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9 Church Fundraising Ideas

Raising money for your church can feel difficult sometimes, especially if you’re a smaller church that doesn’t have a huge congregation. Or perhaps you are looking for creative ways to supplement monthly giving for a special project. It’s so important that you pick an idea that is easy to implement and aligns with fundraising needs and goals. But finding that perfect idea is often the hardest part!

To help your church put on the very best fundraiser possible, we’ve put together a list of our favorite fundraising ideas to help you find the perfect option for your church community.

1. T-Shirt Fundraiser

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Whether you’re looking to raise money for your church’s youth group or the entire church, a t-shirt fundraiser is a great idea because it allows your congregants to support your church through a charitable donation. And they’ll get an awesome tee to promote your church with in return.

When you use Bonfire for your church’s t-shirt fundraiser, you keep 100% of the profits you make through the campaign, and we’ll ship all of your shirts directly to your supports. All you have to do is design and promote your t-shirt fundraising campaign.

To get started, you can begin designing your t-shirt in our design tool or upload your own design. If you’re not sure where to start with your church’s t-shirt design, check out our library of free editable design templates. You can customize and tweak them as much as you want until its perfect for your community.

Once your t-shirt campaign is launched, you’ll want to promote it during services, on your church’s social media accounts, and in your newsletter.

2. Text-to-Give CampaignCreating a text-to-give campaign is a fundraising idea that churches can promote during sermons.

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Text-to-give is the perfect companion to any fundraising event, and it works great for churches that want to promote giving during services.

When you make your announcement about ways to give, let your congregation know that you also accept donations via text message. Church members that wish to tithe and don’t have cash or a check can give on their phones. This is also a great method to use for special projects. Tell your congregation the details behind the special project or cause, and then encourage them to give right there on their phones to support your initiative.

Finding a capable text-to-give platform is the best way to ensure that your campaign is a success. Look for a text-to-give service that doesn’t have any giving limits and only takes a couple of steps to complete.

3. Giving KiosksThis giving kiosk is a fundraising idea that churches can use to accept credit card tithes.

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Since more and more people don’t carry cash, it’s crucial for churches to update their approach and make it convenient for congregants to give. That’s where giving kiosks come in!

With a giving kiosk, you can accept gifts via credit card during fundraising events and services.

Place your giving kiosk in a prominent spot, and let your congregation know about your new giving method. During the service, someone can even demonstrate how to use the kiosk, showing everyone that it’s quick and easy.

4. Angel FestivalAngel festivals are great fundraising ideas for the holidays.

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Often run during the holidays, an angel festival is a fundraising event that encourages congregants to create angels using any materials they’d like.

During the festival, congregants will display their angels and people can donate to your church by placing money in containers beside each one.

The event gives church members the to opportunity to enjoy the handmade angels, drink on hot cocoa and cider, and support their church all at the same time!

5. CandlesStick to a church fundraising idea class like selling candles.

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Selling candles is a tried-and-true church fundraising idea β€” and with good reason! No one can say no to a beautifully designed, nicely scented candle. And if you start your fundraiser around the holiday season, they also make great gifts.

You’ll need to find a candle wholesale provider where you can purchase a variety of candles in bulk for a discounted price.

Have congregants volunteer to sell candles to their friends and family, and drive church members to sell even more candles by offering a prize to the person who sells the most.

6. Easter Egg HuntAn Easter egg hunt is a simple fundraising idea children will love.

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Having an Easter egg hunt is a great family-friendly way to raise money for your church. Best of all? It’s super easy and inexpensive to plan.

All you need are plastic eggs and candy. Ask the congregation to donate candy to help you cut down on costs and maximize fundraising potential for your church. Hide your candy-filled eggs around your church, and charge families aΒ  flat-rate fee to join the festivities.

You can also sell Easter baskets to the children that don’t already have one.

7. Sunday Morning CoffeeChurches can sell coffee and breakfast as their fundraising idea.

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Nothing starts off Sunday mornings better than a cup of coffee and a baked treat. Why not sell coffee, donuts, bagels, and other breakfast items before your service starts?

Let your congregation know that they can arrive early on Sundays to enjoy breakfast at the church. All the money you raise can go toward the church’s philanthropic projects.

Your church members will jump at the chance to enjoy breakfast before your sermons and support their church at the same time.

8. Noisy SundayThe noisy Sunday fundraising idea is great for youth groups and Sunday school.

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The noisy Sunday fundraiser is a great youth group or Sunday school fundraising idea where young congregants running up and down the aisles with half-empty cans and jars.

They’ll make as much noise as possible, encouraging congregants to place their loose change into the containers to stop the noise.

Once all cans and jars are filled, the fundraiser is over. It might not seem like it, but your youth group or Sunday school can raise a lot of money through other people’s spare change.

9. Hymn-a-thonA hymn-a-thon is a fundraising idea for the songbirds in your church.

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If your congregation loves to sing, why not host a hymn-a-thon to raise money? Your congregation will spend the day singing. It’s a fun way to get the whole congregation involved in raising funds for your church.

Raise money by charging admission to the event or ask congregants to collect pledges based on how long they can sing.

Start a Fundraiser That Your Church Will Be Excited to Support

Which one can you see your members getting the most excited about? We’ve always found that one of the biggest keys to hosting a successful fundraiser is selecting an idea that you’re excited to organize and promote. Once people see how excited you are to put on your event, they’ll be much more likely to gravitate towards you and offer support.

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