We have started with marketing but we are finding it difficult to find funds even from our parish. Please suggest ideas for fundraising activities.
This is a challenge that many youth groups face! Try to look at the general “make-up” of your community. Is it mostly made up of families? Older folk? Businesses? This will help determine what kind of fundraiser/activity will work best. For instance, some communities are made up of young families, so hosting a “family games day” would be appealing to them. Listed below are some ideas to help you get started. Whatever your group decides to do, remember that it's important to communicate your plans (i.e. objectives for the fundraiser and where the raised funds will go) with your parish priest/parish office too.
Movie Night Borrow the parish LCD projector, book the parish hall, and make some popcorn for a local movie night, priced at $5-10/ticket (including a small bag of popcorn or a drink). Some cinemas charge up to $20 to watch new releases, but people love themed nights with funny yet classic movies - e.g. an Aussies night with movies like Crocodile Dundee or The Castle. Make it fun!
Trivia Night This is a top-seller amongst all ages in the community! All you need to do is organise the venue (e.g. parish hall), come up with the questions, promote it to the community and charge an entry fee. Ask the participants to bring their own snacks or you might want to sell some nibbles on the night. Ask your local businesses if they can donate some prizes in exchange for placing their logo/business address on your promotional material. Just don't overdo the concept by having a trivia night every month -- space yourselves out and promote it well!
Food Night Organise your event around a specific theme like “French night”, where people pay a small fee to enjoy homemade French food (made by the youth group), French music, a musical performance and even a French movie (with subtitles, of course!).
Video Games Night This is especially appealing for the youth in the community. Book the parish hall and hold a games’ night “showdown” and set an entry fee of $5-10. For the prize, you can invest in a gift voucher from the local video games/DVD store.
Board Games Night Do not underestimate the power of the good old board game! Everyone has an old board game at home – put it to good use! Try hosting a Scrabble Night (this would be extra appealing to the older members of the parish) and ask members of the community to loan their scrabble boards. You can set up the parish hall with tables, and have teams play off to see who can get the highest score in 15 minutes until there are only two teams left in the competition. You can sell snacks and drinks, and even have a raffle for the night.
Bingo Night Bingo is always a fun game to play with family and friends. Invite the whole community and host a bingo night at the parish hall! You can usually find some inexpensive bingo card sets at the Reject Shop or other $2 stores. Ask for a reasonable entrance fee and get people to bring their own snacks or you can sell some on the night.
Raffle competition You can ask the local business to contribute some prizes and in exchange, place their company logo/business address on the promotional flyer.
Bake sale Ask the members in your group to bake some goodies (or ask their parents to bake them for you!) and sell it before and after Mass (preferably the busiest Mass, e.g. the 10am or 5pm Mass). You can even ask the local mothers group or other parish committees to help out and provide some baked goods for sale.
Traditional BBQ and Drinks/Sports Day Ask your parish if you can hold a sausage sizzle after Mass (again, preferably the busiest Mass). You can even organise a mini-sports competition (e.g. longest footy kicks) for only $2 a participant.