Fundraising for the church covers a range of worthy causes beyond the care and maintenance of the church facilities. Many churches provide essential financial support and assistance to people in need. From people in hospitals to widows to families who lost their income, the church is a place to get help. Raising enough money to take care of everyone can be a challenge. Consider offering fundraising discount cards to help get the money needed for good works.
It brings to mind the words of Galatians 6:2, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Sometimes people get caught up in their own burdens and some encouragement is required to get them to take action. Talk to your local merchants about offering discounts to people who purchase fundraising cards from your church. Often these merchants are advertisers on your church brochure. You can sell the fundraising discount cards to raise money. People who buy them get discounts at their favorite area retailers. This also helps to boost commerce in your neighborhood. It is a winning situation for everyone involved.
According to The Fundraising Authority, the process is simple. The concept is much like the "Entertainment Book" that is sold by students attending schools around the country. Fundraising cards are done on a smaller scale. Area retailers decide how much of a discount they want to offer. They become part of the program and people purchase the fundraising cards to get these savings throughout the year.
Fundraising cards are inexpensive to have printed and can be sold for up to $50 each. Consider the income level in the community where your church is located. You want to charge a price that raises funds but is also affordable for most of the people who attend services at your church. For a minimal investment, you can raise significant funds to help the people in your community. You will also be assisting your parishioners in getting discounts on mechanical services, clothing, food and more. Retailers will get more business and you have done good works all around.
Another benefit of fundraising cards is their portability. You can easily carry them to church bake sales, gatherings and after mass. Encourage a few people to volunteer to sell them at church events. Soon you will be raising the funds you need by doing something good for everyone in your parish. Consider 2 Corinthians 9:7, "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."