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girlie*
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I have recently become more envolved with my church, and I am going on a mission trip overseas(new to me, i have never done anything like this) . It is a couple of weeks long, and I am a couple of thousand dollars short. Does anyone know of scholarships given out for this or good fundraisers? I am just checking everywhere that i can.. Thanks!
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Fundraiser's, eh?

Dinners. Lots of dinners. Luncheon's, too. You write a decent donation letter, and go out to all of your local grocers. You usually get about $25 of merchandise. You can probably serve it in your church. Charch $8-10 a person. Have some entertainment and raffles.

On a good day, my organization will make about $700. That's after expenses. If all is donated, then it's all profit.

Other's going on the trip can help serve.

Advertise like crazy.

Have a local band that wants publicity? Ask them to play. It get's them an audience, and you get $5 a head.

See's Candy and other candy sales are good, but only if you have the manpower to do it.

More raffles. Get donations for it.

Check with your local business. Some may have a matching funds program. Boeing and Microsoft do, but you wouldn't be eligible seeing as this is a religion-based trip. They don't do that.

I'll think of more later.

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Missionary work is pretty controversial due to its effects on the traditions and integrity of indigenous cultures and people, we'd prefer this discussion only touch upon general fundraising tips as may be applicable to any cause or function.

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girlie*
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Thanks for all of the ideas!
Also though, why does it matter that it is a touchy topic... most of the things on this site are touchy.
I am not pressing it on anyone. I just wondered if anyone knew of websites or other related places for specific help.(keep in mind, i didn't mean for any of this to sound rude, i just dont understand.)

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It's iffy here specifically girlie, because we have a guideline regarding prosletyzing not being acceptable here. That isn't cut and dry in this case because you're asking for assistance, essentially to do it elsewhere, not here, but it's related enough that I know it makes me slightly uncomfortable.

In a more general way, the controversy with missionary work is that historically, a great majority of missionaries and groups have essentially made impoverished indigenous cultures trade their traditions, their religion, and their cultures (and in the worst cases, their children, families, land, etc. when they would not, Austrailia is a good historical example of that -- if your library doesn't have anything to offer and you're interested, you could rent the movie "Rabbit-Proof Fence" though be warned, it is incredibly upsetting) for food, work or care if they agreed to convert to the religion of the missionaries.

Obviously, that doesn't have to be a rule for missionaries, it's all going to depend on a given groups approach, but unfortunately, all too often, missionary work does tend to be at a minimum, disrespectful of an existing regions traditions. And extreme examples of that tend not to be rarities, thus why it is controversial.


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