundraising as people tend to want their cars hand washed during a season when they tend to get dusty and dirtier than normal.
Spring is right around the corner, which makes it prime time for yard clean up.  A great church fundraising idea for this time of year is to offer your services around the neighborhood to do any type of yard clean up, whether it’s raking leaves and

burning them, washing the deck or house with a power washer, even cleaning out flower beds and preparing them for new plantings.This is a great project for the youth or teens in the church, and they can do it in groups of 2 or 3 so it’s a bit more fun for them.
How do you drum up interest in your church fundraising efforts?  If you’re going to host a special dinner, pageant or yard sale at the church, be sure to advertise in the local newspapers.  Those who are on Facebook might spread the word that way as well to their friends, and posting flyers around local businesses will help build further interest.
In order to have more people donate more money to your cause, it’s often beneficial to explain exactly what you are raising money for.  For example, if your church fundraising efforts are going toward needy children who need food and clothing, reveal that information and you will find that people give freely because they like knowing exactly where their money is going.
Try to arrange your largest fundraisers around Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas.  During these times of the year, many people think about the reason for these holidays and they are often in a spirit of giving to others.
If your group seems to be stuck in a rut when it comes to church fundraising, put your collective thinking caps on and do a little brainstorming.  When you get creative, you will find that there are literally hundreds of things you can do to raise the money your church needs – and whatever you decide on, promote it in every way possible!

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, no doubt you have heard of church fundraising cards.  Maybe you haven’t tried them out because you were unsure of the results or afraid that you would lose money.  Sometimes it’s easier to keep doing the same old things we’ve always done – and keep getting the same old results.  We like things that are “safe”, and that we are familiar with.  Changing horses can be a bit uncomfortable, but once you actually use church fundraising cards and see what a difference they make, you’ll be a believer for life.

“Okay”, you’re saying, “so what’s so great about church fundraising cards that makes them any better than other products our church has sold to raise money”?  There are several things that make these cards far and above the best product you have ever offered to customers.  First, they offer real value that you just don’t find with jerky, candy bars, candles and cookie dough.  Second, they are highly profitable for your church, so you will be able to raise the funds you need much faster.  Third, the savings on the card are redeemable at local merchants in your own area, so essentially you are helping support your own neighborhood as well.

Now we’ll cover the points one by one.  Church fundraising cards offer incredible value to the customer, which means they’re more likely to make a purchase than they would be if you were selling $12/box cookie dough.  The price of the card to the customer is $10, and the cards offer savings at 10 to 15 various merchants in your area.  These discounts and savings may be on food, fitness, maintenance for the car, flowers, family entertainment – any goods or services in your area.  The customer can use the card for one year from the date of purchase, which means that they will save far more than they paid for the card.  This is real value, and not a waste of good money as so many other fundraising products are today.

Now to the second point, which you’ll no doubt find interesting. Profits, which is what you are looking for when you hold a fundraiser for the needs of your church or youth group.  Suppose you need $1,200 to put up a concrete slab and basketball goal because you have many teens in the church.  Can you imagine how long it would take to raise that kind of money with cookie dough or jerky?  With church fundraising cards, all your group has to sell to make $1,200 profit is 250 cards!  Considering each person on average can easily sell about 10 cards, hand them out to 25 people and when sold, you’ve got all of the money you need to complete your project.  In a word, amazing.

Now we come to the third and final point, although there are many more benefits that church fundraising cards offer.  Since the discounts and buy-one-get-one-free offers are good at local merchants, this helps stimulate business.  When a customer buys a card, they are likely to use the discounts offered on the card, which means they may visit a restaurant, fast food joint or car care center they have never used before.  If they enjoyed the food or felt they got good service from the merchant, they will likely go back again.  The merchant has the potential to not only attract new customers, but to grow his business – which is good for your local economy.

Have we answered your question about church fundraising cards?  Yes, they really are great, but until you (your church) try them for yourself, you won’t be able to truly understand just how much better fundraising can be.

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

When you’ve done every activity and sold every product under the sun in your efforts to raise money for the church, it’s easy to feel that church fundraising has become a real chore.  It seems like you’ve been doing the same things over and over again for years, and there is often a lot of work and planning involved.  The next time the topic of church fundraising comes up, just consider it a blessing from God – and spread the word to members of your church, so that it may inspire them and spark new interest in participating.

Why should church fundraising be considered a blessing?  Well, think about it this way; if you’re having to build a new sanctuary or expand the building in some way, it means that your church is growing – and that IS a blessing.  If the money you need to raise is to go toward a gym for the youth or summer church camp, that again is a blessing.  For one thing, you are blessed to have young children and teenagers that even come to church, and they are the future of tomorrow’s church.  If you’re sending them to summer camp, they will be learning and growing in their knowledge of the Lord, which is again a blessing.

