Cow-Pie Bingo

Hire out or borrow, a football field or school oval. Paint a large grid with 200 or so sqaures on the oval. People can buy a grid for a set amount say $20. Then from somewhere find/borrow a cow. Feed the cow up with hay and sit back and wait. Whichever sqaure the cow drops it’s cow-pie in, the owner of that sqaure gets a portion of the money raised as a prize and the rest is funds raised. Make a day event out of it,(cows have 3 stomachs so it could take considerable time) by holding a BBQ, having a few sporting activities etc. so the people from your church/friends/community members can enjoy some fellowship. The group who did this raised $3000 and gave $1000 as prize money.

Crazy Calendar

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!!

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.

Cupid’s Valentine Delivery

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.

Date Night!

Ok, so here’s the deal:

My youth group was looking for a great way to raise money to cut the costs of our students admission to our beach trip…and we came up with this:

DATE NIGHT AT YOUR CHURCH- What happens is this:

Pick a night and provide a babysitting service at the Church…the students in the youth group come to the church… the congregation or whoever drops off their kids for the night, and it’s $25 a kid.

So many parents will take you up on this idea and its a quick, fun, easy way to make some $$ for your group. Please email me if you have questions.

Dessert Auction

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!

Donut Sales

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!

Door-To-Door Car Wash

A lot of times people want to have their car washed, but they don’t want to do it themselves or drive anywhere to have it done. so, instead, they can have the car wash come to them!

Split your large group into mini-groups of about 5 kids to 1 adult. Be prepared to wash any car with supplies like soap, sponges, water bucket, hose, etc. the only thing you’ll need is water, which is where the hose comes in. Just hook up your hose to their water and you’re ready! Make sure you ask first.

Go to a local neighborhood and go door-to-door asking if people would like their car washed for a donation. Then, as you’re washing your car, take the opportunity to explain why you’re fundraising and how far you need to go. You can also take the chance to witness!!

This is a great fundraiser which brings youth together! You could also easily have a race with it: team vs. team (see who can wash the most cars or raise the most money!) Good luck fundraising!

Fabulous Fifties Bash

You will need a large room for this bash. (Gymnasium or a fellowship hall).

I began about 3 months before time to obtain karaoke cd’s and download fifties music. I did a research on oldies groups…40’s,50’s, and 60’s. I then determined the size of program we wanted. We had a meal first with a stage set up and a good sound system. I then looked each artist upon the internet and got a picture of the way they dressed and looked as well as downloaded the song that the artist will be singing so they could practice. I set up rehersal nights for each performer and I then carefully picked out singers in the church that could sing and even look the part (as much as possible). A couple of artists did lipsynching but 16 artists did karaoke with their voice.

Decorated the room in Fifties style, (items obtained at a party store). Had a dance floor for waltzing with your sweetheart. Had a sing alike (chosen by ticket number from the audience) contest for a particular artist… one male and one female. The audience voted by hand clapping and the winners received a 50 dollar bill. The secret is to get the information out early and spread the word. We had over 200 people show up, we charged 10 per adult, 5.00 for 6 to 12 and under 6 was free. We took pictures (everyone dress the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s look)..we got our church information out to many lost folks as well those looking for a place to worship. And we raised 1,500.00 for a having a night of fun.

Fall Ball

We decided to host a Fall Ball as an alternative to Halloween. Each Sunday school class got involved by setting up a booth with some type of activity or game. Tickets were sold for a penny each. The younger children had great fun counting out their pennies for tickets! We sold refreshments for mere pennies as well. On the menu was popcorn, hot dogs, chips, beverages, bean soup and cornbread, etc., which was prepared by church members.

Candy and small gifts were collected two to three weeks prior to the carnival. The candy and gifts were awarded as prizes to those who participated in the games and activities. Many volunteered to work the snack bar and run the booths. We also had a “Mr and Ms THANG” pageant and awarded prizes to the winners. We used the “applause meter” to decided the winners. We also hosted a dessert auction which turned out to be the highlight of the evening.

The pennies collected were donated to the children’s penny march fund at our church which is used for a trip each year. The money collected from the dessert auction was donated to the youth group. This activity did not begin as a fundraising event, only to provide an alternative for our kids. However, we earned $100 and had a million dollars worth of fun! We plan on doing it again next year!

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!!)

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!


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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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!