For those wishing to Serve on Mission trips, we recognize that the cost is high. Though each individual person is responsible for raising their own funds to support their desired trip, we want to partner with you in the process. Here’s some ideas and resources around ways to raise money for a MET Mission Trip.
Here is the first step to your fundraising efforts. This letter is a way for each student to reach out to your network and invite others into supporting your mission efforts. Further, we are working to create a simple card for donors to fill out to help us keep up with donations received.
Students are free to raise money in many different ways. For each idea listed, please keep in mind that these are NOT Met Sponsored events. Please do not use Church logos or facilities for personal fundraising. As you raise funds, you may send payments as the Trip Goer or Parent of Trip Goer.
While church partnership should be the primary avenue of fundraising, there are many other activities and events that provide fun ways for your church, friends, family and community to be involved in your missions experience. A few examples of these activities include:
Everyone wears t-shirts, right? Selling a custom shirt for your trip is an easy way for groups or individuals to fundraise for mission trips. You will quickly find that people want to support you, and a t-shirt gives them something in return for their support– as well a visible reminder to pray for you.
We strongly encourage you to check out Fund the Nations, a great organization that works with individuals and groups to design and deliver fundraising t-shirts. They have designed all of the shirts in the Servant Life Store and are truly awesome to work with. They also help keep costs low so that you can quickly raise money from your proceeds!
DINNER OR BANQUET
Hosting a dinner or banquet for a large group of people from your church will allow you to speak to the group about your mission trip. This will get the word out about how people can help support your trip. We’ve seen groups do baked potato bars, pancake breakfasts, and spaghetti dinners to name a few examples.
GRAB-N-GO LUNCH OR DINNER
Instead of the people in your church paying to eat at a restaurant, what if those funds were coming your way instead? Consider doing a “grab-n-go” meal after church one Sunday or even one night for dinner, where your mission trip team can provide pre-made meals in to-go containers to people who want to buy them. If you charge $10 a plate and can make your plates for $2-3, you can raise some good money if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it. Pasta is often a crowd-pleaser and cheap to make, and can easily be accompanied by some salad and bread. Some groups don’t even charge for these meals, and instead rely on donations. Many people will want to be generous since they know their donation is not just buying food, but supporting your trip.
“1 TO 100” WALL
With the approval of your church, utilize a small section of the wall in a popular area (maybe in a lobby, foyer, fellowship hall, etc.) where you can display 100 envelopes numbered from 1 to 100. If you can’t use a wall, a table would also work. Challenge members of your church to stop by and take an envelope, committing to give at least the dollar amount on the envelope towards your trip (so the person who grabs envelope 45 would donate at least $45 dollars). This allows people with all different financial capabilities to donate to your trip and play a role. If every envelope from 1 to 100 is taken from the wall, this would be at least $5050 raised!
Work together to put on a silent auction with the help of your church. One way to gather items to auction off is by going into the community and asking businesses to donate various items. Let the business owners know the donations are going towards helping raise support for the trip.
Ask church members to volunteer to participate in a chili cook-off. You could take up donations and charge each person an entry fee to vote in the cook-off.
After setting a date, time and place, begin advertising the event at church and among your friends and community. Ask people to collect items from home that they are willing to donate to the garage sale. Donate any leftover items to your local Thrift Store.
Partner with a local bank or business who will allow you to hold a car wash in their parking lot. To increase funds raised, ask the business owner if he or she would be willing to match the amount raised from the car wash.
Ask friends and church members if they would be willing to hire you as a babysitter. Let them know the proceeds go to helping support your mission trip. In our experience, there is never a shortage of parents looking for good babysitters!
Ask friends and church members if they would be willing to hire you to work in their yard. Provide services such as mowing the lawn, weed eating, pulling weeds, raking leaves, and removing snow from driveways. People never mind paying for good old-fashioned sweat equity and will be generous in supporting your trip.
Get church members and friends to sign up to play on a softball team. Charge each team an enrollment fee and let them know the proceeds are going to fund your mission trip. Ask a local businessman at your church to support a longest homerun challenge and split the proceeds with the winner.
Create a Facebook page or a blog to communicate trip details. This allows you to expand your audience, which may increase the amount of support you receive. Set up a PayPal account to allow people to give immediately and securely online.
Send out your support letter in email format to people as another way to expose them to your mission trip. Some people will communicate better and more promptly via email, and this allows you to diversify your modes of communication.