Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas
Tips for Raising Donations
Committing to be part of a missions team is a faith stretcher on many fronts. Leaving family and a job for an unknown place with risks you aren’t accustomed to taking can be challenging. Add to that the often steep financial costs that come with missions trips, and it’s no wonder people question the commitment to go.
1. Pray – The Bible clearly tells us that we have not because we ask not. (James 4:2) So start your fundraising by praying. Ask God to provide not only the finances for your portion of the trip but for your teammates and any special projects your team might work on during the trip as well. In addition, call upon a group of family and friends to pray for you as you raise support and go.
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5. Write a Letter – You won’t have a chance to speak to everyone in your faith community directly about your trip, and you may have long distance fam ily and friends who will want to know the details. For those folks, it’s best to send a letter. Make sure you cover all of the important who, what, when, where, why and how information about the trip as well as how they can support you with prayer and financial donations. Personal stories resonate the most with people, so be sure to include why you were inspired to join the team and a story about a particular person you’ll be serving when you go if you know of one. Don’t forget to include a deadline for when your need to have the support raised.
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7. Solicit Matching Donations – Do you know a generous donor who will commit to match any funds you receive up to a certain amount? Whether it’s a couple hundred dollars or a thousand, make sure to include this information in your support letter or at your fundraiser. People are motivated to give more when they know their donation will be doubled. Also, if you have friends who donate to the trip and you happen to know they work for a company that gives matching donations, be sure to remind them to submit for it.
Raising funds to go on a mission trip is a big deal, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. When you follow these tips and see it as part of the adventure God has called you to, you’re likely to look back on the experience and realize how faith full it helped you to become!
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Posted by Paul Gilliver on Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:54 AM EST
I orientate, train and lead mission teams to Bulgaria, all done through our UK charity 'Krasif Aid'. This list of suggestions is very helpful for those considering doing a trip for the first time and will ensure that the trip will not only be fruitful but successful as well.
Remembering to thank those who enabled you to go is a really important thing since, to a small degree, they are also part of the experience and the Lord will bless them for their financial sacrifice.
Enjoy the journey!!
Posted by Kelly Russell on Mon Apr 2, 2012 2:44 PM EST
This is awesome! We can't wait to use this for our family!
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