If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
So getting a group of young people together to plan a simple youth group fundraising idea and strategy can be a lot of fun!
Indeed, setting a few goals & objectives can help your youth ministry teach useful skills that will be useful throughout life.
“Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing,” Aristotle.
Youth group fundraising ideas – 7 tips for success:-
1. Have a plan in place.
Success in life always starts with a plan and fundraising is no different. You need to figure out exactly how much money that you have to raise. Once you have that target, you can then turn your attention towards how you’re going to achieve that target. You can think about different strategies for raising money for your youth group. They can range from services to selling products. There are countless different strategies that you can use.
2. Get everyone involved.
Enlist the help of the kids in your youth group and their parents, if need be. You’ve got a small army that you can use to help you achieve your goal. It may sound pretty obvious, but some people that try to raise money for their youth group, don’t utilize this asset fully. People are suckers for kids and a good cause.
3. Selling products is effective.
If you have the kids go door to door and sell products for a good cause, it melts people like butter and is a very effective way to raise money for your youth group. Why do you think that the girl scouts sell cookies? Because it is so effective. Products like cookies aren’t that hard to get. You can have the kid’s parents make a bunch of cookies to sell. People are always looking to buy food, especially sweets.
4. Give the kids a special incentive.
Sure, they may be excited about going out and raising money for their youth group, but giving them a special incentive is added motivation. An example would be to reward the top sellers with special incentives. You can get creative with this. I don’t know what your youth group is all about, so it will be up to you to decide what will motivate the members of your youth group.
5. Keep track of your progress.
If possible, have something visual like a chart. One of the important reasons why you do this is if you aren’t making progress like you would hope for, you can make some adjustments to what you’re doing. You can either ramp up the operation and put more effort into it or tweak the strategies that you’re using. It may take some trial and error. One thing that you need to do is make sure that if you’re running a fundraising event to make sure that the event doesn’t interfere with other events in the community. You don’t want everyone to be busy with other activities.
6. Keep promoting the cause.
People can go up to the grocery store and buy cookies, but they will buy cookies from you because of the cause. People can go through the car wash, but they will let your group wash their car because of the good cause. People like to contribute to good causes, so always be pushing that and promoting that fact.
7. Make it fun!
You don’t want to look at it as a job and you definitely don’t want your kids to think of it as a job. Again, you can get creative and think of ways to reward the kids and make sure that they have a good time. Create a fun environment for them. Enthusiasm is contagious, so make sure to be enthused about raising money for your youth group. Always be talking about the rewards for raising this money. It improves the whole situation, it will also make the whole process a lot more efficient and effective.