Have the youth go out, and find people to sponsor them a certain amount per pin. For example, if they were sponsored a penny per pin, and they knock down 200 pins altogether, they get $2.00 from that sponsor. Kids can get as many sponsors as they want, and include information for the sponsors. (What the money is going towards, what the group is doing, and stuff like that).
If everyone could get 10 sponsors for a nickel a pin, and got 200 pins, they could bring in a $100 minus the $5 it takes to play the game. Kids get to benefit from fellowship, as well as raise money for activities.

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Have anyone, any age, who wishes to bowl sign up. Have a date set up where you rent a bowling alley for an afternoon so you have use of all the lanes. Hand out manila envelopes with Sponsor Sheets attached. Encourage parents to let their grade schoolers to get sponsors and then set it up so they can “Bumper Bowl” on a lane or two. Have participants get people to sponsor each pin they get down (we bowl 3 games). Have prizes for best scores, worst scores, youngest bowler, oldest bowler, most improved score from game 1 to 3, etc.

Throw in pizza and pop and you have a great party besides. Any age from 5-105 can bowl and get sponsors! Easy way to raise money for your church if you have a small youth group.

To spice it up if you have less than 10 or 15 bowlers, set up a tournament bracket. I set it up to have everyone bowl 2 games for Round 1, and then each Round after that you bowl 1 game per Round. Most people get tired of bowling after 3 games.(People knocked out after Round 1 could still bowl, they just wouldn’t be competing). Have prizes to make it competitive. Great way to raise money that includes little preparation (like meals and other fundraisers do) and involves the young and old! Great way to fellowship with the entire church.

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Bowling For Missions

To raise money for missions, here is a neat concept. Have the youth plan a night of bowling at a local bowling alley. Tell the youth to challenge the adults in a bowling contest. The catch is for everyone who bowls they must give a certain pledge for every pin they knock over that night! The more pins are knocked down the more money you raise. The pledge could be as low as a penny per pin or higher, anyway everyone will have a great time and funds will be raised.

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Box Maze

Get local businesses to donate boxes (big enough for large people to crawl through)and purchase box tape for around $100 dollars and build a giant maze in a donated warehouse. It takes around 3 or more days to build depending on experience. You will need box cuters, tape, box fans, tables, and knee pads to rent out. You create a giant maze people crawl through. Charge around $5-$10 and discounts for groups. We raised over $1700 dollars doing it. IT IS ALSO FUN FUN FUN!

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Ever heard of a BoxAthon? Well once your youth have tried it, they will be begging to do it again and again.

The concept is simple … You raise pledges to live in a box for 24 hours.

Have your youth gather up Fridge, Stove, Freezer, Wash / Dryer Boxes (all that you can get for free at the end of delivery days for any major retailer), have them bring box cutters, and a large roll of duck tape. We allow our girls to make “apartments” with girls and guys with guys, by joining their boxes to make large forts. They are allowed to bring items to keep them entertained (you can set any number of limits, we allow them to bring portable TV’s, Video Game Stations, and such, but we censor all material first and they are responsible to bring their own extension cords for these items as well as food). The less you have to supply as the leader the better. Give them about 1 to 2 hours to complete their structures, and then send them in their boxes. We allow 5 minutes on every hour to use the bathroom and stretch. I recommend doing this activity outside if possible, we just did one in our churchs gym (since it was January and all) and just the fragments from the cut boxes was a big enough mess, let alone all the trash teens make. Be prepared that your teens will get anxious toward the end, but overall they are going to have a great time!

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Calendar Sale

Our youth group holds an annual calendar sale in September and October. Each year the sales increase because people know we will be selling them. We have individual sales (family, friends, etc) and group sale (before and after church services, in front of a local department store). The first group profits go into the youth fund while the individual profits go toward our annual trips and events.

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Car Wash Challenge

If you have a large group (15 or more) who are raising funds, do a car wash challenge by dividing the group in two and having car washes at two different locations. Make sure that you have adults to help at both locations, enough equipment for both locations, and make sure that the locations are far enough away that you really have the possibility of receiving the most donations. This helps to maximize your message (people always want to know who you are and why you are raising money) and it doubles your car wash earnings. You can also check with some local businesses to see if they will match your funds.

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Car Wash With A Difference

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!

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Car Wash-a-thon

About a month before the scheduled car wash, begin collecting pledges from people (in church, or door to door, neighbors, family members, friends) on how many cars you can wash during the car wash. Make up pledge sheets for the kids to fill out (name, address, phone #). Make sure the kids give some kind of ticket to the person pledging money in support of this car wash. Example: 50 cents a car Xs 200 cars (for the whole day) = $100 pledge. (this is just an example– they can pledge less money and still gain $$) If you have a large group (50+ teens) set up a couple locations around town (McDonalds, Arbys, The church, Taco Bell, etc.) to sponsor your car wash. During the car wash make sure someone is counting the number of cars that come in at each location, when the car wash is finished compare who washed the most cars and which location had the most pledges. Advertise the car was as “FREE”– but don’t deny someone the opportunity to make a donation. Have a big container to display the money collected during the car wash. To collect the pledges: total the number of cars washed at ALL locations and collect your pledges. This is a great fundraiser– raises money during the pledges and also at the carwash. Most people will give more at the car wash especially if it is sponsoring youth activities (churches, schools).

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Chicken Q

This is a great fundraiser. It’s called Chicken Q because you cook chicken. Find the cheapest place in your area where you can get alot of chicken. My youth group runs between 15 and 25. We usually order about 250 chickens. we sell Chiken Q tickets for about 3 or 4 weeks ahead of time and see if we can sell all of the chicken…if not don’t stress it. You can sell the chicken on the same day you cook it. Call everyone in your entire area if you can, including gast stations, grocery stores, mechanics, and all businesses. THEY WILL WANT SOME BBQ CHICKEN! On the tickets we sell it tells the people what they will get : A half of a chicken, baked beans, mashed patatoes, coleslaw, and a desert. Get your church to donate the deserts. Ask your local Mrs. Winners or whatever chicken place you have to donate the little cups for coleslaw and baked beans. A lot of places will donate if you just ask. We sold these plates for 5 bucks a piece.

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