Über practical fundraising: Sell custom t-shirts (5 steps)
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Über practical fundraising: Sell custom t-shirts (5 steps)

How to sell custom t-shirts to raise support for your mission tripSelling custom t-shirts is not just a great way to raise funds. It’s a great way to spread the word about your mission trip, and serves as a constant reminder for the person that buys the shirt. Best of all, you don’t have to know a thing about graphic design.

Time Required

30 minutes of planning + 10 days for production and shipping + 1 month to sell all of the t-shirts

How to pull it off

Step 1: Think through how many shirts you want and the design you’re thinking about. Tip: You can take pre-orders from your friends so that you know exactly how many shirts to order!

Step 2: Visit FundtheNations.com. Click on “Contact.”

Step 3: Fill out the form with the information that they need. (You don’t have to have any t-shirt design experience.)

Step 4: Fund the Nations will contact you with a sweet t-shirt design. After you approve a t-shirt design, you’ll pay for the t-shirts, and they’ll go into production.

Step 5: After the shirts arrive at your doorstep, fulfill your pre-orders. If you ordered extra t-shirts, post about them on social media, and email your friends and family. Take the t-shirts with you to school, work, and church. People will be more likely to buy if the shirt is right in front of them!

How much money can I raise?

The average t-shirt cost (for you) will be around $7 (it varies a little based on the specific t-shirt and your design). If you sell the t-shirts for $20, you will net $13 for your mission trip.

Making a profit of $13 per shirt means that if you sell 40 t-shirts, you will raise $520 for your mission trip.

This works best for...

This works great for people that don’t want to host one large fundraising event (date night, restaurant fundraiser, etc.). This is a great option that enables you to raise funds on an ongoing basis.

Pro tips

Consider a small t-shirt order to start. (“Small” will vary with the size of your social circle, but maybe around 20 shirts). If you sell all of those, you can always re-order more shirts. You don’t want to order 100 t-shirts and get stuck with 50 left over if the t-shirt sales don’t go how you hope.

If you have a PayPal account, offer to accept payment via PayPal for the shirts. This comes in handy if someone wants to buy a shirt, but doesn’t have any cash on them. (Tip: If they select “Friends and Family” under the payment options, you won’t have to pay a transaction fee to PayPal.)

Consider discounting t-shirts if people buy more than one. For example: You could advertise “Buy 1 for $20 or 2 for $35.” This encourages people to consider buying a second shirt to give to a family member or friend.

Ready, set, go

It’s time to get started! You can do it. Remember: God knows exactly how much money you need to fundraise. And He’s not worried about it. So get out there, have some fun, and enjoy the process.


Note: Prepare My Mission is not affiliated with Fund the Nations, and they have not paid to be listed or recommended. We are just passionate about helping you raise the support you need for your mission trip.


Written by CJ