“Auctioning Blessings: Unique Items for Church Fundraising Auctions”

Perhaps the roof on your church building is in need of repair (or replacement). If your roof has sprung a few leaks (or is about to), place buckets in the sanctuary and lobby for people to fill with their loose change. Just make sure those buckets aren’t under actual leaks!

Promote this fundraiser as an opportunity to fill virtual buckets as well, using the word “Bucket” or “Roof” to designate donations to that fund. You could also set up kiosks near each bucket so people can donate electronically.

 A Gift for Mom

Give the mother’s in your church an extra special Mother’s Day with professional photos taken of the whole family. This one church fundraiser ideas be a surprise gift, but she’ll still love it.

If you have a few professional photographers in your congregation, consider asking them to volunteer a few hours of their church fundraiser ideas to take family photos. You provide the backdrops, props, and location, while the photographers bring their cameras and lighting equipment (unless you have that at the church already).

Use the online giving feature from Tithe.ly just like you would for event registrations. This feature allows you to make online donations from your mobile device. Families can then book their appointments and show up ready to smile big for the camera.

Once the photographers work their magic, they could email a link to each family for their photos. Let your volunteer photographers promote their services at the fundraising event and in their follow-up emails. This shows your appreciation for their time and talent—plus it’s a great way to church fundraiser ideas their businesses.

Each family could pay a set amount for their photography session with all proceeds going to the designated fund. Mom gets a great family photo, the church raises money, and Dad has Mother’s Day covered (a win for all involved)!

 Family Fun Night

A fun way for raising money would also be to host a game night at the church for families to enjoy. Gather up board games, corn hole, and others to play around the church. Provide snacks and drinks, play some fun music, then let the games begin! This is a great way to help families get to know each other and enjoy a night out.

Charge a small entrance fee or ask for donations. For much less than the price of taking the kids to a movie, parents church fundraiser ideas give their families a fun evening out.

Wrap It Up

An easy way to get your community involved during the holiday season is by wrapping gifts. Wrapping Christmas gifts isn’t everyone’s favorite task and everyone loves to get some help wrapping gifts. Round up your talented gift-wrappers and ask them to volunteer their time and talents for a great church fundraiser.

Announce that you’ll have gift wrapping stations set up after each service in December for people to bring their gifts for wrapping. Provide the wrapping paper and tape, then ask volunteers to bring their scissors.

Another option is to talk with local church fundraiser ideas about hosting your fundraiser at the mall or another high-traffic shopping area.

Ask for donations from those who take you up on the gift-wrapping offer. With Tithe.ly, you can set up giving kiosks at each gift-wrapping station or have people use their mobile phone to give via the app or using text-to-give.

The Direct Approach

Themed fundraisers are great ways to raise money for a specific project or need. However, sometimes a more direct approach works well when you present the need in a targeted manner.

Announce your church fundraiser on Sunday morning and take extra care to explain the “why” behind the “what.”

Let’s say you need to raise money to expand the children’s ministry areas. Here are direct ways you can raise financial support in this scenario:

  • Shoot videos of parents sharing how their children have grown in their faith and made incredible friends at church Mention the specific areas that need to be updated or refreshed
  • Show 3D renderings of what the children’s area will look like once construction is complete
  • Discuss how important it is to church fundraiser ideas in the next generation and how this project will support that effort
  • Ask the congregation to donate to this fund via text giving or via a church giving app
  • Update your congregation each week on the fundraising progress until you reach your fundraising goals

You don’t want to use this fundraising method too frequently, but it is still an effective way to present the need to your congregation and invite them to donate towards a specific need.

By helping your church see and feel how this project will influence lives and reach people with the gospel, you have a greater chance of meeting your fundraising goal.

Learn a New Skill

Another easy way to get church members involved is to host an event for them to learn. Do you have professional plumbers, carpenters, or general handyman in your congregation? Maybe you have people skilled in sewing, website development, or photography as well.

Consider hosting a church fundraiser where your professionals teach people the skill they’ve always wanted to learn. Carpenters could show how to build a simple custom shelving unit for the garage. Sewers could share how to sew on buttons or hem jeans. 


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