Fundraising 101

You’ve heard the small whisper, the call to something new. God has called you to United Life Academy. Excitement builds…and then you see it. There is a price to pay to attend ULA. All of a sudden you start to wonder if you’re really supposed to go. Why is it so easy to trust that we heard the call but not as easy to trust God for the provisions? We believe that if God calls you to this journey then He will also provide for you the necessary funds. Fundraising shouldn’t be scary, and we are committed to helping you through the process. So, take a deep breath and just follow the steps.

A New Perspective

Fundraising shouldn’t be scary, but you may find that you will be challenged in new areas. God will teach you more about trusting Him and how He loves you and will provide for you. You will also be challenged to step out and talk with people about what God is doing. This may require some people to step out of their comfort zone a little bit. In the end, God will pay for the thing He has called you to do. It’s important that you believe that. If you do your part to reach out and invite people to join you in ministry, He will put it on their hearts to give and invest in you.

Why Fundraising?

Fundraising is a part of your journey just as much as attending ULA. You need both the financial support and prayer support from those close to you in your life, and they need you to share the stories of what God is doing in you and through you. As the one who is attending ULA, you are responsible for building a network of people who are your support system. Your donors are ultimately sowing into the Kingdom. It’s time we changed our thinking about fundraising. It’s not about getting the money to pay for your tuition, travels, and bills. Fundraising is about connecting the entire Body of Christ and inviting them to be part of what God is doing. It’s about the body of Christ joining together to see God’s Kingdom come.

How Do I Fundraise?

First off, know that you are not alone in this process. Staff here at ULA are committed to helping guide you along in the process. Until arrival at ULA staff will be available to help you present your vision for attending ULA as well as encourage you when it gets tough. They will also hold you accountable to the responsibilities you have with fundraising.

We encourage you to engage with potential donors through personal communication. We want you to share your vision and calling and invite them to be a part of what God is going to do in and through your life. By connecting on a personal level, you get donors who are involved, praying, and invested. You can have fun with it and get creative!  There are many fundraisers out there that can help.  Our staff can help you determine which fundraisers may help you. You can also use these as new opportunities to share what God is doing and engage with more people on a personal level.

Testimony

I was called to the mission field in 2010. I needed to raise close to $16,000 in a short amount of time. I knew that God had called me to this but I was not thrilled about raising the money. I was a broke college student and didn’t have much hope that I would be able to scrape up all that I needed by my own means. It seemed impossible. I was constantly asking God to remind me that I was supposed to go and show up financially. And He did! Everything from the initial deposit to the last penny raised, He provided it all. I was on the field and had 1 month to raise $6,000. One day I was at an internet cafe in Uganda catching up with friends and family at home. Right before I was about to leave something told me to check my account balance. As I opened the page my jaw dropped at what I saw. My account had gone above and beyond what I needed! There were 3 donations that had recently been put in. I blinked a few times and rubbed my eyes to make sure that what I saw was actually a $6,000 anonymous donation. It was. When you’re meant to go, He makes it happen.

-ULA Staff Member