The number one rule of thumb in fundraising is, "people give because they are asked." Here's a friendly, low-stress way to make asking fun: the Wall of Money!
Here's how to set it up: grab some envelopes, number them sequentially, and decorate them in an inviting manner (decorating the envelopes is a great job for a youth group!). Hang the envelopes up on the wall in a conspicuous place.
Then do some great education about the ELCA Malaria Campaign in your congregation! You can find helpful resources on our web page, www.elca.org/malaria, under "resources" (or just click here!),
Invite members of the congregation to choose an envelope (or more than one envelope!) that they are comfortable with, fill it up with the appropriate amount of money - $1 for envelope number 1, $15 for envelope number 15, $98 for envelope number 98 - and return it to you. As the envelopes disappear from the wall, your fundraising totals rack up! This simple activity can really inspire a large amount of generosity.
To make the gifts extra special, stuff each envelope with a thank-you note and an ELCA Malaria Campaign sticker for the donor.
If you'd like to help people visualize the impact that their gift will have, here are some helpful price points: