Fundraising For Your YWAM DTS – Top 10 Tips
October 19, 2020 - January 1, 2030
1) Hold A Bake Sale
Come on. Who doesn’t love a fresh batch of cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, brownies, or other culinary delights? We’ve had plenty of our staff and students pull in big bucks through baking some of their old family recipes and selling them at their churches, schools, or even a function they’ve hosted. Granted, it will take a little bit of input from you (and some skills), but it has big potential! Go ahead; as your grandma for her secret recipe and give it a go! Sell them for a fixed price, or for a donation.
2) Host A Dinner/Dessert Event
Sticking with the food theme, why not try putting on a dinner event or dessert evening for your friends, family, church, or youth group, asking people to pay per plate or for a ticket to attend? Pair it with some local musicians or worship leaders for some “entertainment,” and you’ve got yourself an opportunity to share what God has been doing in your life. This will give people a great way to feel connected to your plans for missions!
3) Design & Sell T-Shirts Online
Just when you thought you weren’t that graphically inclined, websites like bonfire.com and fundthenations.com give you everything you need to design your own super cool t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more, and then sell it online to everyone you are connected to! We have had students raise thousands this way, and we believe you can too! Get in contact with bonfire.com to get started, letting them know what you’re up to and you’re off to the printing press!
4) Get Crafty
Get your creative juices flowing and produce an item that’s low cost to yourself, but high value to someone else. We have had students and staff knit scarves, make knives, produce greeting/postcards (and much more!), and pull in literally thousands of dollars this way. Plus, every time they see/use the item you sell them, your supporters will think of you and be reminded to pray for you or get in contact with you! The sky is the limit. Everyone has a creative side. Put yours to good use and see the dollars roll in!
5) Write And MAIL a Brilliant Support Letter – Snail-Mail Style
Let’s face it: the days of getting a letter in the mail are on the way out. But who doesn’t love getting something in the mail? Especially if it’s got a photo included of the person who sent it? Why don’t you take some time and put together a short but thoughtful letter summarising what your plans are, casting the vision of what God is calling you to do, and actually ASKING people to pray about contributing to your need? When most people write a support letter, they hope the person reading it will ‘read between the lines’ and just know what to do. Set aside your pride and learn the art of letting your needs be known. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
6) Get Into The Pulpit
Most young people going into missions tend to either shrink back from public speaking OR expect that the pastor will come to get you and invite you into the spotlight to speak on stage. Why don’t you put your fear, passivity, and entitlement aside and (humbly) ask your pastor or youth group leader if you can have a few minutes to share publicly what you’re doing? This gives a great impression and lets people feel connected with what you’re doing. Again, don’t be afraid to let your needs be known. People want to know how they can help. You’ll be surprised at how effective this can actually be if you put your heart into it!
When the word gets out about what you’re doing, you’re going to want to make it as easy as possible for people to give to you. That’s where websites like givesendgo.com and gofundme.com come in real handy (even Facebook can be a fundraising platform). They are websites that charge really low fees for handling your donations! It’s pretty sweet. Even if you have already tried some of our other sweet fundraising ideas, it’s a good idea to get something like this going as well. That way, you make it as easy as possible for people to donate! You could also make a short video of yourself to put on the site so people can connect with you online!
8) Host a Movie: Indoor or Outdoor!
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Find a movie (sometimes the classics draw the biggest crowds). Find a venue. Get some snacks. Sell the tickets! Most people enjoy a good cinematic adventure, so why not combine people’s desires with your fundraising project, and see the money come in? Again, with any of these events you host, you’ll need to put in a bit of work, but the rewards can be amazing! Also, this gives you a great platform to share what God is doing in your life, and even to share the Gospel! Talk to your church, school, or friend with a whizzy projector set-up to get the wheels in motion for this one!
9) Offer HandyMan/Woman Services
Most people have at least one or two odd jobs around the house that they are putting off, hoping they’ll never have to do them. That’s where you come in! Superhero handyman/woman extraordinaire! Offer to clean toilets, clean out gutters, declutter garages, organize closets, rake leaves, paint fences, wash windows, weed gardens, even mop the floor! People will be willing to pay for these services, and if you advertise it as fundraising or payment by donation, you never know what you’ll rake in (pun very much intended).
