Church Congregation

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.

Family/Group Sponsorship

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.

The virtual event concept will allow you to participate no matter where you live. In order to raise awareness and additional funds, we encourage you to plan your own event and invite your neighbors and friends. Below are a few ideas to help you get started. You can check out the tools page for additional resources.

Hold your own Walk 4 Water event

Hold an event at a park or other similar location with games, relay races, various competitions and activities, bounce houses, slides, etc. You can create an activity to allow everyone to experience what it’s like for African women and children to carry water, either by hand or on their heads, and run other water-related games.

Dinner Night

One family hosts an annual Navajo Taco Dinner night in their backyard. They invite all of their friends and neighbors to share a meal together and participate in donating to sponsor a borehole. Taking a few minutes during the evening to educate guests about the need for clean water and/or to show one of our videos is always a nice touch. (You will find flyers, pictures, videos, etc. for your use on our fundraising tools page). You can even consider joining forces with friends to divide the workload. Multiple times this family has been successful at raising all of the needed funds to sponsor an entire borehole in just one fun evening.

Hold a Class or Clinic

You can teach a new skill – run a soccer skills clinic, teach a jewelry-making class, or anything you have expertise – the possibilities are endless. You can charge a flat entrance fee, ask for donations, or a combination of the two. Finding a way to teach participants about the global water crisis and/or to show one of our videos either prior to or during the event, can increase your fundraising success. (You will find flyers, pictures, videos, etc. for your use on our fundraising tools page.)

Ways Children Can Participate

Children love to be involved and get excited about helping children in another part of the world. You can enlist your children in any of the ideas above. They also like having a bake sale, donating lemonade stand money, or helping with a car wash. Remind them that every dollar they raise will give water to one person for the rest of their lives. It is impressive how they can change a life with such a relatively small amount of money.

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