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Church Fundraisers Are the Oldest Type of Fundraising Events

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Church fundraisers have been around for ages and are known for being community and family get togethers. At one time they were called garden parties and were held during the summer months. At the church fundraisers, there were games of fun for the children, food to buy and crafts for sale. There was usually a supper and a dance to celebrate the success of the fundraising event.

Schools and churches have band fundraisers because the purchase of band equipment is very expensive. Even if you want to purchase used band equipment, church fundraisers will be able to come up with the funds needed for different instruments. At an event where churches or schools need to raise money for the band, the patrons are almost always treated to a concert.

Church fundraisers often consist of adult concerts where the adults of the community show off their talents and show how they can act silly and childish. In small communities, when a concert is a successful band fundraiser, people from another community often invite the performers to put off the concert in another town to help them with their fundraising.

A common church fundraiser is a hymn sing held in the church. With this type of event, people donate to have their favorite hymn sung by the congregation or the choir in memory of a loved one. This also helps as a band fundraiser because the people see where the band needs new equipment just by listening to them play.

Bands perform on a regular basis in parades and town festivities. In order to do well in competitions, they need to have the best of equipment and therefore band fundraisers help to provide the much-needed funds, not only for equipment but often for travel. Church fundraisers help local bands in many ways because they often give donations to various bands. The next time there is a church fundraiser in your town, you might be surprised at the amount of fun you have when you attend.

Church fundraisers can be a lot of fun.

Fundraising doesn’t have to be a challenge if you have a good product, are well organized, and have a good attitude. Try to put yourself in your customers’ shoes, treat them how you would like to be treated. And always remember you are representing your team so be on your best behavior. Keeping all this in mind, here are some great tips to help you have a successful fundraiser.

Organizational Tips

Identify your organizational needs and fundraising goals

Motivate your organization and members

Relay the organizational goals to the parents and participants

Begin planning the logistics of distributing the products to the participants, and eventually, to the supporters

Helpful Hints

Set a daily goal based on how much time is available

Practice your sales presentation with your participants

Show customers the Order Form so they can see the various team options

Be helpful if the customer is indecisive, and be prepared to offer a suggestion

Keep a copy of your customers’ name and purchases for next year’s fundraising drive

When selling be sure to follow these steps:

Introduce yourself, (Hello, my name is_____)

Tell the person why you are fundraising (We are trying to raise money for our football program)

Ask if they would like to buy multiples of your items.

Tell them your item is a great, inexpensive gift for fans of any age

Be sure to thank the customer (Even if they do not buy any of your items – remember you are representing your team and town.)

Most people are more than willing to help you in your fundraising efforts. They have probably been in a few themselves. Always remember to thank them and wish them a pleasant day. A good product and good service will quickly bring you success in your fundraising efforts.

How To Earn Money Through Fundraising

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When your youth group needs to raise money quickly, you need a fast-free fundraiser that you can rely on to generate the necessary revenue. The amount you make on these free easy fundraisers will depend on how much time you must prepare and how well you execute your plan.

Here are three time-tested projects to raise some fast cash:

1 – Car Wash

2 – Yard Cleanup

3 – Community Cleanup

Car Wash Fundraiser

Car washes have proven to be great fundraisers in virtually every community. All you need are willing volunteers, a high-traffic location with good visibility, and some attention getting signs. You can put your car wash fundraiser together on short notice.

Here’s what you need to do:

1 – Line up a location with good main road frontage

2 – Ensure it has water access

3 – Assemble supplies list hoses, buckets, wash towels, dry towels, squeegees

4 – Assign each volunteer an item from the supplies list

5 – Make 8-10 poster board signs in high-contrast colors

6 – Arrange your volunteers in 2-hour shifts

7 – Wash cars for six hours (Saturday preferred)

8 – Have dual lines so you can wash two at once

Your car wash fundraisers success will of course depend on the weather. If you can wash 12 cars an hour (one every 10 minutes in each line), you can easily raise more than $500 in one day.

Remember to put together a quick flyer that includes the reason why you’re raising funds and clearly states the price. You can even offer some extra services such as Armor-All tire treatment or interior vacuuming for an additional fee.

Alternatively, you can advertise a free car wash and just ask for donations for your cause. Often, this can raise more cash than stating a specific price, because people will see a group of volunteers working hard and having a good time, and may pay more than you would have asked.

Keeping safety in mind, be sure to get volunteers to hold and wave signs toward passing traffic, not just volunteers to wash cars. If you have time, advertise your car wash event in the local newspaper, and post signs a day or two in advance.

Yard Cleanup

A yard cleanup fundraiser is extremely fast and easy to put together. Simply create a set of instructions for your group detailing what to offer, what to say, and how much to charge.

Like most fundraisers, the target market is family, friends, and neighbors. Depending on the age of your participants, your offerings can range from simple lawn care all the way up to mulching flower beds or pruning tree limbs. In many climates, autumn is a great time to do this fundraiser, because leaf clearing is always a needed service during those months.

Create a flyer describing your fundraiser and clearly list your prices for the various cleanup options. Assign a fundraising quota to each participant.

Offer some individual and group performance bonuses. There’s nothing like a team pizza party or movie passes to motivate a youth sports group.

Community Cleanup

A community cleanup, also known as a trash bag fundraiser, performs a valuable community service while also providing a significant revenue opportunity. Organizing a community cleanup project is a way to raise funds and send a positive message about your group at the same time.

This type of one day or weekend fundraising event is very similar to the Athlet-A-Thon or Fun-A-Thon concept. Here your group’s participants solicit pledges from the usual suspects – family, friends, and neighbors. Have local businesses donate trash bags and recruit parents and relatives with trucks to haul what you collect.

Pledges are tied to a specific attainment goal such as the number of pounds of trash collected or the number of road miles cleaned of debris. You’ll need to create a one-page overview of your cleanup program and a pledge signup sheet.

It works best if your overview specifies a suggested range for donations, say anywhere from a penny to a dime a pound for a large project. An amazing amount of garbage can be collected from a local stream or illegal dumping area, so it’s not a bad idea to also put a maximum limit on pledge amounts of $20.

Have local businesses donate trash bags. Recruit parents and relatives with trucks to haul what you collect.

Do the math. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can generate. Assuming 50 participants, each of whom has five pledges of a penny a pound, if you collect a ton of garbage, your group will raise $100 per participant or $5,000.

That’s not bad money for a free fundraiser! You’d be surprised at how easy it is to collect a ton of garbage.

Each of these fundraisers is fast, easy to put together, and a reliable revenue generator for your group. As with any youth group event, an adult should attend all times for safety purposes. Get started on your free easy fundraisers today!