You are probably painfully aware that even though your church is a not-for-profit organization, it does still need to generate some income in order to stay afloat. In fact, the more income you generate, the better services you can offer to your congregation such as youth group bible camps, special classes for newlyweds, and fun special events that build your congregation. The Sunday collection may pay some of your bills, but you need to be creative about fundraising if you want to build a strong church with lasting power.
Being a pastor means making yourself available to your congregation to help them with their lives and enriching their spiritual relationship. Before planning your fund raising events for the upcoming year, consider asking your congregation what types of events they would like to see. You can use the DialMyCalls polling feature to help facilitate this. Either with a voice message or SMS text pose the question with a list of 3 or 4 options. They can choose the one that appeals to them the most and the results show up on your broadcast reports. Try this with different options once a week for a month and you will have a variety of fund raising events to choose from that appeal to your congregation.
Here are a few suggestions that you can offer as options:
Of course the bake sale is always one of the most popular fundraising events of the year. Why not sell treats at all of your other events? Have tables conveniently set up displaying your congregation's dessert treats at each of your fundraising events. This expands the fundraising power of a tried and true method.
In the days leading up to the fundraising events, send messages to your congregation encouraging them to attend. Use your DialMyCalls voice message service to relay your own enthusiasm about the upcoming event and thank them beforehand for their support and participation.
Fundraising is a job within your already busy work as a community leader. To be successful you have to involve the community in all aspects of it, but above all else, lead by example and make sure you are able to attend each event.
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