People love a good fundraiser - they get to raise money for a good cause, whilst also having fun! Instead of keeping your fundraiser within your church, why not try reaching out to the wider community? You might be surprised at how eager they are to join in.
An individual or group could take on a challenge and ask the church and local community for sponsorship. It's a great way to start conversations about your partner's work and why you're supporting it as a church. Don't forget to practise explaining the project in simple and easy terms, so that people find it easy to understand and get on board.
Your challenge could be something official, like the Three Peaks Challenge, or something a bit more unusual - like a school child walking to school for a month. One young person in Exeter did the latter and his Head Teacher decided the whole school would do it with him for a day. They raised over £1,000! There are so many other ways to fundraise outside of the confines of your church: sponsored walks, runs, jogs, tournaments... the list goes on.
As long as you choose your activity wisely and coordinate your efforts, it can be incredibly effective. In our experience youth groups are fantastic at coming up with ideas and raising money through sponsored activity - but if you don't have a youth group don't let that stop you!
Our community fundraisers come in all ages from 3 year old Noah and his family living below the line for a week, to 74 year old Roger Colgate walking 1,000 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End. You can read more inspiring stories and get ideas here.
Rock climbing, knitting, golf, fun runs, tea drinking, skydiving, climbing Kilimanjaro, wine tasting, 1 mile skips, cycling across America, spartan races, bed making, gardening and ‘ultra’ marathons are just a small selection of activities that people have done over the last year and we have more ideas here. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we are always keen to support people on new adventures.
help is at hand
We are here to help, if you have any questions or want more information or advice drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0208 977 9144 and ask to speak to someone in the community fundraising team. Or check out our amazing Fundraising website.
There are a number of online giving sites that we recommend and our preferred site at this time is Just Giving.
If you do decide to do something, which we really hope you will, please let us know - we'd love to share your ideas with other churches!
Applying for funding from a local charity or trust
If you are thinking of trying to engage local charitable groups or trusts in supporting your Connected Church project you may find these notes useful when preparing an application to them:
- Keep it snappy! Though its hard to do, most trusts won't read your application if its more than 2-3 sides long , especially if you are going to them as a cold contact.
- We'd suggest including some background and context, what the need is, why they should be interested, how the need will be met and what lasting benefit this will bring.
- Its good to make it really clear to them how this proposal meets the need for what they as an organisation feel they would like to fund.
- Don't be afraid to put passion into it. make the project come to life!
- Please check with us before you put in an application as Tearfund may already be receiving funding from the organisation and it can be counter productive to venture down a route that is already engaged with us.