Whether you’re raising money for your general fund or for your next mission trip, fundraising is an important part of your church. But how do you know what fundraisers are effective? Your fundraiser should maximize profits, and be feasible for your church to host. You don’t want to put all your time and energy into planning a fundraiser that may not work!
These 85+ church fundraising ideas will help you decide what fundraiser is right for your church body. Are you looking or an easy solution? Do you have a large church congregation? No matter what you are looking for, you will find a church fundraising idea that will be effective (and entertaining!) for your congregation.
If you are in a hurry to get started, check out our top 8 favorite church fundraising ideas.
Favorite Church Fundraising Ideas
For all of the members of your church who can’t help but to hashtag #PTL (Praise the Lord) on Sunday morning, a text-to-donate campaign is an engaging option. Not only is text-to-give a quick way for parishioners to tithe, but it’s also a channel you can encourage them to use during live events (including your sermons!).
To start accepting text donations, you’ll need to find a text-to-give software provider, like Snowball, and promote your new donation method to your congregation.
Crowdfunding campaigns are perfect for raising money for a cause that is close to your heart and you believe others would be interested in donating to. Individual crowdfunding websites make it easy to collect small donations from a wide audience. Try using crowdfunding for your next mission trip or community event!
To get started with a crowdfunding campaign, choose a crowdfunding platform that is right for your specific cause, create a donation page, and promote it across the internet.
Pledge fundraising is a fantastic church fundraising idea for members of your congregation who may not be able to donate right away. Pledges are promised support of donations to be paid and processed in the future.
To get started with pledge fundraising, look for online or mobile pledge fundraising tools. Make sure you look for a tool which prioritizes speed, ease of use, and flexibility in its fundraising options.
Everyone loves a good t-shirt, and more than that, everyone loves to show off that they’re an active member of an organization, especially a church. T-shirt fundraisers are perfect to promote at different events such as Vacation Bible School, field day, or a kickball tournament.
With t-shirt fundraising providers like Bonfire, you can customize your t-shirt design and either sell it from the website or buy it in bulk to sell at your event.
Hosting an auction as a church fundraising idea is a great way to gather your congregation together for a night of fun and healthy competition. Have members of your congregation donate items or services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. You might be surprised by what people will offer up!
Set out a bidding sheet or use mobile silent auction technology for bidders to place their bids on their favorite items.
Peer-to-peer fundraising is when supporters raise funds on your behalf. Parishioners will set up a fundraising page (with your help!) and ask their friends, family, and online network to donate. The great thing about peer-to-peer fundraising is that you can gain new supporters in the process!
Choose a peer-to-peer fundraising site, like Snowball, which will help you set up your campaign page and help your supporters with their fundraising pages.
Shoe drive fundraisers are a super easy church fundraising idea that also helps your congregation declutter! Work with a shoe drive fundraising company to set up collection boxes where people can donate their gently used shoes. Shoe drive fundraising companies will send you a check based on the pounds of shoes you collect.
A shoe drive fundraising company will also help you plan your fundraiser, provide necessary materials, and pick up the collected shoes. If you are interested in a shoe fundraiser, you should check out Funds2Orgs.
8. Online Giving
If your church isn’t using online donations, then it’s a good time to start. With online donations, your church can raise funds in a way that’s convenient for the members of your congregation. Customize your online giving tool to match the colors and brand of your church, then include it on your church website.
Additional features like a matching gift search tool can help you earn even more when you ‘re collecting donations for any nonprofits affiliated with your church.
Easy Church Fundraising Ideas
9. Candle Selling
Candles are a great gift for any occasion, especially if you tailor your candles for each upcoming holiday (Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day). There are tons of great websites that sell heavily discounted candles for fundraisers. Find the site that works best for your church’s fundraising needs then ask volunteers to sell the candles.
You can sell your candles door-to-door, or you can advertise (and sell!) them on your church’s website. You could even do both! The more marketing, the merrier!
10. Daily Indulgence Drop
We all indulge a little here and there, and that’s 100% okay. But imagine the kind of money you could raise for your church if you challenged your congregation to go one month without that one thing they indulge in on a daily basis. Instead of buying that expensive cup of coffee or fast food biscuit, congregation members set that money aside as a donation.
Bonus! Host this fundraiser for the full 40 days of Lent if your congregants are up to the challenge! Lent and indulgence drops go hand-in-hand.
