Q: I need advice.
We just wrapped our fall fundraiser with very disappointing results… again. My students will not commit to raise money. Every fundraiser we do I have 2 students and that’s it. We have a great parent ministry and our parents have said they would just rather pay for missions trips than fund-raise but we’ve tried that and when the rubber meets the road they decide they don’t have the money. I’ve done everything that I know to do to get the students psyched up about trying to get the money raised and I get no results. Any advice?
A: One approach - require them to participate in “x” fundraisers or events before the trip.
We did this for an annual youth convention – some kids would just go on the trip because it was exciting but wanted nothing to do with the church or youth group the rest of the year. It created a funk with community/relationships on the trip and beyond. So we said, “Want to go on the trip? You need to take part in at least three other things we do over this year.” Fundraising counted as “two things” – made it a lot easier and we saw the dynamic change in the trip itself.
- It equalizes the playing field: Kids who don’t “need it” still do it alongside of kids who do “need it.” You’re creating the dynamic of community before the trip.
- It creates shared memories together: Instead of kids coming into the big event without knowing each other, they’ve already invested into something with each other. That creates conversation right off the bat.
- It locks kids into the trip that much more: When you’ve poured your sweat into something, you’re less likely to back out of it. If you’re tired of seeing students pull out at the last minute, offer them something do in the months before that last minute occurs.
What do you think? Have a different reply to the question? Or does what I shared make sense?
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P.S. Here are 5 creative fundraising ideas via Plywood People.