5 Fundraising Tips for Churches


Are you trying to send your youth on a fun trip during the summer? Do you want to replace the hymnals or pews in your place of worship? Are you trying to attract new members by having fun activities regularly, but need the money to fund them? Churches do all kinds of fundraising for others, but what do you do when it’s the church group that needs the repairs or the extra effort? At Elefundo, we have a few ways you can make it easy, and a few tips to help you get started.

Show Enthusiasm

If you aren’t excited about replacing the old chairs in your building, no one will be! If the youth aren’t excited about their camping trip, the community won’t catch on. You need to show your enthusiasm so it catches on in the rest of the community. Don’t just ask for money; show your donators how excited you are about meeting your goal.

Start a Team

You don’t have to do the fundraising all on your own. In fact, anyone that benefits from the fundraiser can be a part of it. This is a great way to teach children and teenagers how generosity can benefit others.

When you are asking for donations, treat the donator as if they are joining your team that works to raise money for your cause. Make them feel included and excited about what you are doing, rather than just asking them to hand you a check.

Spread Contagious Generosity

Most people want to give, but don’t know how. Maybe they haven’t been asked or haven’t found a cause they are comfortable with. Many times, members of the church or community want to be benevolent, kind and unselfish, but simply aren’t sure how to do so. Give them the chance to share what they have through an easy fundraising platform like Elefundo.

It’s often awkward to ask for money, but remember you can’t meet your goal without asking people to give. If you are afraid to ask for donations, keep in mind that most people feel better about themselves when they give to a cause that benefits another. Never be afraid to ask, and even if you are told no, you know you’ve done your best.

Set Deadlines and Goals

Open-ended fundraisers are great if you are constantly in need of money, but if you have a specific goal, you want to have a deadline set up. Before you begin your campaign, set goals regarding how much money you want to raise and what you plan to do with it, and set a deadline for when the campaign ends. If givers feel an urgency to give, they are more likely to do it right away.

Celebrate Your Success

If you raised the money you needed, don’t be afraid to show the community how you celebrated. Thank donators with an email, picture or card that visually emphasizes how excited you are to have met your goal. Give them a chance to be part of something generous and giving, and then show them what their efforts have helped you achieve.

At Elefundo, we are passionate about helping churches, schools and other organizations earn money for the things that are most important to them. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer.