FUNDRAISING Many groups choose to fundraise to help with costs for WYD. We have many fundraising examples and models that have been successful for groups in past years. A challenge we like to offer is that at each of your fundraising events, involve your community as an enrichment program. It should be clear as to how funds will be raised, shared, and used between all parties involved (pastor, group leader, pilgrims, parishioners). Fundraising is the sole responsibility of the parish. The archdiocese will help promote your events. Remember some fundraisers will work better than others in each parish. Remember to try different ideas and have fun! IDEAS
Should start as soon as possible
Second Collection at church
Letter campaign to parish groups and businesses
Dinner (after mass) or evening with dance and show, silent auction
Sponsor a Pilgrim (take prayer requests)
Sponsor a mile (parish wide campaign)
WYD Shirts (prayer requests on the shirt) for a donation
Yard sale/car wash
Rent a Pilgrim – Do yard work, babysitting etc for a fee
Host a 5k run/walk? (training for WYD) Contact businesses and local authorities
Sponsor a mile program – Measure the distance the group will travel and have people sponsor a certain amount of the distance. They get the group to bring all their contacts/Christmas lists and send out the appeal. It takes the pressure off fundraising outside the parish.
Sponsor a Pound – Parish sponsored their pastor their to lose weight… pledge certain amount per pound lost in a given period. This can be run a few times prior to WYD depending on time.
Trivia Night – Teams of 8 competing against each other. Charge $80 to enter and have discounts for families. Prizes for 1st-3rd places would include gift cards or vouchers, that could be relatively small.
Present to pastoral/finance council; get on the radar screen early.
Consider the involvement of service clubs such as Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women’s League, etc., but be aware of the numerous requests they receive. Consider opportuni6es for them to receive recogni6on or partner with your events. What ways could you work together?
Set up finances through the parish i.e. Parish Youth Ministry Fund. Be sure to thank donors – personal thank you cards or notes from young people are most effective. If it’s regarding an event that you’re asking for money, after the event, have a display of photos, reception in the hall, and/or pulpit presentation so that people know how their money was used.
Make sure everyone in your parish group is knowledgable and well informed. When a donor approaches them they should have a good answer instead of saying 'I don't know'