11. Popcorn Sales
A popcorn sale is a perfect church fundraising idea to treat your congregation of all ages. To get started, your church only needs to find a company that helps churches and nonprofits sell popcorn as a fundraiser. Send around pledge sheets beforehand to get an accurate idea of who wants what kinds of popcorn.
Alternatively, you can buy popcorn in bulk at your local warehouse or wholesale store to sell at one of your fundraising events.
12. Coffee Morning
Your early risers are probably hankering for a hot cup of joe on Sunday morning. They likely also wouldn’t say no to a homemade muffin or scone. Assemble your coffee and muffin stand right outside of the service to catch congregants before or after church.
Bonus! Get a local coffee shop on board to sponsor your coffee mornings. You might be surprise by how willing (and even happy) to donate supplies some coffee shops are. They might even include some free cups and lids.
13. 500 Dollar Wheelbarrow
This is not at all what it sounds like. No, you don’t have to go out and buy a $500 wheelbarrow for the afternoon. Why the $500 then? Because a wheelbarrow can hold up to 50,000 pennies, amounting up to $500!
Ask to borrow a wheelbarrow from someone in your congregation. Then encourage each member of the congregation to bring their unwanted pennies and coins to dump into the wheelbarrow. You’ll raise more money than you expect!
14. Pizza Sale
Who doesn’t love a good greasy slice of pizza? It’s cheap, easy, and hard to resist. All you need to do is order up! Order a few different types of pizza (pepperoni, cheese, veggie) and charge a dollar a slice. Ask some church members (or staff or leadership) to volunteer to bring in plates, cups, and maybe some soda.
Many pizzerias will offer up deals and specials to churches and schools that are trying to fundraise.
15. Buck-A-Pound Fundraiser
Buck-a-pound fundraisers are essentially fitness challenges. For every one pound a participant in the fundraiser loses, they donate one dollar to the church. But for every one pound they gain, they have to donate two dollars.
This is a perfect January fundraiser because everyone is already in the fitness state of mind. People are joining gyms and buying more fresh vegetables. Encourage these great habits with a month-long challenge.
16. Envelope Fundraiser
The basic premise of the envelope fundraiser is that your church labels envelopes with different numbers on the outside. Your church’s members will pluck a random envelope from the bulletin board and donate the amount that matches the number on the envelope. If you number all the envelopes between 1 and 100, you could end up with $5,050!
The envelope fundraiser is a great church fundraising for the more artistic members of your congregation. Let them craft the envelopes to be funky, colorful, and fun!
17. Lost Treasure
Have you ever shaken out your couch’s cushions and found an extra chunk of change you didn’t even know you had? A super easy church fundraiser you can host is to implore your members to go on a treasure hunt to look for all that spare change that gets tucked away. Your members can bring in that change and donate it on Sunday.
Have your congregation search their couches, cars, and laundry rooms to find spare change. Because it’s money they didn’t even know they had, they won’t miss it quite as much!
18. Bake Sale
This classic church fundraising idea only requires some volunteer bakers and some more volunteers to sell the cookies and cupcakes (we suggest enlisting the help of your Sunday school’s finest helpers).
Once you have your volunteer bakers and adorable salesmen, scope out the ideal location for your bake sale. After church lets out, assemble your teams and start pushing those perfect pastries!
19. Lollipop Fundraiser
Kids of all ages-and grownups too-are suckers for suckers. Lollipops are ultra inexpensive and there are tons of sites that sell tasty lollipops in bulk for very reasonable prices. You can charge just $1 per lollipop and end up with almost pure profit!
Just let a few people in your church know about your fundraiser, and they’ll be sure to tell all of their family and friends. Before you know it, everyone will be asking where they can get gourmet lollipops to help out the church.
20. Guessing Games
Apart from the cost of a roll of tickets, a large mason jar and three bags of M&M’s needed to fill the jar, this fundraiser is essentially free. Fill the container with the M&M’s (or other small countable item). Then charge people $1 for the chance to guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar. Reward the person with the closest answer with the jar itself.
Kids (and adults too) will love the chance to bring home such a big jar of candy. It’s like a mini raffle that requires slightly more finesse.
Church Fundraising Events
21. Jumble Sale
Jumble sales are perfect for your women’s ministry. It’s pretty likely that if you asked a woman in your congregation, “Do you have any clothes that you don’t wear?” She’d say yes without hesitation. Give those women the chance to swap clothes with each other and appreciate old clothes anew.
