World Race Fundraising 101

An Introduction to Missionary Fundraising

Why Fundraising?

We all know from experience, asking for money is hard. “Why not just save up money for my trip?”

We hear questions like this everyday from people preparing to go on the World Race. While there's nothing wrong with putting your own money toward missions, we'd like to present a different way of thinking about fundraising: it's not just about the money.

This isn't a vacation. This is Kingdom work! Support raising is about building up a team to join you in your mission to share Jesus with the world.

World Racers often say fundraising is the first step in their journey to deeper faith and trust in God's provision. Fundraising allows people, who may never be able to leave their local community, to bring the Gospel to the nations- through you! Through fundraising, you're also creating a vital network of prayer support throughout your journey. When you ask people to support your mission work you are inviting them to be a part of God's work to build His Kingdom. Read more about this here.

What Does Your World Race Fundraising Goal Cover?

The funds you raise cover all practical costs for your Race, including meals, lodging, air, land, and sea travel, medical insurance, and ministry costs. This also covers administrative costs, set-up, coaching, leadership development, debriefs, Training Camp, and Project Searchlight (a week long debrief and conference one month after you return.)

How Do I Fundraise?

You will not be alone in this journey. Once you are accepted, your Admissions Advisor will provide you with resources and instructions for fundraising and help coach you through the process. They will check in with you, help you with ideas, and hold you accountable to the responsibilities you have with fundraising.

Austin Ulsh

My fundraising Journey was "easy" in that the Lord provided in abundance. It allowed me to see the Lord's goodness and faithfulness in His abundant provision for my trip.

Austin Ulsh
Lindsay Sullivan

Before applying, the only thing that was stopping me was the grand total with a big fat "FUNDRAISING." I was extremely intimidated but simply asked God "if this is something You want me to pursue, please make Fundraising fun for me." He answered this prayer and blew my expectations out of the water, not only did I actually have FUN fundraising gasp, but I also discovered so much creativity within myself through the process!

Lindsay Sullivan
Drew Stamey

My fundraising journey has been so much more of a blessing than I ever expected. The Lord has shown me that it's about more than just asking for money; it's a chance to welcome people into what the Lord is doing in the world. When I realized this, I started to feeling blessed every time I encounter my supporters, and I truly think they consider it a blessing as well.

Drew Stamey

The best way to get someone to donate is to directly ask. We encourage you to build a team of supporters through personal connection and communication. We want you to share your vision and calling to this ministry and invite them to be a part of what God is going to do through you (and through them by partnering with you) on the World Race.

The first step in this is writing a support letter. After that, many World Racers put together creative fundraisers to help them get the necessary funds including:

Adopt a box

Pancake breakfast

Garage sale


Car wash

Bake sale

Partner with local businesses

Ask your Advisor for suggestions about other things people do and visit #wrfundraising on Instagram for more inspiration and encouragement.

Our Advisors will help you determine the best types of fundraisers for you and help you use them to create new opportunities to engage more people on a personal level.

As you begin this process, please review Adventures in Missions donation policies.

What Can I Do Now?

We recommend that you don’t start fundraising until you’ve been accepted. However, if you’re not there yet, there are some things that you can do.

Create a support team.

Share with your network to let them know you are applying and ask them to pray with you through the process.

Seek the Lord.

Pray for guidance and direction. Ask the Lord to start preparing your heart and the hearts of those who will be partners for the journey.

Read The God Ask by Steve Shadrach.

Fundraising can be intimidating. God has done the work, and we are partnering with him.

In the end, God will provide what you need for what He has called you to do. We can try to plan every aspect of the process, but ultimately, He wants us to step out in faith and rely on his provision. It’s greater than anything we could do. The World Race is a journey of learning to trust, and fundraising is just the beginning.


I entered the World Race squad way late, I hardly have a home church, and my extended family is Jewish, so they didn't want to help me out. Fund-raising seemed impractical, nearly impossible. Two weeks before the launch date, the deadline was suddenly upon me to get $6900 cash in my support account! I had been slow, but now it was crunch time. So, with a lot of prayer and trust, I scribbled out a blog entitled "Call for help," detailing where I was at and making it very clear that if somebody didn't start giving soon, I would lose my chance to go on this trip. I only had $1200 collected at this point. Well, that was late on a Thursday night. By Friday at 2:00pm, about 14 hours later, I had broken the $6900 threshold. By the following Monday, I was at $10,000! It was nothing short of miraculous.

World Racer, Ian Schumann

Asking people to partner with me wasn’t easy. But the Lord has humbled me and softened my heart to receiving this kind of love. I honestly cry tears of joy. I knew the Lord would provide, but it was more beautiful to see Him teach me patience and see my community come together to keep me going. He could’ve made it happen quick, but He chose to let me watch it come slowly and surely. And to be trusting through it all. He is SO good y’all.

World Racer, Jezebelle Pelayo

For so long, I thought that raising so much money was such a far off dream, yet here I am rejoicing in the Lord’s provision and the abundantly more that He has provided for me over the course of the last year. The Lord has been so so good to me and so so kind to me.

World Racer, Carly Miere