Yep, there is validity to maintaining traditional fundraising methods; however, years ago Gary & Laurie moved toward a more passive form of gaining funds.
The concept is to bring in additional funding without asking members to give any funds beyond their general giving. In some cases there is a benefit to church members; however, members are never pestered or pressured to "buy" anything.
Here are a few ideas:
Grocery Store Rewards Programs
Bring in dollars by members simply connecting their Grocery Store Rewards Card(s) to your congregation. Talk about passive income!
Check your local stores. Several in our area offer rewards programs.
For instance, check out the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
Great Lakes Scrip
At shopwithscrip.com you can set up an account to order gift cards at face value while your ministry receives rebates between 2% and 10%. If you want, you could give families the opportunity to buy cards monthly and build up an account to put towards a summer trip.
Register your church with AmazonSmile and receive a church connection number. Then have members link their Amazon accounts to AmazonSmile.
You will immediately start earning .05% from all Amazon orders linked to AmazonSmile.
Fundraising that Helps the Environment
Recycle Ink Jet Cartridges
Recycle Aluminum Cans
Everybody has shoes they can donate. Here are organizations that recycle shoes for profit:
Recycle Cell Phones
Printer ink always seems to run out at the wrong time. Might as well get cash by recycling the cartridges.
Yep, people still drink soda (and other beverages) :) and getting a little cash for cans instead of dumping them in a big hole is a good idea.
An oldie but a goodie. Companies exist that will stop by and pick up the newspapers on a regular basis.
Our Biggest Fund Raiser
As our adults get to know our children and youth through intergenerational connections they regularly approach us and ask if a specific youth is going to camp and, if so, they would like to help fund his or her way.
Or some folks wish to fund a specific impact event that they have become acquainted with, like a specific summer camp or retreat.
Some adults like to buy Bibles for youth.
It's a good idea to always have a "wish list" of items that people can choose from to help support the ministry.