Planning A Church Fundraising Campaign

Does your church need money? There are always needs within a church - whether to pay the pastor, or replace the pews, or help the needy within the congregation....a church can always use more money. That's why many churches have a fundraising campaign sometime during the year.

Choosing A Church Fundraising Campaign

The first step is to decide what type of church fundraising campaign you want to do. Will it be a campaign to get each family within the fold to donate a specified about of money? Could each family give $100? Or $50? Or "whatever you can"? Sometimes these appeals for money for the church can be very successful, particularly if the members of the congregation feel like they are a part of the fold and that it is their responsibility to give back to the church. It can help to remind the congregation that their donations are a tax deduction - be sure to give receipts for tax purposes.

Another type of fundraising campaign your church can do is to give something in return for a donation. Perhaps they will get a name on a plaque on the wall for a large donation? Or a marker on a pew, showing they donated a large amount to the "building up of the kingdom." Perhaps you will have a special prayer session where names submitted along with a donation stay on the prayer roll for a much longer time than usual.

Another idea for a church fundraising campaign is to have congregation members - particularly the women - donate recipes for a church cookbook fundraiser. Recipe books full of time-tested and well-worn recipes can make healthy profits for churches.

Getting The Word Out

No church fundraising campaign will be successful unless word gets out, loud and clear, to all the congregation. It can be mentioned on the church bulletin, or perhaps posted on the bulletin board at the church or mentioned over the pulpit. Unless people know about it, they can't participate. Once they know, they will likely be more than willing to help in whatever way they can - whether it is in writing a check, submitting a name, or typing up an old family recipe (and being willing to share it with the congregation - sometimes a sticking point for some women!).

Having An End In Sight

A church fundraising campaign can't go on too long, or the support will dwindle. People don't mind being asked to support a cause, but once they've made their decision about whether or not to participate, they don't want to hear about it more. Allow the church fundraising campaign to have an end. If you need more money, try again in six months or so.