Mission trip fundraising efforts are used to cover costs for church members to go on mission trips to serve and spread the Gospel. Many believe that mission work is a staple of the evangelical lifestyle that the Bible calls us to. For this reason, churches in the United States have mission teams made up of church members and church youth who travel to spread the word of the Lord and often to serve the less fortunate. These mission trips may include rebuilding towns inflicted by natural disasters, setting up health clinics, and helping communities struggling with disease or starvation.
With mission trip fundraising, donations raised will go towards travel costs, supplies, and funding missionaries needs while on a mission. Churches may choose to sponsor a mission family that lives in the area where mission work is being done. The Church then supplements their income with the money raised from donations to help them spread the Gospel and serve the community in need on behalf of the entire church.
Planning & Preparing for a Mission Trip
As with any fundraising initiative, be sure to plan appropriately by setting goals and objectives. Establish timelines so you can meet these goals in time for your trip. Utilize a fundraising website to securely collect donations, track fundraising progress and communicate the mission of the mission trip. In our church fundraising overview, we outline some of these basic fundraising guidelines to help you succeed.
Remember that raising money is not the only thing you need to do in preparation for your mission trip. You will be expected to serve. Start preparing yourself now, physically and emotionally. Whether it’s sacrificing your own personal desires to help others, or reading the Gospel to find encouraging devotions you may want to share with a re-building community, do what you can to prepare yourself for your journey and make the most out of your time away.
How to Raise Funds for a Mission Trip
Now that you have laid the foundation for planning and preparing for mission trip fundraising, what are the best ways to raise donations for this cause? As with all fundraising initiatives, there is never one answer. There are many different kinds of fundraising initiatives that can help individuals and groups raise money for a cause. Any of these ideas could be applied towards a mission trip. Choosing the right fundraising activities for your church is really up to you. Below we have compiled some of the most popular types of fundraising initiatives typically used by church groups for raising funds to support mission trips. However, don’t let your exploration end here. We have plenty of additional church fundraising ideas for you to consider to help you raise money for your mission trip.
Whatever you decide on for your fundraising initiative, make sure you provide an easy way for people to make contributions. Our Donation Software for churches allows organizations to set up a personalized web page to upload photos, explain your mission and collect secure donations online.
Don’t forget to keep contributors informed about the activities and successes of your mission. You may want to set up a blog that allows you to update people of your adventures and accomplishments, upload photos showing progress, and make comments and words of encouragement. This is a great way to say thank you to contributors. There’s nothing better than being able to see first-hand that the donations are really making a difference. Lastly, don’t forget to send Thank You notes to those who have given you financial support for your trip.
Mission Trip Fundraising Letters
Writing a letter can be one of the most effective ways to raise money for a mission trip, especially if coming from church youth group members. A member of a church youth group can raise hundreds or thousands of dollars by sending out well-written letters to everyone they know. Make sure not to limit the appeal to just friends and family. Send letters to neighbors, co-workers, local businesses and everyone you know. There is no harm in informing people about a good cause, and the worst they can say is that they have no money to contribute. However, you will find that most people decide to give something, even if it’s a small amount. And all of those small amounts add up quickly. But sending out all of these letters and asking donors to return check donations can be timely and costly.
Mission Trip Fundraising Websites
Luckily, now there is a better way than the traditional fundraising letter. Youth groups and others who wish to fundraise for mission trips can now find success with crowdfunding software. This is how online crowdfunding for non-profits works:
- A church administrator establishes a fundraising website
- Those interested in raising money for the mission trip register on the website and a personal page is generated for them
- Each mission trip participant then manages their personal fundraising page with includes their personal mission statement, a fundraising thermometer and social media links
- They then invite friends and family to support your church or their mission trip through secure, online donations.
- Administrators can easily view reports for all fundraisers and see how much everyone has raised
Streamline your donation collection and keep donor data secure with our Mission Trip Fundraising Websites.
Spread the Word!
The best way to start raising money for your mission trip is by telling people about it. Whether you decide to send a letter or simply talk about it with family, friends and neighbors…you can do more by going online. Post an announcement on your Facebook page giving friends a link to your personal fundraising page and an opportunity to contribute. Reach out to local businesses and ask if you can post flyers on their bulletin boards. The church should support members of the congregation as well by not only talking to the congregation about the mission trip, but by helping participants raise funds. Church leaders may consider passing an additional donation basket during services to raise funds specific for your mission trip or by providing donation envelopes for people to pick up after Sunday service or during community gatherings. Don’t forget to utilize church bulletins, newsletters and the church or organizational website.
Host a Fundraising Event
Host a fundraising event to raise money specifically for you mission trip. DoJiggy provides many great resources and creative fundraising events ideas as well as tips and guidelines to help you plan them. These events can be applied to any community organization looking for fun ways to raise dollars for their cause. Examples include: walk-a-thon fundraisers, charity golf tournaments, serve-a-thons or service projects, and a variety of simple community based fundraising events for your church such as bake sales, car washes and group yard sales. These events will not only raise money for your trip but bring your community and congregation closer together. Be sure to consider the importance of highlighting your mission and mission-driven fundraising, when selecting a fundraising event.
Save Your Own Money
In addition to raising money from the community, family and friends, contribute some of your own funds to your mission trip. Sacrificial giving is often the most rewarding way to raise money. Sacrificial giving means sacrificing some of the unnecessary luxuries we spend money on every day in our lives. Cut out trips to local coffee shops, eating out, purchasing new clothes, and instead put this money aside towards your mission trip. This can also prepare you a bit for service, as you won’t be able to hop over to Starbucks for coffee when you’re on a mission. You may also want to consider offering your services to friends and neighbors for donations to help save more money. This could include simple tasks such as watering plants while neighbors are out of town, helping with yard work or offering pet-sitting or dog walking services.
Other Mission Trip Fundraising Ideas
Here are a couple of other fundraising ideas to consider for mission trip fundraising efforts:
- Frequent Flyer Mile Donations: One of the biggest expenses that you will encounter in mission work is airfare. Some airlines allow members to donate frequent flyer miles to non-profit groups. There are plenty of people who travel and look for ways to utilize their miles. If this is a donation option you are interested in offering, be sure to check with the airline first to see if your mission trip is eligible.
- Corporate Sponsorship: Don’t forget that many corporations allocate dollars specifically for philanthropic use. Check with some local companies to see if they will sponsor your mission trip or contribute through a financial donation.
Regardless of what fundraising initiative you organize for your mission trip, the rewards are worth it. Not only will you make a difference in the world, but you build character, gain experience of serving, and have a better appreciation of what you have by serving those less fortunate.