Peer-to-peer fundraising occurs when an organization recruits existing donors and volunteers to fundraise for the nonprofit’s cause by reaching out to friends and family members through social media and email.
Fueled by their passion for your cause, each
donor or volunteer creates their own fundraising page and sends the URL out via
social media platforms and email. Their peers can donate via their page, and
all donations are funneled into the nonprofit’s main donation page.
Peer-to-peer fundraising usually takes place in
conjunction with an active event, such as a walkathon or marathon (but not
always!). It is unique, engaging and FUN, which is why it’s the fundraising
method many organizations turn towards.
As the fundraising landscape has evolved Stewardship has been there with new philanthropy solutions to help our members stay on top of trends. Late last year Stewardship introduced our peer-to-peer fundraising platform togetherweraise. This extension of Stewardship’s all-in-one donation management platform EGS provides members a new way to fundraise in a modern giving landscape. NOW to make things even more flexible, Stewardship is offering this solution in Canada and the United Kingdom.
To learn more about fundraising and Stewardship’s peer-to-peer fundraising solution, contact us directly at 866.604.8880 or message us below with your questions. Reach out anytime – we’re here to help!
Whether you are raising funds for your general fund or for your next mission trip, fundraising is an important part of faith communities. You know what annual fundraising efforts work in your community and your community is always there to support, but what about those other events like summer camps or retreats that arise outside of your annual fundraising goals?
Summertime gives us all that itch to explore the beautiful
outdoors and meet new friends. However, reaching those camps or retreats can be
costly and for most these expenses are not in your annual fundraising goals. To
help your community raise funds this summer, Stewardship Technology has created
our list of fundraising ideas to help your members raise those funds to be able
to afford those summer camps and retreats.
So, sit back, grab a glass of cold lemonade, and take in the possibilities this summer with our 8 Tips to Funding your Summer Camps and Retreats.
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1. International Food Day
an international food day fundraiser, each member of your youth group or Sunday
school class will bring in a dish from a different culture of where they intend
to travel to for their mission trip. Other church members will pay a small
entrance fee to come and try all the tasty treats from around the world.
food days are an excellent way to teach youth and adults about diversity and
beauty to prepare them for camps and mission trips around the world.
mission teams are a perfect fit for a bike-a-thon fundraiser. Much like a
marathon, bike-a-thons are pledge based. Donors pledge per mile that the youth
group bikes during the fundraising event.
church fundraising ideas allows your mission team members to bike as long or
short as they would like. The point is to have fun, raise money, and stay
3. Letter Writing Campaign
classic mission trip fundraiser: the old-fashioned letter writing campaign.
It probably goes without saying, but the real key to a successful letter
writing campaign is a well-written letter.
strong, meaningful message is sure to take your letters to the next level and
help your church’s mission team meet its goal in no time.
remember to say “thank you” in the letter. Regardless of whether or not they
donate, the recipients of your letter have taken time out of their day to read
4. Charity Car Wash
like yard sales, car washes take little to no effort to plan and set up. This
fundraiser’s always best to do during the summer, but if you’re having an
unseasonably warm fall, you probably won’t find quite as much competition.
Also, a lot of time if you hold the car wash at a local supermarket or business,
the business will match the donations that come in from the fundraiser.
really only need a few members of the church to volunteer to wash the cars, a
couple to advertise by the side of the road, and some basic car-cleaning
5. Balloon Count
like a jar guessing game, a balloon count involves participants paying to guess
how many balloons are stuffed into a car. The person who comes the closest to
guessing the number of balloons in the car will win a prize of the pastor’s
a time and location for the fundraiser and blow up as many balloons as you
possibly can. Then, charge $1 per guess as to how many are in a car. For
extra fun, try to cram as many balloons as possible into your pastor’s car.
6. Create A Cookbook
congregation is full of some of the most talented cooks in town! Let them share
their favorite recipes with the rest of the church. Have your church
members compile recipes they’ve created or been passed down into a unique
you have enough recipes to fill up a book, you can pretty easily get it bound
with pictures and neat type. Its that simple. Sell them all summer long and
even into the holiday months to help fund your mission trips and camps.
7. Smoothie Stand
twist on the traditional lemonade stand, a smoothie stand is a fabulous idea
for your church’s next mission trip or camp fundraiser. Who doesn’t
love a fresh fruit smoothie on a hot summer day?
can make the smoothies beforehand, or you can make them fresh-to-order by
bringing an extension cord and a portable power source to your smoothie stand
location. Set up on a warm, sunny day when everyone’s out and about on the
street or set up the stand as a booth at your local summer festival.
8. Pink Flamingo
flamingo fundraisers are an easy way to get your neighborhood involved with
your church’s fundraising. All it takes is an obnoxious pink flamingo lawn
ornament and note with contact information attached.
members of your congregation will have a blast planting the flamingo in other church
members’ yards and forcing them to donate a given amount of “ransom” money to
have the flamingo removed from their yards. Add some fun to it too, add your
youth members donation page to share what their camp mission is this summer.
Here are some tips for youth members to manage on their own.
1. Classic Lemonade Stand
a hot summer day. Nothing is quite as refreshing as an ice-cold glass of
freshly squeezed lemonade. This may seem like an old-fashioned
fundraiser, but it’s one that’s withstood the test of time. And for good
a recipe for lemonade and whip up as much as you can ahead of time. When you’re
setting up your stand, be sure to enlist the help of your most artistic Sunday school
student to make some signs. Pick a busy area and start selling.
2. Pie In The Face
fundraiser is super simple (some might even say, it’s as easy as pie!)–if your
pastor is on board with being pied in the face.
the beginning of the event, sell as many tickets as church members and Sunday
schoolers are willing to buy. Those tickets will then go into a drawing
bucket. A ticket is drawn and the lucky ticket holder gets to run up on stage
and throw a whipped cream pie right in the pastor’s face.
3. Kickball League
don’t have to be particularly skilled to play kickball, but it sure is fun for
all ages! Divide your church up into teams and have your members pay a small
entrance fee to be a part of your “league” and to play in your “tournament.”
You can have a set of trophies made up for the winners of your tournament. Other than these trophies, kickball is a very inexpensive fundraiser. You can play almost anywhere as long as there is enough space.