Community, Crowdfunding, Electronic Giving Soulution

The Power of Philanthropy

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!

Community, Crowdfunding

Fundraising for Summer Camps & Retreats

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

For 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.

International 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.

2. Bike-A-Thon

Active 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.

This 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 active.

3. Letter Writing Campaign

A 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. 

A 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.

Always 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 your letter.

4. Charity Car Wash

Much 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.

You 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 supplies.

5. Balloon Count

Much 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 choosing.

Choose 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

Your 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 church cookbook.

Once 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

A 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?

You 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

Pink 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.

The younger 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

It’s 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 reason!

Find 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

This 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.

At 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

You 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.

Questions setting up your fundraiser?

Reach out anytime – we’re ready to help.

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Community, Crowdfunding

5 Tips for 5Ks

By Julianne Manning, Stewardship Technology – May 22, 2019

The great thing about 5ks is that they have the potential to attract both people who are excited about your mission and those who are excited about fitness.  You can have different levels of competition which makes it easy for anyone to participate. Below are 5 easy tips to help you put on a successful 5K.

Tip #1: Community Engagement!

If you are having the 5K down the main drag in your community get everyone involved! Invite the local shops to open their doors and have an open house while the 5k is going on. Encourage the local bakery to give out samples. Encourage the local stationary story to hand out pens. This creates an atmosphere of community and helps even the bystanders to get involved in the fun.

Tip #2: Think both “In” and “Out” side the box!

The best things about 5ks are that they can happen anywhere. Including your local mall. You don’t have to worry about the weather and it gives the mall the opportunity to get more foot traffic. It also helps to draw curious bystanders to your mission.

Tip #3: Sponsorship’s!

Just thinking about a 5k makes me thirsty. What a perfect opportunity to have a sponsor come to my rescue. Having sponsored water stations throughout the race is a practical way to get sponsors involved and it will help to quench everyone’s thirst.

Tip #4: Make it a Family Affair!

Life is now busier than ever, so who has time to get a babysitter. 5ks can be involved the whole family! Not only does this help parents to want to participate, it helps to instill a sense of community and mission for their children.

Tip #5: Promote! Promote! Promote!

Think social media but also put flyers in your local shops, signs by major intersections, advertise on your local community board. Getting the word out is important but it doesn’t have to be hard!

Community, Crowdfunding, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Tips

Running a fundraiser takes time, effort, and creativity. While you’ve probably done a great job of sharing your fundraiser link with your social network, there are a few things you can do to jump-start your fundraising efforts. Our team has created 10 additional ways to share your fundraiser. Remember, the success of your fundraiser will depend on how effectively you share it.

For additional support, you can download our guide and our fundraising experts can help you get started.

Top 10 tips to help participants with their fundraising ask:

1. Create a Facebook Event for your fundraiser. Invite all of your Facebook friends. You can ask people to share photos, videos, memories, and comments to build engagement. Be sure to post your fundraiser link in the event discription and your donate button on your main organzation Facebook page.

2. Add special rewards to donors. Oftentimes a small perk can help persuade someone to give to your fundraiser. Use your fundraiser description to spell out attractive benefits for potential supporters at certain donation levels.

3. Connect with a local event.  See if event coordinators are interested in promoting your fundraiser along with their event (Mic shout out? Fundraiser signs at the entrance?). Even more out of the box? See if they’ll let you set up a free booth .

4. Team up with a local business.  See if they will offer a fundraising night for your cause in which they donate a percentage of the proceeds to your fundraiser. Another idea would be to see if a coffee or sandwich shop will temporarily name an item after your fundraiser. Think “Daniel’s Dream Deluxe,” or “Cathy’s Battle Cappuccino.” We’ve even seen a great fundraiser organizer team up with a sock company to offer cozy socks as a reward to all donors. Make sure to thank the business in your fundraiser story.

5. Reach out to local media. While sharing with your social network is the most important thing, it can also help to reach out to your local news organizations and blogs to let them know why your fundraiser would interest the community and their readers.

6. Add some competition.  Consider hosting a virtual “sharing contest.” Whoever shares your fundraiser link the most times, or gets the most likes, wins something fun like a poem or musical “Thank You” video posted to Facebook. Go LIVE with your video , engage with viewers, and do shout outs on the video.

7. Share your fundraiser link in Facebook groups.  Remember to focus your post on why your fundraiser means so much to you. Let your readers know the immense power that sharing the fundraiser on social media can have.

8. Step outside of your direct network. Post your fundraiser link on your city’s Facebook page. This is a great way to reach out to local folks you may not know, who might be willing to help your cause by sharing your fundraiser link, donating, or supporting you in other ways.

9. Give your superstars a push. It can be easier to boost a successful fundraiser’s target to raise hundreds more than to get a non-starter to raise $10. Use your reporting tools to find your top-dollar fundraisers and let them know they are a champion and you are here to help them keep going. Treat them like major donors and they will deliver.

10.  Create a fundraiser hashtag.  This is a way to build social media awareness around your fundraiser. Some ideas we’ve loved in the past are #willathewarrior, #reunitethetaylors, and other tags that ignite interest. Use this hashtag across social media.

Support everyone involved with your peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, but at their own level. Different folks will require different types of support, so pay attention and guide your team to ensure great donor acquisition, retention and fundraising amounts to record results.

Are you ready for our guide to help get you started? Well here’s the link again, click here to download.

Reach out anytime – we’re here to help!

866.604.8880

Crowdfunding, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding

Summer Fundraising Ideas

Donors are much more receptive to asks when they are in good moods – who would have thought?!

So take advantage of the happiest season of the year — SUMMER!

Summer is a great time to engage with donors. The sun is shining, the weather is good, and daylight lasts forever.

It is a season that beckons people outside, so heed the call.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top 20 favorite summer fundraising ideas:

  1. Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign
  2. Host a Block Party
  3. Host a Pool Party
  4. Organize a Water Balloon Fight
  5. Coordinate a Car Wash
  6. Host a Fish Fry or Barbecue
  7. Run a Walk-a-Thon, Bike-a-Thon, or Swim-a-Thon
  8. Cater a Dinner or Host a Gala Outdoors
  9. Run a summer Golf Tournament
  10. Organize an Outdoor Concert
  11. Coordinate a Summer Film Series
  12. Create an Art Show
  13. Food and/or Drink Festival
  14. Summer Hike and Camping Excursion
  15. Summer Adventure Scavenger Hunt
  16. Outdoor Exercise Class (Goat Yoga Anyone?)
  17. Day Camp
  18. BBQ Dinner or Food Eating Contest
  19. Summer Solstice Clam Boil
  20. Summer Concert

 

More on summer fundraising? Join us on July 18th for our next Webinar Summer ideas to engage your donorsregister here

To learn more about Stewardship’s fundraising solutions, contact us directly at 866.604.8880 or message us below with your questions. Reach out anytime – we’re here to help!