Fundraisers

 

The Big Reveal 

(Reverse - Puzzle Piece Fundraiser)

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Intro

A "Big Reveal" Puzzle Fundraiser is basically a "Puzzle Piece Fundraiser" event in reverse.

  • For this fundraiser, you need to select two pictures. One picture will be turned into a puzzle. The second will be enlarged and used as your reveal picture. The "Big Reveal" picture will be a photo of what you are raising money for. 

  • Consider using your children's logo for the puzzle and a picture of what you are raising money for as the second. For example, if you are raising funds for camp, consider using the camp logo as your reveal picture...or a photo from last year's camp. This photo is called your "reveal picture"

  • Once you have decided on your two prints, order your puzzle (ordering instructions below) and your "big reveal" picture. Your "Big Reveal" picture should be the same exact size as your puzzle. 

  • When your puzzle and photo arrives. Lay your photo on the table (you may want to place it on a piece of cardboard first...for easy moving.

  • Run a piece of two-sided tape around all 4 edges of your photo.

  • Assemble the outer edge of the puzzle "ON TOP" of your reveal photo.

  • This will form a frame for both your picture and your puzzle.

  • Assemble the rest of the puzzle...DO NOT TAPE THESE PIECES. TAPE ONLY THE OUTER EDGES.

  • Sell each piece of the puzzle (You decide on the cost. Take your congregation into consideration...what can they afford?

  • Allow the buyer to remove any piece that they wish to remove from the "BIG REVEAL" puzzle (except for the outer edge) 

  • Make sure to save the removed pieces for another year. 

  • Two-sided tape can be removed or you can tear off the photo if you do not intend to use the same one next time.

ORDERING YOUR PUZZLE(S)

There are a lot of places on-line to order puzzles from.  Shutterfly is a good one...and they offer discounts all the time...sometimes as much as 50% off.

I recently checked Shutterfly and 1014 (20X30) piece puzzles were $32.99 and a 520 piece puzzle was $26.39 (16X20) but with the discounts, it will be much less! Check other places as well. If you order way in advance...you have lots of options and have time to wait for discounts.  Note: If you cannot afford to order a puzzle simply use ANY puzzle that you may have. If money is tight and you cannot order a "BIG REVEAL" picture then have someone create a drawing for you. It's your event...switch it up however you choose. 

 

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PROMOTING THE CAMPAIGN

Promote your campaign way in advance. Most people do not carry cash on them. Put in the church bulletin, put it on Facebook and Instagram, pass out flyers as people leave the worship center, create posters, put it on the church website, etc. Cause a buzz before the campaign begins!

Hint: Turn your event into a "mystery" event...give out clues, allow people to guess what the mystery is...you can even allow guesses for a small donation. Members can write down their guess, place the date and time on their guess and drop it into a bucket. Once the "BIG REVEAL" is complete, give out a prize for the first one who guessed correctly.​ Get creative!

Note: If you have someone who is a woodworking wizard, it would be a great idea to build a box for the puzzle. Something with a flat bottom and only 1" sides. The puzzle can be assembled inside the box making it movable. It will also help to keep the pieces together...no lost pieces. If you do not have a woodworking wizard, try to find a cardboard box and cut the sides down. 

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100 Envelopes

(Fundraiser)

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Want a super-easy way to raise over $5000.00 for your Children's Department, Camp, events?

 

Grab 100 plain white envelopes (or something more colorful if you choose), a black sharpie, a colorful display board, 100 thumbtacks and you're all ready to go.

 

  • Gather 100 envelopes and a sharpie pen

  • Number the envelopes $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00 etc. all the way to a $100.00 envelope. You only need one envelope with each cash amount written on it. $1.00-$100.00
  • Create an attractive display board with all 100 envelopes displayed on it. (Numerical order)
  • Give your campaign a name...such as "Help send our kids to CAMP" or something similar.
  • Display your board in the front foyer, in the back of the worship center, etc. 
  • Announce the campaign...put it in the bulletin, create flyers explaining what the campaign is for. 
  • If ALL 100 envelopes are taken (plenty of envelopes for any budget) you will have raised over $5,000.00 for your event.
  • Don't believe it? Get out your calculator and add it up!
  • Happy fundraising!
 

Putting the Pieces Together 

(Puzzle Piece Fundraiser)

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Want an easy and intriguing way to raise funds for your children's department, camp, event?

Give the "Putting the pieces together" puzzle campaign a try.

  • Search thru all of your pics to find the "perfect" picture(s)...which will be turned into a puzzle. Give this some thought...select a picture(s) that will represent your cause. For example, if you are raising funds for camp, consider using the camp logo or an awesome picture from last years camp.

  • Decide how much money you will need to raise for your camp, children's department, event...whatever your cause might be.

  • Let's imagine for a moment that you need $1,000.00. If this were the case, you might consider purchasing a 1000 piece puzzle and selling the pieces for $1.00 each...or purchasing 2 - 500 piece puzzles that are set up on different sides of the room.

  • The main requirement here is church participation. If you charge too much for each piece, you will be eliminating a lot of prospective participants.

  • It is better to purchase 2 smaller puzzles rather than one humongous puzzle. 

  • Remember, the more that the pieces cost, the less participation you will have.  Keep each piece as in-expensive as possible.