Jumble sales are essentially yard sales specifically for clothing. Ask your congregants to round up clothes they no longer wear with prices in mind. Set up those clothes and invite everyone in your church to be a part of this sale.
If your church members are looking to have a little bit of family-friendly fun after church on Sunday, you can host an afternoon game of trivia right there in your service hall. Charge a small entrance fee to raise a little money while your congregants have a great time.
Start by coming up with a list of questions and categories. Once you have them, you can create a presentation–or if you’re more low-tech, you can print off answer sheets to pass out. Designate one member of your church to game-show host and let the game begin!
23. Chili Cook-Off
You probably have more than a couple church members in your congregation who think their chili recipe is the best around. The best way to end this silent rivalry between your church’s chili experts is to hold a definitive chili cook-off.
The first step for this church fundraising idea is to pick the time and place for the competition (late fall or early winter is an ideal time for chili). Then, charge a small entry fee to enter the competition. On the day of the competition, provide tasting bowls, judges, and finally a prize to the winner!
24. Basket Raffle Bingo
Take one part bingo. Add a dash of raffle ticket sales. Mix in a pinch of festive baskets. No need to preheat the oven. Your recipe for the perfect basket raffle bingo is complete. Ask members of your congregation to donate contributions for your prize baskets.
Once you have your prizes, sell raffle tickets for the bingo night. The more tickets a bingo-player has, the more likely they’ll be to win the basket of their choice. If you’re struggling with basket ideas, try themes like a spa basket, fruit basket, picnic basket, or a coffee basket.
25. Virtual Road Race
The main difference between a typical road race and a virtual race: a virtual race can be run anywhere. Set a date for your race and have your out-of-town members mark it on their calendars. Set up a crowdfunding page and a way for members to make pledges.
Participants in the race will pledge a few dollars per mile they plan to run, so the farther they run, the more money they’ll donate to your church.
26. 5K Run
Thanks to crowdfunding, 5K fun runs have become one of the easiest fundraisers with some of the lowest overhead–which is great news if you’re looking to host more than just a couple of fun runs a year.
To set up this fundraiser, your first step is to figure out a loop to run. Next, set up your online registration form and collect your race fees. On the day of the race, set up markets and have volunteers pass out race essentials from water to race numbers. The final step is just to have fun!
27. Color Run
Color runs are all the rage! Young and old alike will pay to get absolutely covered in colorful powder as they run. And it’s all for a great cause; what could be better? Color runs work just like any other standard 5K fundraiser–they’re just more colorful.
Through online registration pages, you can instantaneously raise the money for your color run. Encourage your race participants to wear their finest white running outfits. They’ll be getting extremely colorful by the end of the race!
28. Christian Speed Dating
You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are a number of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes sitting next to you on Sunday. A great way to bring these Christian singles out to mingle is to host a speed dating night.
All the church’s singles can buy event tickets to participate in a night of quick get-to-know-you’s and maybe leave with a new Bible study buddy!
29. Yard Sale
Yard sales are a perfect church fundraising event for first-time fundraisers. They’re easy to plan, simple to set up, and almost 100% profitable.
Ask your congregants to bring two or three boxes of gently-used items and set up some tables in the churchyard or parking lot. As your members are filing out of Sunday service, they will love to peruse the plethora of goodies laid out in front of them.
30. Ladies’ Day
Womanly bonding is crucial, and most women feel like they could use more female friends. So why not treat the women in your church to a special ladies’ day?
To get started with a ladies’ day, you must first decide what kind of event you’re hosting. Once you’ve decided what you’re doing, start selling tickets for anywhere between about $10-$50, depending on what you have planned. Try ideas like a nice brunch, a spa day, or a good old fashioned chick flick.
31. Bingo Night
Establish a regular bingo night. Once you’ve decided to host bingo every third Wednesday of each month (of whenever!), you can send out an email blast to invite your congregation to participate. Charge just a couple dollars per bingo card and get the game rolling!
Bingo is a fun game for folks ages 4-99. Bingo is an incredibly easy church fundraising event All you need to host this event are score cards, bingo chips, an announcer, and maybe a couple prizes for winners.