Sometimes it’s easier to get motivated when you determine what the real underlying cause is of why you are doing something.  It’s no different with church fundraising, if you have a need in the church and have to raise money in order to fulfill that need, there is a blessing somewhere down deep that you may not recognize.  Even when the funds you are raising are not going directly to your church but to those who are needy in the community, you are still doing God’s work.

When you really put some thought in to it, nearly any reason you would need church fundraising is because in some way you are receiving a blessing.  Even when you need money in order for church members to travel around the country doing missions work, you are spreading God’s word to those who may not know that He even exists.  There is a silver lining in every cloud as the old saying goes, and the same is true with church fundraising.  When you or your church group starts to feel down and out about raising money and all of the work involved, direct your mind in a new direction and consider that someone is going to be blessed for your efforts.

Church fundraising has been around for decades because of necessity.  The only money that usually goes in to a church is the regular offering when the collection plate is passed around, and this money normally isn’t used to fund missions work, a new building or summer church camp for the youth.  You have to raise money some way, and if people don’t donate it out of the goodness of their hearts it’s left up to the members of the church to come up with a solution.  But there again is a bright side – there are so many ways to raise money, it should never be boring or mundane!

Car washes, bake sales, multi-family yard sales, the sale of discount cards and other goods.  Sure, these are things that you’ve probably done over and over again, but a little creativity will bring new ideas to the table, and a little fun and excitement for everyone.  When those in your church start complaining about church fundraising, remind them that instead of a chore, it is a blessing in disguise.

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

Church fundraising cards are really the go-to product when you need to raise substantial funds for your church or youth needs and stimulate your local economy as well.  As far as we can tell, no other product offers the profit potential and support of the local community like church fundraising cards do.  There are so many benefits, it’s doubtful we will get to all of them in this article.

First of all, let’s talk about the profitability of church fundraising cards.  You may need to raise $500 for your project, or $20,000, but either way this is the best route to take.  You may wonder why this product is number one when it comes to fundraisers, and that’s easy to explain.  In today’s economic climate, many people just do not have extra money to spend; therefore, they won’t spend on candy bars, popcorn and cookie dough like they once did.  Church fundraising cards offer savings and buy-one-get-one-free offers on many services and products in the customer’s local area, which is something they can really use when money is tight.

Now you know why these cards are so popular, even in prosperous times – everyone loves to save money, especially when the savings are on those things they would have purchased anyway!  Let’s get to the profits now, which is likely what interests you most since you do need to raise money for your cause.  Church fundraising cards offer huge profit margins; in fact, you can have profits margins that are actually higher than 100%, due to the fact that for every 1000 cards you order you get 200 free.  Here is an example of what you can expect with this amazing fundraiser product:

Order just 300 cards, and you can expect profit margins of 50% – or a whopping $1500!  How much money would your group have earned for selling 300 candy bars, maybe $300 to $450 tops?

Now, suppose your group can sell 1,000 church fundraising cards, which is easy if you have about 90 or 100 participating.  At 1,000 cards, your profit margin is 100% and your group raises $10,000 to go toward your needs!  By now, you should have a clear picture of what these amazing little cards can do for your group.

Back to the other topic of our article; how do the cards help the customers local community?  That’s an easy one to answer as well.  Since the cards contain offers on the back that are available mostly at local merchants, the money the customer spends on these offers stays in their own community.  In addition to that, the merchants grow their business through new customers!  Many people will use the cards at a merchant they have never patronized before, simply because they are getting a great deal.  This means a potential new life-time customer for the merchant, so you can see how it stimulates the economy and helps businesses flourish.

Simply put, church fundraising cards are the answer to your prayers whether your project calls for only a few hundred dollars or tens of thousands.  When you want exceptional results for your efforts, you now know how to get them!

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

Church fundraising can get stale in a hurry, especially when you’ve already held dozens of bake sales, yard sales and car washes.  The only way you can raise the money you need when projects come up is through donations and fundraising, which leaves you few options.  If you’re at your wits end and looking for fun, fresh new church fundraising ideas to get those in your church excited about it again, here are a few options you may want to consider.

Be creative, have the members of your church think about their hobbies and passions, and you will be surprised at some of the ideas you can come up with.  One such idea is a dog show; find an area where there is plenty of room, choose a few people who can be impartial as judges, and charge an entry fee for those who will compete.  On the sidelines, offer those baked goods that you usually sell at bake sales, along with other refreshments.  This is a fun church fundraising idea that can attract a lot of attention if you put out flyers and advertise in the local newspaper.

