Fundraising Basics

Personal Donations

Personal donations are $100 (trips w/o plane tickets), $150 (trips w/ plane tickets & under $2,000), or $200 (trips w/ plane tickets & $2,000+). They are non-refundable and to be paid by the participant or their immediate family within 14 days of completion of registration. The money covers the following:

  • Plane ticket deposit (if applicable)
  • Missions fee (travel/health insurance, team leader subsidy, business reply envelopes, other administrative costs)

Donation instructions can be found below in the How to Donate section.

Where To Start

It is important to understand the fundraising process before beginning. Team members are not just asking people to give them money so they can travel somewhere; they are inviting others to be a part of their ministry. Mission trip fundraising is as much of a spiritual process as it is a financial one.  Cover the process in prayer, and consider the many examples of fundraising (both financial and physical resources) found within scripture. Consult with your team leaders and missions coordinator for additional resources and insight.

Writing Letters

Prior to writing a single letter, come up with a list of at least 40 contacts to whom the letters will be sent. Brainstorm different categories of people (family, friends, churches, local contacts, et al.) and then add people within each category. Seek assistance from others (family members, team members) in coming up with potential supporters.

Please use the following template for your letters; please note that sections in blue are to be completed by or with support from one of your team leaders, and the red sections are for you to complete on your own.

Letter Template

How To Donate

CREDIT CARD: Use the button below and complete the form through our secure server.

Donate via Card

CHECK: Payable to Lipscomb University with participant's name, trip name in the memo line. Mail in one of the business reply envelopes provided by Lipscomb Missions (postage already paid - pick up from our offices and mail with your letters), or deliver to our offices: Ezell 231, 235, 237, or 238.

CASH: Least preferred method. Deliver to our offices. Include documentation stating donor name, mailing address, L# (if applicable) and amount.

*All donations are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a tax receipt in the mail from the university

Monitoring Fundraising

Team members can check their progress at any time. We provide daily updates to each team's financial roster. To access a team's financial roster, use the button below. Log in using the credentials provided following the completion of registration. Select the time frame and team name, which opens a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (note: if you do not have Microsoft Office software on your computer, you will not be able to view). The sheet will include each team member's total, the team total, and other information. At the bottom, each team member has a tab that can be viewed in order to see who donated to them.

Track Fundraising

Following Up

It is important for team members to maintain communication with their donors. Since they are now a part of your ministry, it is vital to keep them informed. Create a blog, provide periodical updates via phone or email, send thank you notes, and contact your partners following the trip to keep them informed and actively involved in your ministry. This is the most effective way to maintain support for extended periods of time and develop true partnership with your supporters.