Okay, so I know for those of you who have been fundraising for a few months now can start to get a bit discouraged if money hasn’t come in like you hoped. Or maybe it came in super fast at first and now it’s more at a stand still, and you are wondering how in the world the rest of these finances will come in and where they will be coming from. Trust me, almost every fundraiser has been there, and trust me when I say there is always a way! Afterall, it’s the Creator of the Universe who has called you here to do DTS, and He always lavishes good gifts on His children.
So now, we are going to chat a little bit about what to do after the support letter has been sent to every person you know and you have followed up with each of them individually, and for some reason you are still needing some money to pay off these fees.
Make something to sell. Do you knit, crochet, sew, paint, draw, build, take photos? My friends have made journals in the past, or knitted beanies or headbands and sold them. It's cool because you can do something you are good at, and hopefully enjoy, to raise money! Tip: When figuring out how much to charge, make sure to factor in the time it took you to make these things + the cost of supplies as well. You want these things to be worth both your time and money. When you advertise make sure people know where the funds you rasie from these items are going.
Have a garage sale. Garage sales are a easy way to make some quick cash. You may not necessariy have a lot of things to sell, but what about your parents, close family friends and relatives? Would your neighbor like to donate some of his junk he has been hoarding in his garage for the past three decades? Put something on facebook asking for garage sale donations for missions, or put the word out at church. It’s a great way for people to get involved with donating to you even if they can’t financially swing it. Don’t be afraid to ask, people love to be a blessing! Tip: Make sure to advertise at your event that the proceeds go towards missions, it helps people undersand they are giving to something rather than just helping put a few extra bucks in your pocket. Have extra support letters on hand so they can read about what you are setting out to do and how they are helping. You could even buy donuts and coffee that morning and put out a donation jar where people can help out there too! Also, don’t wait til the last minute to advertise, and make sure to post an ad to Craigslist the day before so those serious shoppers wont forget about your spot!
Have a bake sale. Create an order form of some things you really like to bake, and take it around to all your neighbors. Select three days of delivery they can choose from and deliver their baked goods on that day. Tip: This you could also advertise at church maybe on a bulletin board or on facebook. Get as many people to order as possible! Invite your friends to help out on your baking extravaganza. Could be fun?Host a dessert night. Invite all your friends and family that are interested in supporting you. Gather them in your home with a few desserts and inform them on what you are doing and where God is leading you in the coming months. Make its clear how they can donate and have a place where donations go. Tip: Another great way to do this is to ask someone else to host a party for you. They would invite their friends that would be interested in supporting and you get to talk all about what you are doing to people you don’t know. Be sure to get everyones name, email and address who attended so you can write thank you’s and keep them updated.
Spirit Night. These nights are a great way for local businesses to give back. We had one at Chick Fil A once, and there are many other places that do them too. Here’s how it works: Everyone that comes on that night that mentions your name, they give some kind of percentage to you. Tip: You must advertise for this in advanced! A few days before doesn’t cut it, give people time to put it on their calandars. Bring your support letter here too and put out a donation jar, meet new people, you never know whole will be compelled to give (**we met a mormon man who wanted to donate to us at our Chick Fil A night, crazy!).
Make a video. Videos give people a way better idea of what you are doing. They give heart behind things easier than a bunch of facebook statuses, they help people better understand you and your ministry. Tip: Videos over 2:30 are a bummer. Many people can’t hold focus longer than that, and most likely will not continue watching if you have yet to make a point. Write a script if you need to, anything to keep you on point and focused.
We can’t wait to hear all the things you guys come up with and see these finances flood in. Again, we would love to pray with you, so send us an email letting us know how much you have raised, testify on the Facebook page to the provision you have seen!