The cost of medical missions is one of the biggest obstacles that keep people from serving.

Between plane tickets, organization cost, and supplies, the cost of everything adds up quickly! But don’t let the dollar amount of a medical mission’s trip hold you back!

Below is a list of the best fundraising tips to help you attend a mission’s trip without going into debt.


  1. Host a meal

Whether at a church or local event center, schedule a pancake breakfast, taco bar, or spaghetti dinner and collect proceeds to go toward your mission’s trip. Set a suggested donation and many will give more. It’s a win-win as guests will receive dinner and fellowship while you are raising money and sharing your story with those who want to support you!


  1. Plan an auction

Local vendors will often gladly donate items to a worthy cause. Donations give them exposure and give you the opportunity to auction items off without costing you. Your trip will profit 100% from the sale, and many people are quite generous at these events!


  1. Send support letters to friends and family.

Outline the trip and, more importantly, your “why” in a message to your loved ones. Letters don’t put people on the spot but give them time to pray and think about ways they can help. Also, many people acknowledge the benefits of mission’s trips but are unable to attend. Giving generously is another way to serve.


  1. Sell handmade items

Let your DIY side come out! Create homemade items such as soaps, baked goods, jewelry, photography prints, etc. Look at crafts on Pinterest, try a few, and then sell the ones that turn out the best!


  1. Offer a service

Pick a skill and offer your services: lawn care, babysitting, coaching, cleaning, car washing, and more! People are more than willing to pay for a service when they know their money is used for good. Brainstorm service ideas and get others involved to help! Remember, you can’t expect or ask for donations if you aren’t willing to work for them!


  1. Sports tournament

Raise money from a weekend sports tournament. Whether baseball or golf, gather your community together for a great time! Charge an entry fee and allow businesses to pay for advertisements on game day. Provide basic snacks and start spreading the word about the tournament early on so you can expect a positive turnout!


  1. Plan a workshop

Do you have a unique skillset like cooking, sewing, blogging, art, or something else? Plan a workshop where you invite friends and family to pay and learn skills in your area of expertise.


  1. Get a fundraising website

Free websites are available and dedicated to promoting your cause. Check into Razoo ( ).Sites like this are easy to share with friends and help you easily keep track of your fundraising goals.


Good luck on your fundraising efforts! Tell us in the comments if you have any additional ideas to add to our list!