Summer is the best season to raise funds because many public holidays fall in these months; This is time when we relax in the pool, play games and plan travels. What do you think you can do to engage church community members in fundraising before the summer ends?
Organizing a peppy fundraiser via online church management system for your missions, ministries and functioning of the community is a great opportunity. People will be happy to donate if they are having fun and are more likely to visit your church website for online giving after the fundraiser.
Here are the most innovative ideas which you can employ to make church fundraiser event a joyful experience for every visitor-
- Arrange a Get-Together
In an open space probably in your church's garden area or parking, set up some gaming activities and attractions such as face painting, frog hop, petting zoo, etc. for the guests. Let your volunteers help out the guests by arranging booths and table. Use your church management system to keep an eye on what the volunteers are doing and communicate with them when needed.
Fundraising Approach – The best part is that you can put up a small booth for donors with information about the programs or the groups you are raising money for. Also, you can charge small fee on the games to cover your expenses of arranging the event.
- Sponsor a Rummage Sale
Most of us have some stuff in our homes that we no longer need because we have purchased better alternatives to those belongings. How are your community people going to get away with the useless things lying in houses?
Church can contribute by offering space for the advertising and sale of their items. Decorate your sale space like a party is going on, highlight the booths with the names of articles that will be sold and play music to entertain the visitors. You may also serve soft drinks and food items like pizza, hot dogs on concessions. This time too, set up a donation table which has details of how effectively you use the money donated by the donors.
Fundraising Approach – Every seller in the rummage sale can pay you charges to use your space; in case people are approaching huge request little fraction of their profits. Instead of collecting money from the sellers individually you can use ChMs to receive their offerings instead of asking them physically.
- Let Members Show Their Hidden Talents
Ask your members do they have a hobby in which they hold proficiency and are ready to share on stage, example painting, dancing, singing, etc. Hold an event on the weekend and record the best performances. Use your ChMs to register attendees and to know what the members are going to perform and when (the sequence). Communicate with the members to motivate them before the event, furthermore inquire about props they need and whether the church will / will not provide them.
Fundraising Approach – If your community is huge conduct auditions to filter the top artists. Utilize your ChMs to inform the date and timings of the auditions. Once the auditions are over inform people who are selected and will perform by means of ChMs (to save precious time). Surely, the performances will be huge so charge an entry fee and at the end of the event spread awareness about why you conducted the fundraising event.
To make it more thematic while sending the invitations from your ChMs mention the performer's and event's name. In this way the members can become stars for a day and the event will promote the church too.
The above are some funky church fundraising ideas that can also be used by other non profits. The charity organization can employ charity management software for conducting a fundraiser event in a more effective manner. It is crucial for the churches to raise funds in a better way that creates great memories for the community.