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Fundraising: Where to Start

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Hi Swamp Bloggers! Hope you're having a great Monday! Don't forget to check out the entire post for news and links to upcoming Swamp events. We've got some new stuff coming up!

This week I wanted to talk about fundraising. Deciding to raise money for a Swamp event or a Swamp Corps trip is awesome, and, honestly, it is a decision that takes a lot of faith. But, where do you even start when it comes to raising the money? This week I want to give you some fundraising ideas to help you further your fundraising goals, whether you are just starting out, halfway there, or almost to your goal!

Remember: Posting on social media is essential. (Just remember to be safe when it comes to giving out personal information.) Some churches might even be willing to let you create a post in their weekly bulletin.

-Small Jobs. Look for small, or even big, jobs you can do to raise money. It could be cutting grass, babysitting, petsitting, cleaning homes, washing cars, anything that helps you earn extra cash.

  • Tip: Let people know what you are raising money for and consider asking for donations rather than charging a certain price. When people know you're raising money for a spiritual mission or investment, they're likely to be more generous with donations.

-Fundraise with Food. This can get you farther than you think! You don't have to put on a buffet to make some money. You can make baked goods and sell them after church. Or, you can order pizzas and host a pizza night, charging a flat fee for entry.

  • Tip: Consider hosting at your church building, if you can. If you sell baked goods after church, make sure to check with the church first to ensure it's okay.

-Write Letters. In a digital age, sending letters shows you are invested in your cause. You can write letters to family and friends, as well as local businesses and restaurants. There are a lot of resources online, which can help you write and format a fundraising letter.

  • Tip: Write about how camp has impacted you in the past. If you are going on a Swamp Corps trip, include how you want to take camp culture to other places.

-Sell your old/ no longer useful things. If you have clothes or belongings you no longer want, you can sell them to secondhand stores. Make sure it's okay with your parents first!

  • Tip: For the tech-savvy, consider apps and online groups, which allow you to sell at your own price. You can also make an Instagram account for your clothes and add your friends, explaining your cause. Remember to be extra safe with this one.

-Ask for Money for Birthdays and Holidays. Christmas, birthdays, and graduations are great times to ask for donations in place of gifts. Maybe Santa can help you out with this one.

  • Tip: Around your birthday, post how a donation would be a great birthday gift for you on social media.

-Use your Talent. Maybe you can sing or cook. Maybe you love sports or designing t-shirts. Whatever your gift, there is most likely a way to turn it into a fundraising opportunity. I have seen all kinds of creative fundraisers. This just depends on what you like and are good at. If you can't think of anything, ask someone for ideas.

  • Tip: Believe in yourself and your abilities. Always keep praying about your fundraising efforts, and have faith in God's ability to bless them in incredible ways!

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

-Matthew 17:20

That's all for this week!

REMEMBER: you can sign up for H@TS here! (Dec. 29-Jan. 1)

NEWS: Swamp will be hosting the Shining Stars Performing Arts Academy directed by Sherwin Mackintosh & Carrie Kelsey this upcoming Summer! Keep up with the Swamp blog and Swamp emails for news and announcements about this exciting opportunity.

Much Love & Respect, Julie

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