How to Raise Money for a Mission Trip Using Bracelets
Mission trips are an excellent way for both youth and adults to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you are building medical clinics for the less fortunate, or teaching arithmetic to children across the globe, you need a way to raise funds for your trip. There are lots of ways you can raise funds—sell t-shirts, perform labor, partner with a local business, etc. Did you know that some of the most successful fundraising efforts include multiple revenue sources? In this article, you will learn how to raise money for a mission trip using bracelets.
Why Raise Money with Silicone Bracelets?
Silicone bracelets are the ultimate fundraising item because they offer a very high profit margin, making it easy to achieve your fundraising goal. Here is an example: let’s say your goal is to raise $1000. You decide to sell printed silicone bracelets for $5 apiece. The bracelets you buy cost $0.52. You will only need to sell 224 bracelets to reach your goal. You can use the equation below to figure out how many bracelets you need to sell to achieve your goal.
[Revenue Goal]/([sales price]-[cost per unit])= [number of bands]
You can also request sponsorship from a local business, a family member, or your community to help cover the cost of the bracelets, thus helping you raise more money faster. It is important to also keep in mind that if you are doing more than one fundraising activity, you should have a specific goal for each activity. This will determine how many bracelets you need, and also your cost per unit. That said, if selling bracelets is your only fundraising activity, there is no need to adjust your revenue goal.
Next, let’s discuss the process of raising funds with silicone bracelets.
Step One: Create Your Bracelets
Designing the perfect silicone bracelets for your fundraising efforts might be the most fun part of this whole operation. Before we get too deep into the weeds, it is important to understand the difference between the different styles you can choose from.
Debossed silicone bracelets are made with a laser engraver or mold. Your design is sunken into the surface of the silicone band and can be felt. On the other hand, embossed bracelets have the design raised from the surface of the band. Wristband Resources™ allows you to personalize your bands by choosing your font, text size, and up to four graphics.
Our printed silicone bracelets are made using silk-screen technology. The way it works is simple. You customize the bracelet to your liking and we print it over the top layer of the band, leaving a smooth, sleek texture.
Ink-injected bracelets combine debossing and printing to create a great bracelet. First, we engrave your custom design into the band before it gets injected with long-lasting ink. This guarantees that your design will be protected from wearing over time.
Color-coated bracelets are two-toned and fully customizable. The customization gets etched into the exterior layer of the band before being filled with ink matching the interior color of the band. This design displays the text more vividly and adds an artistic touch.
Now that you understand the different silicone bracelets styles, it is time to create your perfect design. Take some time to consider what you want the band to say. What is going to make people want to buy them, aside from supporting you, of course? Is there a certain Bible passage that relates to your mission? Is there a verse or an acronym that is dear to you? Take some time to brainstorm this before moving on.
Choose Your Color
We offer a plethora of different band colors, including different color segments and swirled bands. Select the bands, the colors, and the quantities of each that you would like.
Create Your Design
Now it is time to use our custom configuration tool to make your design come to life. I encourage you to take some time on this step. Play around with the different text sizes, fonts, and graphics. To locate faith-themed graphics, click Change under Add Graphic. Then click the dropdown menu and scroll to Religious. There you will find our collection of different religious graphics that you are welcome to use. Once done designing your bracelets, be sure to double-check that everything is correct.
Once you finish creating your amazing design, just select your shipping and production time, approve your design, and add it to the cart. You know the rest.
Step Two: Start Making Sales
Word of Mouth
The easiest way to start making sales on your new bracelets is to talk about your mission and what you wish to accomplish. Be charismatic, passionate, and conversational. You might be surprised how many people will want to support you! It is important that you keep a few bracelets on your person at all times so that you can complete a sale whenever the opportunity should arise. Keep a small stash with you when you go to school, work, or church.
You can rely on other people and other channels to get the word out about your fundraising. Talk to your teachers, ministers, and other leaders in your community. Ask that they help you spread the word. For instance, a teacher or a minister can make an announcement to their class or congregation and ask for support on your behalf. Talk to local businesses and see if they might be willing to sell your bracelets on your behalf. You can also reach many people that are likely to support you via social media channels.
If you are doing more than one fundraising activity, you might be able to upsell your bracelets to raise more money. For instance, if you or your church is raising money through a bake sale, make it known that you are also selling bracelets. You might just sell a few. Or if you are mowing lawns to raise money, you can ask your customer if they would also like to support you by purchasing a bracelet. It is that simple!
Step Three: Bookkeeping
You never want to come off as unorganized when you are trying to fundraise. That is one of the easiest ways to lose somebody’s trust, which is a big factor in one’s decision to support you. Throughout the course of your fundraising efforts, you will collect a lot of cash, checks, and electronic payments. For your cash, we recommend keeping a separate envelope with you so your cash doesn’t accidentally get confused with the money you have been raising for your mission trip. But what about your electronic payments and checks? To stay organized, you can open a checking account with a bank or credit union that you trust to keep this money separate from your personal money. You can transfer your electronic payments to the account and deposit cash and checks. Trust me, your fundraising will be much easier this way.
We Are Here to Support You
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