Ideas on raising funds for a short-term mission trip
FUNDRAISER: IDEAS FROM STUDENTS
The following creative ideas for missions activities came out of a seminar at the 1992 IVMF Campus Mission Workshops. The list contains mostly things that the students had actually done successfully at their Christian colleges.
Faith promise pledge: People ask God to miraculously provide them with a certain amount of money to give to the project. Give them a card to fill outthey keep half to remind them; you keep half to tally)
Missions Piggy bank: "Help change the world" wrapper around Aluminum cans; pass them out in chapel, students keep in dorm room and put change in. Write on bottom of can when and how to return itperhaps another special chapel service?
Write form letters to family, friends, people in community, church, college trustees, etc.
Penny drive (get students, people in neighborhood, to contribute small change; go door-to-door?)
Donation car wash (set up on downtown thoroughfare, explain cause to people as their car is washed and ask for donation)
St. Valentine's Day Massacre II (Let students hire your committee to be "hit men"! Negotiate a price and then bean the poor, unsuspecting student with a water balloon.)
Raffle (Have students buy raffle tickets for a chance to pie their favorite professor! First, get list of professors and then schedule the pie-ing during the middle of lunch for all to see.)
Collect Aluminum cans and sell them at the end of the year (Set up special garbage cans with the name of your organization on them)
Pass a hat to take a collection in chapel
Have a bake sale (Get faculty to bake goodies free, then set up in the classroom buildings just before class. Hungry students who skipped breakfast will smell it and can't refuse! Write Thank-you's to faculty afterward!)
Lip-Sync or talent contest (Advertise the event, audition entries, then sell tickets to the event. If your school already has a student talent night, you could try a faculty talent night.)
Auction (Auction off your committee as slave labor or try auctioning meals in professor's homes. This could be a big thing if you advertised in town & got sports teams, theaters, and other entertainment places to give you complimentary tickets for the cause.)
_____-A-Thons: 24 hour team Trampoline jump-a-thon (set trampoline in middle of school lawn and make it a 24 hour party!) Team marathon (have your committee run 24 miles as a relay) OR a Bible read-a-thon for blind people (read New Testament onto tapes and give to blind people.) In all these cases, you'd get pledges from students, family, faculty, friends,
etc., such as $1 per hour/mile/book that your team does.)
Care packages (write all the parents of your college's students, asking them to send you a certain amount of money to make a care package/birthday cake/easter Basket/Valentine/finals snack to their kid. Suggest that they pay for twoto give a care package to a student whose parents can't participate. Parents write their name, and the name and address of their student, enclose the money, and you send the care package.)
Community festival (get a radio station to bring out a remote unit; get local artists to set up an arts and crafts booths ++charge for booths; charge a Quarter to play games like horseshoes, volleyball, water games, etc.; host a 10-K road race where participants pay a registration fee; have a Christian artist do a concert in the evening.)
Banquet: Charge $6.00 a head, and have international students and M.K.'s at the college cook different ethnic foods to be served cafeteria style. (Have a missions speaker close the evening?) A variation on the dinner could be to charge the same amount per person, decorate tables with different national flags of countries and serve each table/country what people eat there (i.e. beef, green beans & potatoes to the U.S.A. table, and plain long-grain rice to the India table, sweet potatoes to the Papua new Guinea table) Another variation would be where each person has one piece of colored paper taped to their chair corresponding to a food (i.e. Brown for meat, green for vegetable, white for bread) Each person can get as many single servings of their food as they want; thus, people have to get servings for other people to get the full meal.