Most Christian congregations want to serve and to do good, but it can be difficult to find a project that truly makes an impact on both the giver and the receiver. Watch the video “The Living Water Project” as it follows one congregation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through their hugely successful fundraiser – it not only changes the lives of those they are fundraising for, but this fundraising activity has a profoundly positive influence on those who perform the service.
Miles for pledges
Gather donation pledges for every mile you run or walk. Commit to run or walk a mile for every X number of dollars donated, or commit to a set number of miles and solicit donations for doing so. One family raised several thousand dollars by committing to run one mile in a designated week for every $10 donated. Another running club highlighted in the “What will you do” video raised $1 for every mile and ran 10,000 miles in one summer.
Enlist your extended family, neighborhood, work team, or any group in sponsoring a borehole together. In lieu of Christmas presents for each other, an extended family could commit to sponsoring a borehole. Alternatively, family members could donate and sponsor a borehole together as a gift to other family members or in honor of other family members. It is a wonderful gift to see the pictures and videos of the smiling faces of the villagers whose lives were changed by this selfless gift. One high school student created a fundraiser for a school project. See how she did it.