There’s a lot of events and trips our youth ministry will miss out on because of the costs. Whenever I tell some of my peers this they ask, “Why don’t you fund raise?” The answer is because we are church that doesn’t fund raise. And, it can actually do more harm in the long run. This is why:
- It’s Wastes Resources: To run a fundraiser you need to invest time, energy and money. I know sometimes you have to spend money to make money, but when it comes to fundraisers it’s nearly impossible to calculate all the costs (i.e. wear and tear of building property). Plus why not save the money you would have spent on the fundraiser and just put it towards the cause or trip you are planning to take?
- It’s An Unnecessary Risk: I admit I’m biased because I’ve been burned, but if you don’t raise enough money you’ll end up owing. There is nothing worst than coming out of a fundraiser in debt. And if you fail once, it’s even harder to convince people to jump on board the next time.
- It’s Consumer Driven: When you do a fundraiser you are basically selling something (a fun time, car, etc.). Fundraising is a nice sounding way of turning a profit. If you consistently fund raise you’ll be under the pressure to provide your participants with cool stuff or an awesome time or else you won’t get their money.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Do you agree that fund raising can be damaging to youth ministry? Please share your thoughts.