Fundraising Ideas For Your
As long as you are involved in an outreach
ministry with youth, you will always have a need for financial resources. You are probably
in need of funds even now for a camp, conference, outreach event, or teaching supplies.
Here are some helpful ideas you can use to get your students started in raising some
"dough" to be involved with some of these events or trips.
- Car Wash
These are always fun, as long as the weather is good. If you live in a warm climate, you
can do these year round. Gather a group of students needing to raise money for a
conference, etc. and spend a Saturday washing cars. It's best to use a location that
people visit frequently, such as a gas station or fast food restaurant. This way, you have
an automatic supply of visitors. You may also want "car wash" signs. Often
times, you will find people are very generous if you simply ask for a donation only. Let
your customers know what your cause is. You will need several buckets, lots of sponges,
towels, hoses, soap, sunscreen and eager workers!
p.s. If you have a Wal-Mart in your area, try to book a car wash there. They match every
dollar you make. Because of Wal-Mart's generosity, you need to book your car washes at
least six weeks in advance, possibly more!
- Selling Pizzas
What is something everybody does on a Friday night? They eat dinner, right? Usually,
people want something easy at the end of the week. Find a local pizza shop that will sell
their pizzas for half price. Then, you sell them at regular price. The profits go toward
How do you do this? Set a date and time to deliver the pizzas (hot and ready to eat for
dinner). Have students pre-sell pizzas 10 days prior to your delivery date. Have students
explain what they are doing and get people's specific order. (Hint: don't give too many
pizza choices. The fewer, the easier for you!) After you receive the students' gathered
orders, call in the entire order to the pizza shop. Tell them when you want to pick up the
pizzas. Have the students pre-collect the pizza money.
On the day of delivery, go to the pizza shop and pick up the pizza. Deliver your pizzas as
fast as you can. (Hint: you will want several drivers to get the pizzas distributed
faster. Bring blankets to keep the pizzas warm. Have fun!)
You may potentially see each student raise $100 toward his or her conference, camp, etc.
- Entertainment Books
Connect with the Entertainment
book company to get a hold of their great savings coupon books. Students can sell
these books in the fall for people to use throughout the calendar year. People like these
books because there are large discounts to hotels across the country, local restaurants,
movies, shopping, attractions, and more. They make great gifts too! Look up the
Entertainment book on the Internet to find out more about selling their books.
- Curb Painting
People who live in houses often have their curb address re-painted every couple of years.
This is a great need which your students can meet. Gather students to take flyers around
specific neighborhoods on a pre-selected date. The flyer should explain who you are, as
well as your service and purpose for the service. State the price and the date that you
will be returning to paint the curbs. Have people place envelopes outside their door (on
the date of your returned service) with their payment, indicating that they want their
Supplies you will need: curb paint, number stencils, flyers, envelopes, and students to
- Pampered Chef Cookbooks
Pampered Chef is a company that sells fun kitchen products. Many women love going to
Pampered Chef home shows across the country. Pampered Chef is also known for their yummy
and easy recipes. They produce several cookbooks that you can sell for fundraisers. This
is a great item to sell before any holiday, especially mother's day.
Contact Pampered Chef at their web site (www.pamperedchef.com) to connect with your local Pampered Chef kitchen
consultant. She will be a great help to you and can get you started in selling the
cookbooks. This fundraiser is a winner.
Have students get people to sponsor them per bowling pin they knock down. Book an evening
or afternoon of bowling at the local bowling alley. Explain to the manager your purpose in
bowling and ask if the alley will give a reduced bowling price or let you bowl free of
You will need: sponsor sheets, collection envelopes, and students to make follow-up phone
- Cleaning / Babysitting
Let members of your church, people in your office, or even neighbors know that you work
with students who are working on raising finances for a conference, camp, etc. Let them
know they are willing to come help clean, weed, wash cars, babysit, wash windows or dogs,
whatever the need may be. People are often very generous when hiring students for these
different services. Who knows, your friends may even find a permanent babysitter that
they'd love to have on a regular basis!
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