10) Pray, Pray, Pray
Never underestimate the power of the Almighty God in providing for His children. If the Lord is calling you into missions, He’s going to provide everything you need to get there. If you’re lacking a bit of faith in this area, consider this: in the history of the YWAM Movement alone, there have cropped up over 1000 ministries, with over 20,000 full-time staff, and WELL over 20,000 participants going through DTS programs every year around the world! Each one of them trusting God for the finances to make ends meet. Combine that with all of the buildings, properties, ships, vehicles, and everything else that has been owned by YWAM ministries over the last 60+ years of operation, you will discover that God has been EXTREMELY generous with His kids. The Bible exhorts us to approach the throne of grace with confidence, knowing God hears and loves to answer each one of His children’s requests.
Don’t worry. You’re in good hands.
So there you have it – Our Top 10 Fundraising Tips to get you on the journey toward fundraising your YWAM DTS. There are dozens more we could have included on a list like this (and you’ve probably heard about hundreds more). However, the main point is to show you that even if all you can take is a small step, a little initiative, a tiny seed, in the hands of your Creator, watch as He multiplies it beyond your wildest imagination. God has been supplying what His people need to accomplish His purposes for a long time. Why don’t you join His story and trust Him to provide for you? You won’t be disappointed!
Like what you’ve read? Subscribe to receive content like this straight into your inbox.
“At the beginning of the DTS I did not believe in the power of prayer neither did I believe that God even heard my prayers. By the end of it I had no doubt in my mind at all that we have a Father in heaven who always bends His ear to us when we speak and that when we pray in the name of Jesus miracles will be birthed by our words and God’s power.”
“Upon first coming to DTS, I had settled for a mundane and ordinary life. But over time, He has captured my heart and instilled in me a new passion for His purpose. This has given me confident hope that I am worthy of intentionally being part of the greater good.”
“Before DBS the Bible was a bit overwhelming to me and I wasn’t sure if I was capable of receiving understanding for myself; especially when it comes to the hard questions or more complex passages. After DBS, that questioning was stripped away and my relationship with my Heavenly Father has gone deeper than ever before.
DBS taught me how to see the Father heart of God. I learned to see God’s justice, faithfulness, and consistency from Genesis to Revelation. My life and relationship with Jesus will never be the same. When I read God’s Word it speaks loudly to me in full color. I cannot get enough of my Father’s words!! DBS equipped me to search out the scriptures for myself and empower me to share what I’ve learned with those around me. DBS was the sweetest time of my entire life.”
“I have just finished my Worship DTS at Marine Reach NZ.
When I signed up for the worship DTS I thought it was just about praising God. It’s about the role we play as worship leaders, it about how you lead the worship session, when to pray, and when and how you end. I recommend the Worship DTS to everyone who is inspired by the worship at your home church.”
“Throughout my time on the Pilgrimage DTS, God has worked in me in countless ways. Whether it was learning to see His beauty and love for us in creation, or learning to trust when I was soaking wet, and knowing it’s all for a purpose, a part of the adventure! But also a great part was having lectures about how to walk in the authority of Christ, and learning how to hear the voice of God and grow in relationship with Him! I must say, it’s been the adventure of a lifetime, which won’t end because God isn’t just staying with us for a season, He’s in it with us for eternity!”
“Being a part of the Pilgrimage Stream impacted my life for the better. Not only did it teach me how to function in a small community (as we shared the burden of climbing those mountains together), but also how to rely on one another, have fun and worship together, and, most importantly, how to be vulnerable with each other. The focus of our Stream taught me what it looks like to be on a pilgrimage for God. God calls us out of our homes to the wilderness, where we’ll see Him face-to-face, and are forced to fully depend on Him before we receive His inheritance.”
“My life used to be run by my fears, my struggles, and my failures. I had no way of fighting them because I didn’t know the truth. Over my time with YWAM and beyond, I have encountered so much freedom as God has shown me the truth of who He is in His Word. Dive into the Bible on Cover to Cover and watch God transform you as He begins to show you who He really is and who you were really made to be.”
“In the Kingdom Come stream, we really focused on what the kingdom of God is and how to live that out on earth. The most impactful aspect of this was walking out a miraculous lifestyle and being in an intimate relationship with God, where you can expect miracles to happen.”
“Being a Kingdom Come student was an awesome experience. We learned a lot about the kingdom of heaven and how to live it out in our daily lives.”
“Did you know that according to WHO more than half the world does not have access to healthcare? After seeing those statistics first hand, while in the mission field, I was heartbroken, but I was not without hope. God used my SPHC team and me to meet the needs of many individuals both physically and spiritually, and He opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in healthcare. I now attend the University of Missouri and I am pursuing a degree in Public Health. I hope to one day work for the WHO and take on the challenge of reaching those without healthcare with God’s healing hands.”