Fundraisers

Headshaving

This was a great event for our youth group.
We asked our youth who in the church they would like to see with a shaved head. They came up with 6 or 7 names. We took a vote to see who they wanted the most. (You actually only need 2 willing volunteers). They came up with 3 people. I approached the 3 people and all three volunteered.
Here’s how it worked:
When you get donations you ask the person who they would like to see shaved the most. eg.volunteer 1,2 or 3. Whoever has the most amount of donations in their name is the person who gets their head shaved and the other person gets to shave it!
We took envelopes to the volunteer’s places of employment and pictures of the other volunteer(s). We left it for a week or so then picked them up.
As an added bonus we asked our youth pastor to shave his head if we raised 500.00. He agreed. We only have a small group of 5 youth and we exceeded our goal. We raised $950.00.
We did the headshaving at the church and we talked all 4 people into shaving their heads as it was a very close race. We had a ball and the congregation really got involved as well. Have fun!

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Help! I Need Bail!

Allow your youth or members of the church to issue a warrant for other members arrest. They also set a “bail” amount upon filling out a warrant. Then on a particular day, go to their house and have them “arrested” by officers of the church. Those that are arrested are brought back to the church where they must call everyone they know to try and raise their preset “bail”. The “bail” that is collected is actually the funds you raise for the youth group!

Get the kids involved by having them make a mock jail cell and take photos of the Pastor, Deacons, and Church Organist behind bars!

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Holiday Babysitting

Each holiday season the senior high youth group gets together at the church to sponsor babysitting. This serves many purposes. The youth have a structured environment on a Saturday night, the adults of the church get babysitting at a bargain price and the kids get together for a family-type outing on a special night of the week! The youth charge $5 per child ($3 additional children in family) and the parents get 3 hours of quality babysitting. The youth divide the children into age groups and have puppet shows, watch Veggie Tale movies, tell Bible stories and have snacks and arts and crafts. The money raised is used for a youth mission trip the group takes each spring. The younger youth (junior highs) assist by taking care of the incidentals: bathroom trips, napkin or drink trips, and clean-up. They also get to be with the senior highs (a rarity!) and be involved on a grander scale than usual. They also get also get invaluable experience! The seniors are thinking of doing it again in the summer to help finance a fall retreat they want to duplicate at their own church!

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Improv Coffeehouse

Get a group of youth together that don’t get easily embarressed and have the ability to think of something at the spur of the moment…Thus an improv team.
Choose some games and skits to do. Similar to that of TV’s, “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” This takes a lot of practice, but not to hard to do if you at least have a drama team. Pick a theme,(such as 1980’s characters, a Luau, comic heroes, etc.). Have everybody, including the ones serving coffee and dessert, dress up as the theme characters.
Charge a small price for tickets to the coffehouse, plus for whatever food and drink is served. The last one we did was a huge hit and our biggest fundraiser of the year! Real fun and good memories if you have the patience and creativity to pull it off.

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It’s In The Bag

A Great way to raise funds for church groups of all ages. Approximately 2 weeks before have the group members go around the neighbourhood and pre-sell the trash bags. Trash bags make a great fund raiser since everyone uses them. A small family runs a plastics company in South Milwaukee has a great line of STRONG Trash bags which were easy to sell. Profits were over $6.00 per box so depending on the size group selling, raising money was quick, fun and the plastic bags do not spoil like other food fundraisers.

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It’s in the Bag!

If you have a local grocery store that doesn’t have baggers call and see if they have a program that allows groups to come in and bag for donations. We raised $550 in just five hours. This is a great way to witness to your community, they always want to now who you are and your purpose for being there.

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Jello Tank

We once did a Jello tank which began as just a fun activity, which turned out to be quite a fundraiser. We began by constructing a huge tank out of wood, which was about 6 feet deep and about 8 by 8 wide. Size varies. We enclosed the whole thing with a huge tarp which we tied down on the outside. We made the Jello in barrells and put them on a crate. We got the jello from a bulk store, usually a food warehouse has it, we mixed it with some additional gelatin using boiling hot or just hot water. We then contacted a near-by food storage warehouse and asked if we could cool six or seven barrels of jello for a few days. Most places have no problem, some even will transport it for you free of charge when they here its for a good cause. On the night of the event we brought the jello over and dumped her in. We made a long slide that was also covered with a tarp. Now the fundraising part of the night went like this. This event costed three dollars for each youth. We also allowed adults and whoever wanted to jump the same fee. On-lookers were charged a dollar each for tickets. We a small door prize for one lucky onlooker. Each jumper recevied a stamp, and then lined up. Most jumpers wore crazy costumes and the like, so that added into the fun. At the bottom of the tank were small tiles which had numbers on them. Each jumper was allowed to bring up as many tiles as possible. At the end of the night, major prizes were given out according to the numbered tiles. It was great fun. Get your senior pastor involved by seeing how much money the crowd would give to get him to dive in too. It was great fun, and we made tons of money for the youth.

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Junk For Sale / Tickets Please

Have members of your church or neighborhood friends to donate items around their homes, things they are not using. Instead of having a huge yard sale. Auction the items off. Have the ladies make pies and cakes to auction off. These yummy desserts bring in a lot of dough.
You can also buy something nice, that could be worth $50-$100 and have everyone buy a ticket for one dollar. The more tickets they buy, the more chances they have of winning this item.
This really brings in a load of money.

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Kid’s Carnival

My church is very small. We are relatively new seeing that most of us just moved in a little over two years ago.. so the youth group is constantly trying to raise money to lower the cost of the many youth events we attend. We had the idea this past summer to create a kid’s carnival. Instead of making them pay one fee to get into the entire carnival, sell tickets for 25 cents each. When they go to play a game, they must give the “carny” the correct amount of tickets that game requires. Each game should be in a station and each station should be fairly close to the other in order to keep the children excited. The more excited they are, the more they ask their parents for money to buy more tickets ;). Each game or station rewards the participants with a prize if they win (Usually they get a prize if they win or not. Find cheap toys to give out. ex: fabric bracelets, plastic action figures, etc. A nearby bank donated our toys because they had a carnival the previous year.) It was a great profit.. the yout enjoyed being “carnys” and the children enjoyed playing the games (as well as some of the older “children at heart”)

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Kidnap The Preacher

During a church function, such as a dinner, kidnap the peacher (with prior consent) and hold him for ransom! You can also make a mock jail and have people pay to put people in “jail” and have others pay to get them out.

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