Cow-Pie Bingo

Hire out or borrow, a football field or school oval. Paint a large grid with 200 or so sqaures on the oval. People can buy a grid for a set amount say $20. Then from somewhere find/borrow a cow. Feed the cow up with hay and sit back and wait. Whichever sqaure the cow drops it’s cow-pie in, the owner of that sqaure gets a portion of the money raised as a prize and the rest is funds raised. Make a day event out of it,(cows have 3 stomachs so it could take considerable time) by holding a BBQ, having a few sporting activities etc. so the people from your church/friends/community members can enjoy some fellowship. The group who did this raised $3000 and gave $1000 as prize money.

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Crazy Calendar

This idea works great because people are always willing to get rid of change and it doesn’t impact their wallet all in one lump sum.

Use software to create a calendar for whichever month I choose. Fill in the days with silly, crazy things like – “Put in one penny for every year you have been alive”, Put a quarter in for every letter in your first name”, “Add 10 cents for every pet you own”. Get creative and you’ll think of all kinds of things to put on the calendar.

These can be given to church members, teachers, relatives, etc. At the end of the month each person with a calendar will have a substantial amount of change collected just for your youth!!

Happy Change rolling!!

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Cross Crafters

This can be for a youth fund raiser or gifts for a special occasion, such as Christmas, or Awards. Buy some 2 inch old fashioned cut nails at the hardware store, some thin copper wire and have youth make crosses out the material. It will take 3 nails per cross and about one foot of wire. Cost, around 5 cents each. You can add a fishing swivel, and lentel material for necklace. Tthis is a great project and can be sold for as much as $10.00 each or can be used as gifts to others for just pennies. They can also be placed in gift boxes (found at your local jeweler) with a little description and explanation of the cross for an added touch.

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Cupid’s Valentine Delivery

Start in mid to late January taking valentine orders. We printed out six package deals to choose from. Each package a different size, price ranging from $5 – $30. The package deals included: Valentine stuffed animals, heart box chocolate, heart balloon bouquets, flower bouquets, and roses. We priced these things and added a couple of dollars for profit. But were we really made money, is when we offered to deliver these Valentines to the person they’re buying for. Delivery was an extra $3 and a singing telegram extra $2. We would deliver to their home or job on Valentine’s Day. If the customer didn’t want delivery we had them pick up their order at church the day before Valentine’s Day. It was really fun for the kids and it raised a lot of money too.

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Date Night!

Ok, so here’s the deal:

My youth group was looking for a great way to raise money to cut the costs of our students admission to our beach trip…and we came up with this:

DATE NIGHT AT YOUR CHURCH- What happens is this:

Pick a night and provide a babysitting service at the Church…the students in the youth group come to the church… the congregation or whoever drops off their kids for the night, and it’s $25 a kid.

So many parents will take you up on this idea and its a quick, fun, easy way to make some $$ for your group. Please email me if you have questions.

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Dessert Auction

As most churches do, we have an annual spaghetti dinner as a fundraiser but we add a twist. We have all the youth make desserts… usually they get pretty elaborate and amazing. Then after the dinner we hold an auction. We make bidding boards out of tongue depressors and construction paper. We get a member to be the auctioneer. Last year no dessert sold for under $100 – it was so fun!

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Donut Sales

After each church service sell donuts and coffee. Find a local donut shop that will sell you donuts for cheap. Have someone pick them up in the morning then set up a table where everyone can see it. Do this every week. The members of the church love it!

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Door-To-Door Car Wash

A lot of times people want to have their car washed, but they don’t want to do it themselves or drive anywhere to have it done. so, instead, they can have the car wash come to them!

Split your large group into mini-groups of about 5 kids to 1 adult. Be prepared to wash any car with supplies like soap, sponges, water bucket, hose, etc. the only thing you’ll need is water, which is where the hose comes in. Just hook up your hose to their water and you’re ready! Make sure you ask first.

Go to a local neighborhood and go door-to-door asking if people would like their car washed for a donation. Then, as you’re washing your car, take the opportunity to explain why you’re fundraising and how far you need to go. You can also take the chance to witness!!

This is a great fundraiser which brings youth together! You could also easily have a race with it: team vs. team (see who can wash the most cars or raise the most money!) Good luck fundraising!

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Fabulous Fifties Bash

You will need a large room for this bash. (Gymnasium or a fellowship hall).

I began about 3 months before time to obtain karaoke cd’s and download fifties music. I did a research on oldies groups…40’s,50’s, and 60’s. I then determined the size of program we wanted. We had a meal first with a stage set up and a good sound system. I then looked each artist upon the internet and got a picture of the way they dressed and looked as well as downloaded the song that the artist will be singing so they could practice. I set up rehersal nights for each performer and I then carefully picked out singers in the church that could sing and even look the part (as much as possible). A couple of artists did lipsynching but 16 artists did karaoke with their voice.

Decorated the room in Fifties style, (items obtained at a party store). Had a dance floor for waltzing with your sweetheart. Had a sing alike (chosen by ticket number from the audience) contest for a particular artist… one male and one female. The audience voted by hand clapping and the winners received a 50 dollar bill. The secret is to get the information out early and spread the word. We had over 200 people show up, we charged 10 per adult, 5.00 for 6 to 12 and under 6 was free. We took pictures (everyone dress the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s look)..we got our church information out to many lost folks as well those looking for a place to worship. And we raised 1,500.00 for a having a night of fun.

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Fall Ball

We decided to host a Fall Ball as an alternative to Halloween. Each Sunday school class got involved by setting up a booth with some type of activity or game. Tickets were sold for a penny each. The younger children had great fun counting out their pennies for tickets! We sold refreshments for mere pennies as well. On the menu was popcorn, hot dogs, chips, beverages, bean soup and cornbread, etc., which was prepared by church members.

Candy and small gifts were collected two to three weeks prior to the carnival. The candy and gifts were awarded as prizes to those who participated in the games and activities. Many volunteered to work the snack bar and run the booths. We also had a “Mr and Ms THANG” pageant and awarded prizes to the winners. We used the “applause meter” to decided the winners. We also hosted a dessert auction which turned out to be the highlight of the evening.

The pennies collected were donated to the children’s penny march fund at our church which is used for a trip each year. The money collected from the dessert auction was donated to the youth group. This activity did not begin as a fundraising event, only to provide an alternative for our kids. However, we earned $100 and had a million dollars worth of fun! We plan on doing it again next year!

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