YOUTHWORKS asked a ton of youth leaders for their best fundraising ideas. From auctions to selling stuff and from holding events to finding creative ways to ask for money, some great ideas for youth council activities came our way. It turns out a small constituency of youth pastors from opposite ends of the country have even found a way to make money by sticking flamingos in people’s yards.
Well, out of over 60 responses, we picked our favorite Top 10 Fundraising Ideas.
Here they are, in no particular order…
YOUR TOP 10 FUNDRAISING IDEAS
Protection Money: You offer protection from an item, such as a purple toilet. If members of your church don’t buy protection, then the toilet gets delivered to their front lawn, and the only way to have it removed is to pay the Toilet Removal Fee. Fun stuff… but clean the toilet first. Jeff – Escondido, CA
Service Board: Church members post on a bulletin board odd jobs or service projects for around their home and a price they would pay for the service. Youth take the postings and sign up to do the task for the donation. Sean – Cochranton, PA
In the early afternoon of Saturday, April 29, about twenty-five people (and one dog) gathered in a sunny community center in SOMA, seated before two speakers who discussed a varied slate of environmental issues and their impact on health and communities. Following the hour-long panel, the event continued with educational games and activities that taught participants about the dangers of overfishing, mining, and oil spills.
The event, “Youth for the Environment”, was the culmination of a year of planning, community-building, and youth empowerment. The entire day was planned by Enterprise’s Youth Council to educate their community on how to get involved with a topic that all twelve members felt passionate about.
With a start date in October, how to start a Youth Council spans a longer time period than other programs at Enterprise. Divided into three phases (Building Community, Building Power, and Exercising Power), members spend the program exploring social issues that are important to them, meeting and getting to know their peers, and developing skills to help them become community leaders.
It is important to have the ability to think about and plan for the future with imagination and wisdom by developing the faculty of vision within you. May these quotes inspire you to envision a greater more prosperous how to have a vision of the future for yourself.
“Make your vision so clear that your fears become irrelevant.” Anonymous
“If you don’t have a vision you’re going to be stuck in what you know. And the only thing you know is what you’ve already seen.” Iyanla Vanzant
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Joel A. Barker
“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” Rosabeth Moss Kanter