Missions is exciting! God is calling people to the nations to share his love and do his work. But let's be honest: short term missions trips are expensive. But there's good news: God intends to bring in the finances needed to get you to where he has called you to go!
Do any of these sound like you:
If so, this is the perfect course for you. SendGo instructor Jamie Donne is full time missionary who has also gone on a number of short term missions trips. In this course she'll show you the exact techniques she used to raise more than $4500 for her last trip to South East Asia. And if you follow her instructions, this course will MORE than pay for itself!
Included with this course are:
This course is a 4 week course designed to help you raise all of the funds you need as soon as possible. It also includes a bonus 5th week of tutorials so you know what to do after you get back from your missions trip.
So what are you waiting for? Enroll today and see God move on your behalf and fund the dream he has put in your heart.
Jamie Donne is a fully-funded missionary. Last year she went to South East Asia to bring the message of the Gospel to the poorest of the poor. Within a week of fundraising, she had raised 80% of her trip budget, and within two weeks she had raised more than $4500.
If you're thinking about going on a short term missions trip, you may be wondering whether or not you should raise support for the funds. In this video, you'll see why support raising is by far the best way to raise money for short term missions. You'll learn:
By the end of this video you'll see that raising support for your short term missions trip is by far the best way to get fully funded and get to the nations.
If you do not have a Google account, this tutorial will show you how to set one up.
Today you'll explore the overview of the support raising strategy for short term missions trip. The most important part of the strategy is valuing multiple touch points. You want to engage people in many ways about your trip and what you'll be doing.
Today you're crafting a personal vision statement. Before you can invite someone to support your short term missions trip, you must be able to clearly state what you're doing and why you're doing it in a way that inspires people.
Who can you invite to give? Today you'll make a list of everyone you could possibly ask, as well as identify potential "anchor donors" for your team.
It's time to start writing your support raising letter! Using your vision statement as starting point, you'll craft an invitation for people on your list to give that you will mail out net week. Click the resources link to see a sample letter that you can use to craft your own and a budget tool to create an accurate goal.
Continue writing your letter. Does it have a clear ask? Are all of the giving details in place? Make sure people know how to easily partner with you in your trip.
Use this tool to reach out to all of you networks and get their most up to date contact information. You'll need updated contact information to send letters and make phone calls. This tool includes a form that you can message/text people so that they can give you updated mailing information in just a few seconds.
Today you're writing a script that you will use in your promo video for GoFundMe. Again, you'll use your vision statement so that there is consistency in your support raising across many platforms.
It's time to shoot your video! Here are some practical tips for how to make it awesome.
Youtube makes it easy to publish video to the internet right from your phone or laptop. Use this tutorial to upload your video, but be sure to set the video to "unlisted," which means no one will see it without you deliberately sending the link. Then, you can add the video link to your GoFundMe account and be certain that you control when you launch (next week) so that people are seeing your video online the same day they're getting a letter from you in the mail.
Envelopes are a really important part of your support raising process. Details are everything. Take time to hand address your envelopes.
Today you're mailing your letters! This is a real milestone!
Today everything is launching! Your letters are arriving in mailboxes, and you're sharing your social media plan online! It's exciting!
You're sending emails to people today who might be interested in supporting you. Here are some best practices.
You've made an awesome GoFundMe account, and now people are sharing your video on Facebook. Here are some ways to engage with people so that everyone can be a part of what you're doing.
Once people have a chance to read your letter (that they got on Monday), it's time to call them and ask if they would like to be a part of supporting your missions trip. Here's what to do.
Use the sample phone script in the resources as a starting point for crafting your own phone script.
You want to continue to make phone calls today. Here are some do's and don'ts when it comes to inviting people to be a part of giving to your short term missions trip. Remember: support raising is about multiple touch points, so don't be discouraged if it takes a few passes to invite someone to join.
It's important to keep track of your donations in one place, and to have a record of who you've thanked (and who you haven't).
Once your support raising campaign has started to gain traction, you want to update people on how things are going. Not only do you want to celebrate what God is doing, but you also want to continue to keep your trip before people who are still thinking about giving to your trip.
It's time to say thank you! Gratitude not expressed is actually ingratitude.
When you make your phone calls, you might find it is a good idea to meet someone for coffee to tell them in person about your trip (this is particularly true for anchor donors). Here is what you should do when you are at coffee with a donor.
By now you should be seeing some results. If you're not, here are some ideas for what to try next.
At this point, you should already have some money coming in to your short term missions trip. If you don't, here are some things that you can examine to troubleshoot your support raising efforts.
This week we're exploring what to do when you get back from your trip. Here are some ideas for a graceful "re-entry" from your short term missions trip. Remember support raising for your trip doesn't end when you leave for your trip; it includes an intentional follow through.
Be proactive and schedule a follow-up coffee with your anchor donors. God wants to move on their hearts and share in the celebration of all he did through you on the trip.
Hundreds of people, through social media, are tracking with your short term missions trip. Even if they were not directly a part of the fund raising effort, they will enjoy hearing an update. Here's how to shoot an update video and what to include.
You spent a lot of time cultivating a list of contacts and potential givers. Now what? Here are some ideas.
Don't forget to keep in touch with people that you met on your trip. The Lord uses short term missions trips to "cross pollinate" ministries! In other words, what God wants to do with your trip doesn't end when you come home!
Thank you for taking this course! Our prayer is that you would get fully funded for your short term missions trip and see God's goodness in the nations.
I pastor students at a small liberal arts college and love seeing people launched into their callings. My heart is for the nations of the earth to know God. Money should never be an obstacle to getting launched into the world!