Getting money to build a church can be a daunting task, but is definitely doable if you have a team of committed individuals ready to promote your cause. From using traditional fund raising steps to emplying more complex financial resources, the process can be a valuable journey for all involved. Follow the steps below to obtain the funds you need and also consider forming a planning committee for further ideas that can be helpful in innovative fund raising.
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Things you need
- Computer with Internet access
- Funds Committee
- Credit Card
Brainstorm with a small group of people who will serve as the building committee for the project. Spend some time dreaming about what you want your church to look like, what needs you want it to meet, where you want it to be located and other important details. Jot down what size of a building you antcipate needing, any special features you desire and anything else about the physical building that you wish to include. You will also want to note ideal locations for your church.
Approach local businesses about sponsoring a portion of your church building project. If you will be including an extensive children's area, make appointments to meet with the owners of local children's establishments. Invite as many businesses as possible to invest or donate funds.
Participate in some traditional fund raising efforts-car washes, garage sales, selling candy bars and magazine subscriptions. If you have enough individuals diligently performing these activities and covering enough of your region, you can raise some significant money.
Write letters to friends, family and others who may be interested in donating toward a building fund. Take advantage of social networking sites and create a Facebook or MySpace page for your building project. Start a website and add a counter so people can see how much has been raised to date.
Apply for any community grants that your church may be eligible to receive. You can find the grants through a national website, such as Grants.gov, or locate ones designated specifically for religious organisations through ChurchGrants.org.
Tips and warnings
- If you haven't done so already, apply to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) status so that any donations to your building fund can receive a tax credit.
- Realise that fund raising takes a lot of time and devise a realistic time frame for achieving results.
- Consider moving into an existing building so you can save construction costs.
- Do not accept money from people or businesses with conditions attached.
- Be clear and concise about your fund raising efforts so no one feels misled.
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