Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

Local fundraising

Your successful, engaging and fun ideas

The Church Times made the Potato Challenge at St John the Baptist, Flitton one of the top 25 church fundraising ideas in the country.

Local church fundraising can be time-consuming but is a great way of connecting and working with your community and raising awareness and enthusiasm.

It comes in all shapes and sizes: ‘old-school’ jumble sales, three-legged races, a village or neighbourhood fair with profits split between the church building and community causes, ‘Beer, Bubbles and Bingo’ evenings and children’s teddies abseiling from the church tower (for a reasonable charge).

Your local fundraising ideas can inspire others. We have asked you tell us –

  • What is the most successful way you have raised funding locally?
  • What type of fundraising has best involved the community and brought it closer to the church?
  • What is your most fun or inventive way of fundraising?

Here are the results. Please email your ideas to so that we can add them.

Advice on local fundraising

The National Churches Trust gives advice on local fundraising under Managing building projects/How to fundraise for your project.

CAFOD gives an A-Z of fundraising ideas and other advice.

The Institute of Fundraising heritage training covered a range of different types of fundraising here.

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