What started as a miniature building project to teach the books of the Bible to Sunday School children at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, turned into an event that raised $5,400 to build real homes in Mexico. The children decorated 66 miniature houses, one for each book of the Bible. The class got enthused about the project and included other buildings, parks, lakes and streets in the town. Houses were arranged in the order that the books are organized in the Bible.The church had worked with missionaries in Mexico for several years, and the children decided to raise money specifically to build houses for the homeless in the area. In the spring, the children advertised in the church newsletter and displayed the Bible town on tables for everyone to see over a two-week period. The children hoped to make more than $100 by selling their houses. However, the result exceeded everyone’s expectations. When the kids explained how the money could specifically help families in Mexico, the donations for the Bible town houses began pouring in. They had so many people wanting houses that they had to make extra. The whole church embraced the project.
We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales. They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases. All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.