Raising funds for community projects
From celebrating a marriage or blessing a new life, to saying goodbye to a loved one, churches bring friends and families together.
Events are a great way for your church to reach out to the community, bring people together and raise important funds.
As the weather gets warmer and days get longer, there are many opportunities for fantastic fundraising events in spring and summer.
We’ve curated the list below to give your church some ideas and inspiration.
Firstly, here are some top tips to help you plan your event and make sure all fundraising opportunities are maximised.
Choose a route and encourage members of your community to take part and gain sponsorship. People could walk in their own time or together on the event day. You could even team up with other local churches to create a route between your buildings. Selling refreshments and snacks at the end of the walk is another great way to raise funds.
Could you organise a family friendly day festival in your church? Ask local music acts to perform and invite your whole community to come and watch. If there are any keen crafts people in your church, could they run a crafting stall or workshop? Tickets to the event can be sold beforehand.
It’s a classic summer event for a reason – bringing together your community with a BBQ is a tried and tested fundraising method. You could ask your local butcher to donate sausages and burgers in exchange for some free advertising.
Kids and big-kids alike will enjoy this fundraising activity. Ask for a small entry fee to take part, and hide clues and prizes in and around your church building. You could include some interesting facts about your church so people learn something new whilst taking part. Reach out to local businesses to see if they would be willing to donate prizes.
If your church has access to some green space, a charitable dog show can be a fun way to raise funds. Encourage people to enter their canine companions – you could include novelty categories such as ‘Best Tail Wag’ and ‘Most Handsome Dog’.
Bring out your communities’ competitive streak with a go-kart competition! Encourage people to enter teams and build their own home made go-kart. You can offer a prize for the best and weirdest go-kart creations. Make sure to share photos on social media afterwards.
As people prepare for their summer holidays, your church could hold a swap-shop. Books, clothes, luggage or even travel adaptors – ask people to bring in items they no longer want to swap with new ones. Either ask for a donation on entry or for any items taken.
If there are any green-fingered members of your church, they may love a gardening competition. You could challenge people to grow the best of a particular plant variety. With an entry fee to take part, this is a quick and simple fundraising idea. Give people a deadline to grow their plant then bring all the entries together for a judging competition.
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