Operating costs for churches are big, especially when you are undertaking a new build or an expansion. While dedicated church members regularly tithe, this type of offering rarely covers the operating cost of today’s church. You need to find other ethical ways to raise money for construction and outreach.
Raising money is a large part of a church’s goals. By raising funds, you can help those locally and internationally. Fortunately, there are many fundraising opportunities to help pay for various church projects. With some ingenuity, these fundraising ideas will help your church community sustain itself in the long term.
Check out these unique fundraising ideas to get started in your church:
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Digital Offering Plate
As we navigate through the pandemic, our regular services, meetings and groups have been interrupted. We can no longer get together as easily as before, so we need ways for the congregation to give even while not sitting in the pews. Setting up a digital offering plate can modernize the process by electronically taking donations during a taped or live-streamed service.
Your website will need to be optimized for this feature. If you don’t already have an online giving page, you need to set it up. Financial donations can be done on a one-time basis or easily set up for a reoccurring payment. Make it easy so those that want to give consistently can do so through your website.
This digital take on the centuries-old practice of passing around an offering plate will allow a modern option of supporting the church. Check out the United Church of Canada website for a prime example of this fundraising idea done correctly.
Create and Sell Trendy Clothes
Most people buy clothing that has logos from companies they like. Why not have your church sell t-shirts and other merch that not only promote your place of worship but also raise money at the same time?
It has never been easier to start selling clothing as there are many online companies that are all set up to print your shirts and hoodies on demand. You should have some made up to sell person to person, but you don’t have to buy a large inventory of clothing to sit on.
Ask for church members to help design trendy logos and text that promote your church and its message. Make several different designs and sell them at church, online and at every charitable event. You can make good profit from clothing and people can become walking billboards for your church.
This is a great fundraising plan that asks your congregation to give up something in their daily life that they spend money on and donate that money to the church. This is usually done for a month, like a “Go Without Coffee April” and gets people involved and committed to a small change for a short period of time.
Get it set up and active on your website to sign up and see who else is committing their month to Give It Up. Have a social media area where people can update their commitment and talk about how they were inspired to walk past the coffee shop to help in the fundraising. You can also set up different levels for those who only want to commit for one or two weeks.
Celebrate All The Yearly Festivities
Your church probably gets involved in some holidays with families coming to have some fun. This is a great opportunity to turn these events into fundraisers. You are not trying to squeeze every penny out of your congregation. Instead, you’re holding a larger, fun-filled event for them and their guests to come to enjoy family fun around each holiday. These festivities include:
- Labour day
- New Years
All these celebratory events and many others are a time to bring people in a casual setting for some great community spirit and an opportunity to spread the church’s message to new friends in the community. You can charge a small fee to participate in Easter egg hunts or sitting with Santa and have various booths for face painting, balloon animals and even raffles. People don’t mind spending a few dollars to have a fun-filled day around the holidays, so put on lively events and fundraise for the church.
Having an auction is an exciting event for the community. You can reach out to local businesses, so they donate items and services for your event and set up a table for a silent auction as well as the main auction event. Bring on some food and drink so you can feed everyone and make extra money with catering too. This type of event will attract neighbours and friends who may not be church members. Not only is it a great way to raise funds, but it also is a fun outreach event for the church.
Implement some or all of these great fundraising ideas in your church and see how well they can work for you. You will have fun, connect with new people and bring in extra money for all the good work your church does.