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“That sounds awesome, but how would I ever pay for it?”
We know how you feel! We’ve all been there and felt at least a little overwhelmed at the amount of money needed for an outreach or a school. But it’s definitely possible! Hundreds of people like you have joined us, and each person has their own story of how God provided for them.
The important thing is to not give up, and to remember that if we do the possible, God will do the impossible!
We hope this page will encourage you as it helps you raise money to go into missions. We’re looking forward to meeting you and adding your story!
Budget Worksheet for Mission Support (helpful for 1+ year in missions, .xls including equations)
Personal Support Raising Manual & Worksheets compiled by Eric Spady (this 66 pg. manual includes a Bible study and several pages of worksheets, ideas, and examples. If you want a more complete version, see the book “Funding Your Ministry: Whether You’re Gifted or Not” by Scott Morton, link provided below.) (.pdf)
Marketing and Fundraising for Your Ministry by Mark Anderson (defines marketing, marketing communications, and gives good principles for personal and organizational fundraising) (.pdf)
Home party letter for fundraising (sample letters) (.doc)
Support Raising Tools website (website with many other helpful links, documents, and programs. It’s not affiliated with YWAM, but has a lot of good resources.)
Why We Raise Support (an interview with YWAM’s founder Loren Cunningham) (.pdf)
Not Enough Support? (Two strategies to get your income where it needs to be. By Betty Barnett, Holmes M. Bryant Jr.) (.pdf)
How to Increase Your Support Income (Four support raising experts share their advice) (.pdf)
Coffee Night: PDF with sample letter, invitation, schedule, and feedback form
Dinner with friends / Home Party
Sample Support Letter – Access (specifically written for Access teen outreach, but could be helpful for others)
Car wash: hold a free car wash with friends and ask for sponsors per car you wash. (One of our teams did this in 2010 and washed nearly 100 cars in one day.)
Brat/Hot Dog/Bake Sale: ask friends to donate the supplies, or bake them yourself. Check with Wal-Mart to see if you can sell your goods outside their store.
Yard sale/Rummage sale/Garage sale: sell your stuff or also ask for donated items to sell
Have more ideas? Let us know and we’ll add to our list.
Stories & Inspiration
Read stories from people like you: http://blog.ywammadison.org/topics/faith-finances
Teaching (links to mp3 downloads)
Loren Cunningham – Let’s Go Barefoot
David Hamilton – Faith and Finances
John Dawson – Precious Valleys
DNA Conference – Session 11 (David Hamilton)