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!
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!
This fundraiser was a big success for our youth group last year. Have teens bring in the names and addresses of at least 10 people they know. They can bring more if they like. Develop a form letter describing your fundraiser, stating that “Tommy” gave their name in hopes that they would consider sponsoring “him” for the walkathon. State that the person’s contribution is tax deductible and include a return envelope with the church’s address on it, for the person to mail in their contribution. We did not put postage on these return envelopes. State in the letter the date for the fundraiser and that the teen who receives the most sponsors will receive a prize. The only work involved is mailing out the letters. There is no hassle or hounding teens to collect from the people whose names they brought in. The contributions are mailed directly to the church.
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.
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!
I used an idea by Dustyn Caldwell called Bigger or Better. You can check out the details in the outdoor games section of this website. The idea is that teams are given a small item, we used paper clips, and are told to go from house to house swaping at each place for something bigger or better. We ended up with a two meter high potted plant, an old couch, two new watches…
Our problem was what to do with the items that we found. On Sunday we set them up on a table with an old ice-cream bucket infront of each item and a pile of paper and pens. We announced that we were going to hold a silent auction for the items after church. People placed their bids in the ice-cream containers and at the end of the given time the youth group worked out who had won the bidding. We raised over $100 from six paper clips.
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!
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!!
You know the church body likes something when you DON’T do it for a year and people start asking why and when you’ll do it again! That’s our Super Bowl Sunday Sub Sandwich Sale 🙂 We advertise with colorful posters and short “skits” during the mission moment in sunday worship and have order forms in the bulletins. We make custom subs and pizza subs. We offer ham,turkey,salami,american cheese, provolone or mozzarella, swiss, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles,banana peppers,and “sub dressing”. Mayo/mustard is offered in the form of packets. The Pizza subs are pepperoni, sauce, provolone. We will add onions, & banana peppers to those.
We set up one pizza sub assembly line and 2 table wide about 4 table long custom sub line so we can work from both sides. The customers state a pickup time either after 1st service, after sunday school or 2nd service. We sell the subs for $5 & if you buy 5 you get a 6th free. We can usually get a great price on the meat/cheese and sometimes even items donated so our profit is “super”!