Holding a special bingo night is another great way to raise funds for your project.  Of course, you’ll want to really do it up right so that everyone who participates has a good time.  When holding a bingo night for church fundraising, offer refreshments, soft drinks, hot dogs, candy and other goodies.  You may want to charge one total entry price for the entire evening, or charge on a per-game basis.  Bring in your other church fundraising items such as cookbooks, baked goods or other items you can sell on the side.

Since spring and summer are just around the corner, there are a few church fundraising ideas that are suitable for the seasons.  Offer your services for yard clean up, trimming hedges, mowing, washing the deck, making small home repairs or anything else that members in your church are capable of doing.  While these things may not add up to a fortune, every little bit helps when you’re trying to raise money for the church.

If you’ve never tried them, church fundraising cards are probably the easiest and most profitable way to raise money.  They’re easy to sell because they offer great value and money savings opportunities to the customer, and they’re extremely profitable for your church.  In fact, you can easily raise hundreds and even thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your church and how many participate.

These cards are great to use with whatever other activities you decide to participate in or products that you sell.  Because of their size, they’re easy to carry with you everywhere you go, so you can offer them anytime a good opportunity presents itself.  When you’re fresh out of ideas for church fundraising, consider the ideas above or come up with a few of your own – it really isn’t that hard, especially when you “brainstorm” with other members of the church.

Happy (and profitable) church fundraising!

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

If you have ever used church fundraising cards in your efforts to raise money for any project, you know how easy it is.  If your group has never used them, you’re in for a real surprise once you realize just what the benefits are.  Many activities that are commonly used to raise money are a lot of work, and the results can often be dismal.  Some of the well-known fundraising products are great, but the profit margins are often not what you would wish for.  Add to that the fact that in a down-turned economy people really hesitate about spending money on things they don’t really need, and it becomes hard to raise the amount of money you need for your project, especially if it is a substantial amount.  This is where church fundraising cards come in!

Okay, so you’re one of the groups who have never tried church fundraising cards.  What’s so great about them, and why would you want to use them the next time you need to raise money?  These cards carry offers from a dozen to 15 merchants on the back, all offering discounts and buy one get one free offers.  Since they are designed to be used at national and local merchants in your own area, it helps support your own local economy – which is important when times are tough.

Probably the best thing about church fundraising cards is that they offer the customer real value that they can see for themselves, unlike candy bars and popcorn.  People want to save money today; if they can buy a card for $10 bucks and save ten times that amount or more over a one year period, they will snap for it because they see the money-saving potential.  If you were to present two products to a neighbor or someone in your area, a candy bar and a discount card, chances are they would choose the card because 1) they will experience savings for one year, and 2) they won’t spend $2 or more on something that will be eaten and gone in 10 minutes with nothing to show for it.

Church fundraising cards also offer incredibly high profit margins, which is another reason they are the number one item used for church fundraisers today.  Depending on the size of your church and how many will participate, you can expect to profit margins of anywhere from 50% to over 100%.  How could your profit margins be greater than 100%?  Because for every 1000 cards ordered, you get 200 at no cost to you.

Typically, one person can easily sell 10 or more discount cards, so if you have a group of 50 in your church who plan to participate, you can estimate that you will sell at the very least 500 cards.  This means that you will be at a 70% profit margin, or in other words your church will make $3,500.  Church fundraising cards are the way to go whenever you need to raise money, but particularly when you need to raise a substantial amount, such as tens of thousands of dollars.  Have 100 people that will participate?  You can expect a total profit of $10,000 – and think how far that would go toward the new youth gym or fellowship hall!

Whether members of your church are getting tired of the same old fundraisers and all of the work involved, or you’re just ready to try a fresh new approach, try church fundraising cards.  You will see that there is very little work involved; in fact, the company you purchase the cards from will contact merchants in your local area – all you have to do is account for who has how many cards in your group, and you’re ready to roll!  Simply put, without a doubt you will find the results you achieve with church fundraising cards amazing.

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

Let’s face it – church fundraising can get monotonous, especially when year after year you rely on the good old bake sales, multiple-family garage sales and car washes.  Sure, it’s all great fun and a fantastic way to fellowship, but everyone grows tired of the same old thing eventually.  If the truth were known, these activities are often not that profitable either, which can be a real downer if your church is looking to raise a substantial amount of money.  Here are a few original, fun and even quirky church fundraising ideas you may want to keep in mind for future use.

