Churches and communities of faith look to their youth for hope of a bright future to come. New generations offer a fresh perspective of our values and traditions, and are a driving force towards progress. The philosophies of “giving back” and “being the change” have come to define the motivations of today’s younger generation. Your church can help fuel this spirit by hosting church youth fundraisers.
Church youth fundraisers teach our youth important skills in community and relationship building. Successful fundraising events are not only fun but provide them with a sense of purpose, in addition to strengthening their faith. Another benefit of church youth fundraising programs is that children learn to become service leaders while helping their church meet its financial needs.
Today’s youth spend much of their time online and using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. So providing an online presence for youth groups to manage and promote their fundraising events will not only help to engage youth, but likely result in greater financial success for your church youth fundraisers.
Here are some creative fundraising ideas for your church youth fundraisers:
• Community Serve-a-thons: There’s no better way for youths to look outside of themselves to the needs of the community than by participating in service to populations in need. Through a serve-a-thon youth groups raise money by soliciting donations for their community service efforts
• Church Talent Show: Charge an entry fee and award prizes to winners. Greater fundraising success is eminent with the addition of an online raffle or silent auction as part of the event.
• Golf tournaments and golf-a-thons allow youth to participate or caddy your tournaments. See this example from Youth For Christ.
• Online auctions are one of the easiest fundraisers to organize and can be used to support community of faith and school initiatives. See this auction by Brainerd Baptist School.
• Another type of youth initiative involves applying compassion to action in the international community. Mission trip fundraising is often a part of the initiation process in confirming their commitment to a spiritual community
There is no doubt of the positive impact and important role that youths play in mobilizing churches. Engaging them in creative fundraising endeavors will help to shape their community today and create a stronger institution for tomorrow.
DoJiggy has created a comprehensive resource center to guide youths and their ministries in facilitating church youth fundraisers. Browse these helpful categories:
• Church Fundraising (An Overview)
• Church Fundraising Ideas
• Community Based Fundraising