Mission trip fundraisers can be some of the most important fundraising that your church does. Mission trips are essential to helping the world and spreading the message of God, and with a group of enthusiastic missionaries on your side, you've already got a good head start into having a successful fundraiser.

But there's more to it than that - if you've never done a fundraiser before, you might be surprised at how much planning and organizing is involved. It's not too difficult, but it does require your full attention, and if you can get that initial planning process done right, the other aspects of running mission trip fundraising will go a lot more smoothly.

The first thing you want to do is sit down and work out how much you need. This is not something you want to do in ballpark figures; get out a calculator and a notebook and work it out as accurately as you can. Travel expenses are usually the biggest issue, as well as travel insurance for everyone in your group. What kind of accommodation will you have when you get there? Will there be additional costs for food and daily living expenses?

For mission trip fundraisers to go well, you need to have the clearest goal possible, so that you know what you're aiming for.

Fundraising for an exact amount works a lot better than the general goal of raising "as much as possible," because as the amount goes up, you feel like you're getting somewhere. Next you want to choose a fundraising project that matches your group and your supporters.

We have pages of mission trip fundraisers for you to browse, and we're sure you'll find something in there that gives you some inspirational ideas. If you need advice or help choosing, your fundraising consultant can give you all the information you need to help make the best choice possible.