10% of A Week of Sales

Steger Sebastian has a community program where it donates 10% of a week of sales to an organizations. Maybe you can talk to a local company/business to have a special day where a percentage of sales or sales on specific items goes to your group. Maybe have donation buckets at their cash registers.

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30 Hour Famine

The 30 Hour Famine is a fundraising program provided through World Vision. You sign up at and they give you pamphlets to help raise money, but there is a catch you have to spend the night at church and not eat for 30 hours (they have national dates for everyone to do it at the same time if you want) during that time you worship to God, play games,devotions,watch movies, and do community service for your city. If you earn a certain amount of money you can recieve prizes if you choose.

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40’s/ 50’s Night

Schedule a friday night to have a fundraiser themed towards the senior citizens in the church. Set it up in the fellowship hall or some other open area.

If there is a DJ or music-savvy person in the church, see if they wouldn’t mind DJing for you. You can burn a cd or two with several songs and maybe even set up a litle dance area if the space is there. Also serve food that is somewhat associated with the time period like baked chicken, cornbread, greenbeans, and mashed potatoes.

Keep the music playing constantly with the DJ offering trivia as to who sings the song coming up. Another good idea that we did is have a 8 person checker tournament with the winner getting a prize (we gave em a brand new checkerboard). Another thing we did was give a prize to the most energetic person in attendance (a little girl won and we gave her a “Lassie” DVD).

One more thing that should be a big part of your “40’s/ 50’s Night” is the exhibit area. Use another open area (we used our biggest classroom) and set up a walkthrough showing some of the wars, pop culture, artifacts, and photos from that time-period. Have something big at the end of the exhibit such as a “Wall Of Honor” that honors all of the veterans in the church.

Hope this helps. We used it to raise funds for a mission retreat we’re planning. We sold about 80 tickets for 6 bux each and made a net profit around $400. God Bless. -peejay

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50’s & 60’s Bash

Decorate meeting hall to look like “Arnold’s” from “Happy Days”. Have you youth group dress up like car hops to serve. Make a short menu. Most items can be donated by teens or by local businesses. Play 50’s and 60’s music (check the words before you play them). Have contests like bubble blowing, hoola hoop, limbo, or what ever you can think of. Costume contests work well also. If you have access to a vintage car and a camera you can make a few $$ by selling pictures also. We charge a $0.50 door charge also and award prizes for all the games that we do.
The more you promote it the better $$$ you can make. I’ve done this in very small churches and made a few hundred $$$. Making malts and floats in the malt shoppe is the best part. The older folks like to remember when and the younger ones like to try to immitate the age. It’s alot of fun and a good way to raise $$$. (Another cool thing to do is to have a live band or a juke box!)

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50’s Day

We, like some of the others, sponsor a 50’s day at our church. We sell “A Burger, F/F and Milkshake” for $5.00. We have drinks for those who can’t have the Milkshake. We get some of the food donated so we can make a good profit.
We dress up in our 50’s day outfits and play 50’s and 60’s music. I have taken old photo’s from the 50’s and 60’s of people in our church and dsiplayed them for younger ones to guess who they are.
We also invite old cars to come out to enter a carshow, free of charge to them. We give prizes away, letting everyone vote on paper for the car they like best.
The old cars bring out a lot of people who can’t turn down a homemade milkshake! It seems the community has come to enjoy and look forward to our 50’s day. It’s great community involvement and makes a good profit too.

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A Free Car Wash that PAYS!

Put on a car wash, but get the kids to get people to sponsor them per car before hand. i.e. each kid gets 20 people to sponsor them 10 cents per car, the group washes 100 cars, each kid collects $200! Also, people getting their car washed often insist on leaving a donation so have a “Free Donation Box” set up somewhere. The kicker is to make sure your kids collect the $ right away or they quickly lose motivation to do so. There is potential to make big $$ for your group in this one!

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A-Thon With A Difference

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.

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All Around the World Dinner

The All Around the World Dinner is a great fundraiser that includes meals from all around the world. Everyone in the youth group (works well in pairs) picks a country e.g. China. They then decorate a room to represent that country and make foods honouring it (stir fry, wonton soup, etc.). It is a lot of fun at tickets sell really well! Some locations we did were: Hawaii, Italy, China, Thailand, Holland and Mexico.

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Apple Picking

This is a fun activity that also raises money for the youth group. We have a very small youth group, so I don’t know how well it would work for larger groups.

Three weeks before we go apple-picking, we pre-sell the 5-pound bags of the types of apples we know will be available. Then, on a Saturday, we drive to the You-Pick Farm and pick apples. We buy them in 20 pound bags and also get a 10% discount for being a youth group, and then go back to the church and repack and label everyone’s order in 5 pound bags. All the old ladies of the church love the oppurtunity to have fresh apples for pies!

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Apple Pie Fundraiser

We recently had a giant fundraiser for our youth group called the Apple Pie Fundraiser. The fundraiser was to help send our teens to a youth conference. The results were amazing! We had the youth come in on a Saturday morning and make apple pies and apple crisps all morning, that alone was fun. We asked a local apple orchard if they would mind donating apples to a local church and they said yes. The grocery stores also gave us a discount on the other ingredients. Before we made the pies we advertised at church and told our relatives and friends about it. As a result of a few weeks of word to mouth advertising the youth group had already sold in total 1000 pies and crisps. We sold the pies and crisps for $5.00 each and delivered them two weeks later. The pies were uncooked so they could be frozen. In total we made $5000.00 in a day of pie making!

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