ORDERING YOUR PUZZLE(S)

There are a lot of places on-line to order puzzles from.  Shutterfly is a good one...and they offer discounts all the time...sometimes as much as 50% off.

I recently checked Shutterfly and a 1014 (20X30) piece puzzle was $32.99 and a 520 piece puzzle was $26.39 (16X20) but with the discounts it will be much less! Check other places as well. If you order way in advance...you have lots of options and have time to wait for discounts.  Note: If you cannot afford to order  a puzzle simply use ANY puzzle that you may have...it can be a mystery reveal. Be creative...give you entire campaign a mystery theme, give out clues periodically etc.

 

WHEN YOUR PUZZLE ARRIVES

  • Assemble the puzzle.

  • Once assembled, remove one piece at a time and place a number on the 

                                                                         back of each puzzle piece.

  • Start at the top left and work around the edges (see diagram below), once you have removed and numbered the outer edge pieces, go around the outer edges again...then again...and again...until all pieces have been numbered. 

  • Each time you remove the outer edges, place those pieces in an individual ziplock bag and number the bag. (Sell the pieces in numerical order so that the puzzle is easily re-assembled.) 

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PROMOTING THE CAMPAIGN

Promote your campaign way in advance. Most people do not carry cash on them. Put in the church bulletin, put it on Facebook and Instagram, pass out flyers as people leave the worship center, create posters, put it on the church website, etc.

Cause a buzz before the campaign begins!

"Putting the Pieces Together," "Help us solve the puzzle," "Reveal the picture," are some slogan ideas to consider. If you come up with some good ones...let me know!

GO DAY!

On "GO" day...sell pieces of the puzzle for $1.00 each. The person who purchases the piece will be allowed to put the piece in place...(give them a little guidance). Soon...the big reveal...the puzzle is complete and the funds have been raised!

Note: If you have someone who is a woodworking wizard, it would be a great idea to build a box for the puzzle. Something with a flat bottom and only 1" sides. The puzzle can be assembled inside the box making it movable. It will also help to keep the pieces together...no lost pieces. If you do not have a woodworking wizard, try to find a cardboard box and cut the sides down. 

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Valentine's Day

Fundraiser

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Send Love to Your Loved Ones

Want a fun and romantic fundraising idea?

 

What's more romantic fun than flowers?

Valentine's Day is just around the corner which means that easy fundraising opportunities are just ahead.

The object of this fundraiser is simple...take orders, collect cash, deliver all orders to each recipient's classroom the Sunday before Valentine's Day. Recipients will walk into their classroom with a special surprise waiting just for them! Encourage everyone to order a flower for their spouse, friends, widow or widower in the church, or even their own children!

What to do

1. Decide what products you are going to offer for sale (donation). Single roses or single carnations are a perfect way to get started. You can always add to your selection next year. Start small the first year so that you work out all the kinks...plus educate your congregation on the process. You may add red, white or pink flowers,  helium balloons, small boxes of chocolates or other items next year...after you see how successful your event is this year!

 

2. Get a written price quote for all items that you will be offering. Ask for discounts...it doesn't hurt to ask.

2. Decide on a "Donation" price for each item. Do not overprice your items. You know what your church members can afford. I would suggest doubling the cost of whatever you offer.

5. Create a flyer and pass it out to each person as they leave the Worship Center. Make sure to mention the ordering dates...both the beginning and end dates. A lot of people do not carry cash on them.

6. Promote, promote, promote! Pass out flyers, put it on the big screen, make an announcement, create an insert for the bulletin, etc. 

6. Create order forms and insert them into the church bulletin each week. 

7. Set up a table in the foyer. Decorate it romantically.

 8. Make sure that someone is manning the table before, during and after service.

9. Place order forms as well as "special message" cards at the table.

10. Encourage your members to stop by and order a flower  

for their spouse, a widow or widower in your church, a friend...even their children.

               11. Member will fill out the order form with the recipient's name and classroom,

 drop it off at the desk, and pay for their purchase in advance. 

12. Have some "special message" cards available for the purchaser to write a

little message to stick inside the recipient's flowers.

13. Make sure that you have a cut off date for ordering...the Sunday before 

the event would give you an entire week to prepare.

14. Start taking orders ASAP

15.. Pick up flowers - Take some 5 Gallon buckets filled with a little bit of water with you.

Stand the flowers up in the bucket to keep watered.

16. Wrap each flower in tissue paper, wrap a ribbon around the flower and

stick the note inside the tissue paper. If you pull the tissue paper up at the bottom, you can place them back inside the bucket to keep watered. Pull the paper back down before delivery. 

17. If you have several 5-gallon buckets available, sort the flowers by classrooms and place them into the different buckets. 

17. Deliver all orders to classrooms the Sunday before Valentine's day.

18. Drop the flowers off before classes begin so that recipients will be surprised when

they enter their classroom OR have the children help and deliver during class time. 

YOU MAY WANT TO START OFF THE FIRST YEAR BY JUST OFFERING SINGLE RED ROSES! ESPECIALLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LOT OF HELPERS!

1 Red Carnation -  Donation of $ _______________

1 Pink Carnation - Donation of $ ______________

1 White Carnation - Donation of $________________

1 Red Rose - Donation of $ ____________________

1 Pink Rose - Donation of $ ___________________

 1 White Rose = Donation of $ ___________________