Here are some creative ways that churches and groups have raised money for missions!
- “Sink the boat’ activity for the children. A child’s pool was filled with water, ‘boats’ (banana split boats from DQ) were put in the water and the children threw change into the boats in order to sink them! (VBS)
“Knead for Dough” fundraiser. A churchwide event where people baked bread, muffins, and other baked goods and sold them.
- Noisy offering! Children take the offering using metal cans and the change creates a wonderful noise. The adults love to see the children, and the children love to make the noise! The offerings are brought to the front of the congregation and all coins and bills are dumped into a little wagon creating much excitement. The mission team designates where the offering will be sent.
- Divide the congregation into two teams for a competition on raising funds. Each team decides how they will raise money. For example, one team might do a car wash and the other team might decide to do a dinner. Both teams might do other things in addition to individual donations. The losing team has to serve the winning team dinner.
- The Ark of Chairs. Churches in the Flathead area (Whitefish – Mission Valley) resurrected old and broken down chairs by repairing and painting them. It involved youth and adults. The chairs were auctioned off at a big celebration at Flathead Camp.
- Missions Committee prepared soup and sold it for their annual Soup-er Bowl. They prepared three kinds of soup and 2 kinds of sandwich spread. The food was all donated ahead of time and committees met on Friday and/or Saturday to prepare and refrigerate the soups. The proceeds went to our local missions committee for one of their local or international projects. Some projects have been the local food bank, missionary Helen Sheperd, and UMCOR projects.
- Gently used toy sale. "Gently used" toys are collected for a month or so. The kids help organize the sale and decide on a mission project to support with the proceeds. The sale is held on a Saturday morning.
Sale of lattes on Sunday morning – using UMCOR fair trade coffee.
Gather together some local talent and put on a concert. Charge admission for a particular cause. Open to the public!
- Cinco de Mayo dinner. Raises money for mission projects in Mexico.
- Potato bar on Tax Day (April 15).
- Valentine Day flower sale – youth fundraiser. Roses were bought at Costco and sold individually on Sunday morning.
- Pie auction.
- “Read to feed” sponsorship-type program through Heifer. Get sponsors and keep track of time spent reading or being read to by kids.
- Christmas cookie sale. A group bakes a variety of Christmas cookies and sells them. This is a great way for people to have delicious Christmas cookies without the work ...and raise money for missions!
- On One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday have a Bread Auction after church. Serve soup and bread. People bring all kinds of bread and rolls and it’s auctioned off to raise funds for OGH.
- Christmas Caroling for missions: Advertise and people sign up (contribute $) and send the carolers to their friends and family.
- Sell grocery cards from Safeway or other local grocery stores and the stores contribute 3-5 % to Missions.
Have a Chili Cook-off.
Dance for Missions! Hold a community square dance. Charge admission.
Have a used book sale. Set up an area where people can bring books to donate. Set a price for hardback and paperback books, and leave a jar where people donate for their purchase. Consider highlighting recommended books from certain people.
Host a game night or lunch party. Have a variety of board games and/or card games. Have a group provide refreshment (or do a potluck) and prizes if you wish. Each guest will bring a $10 donation as their entry fee to the party.