32. 90’s Party
There’s some pretty rampant nostalgia popping up for the 90’s. Millennials everywhere are reminiscing about the “good old days” when they were kids, and everything was simple. Tap into that nostalgia by hosting a 90’s party at your church.
To host the perfect 90’s party you’ll need a killer playlist (featuring artists like the Backstreet Boys), 90’s dress code, and simple decor (because the 90’s were a simpler time). Charge for tickets in advance and at the door. Try setting up classic party games like Twister and Limbo!
Youth Group Fundraising Ideas
33. Retro Game Night
Scrabble! Risk! Monopoly! Life! Battleship! Clue! The list goes on. Nowadays, too many games are virtual. Bring everyone back to a time of simple, old-fashioned board games with a retro game night.
This church fundraising event is as easy as asking congregation members to bring in their old favorite games. Sell tickets for $1 or $2. You can have prizes for the winners, or it can be all about healthy competition.
34. Bail Out
This is an exciting and engaging fundraiser that’s sure to get participants riled up. Throwing a bail out fundraiser means tying up one or more church members (or leaders) and refusing to untie them until their “bail” or “ransom” has been met by the congregation. The bail, of course, is the fundraising goal to be met.
This event would be easiest to pull off during a church service, when everyone is in attendance. But you wouldn’t want it to be too much of a distraction, so be sure to pick a less eventful Sunday.
35. Make the Grade
“Make the grade” fundraisers are a fantastic way to motivate your church’s Sunday school youth group members to get the best marks in school. All it really involves is students (of any age) signing up at the beginning of the semester to be a part of the challenge.
For every A (or B) they receive, participants will ask donors to pledge a dollar or two. At the end of the grading period, youth group members will bring in their report cards and cash in those pledges.
36. Karaoke Night
Who doesn’t love a fun karaoke night out? Well now, you can bring all of that excitement and good-natured fun into your church hall. Just set up a karaoke machine (or make one of your own using the church’s projector and lyrics videos on YouTube).
Charge a few dollars for admission or charge per song. Your youth group is bound to love the chance to pretend they’re the next Beyoncé or Justin. This youth group fundraising idea is sure to leave people both singing and laughing.
37. Hat Day
Your youth group’s members probably own at least a dozen hats. One beanie, one fedora, one baseball cap, one Indiana Jones wool hat. Etc. But they’re not allowed to wear these cool hats at school (or during the church service!). They’ll jump at the opportunity to pay a dollar to wear their favorite cap on Sunday morning.
There’s nothing more fun than seeing your members expressing themselves, all while supporting a great cause.
38. Books for Bucks
Books for Bucks is just like a yard sale; it’s just a little more specific. Instead of allowing your old books to gather dust, sell them to fund your next youth groups mission trip!
Pick a time and place for the sale, then encourage church members to donate their old books to sell. Your youth might even find their next year’s summer reading requirement at this unique church fundraiser.
39. Magic Show
With the help of Youtube and Google, anyone can become a mind-blowing magician. As a youth group fundraiser, your youth can host a night of magic tricks and illusions.
First, pick a night for the event. Treat the magic show as though it were a talent show and present sign-up sheets for willing participants. If a youth group member doesn’t want to show off their magic skills in front of a crowd, they can volunteer to be a part of the backstage crew. Sell tickets ahead of time and prepare to be amazed by what your youth can do!
40. Worm Charming
If you’ve never charmed a worm before, get ready to get your hands in the mud! This fundraiser works by providing paying customers (donors, church members, random passersby) with a dirt plot full of worms.
By the end of a certain amount of time (typically 20 minutes), the farmer who has “charmed” the most worms to the surface of the dirt plot without digging any of them out wins a prize.
41. All-Night Dance Party
Appeal to the night owls and dancing fools alike by hosting an all-night dance party right in your church’s service hall. You only need to charge a few dollars a ticket in order to break even on costs and make a little extra for your church.
Decorations can be minimal as long as the beats are blasting. Hire a DJ or master your own list of sweet tunes. All that matters is that the dancing doesn’t stop ‘til morning!
42. Sunday School Calendars
Get ready to get crafty! Your Sunday school students can craft their own calendars to sell as gifts. Break out the glitter, magic markers, and stickers. Collect your students’ artwork along with photos of the Sunday school class, and pictures of the kids at church to put together a calendar they will treasure forever.
Don’t forget to pack the calendar full of the upcoming church events and other church fundraisers.
43. Noisey Sunday
Noisy Sunday is a fun and easy church fundraiser that can be used multiple times a year. It involves your Sunday school students running up and down the church aisles with half-empty cans and jars of change (making as much noise as they possibly can).
The point is to encourage everyone in the service to donate as much as they can to fill up the cans and make the noise disappear. Be sure to give your congregation a heads-up so that they come prepared with change and bills to fill the noisy cans!
44. Burrito Mile
Your youth group will love this unique way to raise money for their trips. Encourage them to help host (and participate in!) a burrito mile fundraiser. Burrito miles are just like your typical 5K race, except right before your runners start, they have to guzzle down a huge burrito.
All you really need to do differently from any normal 5K fundraiser is to find a restaurant who’s willing to sponsor the race by providing burritos. A burrito mile is a fun challenge, and your church’s members will love to buy T-shirts afterwards to commemorate the zany experience.
45. Face Painting
Come one, come all! Get your faces painted like lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Face painting fundraisers are lovely when the weather starts to get nice again, and everyone wants to be outside basking in the glorious sun.
You can easily find inexpensive face painting kits, and there are sure to be at least a few members of your church who would love to be the artists.
46. Dog Wash
Dog washes are a great church fundraising idea for the whole family, Fido included! You can hold your church’s dog wash in the parking lot or somewhere with a ton of room for multiple “groomers” to set up shop.
Put up signs and flyers all over the neighborhood to attract all the pooches to your fundraiser. Charge a small amount for people to come and have their dogs washed for them. Who doesn’t love a freshly pampered poodle? Those tufts of fur are irresistibly cute!
Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas
47. International Food Day
For an international food day fundraiser, each member of your youth group or Sunday school class will bring in a dish from a different culture. Other church members will pay a small entrance fee to come and try all the tasty treats from around the world.
International food days are an excellent way to teach youth and adults about diversity and beauty to prepare them for mission trips around the world.
Active mission teams are a perfect fit for a bike-a-thon fundraiser. Much like a marathon, bike-a-thons are pledge based. Donors pledge per mile that the youth group bikes during the fundraising event.
This church fundraising ideas allows your mission team members to bike as long or short as they would like. The point is to have fun, raise money, and stay active.
49. Letter Writing Campaign
A classic mission trip fundraiser: the old-fashioned letter writing campaign. It probably goes without saying, but the real key to a successful letter writing campaign is a well-written letter. A strong, meaningful message is sure to take your letters to the next level and help your church’s mission team meet its goal in no time.
Always remember to say “thank you” in the letter. Regardless of whether or not they donate, the recipients of your letter have taken time out of their days to read your letter.
50. Charity Car Wash
Much like yard sales, car washes take little to no effort to plan and set up. This fundraiser’s always best to do during the summer, but if you’re having an unseasonably warm fall, you probably won’t find quite as much competition.
You really only need a few members of the church to volunteer to wash the cars, a couple to advertise by the side of the road, and some basic car-cleaning supplies.
51. Balloon Count
Much like a jar guessing game, a balloon count involves participants paying to guess how many balloons are stuffed into a car. The person who comes the closest to guessing the number of balloons in the car will win a prize of the pastor’s choosing.
Choose a time and location for this mission trip fundraiser and blow up as many balloons as you possibly can and charge $1 per guess as to how many are in a car. For extra fun, try to cram as many balloons as possible into your pastor’s car.
52. Create a Cookbook
Your congregation is full of some of the most talented cooks in town! Let them share their favorite recipes with the rest of the church. Have your church members compile recipes they’ve created or been passed down into a unique church cookbook.
Once you have enough recipes to fill up a book, you can pretty easily get it bound with pictures and neat type. This is a mission trip fundraising idea to do just before Thanksgiving!
53. Smoothie Stand
A twist on the traditional lemonade stand, a smoothie stand is a fabulous idea for your church’s next mission trip fundraiser. Who doesn’t love a fresh fruit smoothie on a hot summer day?
You can make the smoothies beforehand, or you can make them fresh-to-order by bringing an extension cord and a portable power source to your smoothie stand location. Set up on a warm, sunny day when everyone’s out and about on the street (or just outside your church’s doors when service lets out!).
54. Pink Flamingo
Pink flamingo fundraisers are an easy way to get your neighborhood involved with your church’s fundraising. All it takes is an obnoxious pink flamingo lawn ornament and note with contact information attached.
The younger members of your congregation will have a blast planting the flamingo in other church members’ yards and forcing them to donate a given amount of “ransom” money to have the flamingo removed from their yards.
55. Classic Lemonade Stand
It’s a hot summer day. Nothing is quite as refreshing as an ice-cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. This may seem like an old-fashioned fundraiser, but it’s one that’s withstood the test of time. And for good reason!
Find a recipe for lemonade and whip up as much as you can ahead of time. When you’re setting up your stand, be sure to enlist the help of your most artistic Sunday school student to make some signs. Pick a busy area and start selling.
56. Pie in the Face
This fundraiser is super simple (some might even say it’s as easy as pie!)–if your pastor is on board with being pied in the face.
At the beginning of the event, sell as many tickets as church members and Sunday schoolers are willing to buy. Those tickets will then go into a drawing bucket. A ticket is drawn and the lucky ticket holder gets to run up on stage and throw a whipped cream pie right in the pastor’s face.
57. Travel Raffle
Imagine the buzz you could create if your church hosted a raffle and instead of the the traditional fare, you were giving away airfare! Before you start planning a true travel raffle, you must first survey your congregation to see if any of them has a connection with any travel agencies or airline companies.
Even if no one is connected, you can still book an inexpensive giveaway, like a camping trip. Your congregation will love a church fundraiser that also allows them to get away for a mini vacation.
58. Kickball League
You don’t have to be particularly skilled to play kickball, but it sure is fun for all ages! Divide your church up into teams and have your members pay a small entrance fee to be a part of your “league” and to play in your “tournament.”
You can have a set of trophies made up for the winners of your tournament. Other than these trophies, kickball is a very inexpensive fundraiser. You can play almost anywhere as long as there is enough space.
Holiday Church Fundraising Ideas
59. Easter Egg Hunt
Easter egg hunts are special occasion activities that comes only once a year. Children of all ages love to go on safari to find precious, goodie-filled eggs.
Egg hunts are incredibly simple to set up with the help of a few volunteers. Gather your supplies: eggs, treats, baskets, and more. On Easter Sunday hide as many eggs as you can throughout the hunting grounds. Charge a nominal fee (like $1 or 50¢) for each participant then let them loose to go hunting!
60. Angel Festival
An angel festival is a fun and exciting way to raise money while allowing your congregation members to dress up and be creative. Angel festivals are just like any other festival, except they’re 100% angel-themed.
Sell angel cakes as your main bake sale treat. Offer up angel-themed crafts. Play classic carnival games with an angelic twist. This holiday-themed church fundraiser will raise money and spirits for your church!
61. Ornament Sales
This is a great church fundraising idea for the holidays. People love to give and receive ornaments for the Christmas season. If you’re using ornaments to help pay for mission trips, have your mission team craft unique ornaments in the shapes of the countries they’re going to serve.
As an alternative, ask your Sunday school class to craft and sell the ornaments for an especially adorable ornament sale.
62. Gingerbread House Making
An excellent church fundraising idea for right before Christmas: gingerbread house making is fun for the whole family. You can even make it a competition between the participants as to who can make the best house! Charge a small fee for each entrant at the door or ask for donations from participants.
All you’ll really need to do is provide the basics (gingerbread, icing, peppermints, and gumdrops). But if your congregants want to get a little more creative, they can bring in their own candy for decorations.
63. Holiday Symphony
Hosting a holiday symphony gala is a marvelous way to engage the whole family in a night of culturally-enriching fun. Pick a date for the performance. Then, pick classic pieces to play–along with everyone’s holiday favorites, like “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.” Try to find musicians who will play these songs for free/cheap (they may even be a part of your congregation!).
On the night of the symphony, have ushers and ticket sellers help set up the venue and make the evening as smooth as possible.
64. Holiday Child Care
In the midst of the Christmas shopping season, your church can offer a special service that Santa and Mrs. Claus will greatly appreciate. Enlist the help of your church’s youth group and offer babysitting and/or child care for the week or two before Christmas, so parents can have time to go out shopping for presents.
Ask for suggested donations in return for these services, and you might be surprised by how generous parents can be around the holidays.
65. Pumpkin Patches
Pumpkin patch fundraisers are a fabulous way to raise a few extra donations in the month of October. It’s just what it sounds like: transforming your church’s front lawn into a pumpkin patch and inviting everyone (friends, neighbors, church members) to come buy their fall staples from you!
