Über practical fundraising: Sell custom t-shirts (5 steps)
Selling 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.
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.
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.
Written by CJ