Why raise funds?

Why raise funds

because every $360 you raise can help feed and care for a child for a year!

The Famine is about saving kids’ lives. So without fundraising, the Famine is just a nice idea. When their families don’t have money for food and other basics, kids don’t eat. Making a difference has never been cheap or easy. It’s always been hard — and satisfying.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:5 that “whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” And James puts it bluntly (as usual): “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16, NIV).

how to fundraise: hotlinks

Set up your online fundraising page
Create your team, customize your page, send the link to everyone you know, and track your progress

Choose your goal
Use these formulas to help you set group and individual student goals

Choose where your $$$ goes
Designate your funds to a region of your choice

Get rewards
Check out the latest student rewards and this year’s leader reward

Famine Study Tour
Qualifying students are eligible for the trip of a lifetime. Great for college applications!

Fundraising tools
Download these helpful materials

Ideas for fundraising
Browse tons of fun fundraising ideas that really work

8 fundraising tips and tricks

1. Fundraise online. It’s fast, it’s easy, and you’ll raise more (with less work) if you do. Bonus: Students who raise at least $30 online get a FREE $10 gift card to Jedidiah, a humanitarian-focused apparel brand.

2. Brainstorm with your group. If it’s their brilliant fundraising idea, they’ll be more gung-ho about it.

3. Give receipts. Who doesn’t want lower taxes? Remind students to give each donor a tax-deductible receipt. More about receipts and where to find them.

4. LARP. Live-action role-play! Have students practice asking each other for donations using the script in their Student Guide. Make it fun with silly skits like “how not to ask for $$$.”

5. Find match-makers. Ask local businesses to match every dollar your group raises. They get good press, your students get great motivation.

6. Be memorable. Print this fundraising flyer for your students to leave with everyone they ask for donations.

7. Don’t settle for the IOU. Encourage students to get donations up front whenever possible. It’s way better than having to collect later.

8. Grow-a-leader (of the student variety!). Select one or more capable students as fundraising coordinators — have them explain the student materials to your group and organize a group event with a specific dollar goal. They get leadership experience, you get a shorter to-do list. Win-win.


“I was changed by the Famine because . . . it really opened my eyes to the poverty that exists in the world and how much we can make a difference! I would have never guessed that $30 — the cost to feed and care for a child for a month — could have such an impact on a person’s life.”

—Carter, Famine participant
Carter holds the student fundraising record of $30,000!