All you really need to do is to set up an inviting pumpkin patch and charge a little bit more for each pumpkin than you paid for them.
66. Polar Plunge
Only for the bravest of heart, the thickest of skins, and the craziest of the crowd: the polar plunge involves donating money to get up early on a Saturday morning in January or February and run into a freezing cold lake or river or pond–whatever body of water you have nearest.
Ask people to pledge money for those who make the jump. And make sure to have hot cocoa and warm pizza to warm up with after they make it!
67. Christmas Light Removal
Right after Christmas, no one wants to take down the lights that they spent so long putting up. That’s why it’s the perfect time to advertise your church’s Christmas light removal service.
Get your youth group out volunteering armed with ladders and tools. You can ask for donations or a small fee from those who want their lights to be removed. Giving your church’s members the option to donate via credit card on the spot will make it easier for your light removal crew to accept payments on the go.
68. Flower Fundraiser
Similar to the lollipop fundraiser, selling flowers for Valentine’s Day is a cost-effective fundraiser that will make everyone’s day a little brighter. Your church’s members pick and pay for as many flowers as they’d like to send to a loved one or a friend on February 14th.
Those flowers (and perhaps a sweet message) get delivered in-person on Valentine’s Day–or if you’re not wild about Valentine’s Day at your church, you could easily transform this church fundraising idea for Mother’s Day!
69. Caroling for a Cause
Another easy church fundraising idea, caroling for a cause is a festive fundraiser to employ right around Christmas. Much like traditional carolers, carolers for a cause wander door-to-door and sing hymns and cheery Christmas tunes.
While donations are not guaranteed, December is the most generous month, and people love to give to carolers who are singing for a specific cause.
70. Egg ‘Em On!
No, your volunteers won’t be egging houses. Nor will they be going from house to house cooking scrambled eggs for your church’s members.
For this church fundraising idea, gather willing participants to go to each house in the neighborhood with a basket of eggs (it’s especially fun during Easter when you can color the eggs) and negotiate how much each neighbor is willing to pay to see the church member do stunts with the eggs.
The members can offer to juggle the eggs, toss them up in the air, or even crack them on their own heads!
71. Present Wrapping
Present wrapping is a great church fundraising idea for the holidays. It is also an easy idea that your youth group can get into! You can buy nice wrapping paper in bulk, tape by the dozens of dispensers, and you can ask the youth group to bring their own scissors. They can then offer to wrap Christmas presents for busy shoppers.
If you put a jar out on the table where you’re wrapping presents, you can prompt people to make donations without actually charging them for your services.
Large Congregation Fundraising Ideas
Buy-a-brick fundraisers are typically for concrete projects, such as building an auxiliary building for your church or for repaving the front walkway. You can host a virtual buy-a-brick fundraiser and have people buy their bricks (donate to your church) online or on their mobile phones.
Brick by brick, your congregants will help you build up your church–in more ways than one! You can charge a little extra to have congregants’ names or a message engraved on the bricks they buy.
Hosting a gala will take some advanced planning, but it will be well worth it in the end. Everyone loves to get dressed up and feel glamorous.
You’ll need to invest in some decor and enlist a top chef-in-training to whip up some hors d’oeuvres to pass around. You may also want to hire some entertainment, like a band or a DJ to encourage people to dance, talk, and mingle.
Sip-and-paint fundraisers are pretty much just what they sound like: your church’s members pay to come and learn how to paint a certain work of art and sip on a beverage of their choice.
Generally, sip-and-paint fundraisers provide the canvases, paint, brushes, and wine. After paying for all of those supplies, you might be wondering how this fundraiser could possibly turn a profit. It’s simple: you charge just a few dollars more than the cost of the supplies, and you make sure people contribute funds before you purchase the paint.
75. 50/50 Raffle
This church fundraising idea is simple and easy to remember. It can also be done in conjunction with any other event you have going on. All you have to do is sell raffle tickets.
The reason it’s called a 50/50 is because 50% of the proceeds go to the winner of the raffle, and 50% go to the church (or your next mission trip). The more tickets you sell, the greater the jackpot will be-and the more likely people will be to buy tickets.
76. Baby Picture Contest
The baby picture contest doesn’t answer the question, “Who’s the cutest baby?”. It is a guessing game using baby pictures from the congregation.