How about an adult spelling bee?  This can be great not only for raising some additional money, but offering a few side-splitting laughs as well.  Instead of adults competing on an individual level as kids usually do in school, this could be set up tournament style.  Teams of 3 or 4 adults pay a significant fee to participate; alternately, an adult spelling bee could be organized somewhat similar to a marathon, with teams collecting pledges for each word that is correctly spelled by their team members.  This is sure to provide plenty of entertainment and a few laughs, so you see that church fundraising doesn’t always have to be serious.

Hold a rubber duck race.  This is perfect for those churches in areas where a creek or river is nearby, and great when paired with a bake sale.  In this event, funds are collected through entry fees; each participant paints and decorates their own “rubber ducky”, then when everyone is ready the race begins!  Church members and neighbors in the local community cheer on their favorite “duck”, and fun is had by all.  This is great fun for the youngsters, the sale of baked goods and cold beverages helps your church to raise even more money.  This is the perfect church fundraising event for spring and summer months, especially on a beautiful day filled with sunshine.

The sale of discount cards are another fantastic church fundraising idea – and probably the most profitable you will find if you’re looking to raise a substantial amount of money.  These credit-card sized cards offer dozens of discounts and savings on goods and services in the local area, perfect for times such as today when people are looking for every way possible to save.  These cards are good for one year from the date of purchase, so the customer will have the opportunity to experience savings that go far beyond the $10 paid for the card.  Local merchants benefit, the customer experiences huge savings, and your church raises an incredible amount of money – what could be better?  Another great thing about these cards is that they can be used in conjunction with any other product or activity you choose to raise funds.

Church fundraising doesn’t always have to involve a ton of work or preparation.  Get the congregation together, and let everyone give their input; creative and profitable ideas can often come forth when great minds get together!  There are endless ways that your church can generate the amount of money needed to fund any cause, so get those creative juices flowing and try to think “outside the box”.  Church fundraising can be fun again, which will help to increase the interest of the entire congregation – and possibly get more people to participate.

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

If you have never used church fundraising cards in your efforts to raise money for any cause or project, you will use them time and again once you see the exceptional results that can be achieved.  Nothing can bring your spirits down faster than working yourself to death only to raise a small portion of the money you need.  Sure, all of the bake sales, yard sales and car washes are fun, but when it comes down to the wire it’s hard to raise a substantial amount of money with these activities.

Church fundraising cards are different in many ways from the other common products you may have sold in the past.  If you’re looking for something new that will add the spark and excitement back to your fundraising efforts, read on.

Everyone knows that for the past couple of years the economy has not been in good shape.  People have lost their jobs; money is tight, and most are not willing to spend on anything that isn’t necessary or doesn’t offer value.  Church fundraising cards offer incredible value to the customer, so they are much more likely to buy.  After all, how much value can be found in a $2 candy bar or $12 box of cookie dough today?  Not much, and certainly not enough for those with very little money to spare to spend what little they have left.

Church fundraising cards typically offer savings at 12 to 15 local merchants in your own community; customers can save on food, oil changes, hair cuts, movie rentals, and other goods and services offered locally.  Even in the toughest economic times, people still have to eat and have their cars serviced.  Church fundraising cards allow them to purchase the things they would have bought regardless, but at a discounted price.  This means far more sales for your group, and better than average profits, which we will get to now.

Just how profitable are church fundraising cards?  You will be absolutely shocked when you realize just how easy it is to raise hundreds and even thousands of dollars.  Whereas with candy bars you would likely have had to sell 1,000 to make $500 or $1,000 in profits, to make this same amount of money with the cards you would only have to sell about 200 – and no, that is not a misprint!  The profit margins will absolutely astound you, and the value provided by the product is simply unmatched.

You can only imagine the profits you might experience if you have a large group that will be participating in the fundraiser.  On average, one individual will sell about 10 to 15 church fundraising cards.  So, let’s just say you have 40 people who will be participating; that means easy sales of 400 to 600 cards, which means $2,000 to $4,200!  After being involved in all of the usual activities and products year after year, this probably seems almost unbelievable – but it’s absolutely true, and easily accomplished.

Now that you see just how much value is offered to the customer and how high your profits can soar, maybe you will consider church fundraising cards for the next go round!  One thing’s for certain – you won’t find any other product that offers results like this, and makes your work so much easier.

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

Church fundraising can get tiresome and quite frankly, redundant – especially if you do the same old things over and over again for years.  Are you ready to put a little new life in to your fundraising efforts, maybe get more people in the church involved?  It can become a real hassle and heap of work when you and a select few are the only ones putting forth any effort.  If the bake sales, yard sales and car washes are starting to wear thin on everybody, here are a few ideas you may find refreshing.

