Fundraising is a cornerstone of every non-profit organization. It is one of the best ways to raise money for a good cause, whether the donations go to the benefit of a party in need or for building improvements.
Are your church’s chairs old, tattered and overused? Organizing a fundraiser is an excellent alternative to cutting costs or stopping necessary congregation expenditures altogether.
Getting Funding for Your New Church Chairs
Your religious organization may already pass a collection basket around on sermon days, and this is one place to start. Let members know the church is in need of new seating, and tell them how they can contribute. Once the group is made aware of the problem, they will be more inclined to make a donation. After all, the end goal is to improve the comfort and quality of every member’s church-going experience, so it truly is in everyone’s best interest to contribute.
Do not restrict the donation efforts to money alone. Many of your members may have access to quality church chairs for a fraction of the cost (perhaps free), so make an announcement regarding what type and style of chairs are needed. Instead of asking for money directly, let the group know that they are more than welcome to supply the inventory through outside resources of their own.
Have a member-driven craft sale. Leave the options open to the congregation about what they can make (e.g. candles, snacks, quilts, etc.), and host a public craft/bake sale. The money raised from the event should be more than enough to cover the cost of new chairs or at the very least make a sizable dent in the expense. Bake sales are particularly useful fundraising tools during the holiday season, so that is something to keep in mind when Christmas rolls around.
Potlucks are a traditional staple of church gatherings. Nothing makes a person more giving than when spending quality time with fellow churchgoers at a big feast. Have each family contribute a meal to the potluck then place a donation jar at the entry door. You may be surprised at how much money is placed in the jar by the end of the night!
Lastly, do not be afraid to venture outside the church for funding. Local businesses and charity organizations are often more than willing to donate money and goods. You may consider speaking with a nearby furniture store for possible church chair discounts.