<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1758373551078632&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

7 Ways to Fund Your VBS

VBS is a big event at any church. It takes a commitment of people, time, and financial resources to offer a quality program. How will you meet your financial challenges? Here are some ideas on how to fund your VBS.


Church budgets

Many churches cover some or all VBS expenses in their congregational budget. Others offset costs with donation, registration fees, sponsorships or fundraising.


Registration Fees

Some congregations have strong feelings about not charging for outreach or educational programs such as VBS. Others find that parents are accustomed to paying fees for their children’s activities and don’t find it limiting. Asking staff and key leaders for their perspectives will help you decide which options to choose. 

Sponsor a child

Many churches give members an opportunity to sponsor a child’s week. After you’ve done your budget, figure out a cost per child and give church members the opportunity to contribute that amount to send a child to VBS. Use the Sponsor Letter and Sponsor Certificate to recruit and thank your benefactors (on Director CD).

Sponsor a site

Ask church members to sponsor their favorite VBS site. Figure out the costs of leader and student resources for each site to set a sponsorship price. Thank site sponsors in the same ways you recognize those who sponsor children.

Seek donations

Take a special VBS offering at church, or ask church groups, such as Bible classes or the men’s or women’s groups, to donate for VBS. Visit the groups to share your VBS purpose and goals so they understand how VBS fits into your church’s mission.

Host a Fundraiser

Old standards like car washes, bake sales, ice cream socials, and silent auctions do work! Use the fund-raiser event to promote the theme and dates of your VBS. If you're stuck on coming up with ideas for fundraisers, check out this post on our fundraising favorites.

Give thanks

Publicly thank donors and sponsors by listing names in bulletins and newsletters. Post pictures of your VBS on a bulletin board during and after VBS and add a thank-you note for all.

Featured

prayers-for-holy-week

Prayers for Holy Week

This Holy Week, spend some dedicated time in prayer meditating on these words.

easter-blog

Free Easter Children’s Message: The Empty Egg

In this children’s message, an empty Easter egg symbolizes the empty tomb.

music-important-to-luther

Why Music Is Important in Church According to Luther

Of the Protestant reformers of his time, only Luther unhesitatingly commended the use of music in the life and worship of the church.

Latest

easter-blog

Free Easter Children’s Message: The Empty Egg

In this children’s message, an empty Easter egg symbolizes the empty tomb.

parables

Teaching Parables: The Lost Sheep

What can we teach children regarding Christian love for the lost sheep? How can we teach children to care for the lost?

teaching-contrasts-to-children-with-biblical-examples

Teaching Contrasts to Children Using Biblical Examples

Teach contrasts with Bible stories, so children are learning to contrast items while actively thinking about Scripture, not just reading...