But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name. -John 20:31
With the Youth Gathering quickly approaching, I wanted to give you some fundraising ideas that have been beneficial to me as a youth and as a leader. If you would like more information about this or other fundraising ideas please feel free to contact me.
Super Bowl Subs– We sell subs on Super Bowl Sunday after church services. We work with an Italian Restaurant to get great tasting, but cheap, bread. We buy good quality meat and cheese and offer lettuce, onion, pickles, and peppers on the side as well. We make 500 8-inch subs and sell them for only $5 per sub. It is very affordable and makes us 50% profit. Obviously we do this on Super Bowl Sunday, but you can do it any time of the year. The key is quality at an affordable price!
Easter Breakfast- This is probably a staple at most churches. Again, make it quality, but dont spend a lot of money. Get supplies donated and have people bring in pastries and egg casseroles. And, during the event, get on the microphone and talk about the event. Show pictures and videos of previous youth gatherings, or youth related activities. Use this event as a promotional and celebratory activity!
Mystery Dinner Theatre- Find someone who has the gifts to be the Director. The youth can be the actors and servers. I have my fundraising team come up with a meal plan so that it is separate from the actual show. This is a unique night and people will appreciate it. Keep the price down and offer babysitting! This could be a big hit for you!
Golf Outing- Get a course to work with you. If you can get affordable golf, you can keep the price lower for your golfers. We make about 50% profit for each golfer and we also secure hole sponsors which are more than 90% profit for us. We have raffle tickets for bigger prizes and we make sure everyone who participates gets some sort of prize. All of these prizes are donated to us, so that is a help to us as well.
Youth Gala- We did this for the first time this Fall and people absolutely loved this. It was a more expensive evening- $35 per person, but it was worth it! We had it at a nice place and it gave people a chance to fellowship in a place other than our church activity center; in fact it felt much more like a wedding reception! We didnt make very much money per person, but where we made our money was the silent auction and raffles. Again, we secure many donations of items and baskets, so whatever we make on those is pure profit. This is an outstanding event, but rely on your team to help as this is a lot of work!
Blessings as you continue on the Road to the Gathering!