Depending on the time of year, offer all types of handyman work for a small donation.  During spring and summer months, this can be anything from mowing lawns and trimming shrubs to picking up sticks and rocks.  In the winter months, cleaning out gutters and raking are chores that many people would gladly offer a donation for.  Running errands, buying groceries – just use your imagination and you can come up with dozens of new church fundraising ideas!

Throw a party!  Instead of the dinners you hold at church occasionally where everyone brings a dish, throw themed dinners and advertise them heavily.  A Mexican fiesta style party, romantic Italian dinner complete with spaghetti, lasagna, garlic bread and candles – decorate the fellowship hall up to the hilt, and let everyone in the community know so that you will have a good turn out.  You don’t have to pay a bundle for advertising; just have someone create some flyers on their computer, and hang them on bulletin boards or windows at businesses around town.  You might also consider having live music, so that the event takes on a bit of a festive atmosphere.  Church fundraising really can be fun, you just need a few new ideas to gain everyone’s attention again.

Have you ever considered discount cards?  This is one product that can be used with other church fundraising activities or completely on their own.  No doubt if you’ve been involved in many fundraisers before, you know that candy bars, cookie dough, popcorn and jerky are popular.  The one drawback to these items (especially in this economy) is that people are careful about spending their money, and these items hold very little value.  Discount cards offer the cardholder discounts and special offers on foods, services and other products that are commonly used, so they save a substantial amount of money over a period of one year.

Whatever you choose, your objective is to raise the most money possible with the least effort; after all, who wants to work hard for weeks or even months, only to bring in a few dollars?  Bake sales, car washes and all of those oldies but goodies are fun, they’re a great way to socialize with other members of the church, and they do make a little money.  When your project requires a substantial amount of money, sometimes you need to re-think your church fundraising tactics.

Consider the ideas above, and put your creativity to work – in fact, get everyone involved and start brain storming!  The old saying “two heads are better than one” is often true, as some people have more active imaginations and think more creatively than others.  No matter what you decide, throw discount cards in to the mix.  There’s no other product that is so profitable, offers so much value to the customer, or that you can easily take along with you wherever you go.  Happy church fundraising!

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising

If you have not yet tried church fundraising cards in your efforts to raise the money needed for your cause or projects, you will be amazed at what these little wallet-sized cards can do!  There aren’t many fundraising activities or products that benefit everyone in your community, but this one does.  The profits are amazing, and the selling is easy; if you have never really given much thought to church fundraising cards, there has never been a better time than right now.  Why?

Everyone knows the economy is in a slump; people just do not have the money to spend on frivolous things that are not essential.  Church fundraising cards may not be called essential, but they do offer substantial savings on food, services, activities and ordinary things that most people spend money on even when times are hard.  Unlike cookie dough and catalog items, these cards offer real monetary value to the customer, so they’re much more likely to buy.  Right now is when people are looking to save money in every area possible, which is why you should consider adding church fundraising cards to your list of money makers.

Earlier, we mentioned how this product helps benefit the community as a whole, so how does this work?  We’ve already talked about how church fundraising cards benefit the citizens that live in your area by saving them money; what about the merchants?  You realize that when businesses in your area start closing down due to lack of business, it affects the economy of your community.  People may have to move to find work; the economy isn’t stimulated and this is not good news.

Church fundraising cards actually help drive new business to your local merchants, so that they can thrive no matter what shape the economy is in!  Those people who buy the cards and use them will likely patronize businesses they have never dealt with before; if they like the product or service provided, those merchants have a new customer.  Now you see how the families and businesses in the community benefit by the purchase and use of the cards, but what about the church?

Considering there is little to no planning or preparation involved, the congregation of your church will be more apt to get involved with fundraising.  Church fundraising cards are the mot profitable item you will find today for raising money; in fact, you can experience profit margins that are higher than 100% when you sell a large amount! Do you have a large congregation?  Those who have a regular attendance of 100 to 200 people can expect nearly unbelievable results; in fact, with only that many people selling, you can easily raise $10,000 to nearly $20,000 in pure profit.  There aren’t many products that can boast profits of that level – in fact, we can’t think of a single one!

The great thing about church fundraising cards is that you can use them right along side the bake sales, car washes, yard sales and other activities you normally participate in.  Even used on their own, you will see that unless you really just want to carry on with those other fundraising traditions, you really don’t have to anymore!  Try them out; we believe that once you see for yourself the power of church fundraising cards, you will become a fan for life.  Do you know of any other product or activity that helps so many people in your own backyard?

Mark South
Easy Church Fundraising