I come from a small church, and we maybe have 8-10 youth in our core youth group. This is a great fundraiser for smaller youth groups. It tends to work better with pre-teens and teenagers.
We have a gentleman in our church who is a local auctioneer. Each year, he allows our youth group to sell the concessions during some of the auctions. Ask around; chances are there are auctions locally that need your help selling concessions. A lot of the auctions we’ve done are all-day events beginning early in the morning and lasting into the evening. A couple hundred people usually attend each auction.
We are set up prior to the auction selling coffee and donuts. Shortly after, we begin selling hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, cookies, other baked goods, and drinks (water goes well, especially during hot days!) Some local businesses will even donate items if it’s for a good cause. We ask ladies of the church to donate donuts, baked goods, cookies, and chili sauce. We also hand out tracks and invitations to church with their purchase of food.
Each person is assigned tasks during the auction: one person mans the George Foreman grill and grills hot dogs, one person prepares the chili dogs, one person is the cashier and keeps track of the money, one person is in charge of drinks, and one person hands out tracks/invitations. It’s a great time to fellowship together and invite others to our church. We spend about $300 for supplies prior to the auction, but we make anywhere between $900-$1,600 selling concessions!
Get an appropriate number of volunteers to make appropriate size batches of chili. Number the pots of chili and serve \”samples\” (2oz. cups are great) with the corresponding chili pot number on the sample cup.
After the samples are eaten allow everyone to go through the line and get a bowl of the chili they liked best. Have a donation plate in front of each pot of chili and people vote with their donations – the chili whose plate has the most money in it is the winner. You hope for a couple of families to try and \”buy\” the chili champ title and watch the money roll in.
This is a lot of fun!
Caution: Please inform any serious / sensitive cooks that the best chili doesn\’t always win – it\’s a fundraiser!
This fundraiser requires a bit of organization but on the day of the “Car Wash” can be relatively easy. Canvas local businesses, either using responsible members of the youth group, paired up with leaders, or you can do it yourself. Come prepared with an example of what you are offering as follows:
A sheet using your church computer or other available computer, prepared by someone with some desktop publishing skills, that has advertising squares, and title at the top saying “******* Church Youth Group, Free Car wash”. It gives the details such as place and time, and a clause saying that the free car wash is redeemable upon presentation of the sheet.
You then ask businesses to donate to the fundraiser, which would then entitle them to be included in one of the advertising squares on the sheet which is to be delivered to homes in the area. You could get the youth to help deliver the sheets or you can do as we did. We enlisted the services of a local direct marketing firm to deliver to 5000 homes in the area for a reduced rate. A local printer also printed the sheets in color at a reduced rate, for inclusion of his company on the sheet. Our local newspaper also included the advertisers in a free ad for the carwash. You can see that this is very appealing to a local business! For a small charge (we said $100-$200 depending on size of their ad square) they get an ad that goes to thousands of local homes, in the newspaper, and their clients see them helping a good cause. We had hardly any cars turn up to the actual car wash but as you can see this didn’t matter at all. One final touch was to issue all sponsoring businesses with a framed certificate to thank them for their support- they can then display this for their customers to see. We raised over $1000, and the youth really had it pretty easy!
There are two ways you can do this fundraiser:
1. Ask two or three prominent church members (we asked the head pastor, associate pastor, and youth pastor, but it could work very well with the head youth pastor and one or two youth sponsors) to volunteer to get a pie in the face for the youth. Get one container for each volunteer. Place these in a visible place and announce to the church that whoever has the most money in their container at the end of a time period (one month works good) will get a pie in the face.
2. Ask for volunteers to get a pie in the face for the youth. (when you do it this way, it works well to have more than two or three people volunteer) Have the youth group sell tickets to the people in the church, for a chance to throw a pie in a volunteers face. The tickets should have a place to write down the name of the person buying the ticket, and the name of the volunteer they want to throw a pie at. Have one container for each volunteer and put all of the tickets with their name on it in their container. When the time period is up, take each container of tickets and draw one ticket out of each container. The name of the person who bought the ticket gets to throw a pie at that volunteer. This can be more fun, and also more profitable. (the spouses of the volunteers usually buy a lot of tickets) When we did the fundraiser this way, we had eight volunteers. We had seven whipped cream pies, and one real pie for the person with the most tickets in their container. Of course, the youth pastor (Larry) was the one who got the most tickets.
We print up bulletin inserts for 3 weeks explaining that we want 100 sponsors willing to pledge $1 a week for one year and we will cut back on the number of fundraisers we do. They really respond well to know that we aren’t going to be hitting them up for $ every couple of months. The number of sponsors can be adjusted depending on the church size.
Each youth gets pledges for how many minutes they will ride a bike. The pledges can come in 5, 10 or 15 minute intervals. On a group overnighter, arrange for at least two exercise bikes or regular bike with a bike stand (raises the back off the floor) to be at the overnighter. Each youth rides a bike and keeps track of their time with a stop watch. They record their time, and take turns riding a bike, taking breaks while others ride.
Great opportunity for group discussions they stay in one room and support each other. Also provides exercise and GETS THEM TIRED!!
Youth acquire sponsors for the hours they spend with randomly drawn “challenges.” The challenges consist of wheel-chairs, blindfolds, binding arms or fingers, earplugs. Anything that could represent those who live with these types of challenges. We spent the night at the church and scheduled events every hour like making sandwiches to eat, watching movies, playing games. Each event presented a different problem for each youth with their various challenges. We rotated challenges after a few hours, the idea was to make them aware of the needs of others as well as raise funds.
Everyone has talents, so why not share them with your church and make money at the same time – have a talent auction!
Have people sign up their talents. For example, youth can rake leaves, my mom can make a quilt, my brother can wash windows and someone else from the church can mow a lawn. The ideas are endless. Then the youth holds a potluck lunch after church and charges $2.00 admission (basicaly for the food) After lunch, auction off people’s talents. Whatever the bidder pays goes to the youth group. Remember to tell people that are auctioning off thier talents that they are volenteering and the money goes to the youth group.
For several Sundays, have youth available the as congregation leaves. Youth write the members’ names or anniversary on the appropriate date on a calendar. Use the church directory so no one is left out. Then have youth help w/Print Shop or American Greetings Spiritual Greetings, etc., and make a 12 month calendar with all the names on the appropriate dates. Add personal testimonies, pictures of Sunday School classes, church info (service times, mission statement, how to be saved, so on) to each month. The more personal, the more they sell. We print them out and copy and assemble them with hole punch/string binding and a heavy bond front and back. Then sell the calendars for $10. Everybody will want one as a keepsake as well as a birthday reminder.
The idea is to sponser family movie night. Admission is FREE to watch the movie. The way you make your money is by hosting a concession stand. You can go from just serving soda and popcorn, to cheap meals such a hotdogs with chips and a drink. Also provide a nursery for very small children that cannot sit through a movie. This can be a free service or charge a small fee. Set your prices according to your audience. Show a family friendly movie, and sit back and enjoy!
(TAs with the showing of any film/video in public, the most important thing about this event is that you absolutely must get permission to show the movie beforehand to a group or have CCVLI and show a movie that is covered by it!!)