If you’re wanting to plan a youth group fundraiser for the coming season, here are 5 great Easter fundraising ideas:
1. Easter Baskets
The first fundraising idea is to put together and sell baskets full of all kinds of Easter goodies – candy, eggs, books, stuffed animals, etc. It’s also worth contacting local businesses to see if they’ll donate any goods or vouchers (e.g. free coffee at a local coffee shop). If you’re able to specify what your fundraiser is for (e.g. specific youth group activities, to buy new equipment, etc), they may be more likely to donate.
There are then a couple of ways that these can then be sold:
a) For your group – With this option, calculate how much the baskets and their contents will cost, then add an additional amount for the fundraising profit. For example, if your baskets cost $20 to put together, you could sell them for $30 and make $10 profit on each one.
b) For your community – If you want to benefit a local children’s charity or women’s shelter, another option is to sell the baskets on a Buy One Give One Free basis. With this option, if your baskets cost $20 to put together, sell them for $40 and for each basket that’s sold, give one to the local charity. This won’t make your youth group any money, but can be a great way for your youth to serve others.
2. Easter Egg Hunt
Organize an Easter egg hunt and charge for entry. Don;t make it too expensive, but you’ll need to charge enough to pay for the eggs, candy, etc while also allowing for some profit on top.
This option can also be combined with other ways of raising money, like simultaneously running a Krispy Kreme fundraiser. You could also sell bottles of water to thirsty participants – simply buy a case of water for $4 and sell each bottle for $1 each, thereby making $20 profit on each case.
Alternatively, some of the other ideas on this page will work well, particularly as they’re all Easter fundraising ideas too.
3. A Cracking Idea
This is an Easter youth group fundraiser that your young people will definitely be on board with! For this, buy dozens of eggs and hard boil one egg out of every dozen. You’ll also need some Easter-themed prizes – one prize for each dozen.
You’ll then need a number of volunteers who are good sports. If you’re a church youth group, the youth pastor, head pastor and other church leaders would be perfect for this. If you’re a local non-profit, see if the CEO and other well-known community members would be willing to be on the receiving end of this game.
Have the volunteers sit on chairs. People can then pay $1 or $2 to crack an egg on one of the volunteers’ heads. If it’s uncooked then they don’t win a prize (but really, cracking the egg on the head is a win!) If they pick the hard boiled egg, they win one of the Easter prizes, although this is more of a commiseration prize.
The more volunteers you have the better, as this will hopefully mean people will take part in this Easter fundraiser more than once. If you charge $2 a turn, this should mean you raise approx. $15-$20 for every dozen eggs (depending on how much you spend on prizes).
4. Eggs-cellent Guess
Get a large jar and fill it with as many candy eggs as you can – Whopper’s Robin Eggs or Cadbury’s Mini Eggs are perfect for this.
People then pay to guess how many eggs are in the jar, with the person whose guess is closest winning the jar, complete with eggs. The cost to enter this fundraiser will vary depending on how much the jar and eggs cost, as well as how many people you’re anticipating will take part.
5. Easter Egg Decorating Competition
Get all the equipment you’ll need to decorate some eggs, as well as some prizes. Similar to the Easter baskets option above, contact some local businesses to see if they’ll donate any goods or services – paying less for prizes will maximize the fundraiser.
Supporters then pay to decorate an egg and enter it into a competition to see which one looks the best. If you’ll have enough participants, judge them based on different age groups, such as 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-25, 26-50 and 51+.
If you liked these youth group activities, check out all our other fundraisers.
Question: What other great Easter fundraising ideas do you know of? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
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