Are fundraisers helpful? They certainly can be. Are we in this for the money? Definitely not. Is it enough that the money we raise will help fund important aspects of ministry? Yes... but we can still be intentional and make fundraisers far more fruitful.
A fundraiser can serve at least two of the five goals mentioned last week, especially when the people involved are intentional about it. In most cases, a fundraiser provides some sort of service, so focus on it. Be sure and use your fundraising opportunities to emphasize the generous service of those involved. Point out the beauty of teamwork and the wonderful fruit that comes from the Body of Christ working together.
A second element present in (most) fundraisers is fellowship. Be sure and foster the relationships between those helping out. Be intentional about building friendships as you go about completing your tasks. Maybe even celebrate together a job well done when it's all over.
A concrete example at our parish is the pancake breakfasts put on by the youth ministry. We raise money to fund various activities, but our number one goal is the service we provide: the opportunity for our parish to grow in community.
Fellowship is a primary concern, both for the parishioners who will enjoy our breakfasts as well as for the high school youth and adult volunteers who serve. In addition to the community building, these breakfasts also provide opportunities for our high school students (and our amazing kitchen crew) to serve. Service and fellowship are the primary goals, and we raise some funds as well. (Case in point: there are ways in which we could make more money at our breakfasts, but that would risk sacrificing the service and fellowship. So we make less money.) Three birds, one stone.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage 36 - Encourage Ignatian Discernment 37 - Be Patient. It's a Process. 38 - The Thresholds of Conversion 39 - What... or, better yet, Who is the Parish? 40 - There's no place like a Home 41 - The Etymology of Respect 42 - Connect People 43 - To Receive is to Give 44 - Be Intentional.