All your church needs to do is pool together 15-20 baby photos of church leadership and current members. You can either post them on the church bulletin board or on your church’s website. Everyone can guess who’s who if they pay $1. You’re sure to get some outrageous guesses and funny stories along the way!
77. Photo Pledge
Make everyone in your large congregation feel like a photographer with this fundraising idea. The way a typical photo pledge works is by asking participants to pledge money and submit photos centered around a theme.
Themes range from cutest pet to most interesting photo of the pastor you can snap without his or her noticing and beyond! The 5 best photos that are submitted to the church will be chosen, and the photographers will receive a special prize.
78. Coffee Bean Fundraiser
Coffee is a wonderful item for a fundraiser because, let’s be honest, who can go a morning without a hot cup of joe? Chances are, someone in your congregation knows or is willing to reach out to a local coffee roaster
Even if your congregation doesn’t happen to have the caffeinated bean hook-up, there are several companies that offer wholesale prices specifically for fundraisers. Order a large quantity of coffee at a lower price then turn around and sell individual bags at a profit.
79. Movie Night
Who doesn’t love a good, wholesome movie? You can throw a drive-in movie night, or you can go the more simple route and host a classic movie night in your church’s gymnasium or main hall.
You can throw a drive-in movie night, or you can go the more simple route and host a classic movie night in your church’s gymnasium or main hall. Another great way to raise a little extra money (and make the whole experience better) is by offering childcare services during the movie.
For the next big mission trip you host, try an adopt-a-mile fundraiser. This church fundraising idea is an easy way to raise money for excursions, especially when the excursion is far away.
Adopt-a-mile fundraisers involve mission trip participants mapping out exactly how many miles away their missions are. For every mile, they have to convince a church member to donate a dollar or two. You’ll need a long congregation to cover the entire trek for more exotic trips.
81. Fast Food Night
Fast food night fundraisers are simple, profitable, and popular with congregation members of all ages. All they have to do is purchase fast food from the restaurant that’s sponsoring the charity night and say that they’re with your church. Voila! 10% of their purchase goes straight to your church!
It’s a simple way to get people who rarely participate to join in on the fundraising. They’d already be buying those chicken nuggets: why not take a 10% tithe out of that?
82. Pancake Dinner
Also known as “brinner” (breakfast meets dinner), a pancake dinner can be a great church fundraising idea that brings the congregation together over a simple meal. No one can refuse a freshly flipped flapjack.
With the price of ingredients so low, you can charge a few dollars a ticket and come out way ahead. Provide extra toppings like chocolate chips and banana slices to make those flapjacks extra flavorful.
Chuck-a-duck fundraisers, also called rubber duck fundraisers, are a church activity that involves exactly what it sounds like. Participants in the fundraiser chuck rubber ducks at a target.
Those who get closest to the bullseye of the target are the winners. Chuck-a-duck fundraisers may sound simple, but they’re actually a lot of fun–not just for kids. Adults really get into them, too. They’re really perfect for the whole family.
84. Night at the Museum
Essentially, this church fundraising idea is a glorified lock-in. Sell tickets for a “Night at the Museum” and decorate your church’s atrium like a museum.
Think large cutouts of dinosaur bones, caveman exhibits, mockups of famous paintings; get creative with it! The best way to entice teens and young adults as well as young kids is to offer a late-night dance party as well as game stations throughout the event.
85. Best in Show
Hosting a dog show can be a lot of work, but it’s well worth the pay-off.
People love to show off their prized pooches. Why not give them an arena and the possibility to take home a blue ribbon for old Sparky?
You can have prizes for every sort of category (“Waggiest tail,” “Shiniest coat,” “Cutest bark,” etc.). If you charge entrance fees to the show as well as for each participant, this easy fundraiser is bound to rake in some moola.
Make your next church fundraiser a success with any of these awesome church fundraising ideas. For more information on church fundraising, check out our resources below:
- Best Online Giving Tools. If your church is looking to collect donations online, this guide will show you which online giving tool will best make this possible.
- 10 Steps to Starting a Nonprofit Organization: An Essential Checklist. Is your church starting its own nonprofit organization? Make sure you have everything you need with this checklist for starting nonprofits.
- Fundraising Ideas for Churches. Didn’t find an idea here that you liked? Check out this Double the Donation page with even more church fundraising ideas.
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