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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Chili Cookoff

Get an appropriate number of volunteers to make appropriate size batches of chili. Number the pots of chili and serve \”samples\” (2oz. cups are great) with the corresponding chili pot number on the sample cup.

After the samples are eaten allow everyone to go through the line and get a bowl of the chili they liked best. Have a donation plate in front of each pot of chili and people vote with their donations – the chili whose plate has the most money in it is the winner. You hope for a couple of families to try and \”buy\” the chili champ title and watch the money roll in.

This is a lot of fun!

Caution: Please inform any serious / sensitive cooks that the best chili doesn\’t always win – it\’s a fundraiser!

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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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Silent Sunday

You need pledge sheets for each teen. They get pledges per hour. Between the Sunday morning and evening service, the teens are not allowed to talk. Have them bring homework or a book to read. Every hour, give them a 5 minute break to go to the restroom and ask questions. If they talk during the quiet time, they lose their pledge for that hour.

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Valentine Dinner for Two

Our very small teen group has managed to do this fund raiser for several years now and it has been very successful and the members of our church love it. We ask those in the community with small card tables if we can use them for an evening and then we decorate our fellowship hall with Valentine decorations and set the tables up individually designed for a romantic dinner for two (tablecloths make it look nicer). We try to make a nice dinner with appetizer, main course, and dessert and the couples call ahead (at least a week) to make reservations and they eat by candlelight with soft music playing in the background. The teens act as the waiters and waitresses (dressed in nice clothes as well). The good food, decorations, candles, reservations, and music make it a nice change from the usual church dinners. Usually we can only fit around 15 couples in the area we have so reservations are important. We have also had door prizes for things like longerst married couple or shortest married couple.

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Singing Christmas Cards

Have youth group advertise well in advance. Tell family/friends instead of mailing a plain card put a little spirit in them. The youth group will purchase Christmas cards (or any holiday), then will hand deliver the cards and at the same time sing a Christmas carol. As you are at the home have a spokes person tell the receiver this singing Christmas card is from. Charge a small fee or ask for donations. This was a great fundraiser plus an activity for the youth to participate and the homes we “delivered” cards to seemed to be blessed.

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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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Coffee & Dessert Night

Invite the Youth and/or other people in your church congregation to make and donate desserts for your evening. Invite the Youth (or others in the church if whole church event)to come up with short acts, musical pieces, poetry reading, video presentation etc. make sure you censor them. Schedule the performances throughout your evening and in between each act allow quiet music to facilitate conversation. Have junior members act as waitresses and waiters. remember to organise some kitchen staff. Invite your church fellowship, friends, family and/or your local community and advertise it as a drop in coffee and dessert night with either a donation for the dessert and coffee of their choice or a cost per dessert. Remember to put on your menu Mystery Dessert for the more adventurous and serve them whatever you have heaps of or something arranged earlier that isn’t on the menu as a surprise. This activity brings the generations together whilst raising funds for your Youth Ministry.

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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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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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