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!
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!
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!
Advertise WEEKS in advance. We hold ours in the Church parking lot, and we are visible from the main road. The idea is church members, neighbors, or anybody who would like to participate arrives early and decorates the trunk of their car in a festive, non-scary theme. Some we had last year were Pooh Sticks Bridge, Victorian Tea Party (in a minivan), Hawaiian pig roast (had a toy pig in the trunk roasting over red fake coals) one person had a pickup truck they did as Noah’s Ark. We placed cans at each contestant and voted for the best one with money. We then gave 1st 2nd & 3rd place ribbons. We had candy to give out at each trunk. We also had lots of games and prizes and sold hot dogs & Coke. If it is too cold out, you can do this in a gym or fellowship hall with foot lockers instead. We received an awesome response from the community & neighbors which in turn gave the youth great visibility.
Each child is to prepare a basket with some sort of theme for example: Back to School Basket filled with school supplies, or a pampering basket for men, basket for pet lovers and items are put into a decorated basket. Each person attending the basket party must pay an amount at the door. They are given a bag full of numbers that are all the same. The baskets are auctioned off at a set price. If you like the basket you pay the price to have your number put in a bag to be drawn. Whatever number is drawn gets the basket.
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.
This was an awesome fundraiser that we used at a shool. We took one of the well known teachers from the school and asked him to be stuck to the gym wall. It would only work on cement because we didn’t want to peel the paint and that was the only thing the duct tape would stick to. We got the teacher some overalls to wear and limited people to below his neck. We stood him on a table and when everyone was done taping him up we slid the table out from underneath him. He had to remain there until he fell off. We sold 1 meter strips of duct tape for 50 cents each and went through about 14 rolls of duct tape. This would be a good fundraiser to have with a lunch so everyone can watch your pastor/teacher/leader stuck to the wall.
As a kick-off for our fun raising campaign for our mission trip to Mexico, we help a Cinco De Mayo celebration at our church building. The teens cooked tacos and other Mexican dishes and invited the church to eat after Sunday evening services. We designed a wishing well and asked folks to donate what they can and we raised almost $1000 dollars.
Schedule a friday night to have a fundraiser themed towards the senior citizens in the church. Set it up in the fellowship hall or some other open area.
If there is a DJ or music-savvy person in the church, see if they wouldn’t mind DJing for you. You can burn a cd or two with several songs and maybe even set up a litle dance area if the space is there. Also serve food that is somewhat associated with the time period like baked chicken, cornbread, greenbeans, and mashed potatoes.
Keep the music playing constantly with the DJ offering trivia as to who sings the song coming up. Another good idea that we did is have a 8 person checker tournament with the winner getting a prize (we gave em a brand new checkerboard). Another thing we did was give a prize to the most energetic person in attendance (a little girl won and we gave her a “Lassie” DVD).
One more thing that should be a big part of your “40’s/ 50’s Night” is the exhibit area. Use another open area (we used our biggest classroom) and set up a walkthrough showing some of the wars, pop culture, artifacts, and photos from that time-period. Have something big at the end of the exhibit such as a “Wall Of Honor” that honors all of the veterans in the church.
Hope this helps. We used it to raise funds for a mission retreat we’re planning. We sold about 80 tickets for 6 bux each and made a net profit around $400. God Bless. -peejay
We, like some of the others, sponsor a 50’s day at our church. We sell “A Burger, F/F and Milkshake” for $5.00. We have drinks for those who can’t have the Milkshake. We get some of the food donated so we can make a good profit.
We dress up in our 50’s day outfits and play 50’s and 60’s music. I have taken old photo’s from the 50’s and 60’s of people in our church and dsiplayed them for younger ones to guess who they are.
We also invite old cars to come out to enter a carshow, free of charge to them. We give prizes away, letting everyone vote on paper for the car they like best.
The old cars bring out a lot of people who can’t turn down a homemade milkshake! It seems the community has come to enjoy and look forward to our 50’s day. It’s great community involvement and makes a good profit too.