“A trip to Camp Barnabas from Alaska is not a cheap endeavor and our team has been able to successfully fundraise every penny for our trips. We send out support letters to family and friends, serve our church members, and present the need to our church family. Our 2017 fundraising goal is approximately $22,500 and we have achieved this goal with time to spare.” -Darryl
Thank you for choosing to spend a week of your summer serving at Camp Barnabas. You are a blessing to us and to our campers. We have provided resources below to help fundraise for your mission trip.
1. Do It Yourself (DIY) Fundraising Tips:
Ask your friends, family, and members of your church to donate items they no longer need or want. Advertise for the yard sale in your church and around your community, and promote it as a fundraiser for your mission trip. If you are coming with a group, have all of the members of your group be present at the yard sale as volunteers. Donate the leftover items to charity.
Host a car wash in front of a local business. Make sure you have a lot of signs and enthusiastic volunteers. Do not set a price - instead, allow the customers to donate whatever they see fit.
Have a fun night in with friends where you bake cookies, cupcakes, and pies. Make sure you promote the event as a fundraiser for your mission trip. The baked goods can be “name your own price” in order to encourage others to donate what they feel is appropriate.
2. Handwritten letters are a helpful way of letting your friends and family know more about your mission trip. Additionally, they provide an opportunity to politely ask for prayers and financial gifts. Feel free to write your own or use our sample letter in your fundraising efforts.
3. Tips for Promoting Your Trip on Social Media:
Make a fun graphic with information about the trip or use a picture from the Camp Barnabas Facebook page. Post the graphic or picture on all of your social media platforms to spread the word.
Be detailed, but concise. Make sure that you include information about where you are going, what you will be doing, and ask for prayers and financial gifts. Be sure to get your message across, but don’t write an essay.
Try doing a Facebook “campaign” over the span of a week. Include one fun fact about the mission trip for each day of the week. In addition to the fun fact, remind your friends and family of how they can be supporting you financially and spiritually.