Fundraising can be a curse and a blessing. Over the years I’ve seen how efforts to generate enough financial resource for events or projects can drain the energy and joy out of our programming. I’m convinced it does not have to be so. With careful consideration, strategic planning, and a consistent effort fundraising can be an opportunity not a threat. Here’s how:
  1. Create a budget – Set a solid target what you need to make YCNL a financial success.
  2. Set a goal for each fundraiser – Setting micro-goals will help keep you on target for your macro-goal.
  3. Find fundraisers with high return. High return plus a good effort = celebration!
  4. Drop fundraisers with low yield. High work plus low yield = frustration!
  5. Involve the whole church – Fundraising is great opportunity to involves parents, families, and senior adults in the journey to YC and will create a sense of ownership in your youth ministry.
  6. Provide a solid financial report to your leadership – regular updates will serve you well and will grow confidence in your leadership.
  7. Maximize relational time with students – fundraising is more than work to get to the goal. It is a wonderful opportunity to grow with your students.
  8. Grab the opportunity to engage your community – fundraising can impact and involve the greater community. Find creative partnerships to give local businesses an opportunity to show their support for the youth of your community.
  9. Always keep the WHY before your students and church – It is easy to forget the reason we do these things when the to do list is long and the days are too short. The WHY of reaching and growing the next generation reminds everyone and you that it really is worth it.
  10. Cover it all in prayer – God will help us. He will bless us. Lean into Him. Don’t grow weary in doing good…we will reap a harvest! (Gal. 6:9)

In 1998 I was a part of preparing a youth and young adult missions team from our local church to the nation of Estonia. We had a goal of $30 000 with less than 6 months to pull it off. What happened over those weeks was simply amazing. I witnessed a church jump in with both feet, multi-generational involvement, and our goal actually. When we left Newfoundland that year to head to Eastern Europe it felt like a whole church was with us. They were. Fundraising can be a pain if we allow it to be so. Fundraising can also drive passion and potential if we combine strong faith with a strong effort. Let’s put the FUN back in generating the FUNds.

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Author Dean Brenton

Executive Director of Ministry Development & Strategic Initiatives PAONL, YCNL Director, Pastor, Husband, Dad, Diakonoi, Christ-follower.

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