Looking for ideas to raise funds for your next mission trip? How much time do you have? No, really. When it comes to fundraising, it’s a question of time.
For example, you’re in one of two timelines right now:
- Time is of the essence. Maybe you just signed your group up for a missions experience or camp happening in the near future. You need ideas with a quick turnaround today so you’re able to do your thing tomorrow.
- Time is a luxury. Perhaps you’re thinking ahead about a trip or event you’ll do several months down the road. You have the freedom to consider ideas with more layers to them, which in turn can bear more fruit. The key will be identifying and managing all the logistics, including the timing of each fundraiser.
Time obviously isn’t the only factor to consider, but it’s a big one in determining the best bang for your buck (and the best buck for your bang).
You also must navigate the thin line between what your group wants to do vs. what you’re capable of pulling off. Well-meaning students and parents may insist you tackle their favorite fundraisers, despite a low payoff compared to other options. Dancing around that tension is a fine art.
Here’s a breakdown of common approaches—some simple and some more complicated—for generating significant trip funds: