Family Movie Night

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!!)

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Fashion Show

Arrange to have your gathering at a St. Vincent de Paul store thrift shop or some other secondhand store. Let the youth go through and pick outfits and run it like a silent auction. The next week the youth show off the clothes and all proceeds from the clothes go back to the store. Make admission by donation. Most newspapers and radio stations have a free ad section where you can get the word out. The kids have a blast!

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We got this idea off of , we just added a few things to it. What we did was went out and purchased about 24 pink flamingo yard ornaments. They run about $9-10 a pair & probably can be found at your local nursery. (We had to special order ours ) We typed up a letter 8.5×11/order form 1/2 sheet (order form should state who the form is from) & stapled them together.

This is what the letter said: You have just been Flamingo’d!!! If you would like to send these flamingos to someone else for a cost of 5$ please fill out the paper provided, leave the order form & the money in your door & our youth group will be by between 5-6pm tommorrow to pick up the flamingos & order form then deliver them to your unexpected friend. Won’t they be surprised to find a heard of pink flamingos in their yard!!! Our youth group will be donating 20% of all procedes to ______________ (Pick a local charity, we donated to our area Handivan service. Well over $400.00!!!)We put our phone number on the letter also in case they needed to give us special instruction for delivery or a later in the week delivery…

This will take a lot of organization & complete dedication from your youth group & some adults. We did this for a span of 2 months, 6 nights a week. We only have a youth group of 14 kids. You will be sick of flamingo’s if you decide to do it for 2 months , but we made over $2400.00!! At the end of the fundraiser we invited the president of the Handivan ministry to our church presented him with the check, took some pictures of him & the youth group put it in the local paper. We not only taught our kids to give out of the abundance they had received from this fundraiser, but it got our church noticed in the community. The people had so much fun with it. We had one lady pay 40$ to put 12 flamingo’s in a friends yard for her birthday!

Here is how it would work . The youth would deliver flamingos to someone in the church, place a letter with a order form stapled to the back in their screen door of the home they are delivering to. That person will fill out the order form to send to someone who does NOT attend the church stick the money & order form in an envelope put them back in the door to be picked up the next day. Be sure to put directions in the letter of how to put the money in an envelope,… in the door… Make checks payable to… The youth will go the next day pick up the flamingos & money/ filled out order forms. Staple the filled out order form to the front of an already prepared letter /(empty) order form. Put that in the door you are suppose to deliver to, place 2-3 flamingos in thier yard….so on & on so. (Kind of like a chainletter) We set up schedules where we had different groups delivering each night, so it is important to write down where you have left the flamingos the night before so the next nights group knows where to pick up at!!! Also we ended up a few nights with no orders to deliver flamingos to, so we kept a reserve of friends & family we could send flamingos to. We had so much fun doing this & the community went crazy over it! It was a hoot to see the look on people’s faces when they seen those hidious things all over town.

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Food for Auctions!

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!

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This is a great way to help out a food pantry or homeless shelter AND raise money for the youth. Have the youth get people to pledge a small amount of money for each can of food they can collect for a certain food pantry or homeless shelter. You might want to set a limit on the number of cans or the amount of time the youth have to collect the cans. Two weeks should be good.

If you have 10 kids who get 10 people to pledge just FIVE CENTS a can and each kid collects 150 cans, you’ve collected $750 and raised 1,500 cans of food!! Bigger youth groups could make tons and raise even more for the needy.

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Free Car Wash

Set up a youth car wash at a local shopping centre or service station as you normally would. However, instead of charging people, do it for free. Make it clear that there are no strings attached. However, those who care to may make a contribution of any amount they choose. This money can then be used by the youth for a missionary project, a relief agency providing food for famine stricken countries, or other worthy projects. A sign/tickets could possibly read: Your car is being washed by the youth group from Parkview Church for free with no strings attached. It’s just one small way for us to demonstrate to you the love of Jesus Christ. Another way we are attempting to share this love is by collecting funds to help purchase food for the hungry. If you’d like to help us with this project, your contribution would be greatly appreciated. *** Keep an eye on younger youth so that they take it somewhat seriously and don’t annoy the customers.

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Gingerbread Houses

My mom, before we had a youth leader, used to make gingerbread houses for the youth to decorate. She had made gingerbread dough and bought the cookie cutters for the house at a cake-decorating store. She had each of us cut out and bake the dough. Then she had our parents come help and assemble the houses (meringue powder works well for frosting). On a lent activity day for the church we got to decorate the houses with our own sense of style. After our church service that day we had a gentleman auction them off for use. We made 8 houses and made 106 dollars. It was lots of fun and brought out the creative style of each of us for the church to see.

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Goat Raffle

Yes you guessed it. Do a goat raffle. First of all, go to a local farmer and get yourself a real live goat (the bigger and smellier the better). Then at the opening of the raffle, bring the live goat on stage and do some sort of skit to promote the fundraiser.

The whole idea of this fundraiser is that they DO NOT want the goat. So to start off with you have “randomly” selected the first 10 or so people to receive a “FREE TICKET” to the raffle (make sure these people are good sports and are willing to play along). These people in turn have the option of keeping the ticket and possibly winning the goat, or purchasing goat insurance, and for $10 their name will be pulled from the raffle and they have the opportunity to Nominate 2 of their friends to be entered into the raffle. Then it starts all over again, they can keep the ticket or buy insurance for $10 and nominate 2 more.

Now remember the households in your audience. One insurance police will protect one person but two insurance policies will render the entire house sufficiently goat insured.

The going rate for a goat is between $50 and $75 (I’m in Canada) and on the opening day of this raffle we pulled in $120 with many names nominated. By the time the raffle is over you can safely project that approximately 70% of your audience will have purchased insurance. So count up your audience, take 70% of that number and multiply it by $10 and that is how much money you should be able to bring in from this event.

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In an effort to increase the involvement of our teens in fundraisers, I have initiated an incentive plan. The basic idea is this: For each dollar that a teen raises through the event, 50 cents goes to the youth group and 50 cents goes into the youth group account but is put aside in their names only to be used for youth group activities. We did a rock-a-thon and because of this incentive we were able to raise over $1,000.00 ($500 for the youth group and another $500 for the teens involved.) And this happened with only with 10 teens involved. Now even the kids whose parents don’t have a lot of money can afford to go to concerts and retreats because they have money in their account. Just an idea that happened to work.

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Hallowe’en Insurance

Although our youth group does not celebrate Halloween we do offer Halloween Insurance. Take all members who are comfortable talking with the public and go to different neighborhoods. For $2 per house offer insurance for Halloween. If anything such as toilet papering, shaving cream, soap on windows, etc. has been done they can call the number on the receipt you give them and your group will come clean it up. Make sure on the agreement they sign that it states you will not be responsible for fixing any damage done. This is good for community outreach and you can earn anywhere from $50 on up. We earned over $60 and didn’t clean one house!

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