Fundraising is one of those areas where people are often confused about what is acceptable and what is not. While church fundraising is not uncommon, it does fall outside the range of most people’s everyday activities, so it is helpful to draw up some sort of document, a kind of church fundraising policy, that will help spell out guidelines for church fundraising standards and practices. Having a church fundraising policy is an easy way to make sure that everyone involved in your church fundraising knows exactly what is expected of them, and what sort of restrictions govern their behavior with regard to church fundraising.
A church fundraising policy is basically a way to outline the church’s code of fundraising ethics, and its expectations for church fundraising conduct. Especially if you tend to have large fundraising teams or teams with kids on them, you may have some people who aren’t aware of what they can and cannot do, and a church fundraising policy can help clear up any confusion.
Your church fundraising policy does not have to be long or complicated – it can be as simple as a list of rules for how church fundraising should be conducted. There are two aspects to this church fundraising policy: the points defining how fundraising teams behave when presenting their church fundraising to the public, and the points defining how the church handles funds once they have come in. For example, it should be made clear in the church fundraising policy that fundraising teams will never misrepresent or conceal the purpose for their fundraisers. They should also behave in a manner consistent with the standards of the church. The church itself should outline in its church fundraising policy the ways in which it intends to keep track of the money that is spent, and how it will make that information available to the public. A good church fundraising policy helps keep everyone on the right track and makes sure that all parts of your church fundraising effort are working as efficiently and ethically as possible.