Looking for a new twist in church fundraising? There are several methods churches have relied on for decades when there comes a need for funds, whether to buy a new church van, add on to the building, take the youth group on a trip, or even to buy new pews.

Let’s briefly take a look at some of the old stand-bys churches have used in the past:

Church cookbooks. Many churches have created cookbooks containing all of the best recipes of the ladies in the church. After compiling a list of recipes, a publisher publishes the cookbook, then members of the church sell them for $10 or $15 each.

Car washes. How many times have the teens and young adults in your church participated in a car wash held at a popular spot in town where there’s plenty of traffic passing by? An old favorite, most of the time churches raise money with a car wash by taking whatever donation the donator wants to give – $3, $5, $10, and so on.

Family photo day. This is another old stand-by in church fundraising, whereby you organize a certain day so that members of your church and folks in the community can come have a family photo taken by a professional, sometimes at a discounted price.

Spaghetti suppers. Lots of churches (particularly those out in the country or in rural areas) hold spaghetti suppers every few years to raise money. People in the church join in and prepare a meal complete with spaghetti, bread, dessert and drinks, charging a set price or accepting donations when people come by and enjoy a great meal.

Now, how can you put a new twist in church fundraising? Easy!

Fundraising cards have been around for a long time, too, but if your church has never tried them you will be surprised at how profitable and easy it is.

Profit margins range from 50% to more than 100%, depending on the size of your group and how many will be participating in the selling aspect of your fundraiser. What’s even better is that with these handy little money-saving cards, you can choose to use them however you like – either on their own, or in conjunction with your other church fundraising activities.

Most groups sell the cards for $10, so even at the 50% profit level you’re still earning $5 per card. The cards offer great deals at merchants in your local community such as restaurants, hair salons, the local gym, car care services, florists, bowling and other family activities, and more. Customers realize the great value, and that they can save a bunch of money because the cards are good for an entire year! A typical discount would be something like getting 15% off on an oil change, 20% off on a hair cut or other salon service, or buy-one-get-one-free burger and shake meal deal. You can see why customers love them, because they offer savings on what most people consider normal or necessary purchases.

Discount cards are great for church fundraising because it’s easy, considering all you need to do is get merchants to participate, order the number of cards you need from the card company, and start selling when they arrive. Who doesn’t love something that requires hardly any work, and pulls in profits far easier and quicker than other methods commonly used to raise money? If your church group is ready for a fresh approach to raising money, give this a try – you’ll be amazed.

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