Fundraising Ideas

Fund a family farm

Global Farm Challenge Featured Fundraiser Talk about a transformation! A cow, a couple of goats, a dozen chicks, two pigs, farming tools, seeds, and agricultural training and support, for example, can help a family achieve a fresh start. Challenge your group to raise $715 to provide a family with new tools and support, so crops can grow stronger than ever. Eggs, milk and meat from the farm animals can be a life-changing source of food – to eat and sell on the market – helping a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty – for good.

Pass the pig

Raise awareness about world hunger by creating a game of “pass the pig.” Create and decorate a large cutout pig and place it around town at members’ homes or local businesses, and leave it there until a donation is made. Your group can also ask for early donations as “insurance” against getting passed the pig.

Noisy Offering

Ask worship attendees to fill watering cans, wheelbarrows or jars with change for two, three or four consecutive Sundays. Pass the containers at youth group, confirmation, congregation council and other meetings.

Build a barn

Use a toy farm set to create a farm scene near your congregation’s sanctuary or in the narthex. As you raise enough money to buy different animals, add the animals to your farm scene. You can also use paper or cloth cutouts to make the scene on your congregation’s bulletin board.


ELCA World Hunger's Global Farm Challenge

Working with global companion churches and trusted partners around the world, ELCA World Hunger dedicates approximately $8 million per year on sustainable-development-related projects.*

  • $50 buys a goat, whose milk can provide daily nutrition for children and their families. Goats can go where other animals can’t, surviving in some of the world’s harshest environments.
  • $75 sends a woman to farmer’s field school. Women are the force behind half the world’s food production but often lack access to land, supplies and education. When attending farmers’ field school, women learn the latest advances in agriculture, marketing and leadership, and help nourish their families and communities.
  • $200 starts a community vegetable garden, resulting in plenty of tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, beans, cassava and other vegetables to go around.
  • $500 buys a cow, which can produce as many as 3 gallons per day of nutritious, calcium-packed milk for families to drink.
  • $715 helps a family farm get a fresh start – a cow, a couple of goats, a dozen chicks, two pigs, farming tools, seeds, and agricultural training and support.
  • $2,500 creates community access to water with a well. A simple water well, spring box or other water point offers access to clean, safe water to as many as 500 families. Lack of access to safe water is one of the biggest challenges to overcoming poverty, so this gift offers a powerful opportunity to create lasting change.

What do I do with my offering?
The easiest way to fundraise for the Global Farm Challenge is online at There you’ll set up a fundraising page, either as an individual or on behalf of your team, youth group or congregation, and you’ll be able to track progress toward your goal in real time!

If you hosted an event or collected an offering in your congregation and received check donations, you can mail them to the address below:

P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Please make your checks payable to “ELCA World Hunger” and include “Global Farm Challenge” on the memo line so it can be included in the national total.

* The projects listed here are examples of work being done in programs supported by funds from ELCA World Hunger. Because we seek to honor your generosity and keep administrative costs low, the ELCA does not track individual gifts to specific families or locations in the United States or abroad. These gifts will support sustainable-development-related projects where needed most, so your donation has the biggest impact.

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