Most team members considering going on a mission trip will have to raise money in order to travel. Here are some of the best ways to raise money for a mission trip:
Write a Letter
Writing a letter is one of the most effective ways to raise money for a mission trip. On average, a Christian can raise $2,500 by sending well-written letters to 75 people. Think you don’t know 75 people? Think again. Don’t limit yourself to just friends and family. Send letters to everyone you can think of – the worst they can say is that they have no money to give. Also, don’t forget to send Thank You notes to those who have given you financial support for your trip.
If you do not have a fundraising support letter seeking financial support to attend the mission trip, then you can use the following sample as a template. DOWNLOAD HERE
Make a Video
Another great idea is to record a video and send it to your friends and family via YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Check out this video sample. If you would like more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak to the Congregation
Sometimes church leaders will allow Christians to speak to the congregation about the missions trip, which can elicit financial support. Some churches will even conduct a special offering to help people raise funds for the trip. You can even attend different small group functions to talk about the trip and raise funds.
Advertise Your Mission Trip
Most churches have a weekly bulletin, and some even have a website and newsletter. These are all great places to advertise your mission trip and how to give.
Have a Fundraising Event
Many Christians host fundraising events to get money for a mission trip. From car washes to bake sales, fundraising events are a great way to get money for an individual or group. Some ideas include bake sales, coupon books, chore auction, penny drives, candy sales, carnivals, cell phone donation, dinners, and more.
Raise Your Own Money
Sacrificial giving is often the most rewarding. In order to get some of the finances you need for your trip, you may want to sacrifice some of the activities that cost you money like weekly trips to Starbucks, movies, eating out, or new clothes. Instead of getting presents for Christmas or your birthday, why not ask for financial support for the mission trip? Also, you can do odd jobs like babysitting, chores, mowing lawns, and more to raise money.
Frequent Flyer Miles
Some airlines allow the donation of frequent flyer miles to non-profit groups. If someone you know is interested in donating the mileage to the group, be sure to check with the airline first to see if your mission trip is eligible.
There are a lot of corporations and businesses that set aside money each year for philanthropic use. Try checking with some local companies to see if they will sponsor or contribute to your mission trip. Remember, a person or company does not have to be Christian to give to a mission trip.