Raffle fundraisers can help a variety of non-profit organizations by creating a high profit margin for their mission. Raffles can be inexpensively produced, and with the help of community donations higher profit margins can be realized to offset the initial investment of custom printing raffle tickets.
But what entices a participant to buy a raffle ticket in the first place?
The established importance of the organization within the community, the importance of the cause, and the directed advertising to a specific demographic are all factors to engaging ticket buyers. More importantly, the chance of winning a wide array of prizes is one of the greatest incentives to play, and the main component in producing a successful raffle.
The prizes must be desirable and valuable enough to attract attention but must also maintain an approachable ticket price. It’s also important that there is a high probability to win at the raffle so it is crucial to have many prizes for the participant to look forward to. Some exciting and popular raffle prizes are:
2. Travel packages
3. Homemade gift baskets
4. Gift certificates
Electronics are portable and useful, but can be expensive. So buying an inexpensive raffle ticket would be a more cost effective method of obtaining an electronic device. To raise interest among potential raffle participants, organizers could include modern and exciting electronics like: a DSLR camera, an iPod, a Nook, a Kindle, a big screen TV or a Smartphone. These items appeal to a wide variety of people and can be used for many applications. An additional incentive is to add value to the prizes with some popular songs or books added to the device. To make the cost of the raffle inexpensive, its best if these kind of prizes are donated.
Luxury travel packages ignite excitement within people because many people love the extravagance of experiencing a new location with the added value of a free hotel, spa, and food without any expense. Whether the travel package is out of the country to the Louvre in France, or to a relaxing local resort, people want a weekend getaway to escape from their day-to-day lives.
Homemade gift baskets are appealing as they are visually unique and variously themed. It is something the community can donate and can be made from anything to fit a wide audience. For an education theme, a “cake assortment” made from school supplies would appeal to a student or a teacher. Candy bouquets, ice cream sundae baskets, or cake mix and baking tools within a decorated tin all would fit an audience who has a sweet tooth.
Most people like going to local stores, restaurants, and attractions and it is always nice when it is at a discount! That is why gift certificates are great raffle prizes because they are free cash to a local attraction. These places can be a location a person can frequently or a place someone would like to visit. Usually local venues are willing to donate some gift certificates for raffles. Gift cards or certificates are accessible because they can be made to fit any audience. For example, if the audience were a family, gift certificates to a local grocery store, zoo, aquarium, or museum would be very appealing.
Prizes are the driving force behind a successful raffle. What all these prizes have in common is that they are desirable to a wide audience because they are so customizable and that the raffle ticket would be the most inexpensive to obtain these items. This value makes a person want to buy a raffle ticket.
More intriguing prizes make an individual want to buy a raffle ticket, which in turn brings more profit and attention to the organization, and it’s cause or goal. This makes raffles a great and fun fundraiser for any organization.
Non-profit organizations have proven every year that individual charitable donations have given the biggest chunk of money to organizations world wide; keeping their expenses from going under. These configurations know the ins and outs to fundraising and motivating the people to help out by getting the community involved: by putting up flyers on websites, in businesses, letting people know what the product/ organization is and why they should help, and be apart of the fundraiser.
Many non-profit organizations do all kinds of fundraisers but one fundraiser that brings the crowds most of the time are the raffle ticket fundraisers. Raffle tickets can either be a straight miss or a great profit it all depends on the work you put in with selling the tickets; if no one sells the tickets then you are guaranteed to not make profit from them. some ways to benefit from the raffle ticket is to have a game plan.
First gather volunteers from your organization, Motivate everyone to make the sell by giving incentives for reaching a certain goal, tell the community about the raffle ticket and let them know of a grand prize with there help of the fundraiser, and as well thanking everyone who participated in the fundraiser.
For example lets say a softball group needs to go to Colorado for the Nationals but everyone who plays comes from a low-income household. So the coach throws a raffle ticket fundraiser at one of the softball games. Usually you want to outline a plan and gather all the coaches to help organize the raffle ticket someone is responsible for the money, another for the raffle tickets, and buying the prizes. The main coach with give all the softball players ten tickets and let them know who ever sales the most tickets get a new softball bag. This not only gives you your volunteers but as well as motivates everyone who is selling the tickets as well.
Now to raise the stakes and start the raffle the softball players will go all around the community knocking on doors with a Q card. Which explains the reason for the raffle, how this raffle will help/ benefit all the kids, as well as let them know that there is a grand prize and explain that with their help there giving there organization the opportunity to go to nationals. The coaches will gather all the kids up and see who sold the most tickets by the end of the week and hand out the top three kids a new softball bag. Then that Friday while the kids are playing there game before the Nationals they will put all the tickets in a big bucket and have two random kids go and pull a ticket out of the bucket and will call out the two winners.
Giving one two tickets to the movies and another a gift card to dinner; and letting everyone know that from the organization to all they are very thankful for every donation that was given.
If churches run a raffle I believe it will be bring a lot of blessings to the church community.
First it would raise a lot of money to the church and second it would give back to the people who continue to praise the lord in their time of need.
Raffle tickets could be traded for clothes, shoes, any unwanted items or nonperishable food items or purchased for $1.00 each. Another way to receive a raffle ticket is to earn it by winning a game. If a person wins a game he or she wins 2 raffle tickets and he or she can participate in three out of five games. Children and adults of all ages can participate in the games.
The lucky winners can choose from any donated items to keep. The money accumulated from the raffle a portion goes to the church and the rest goes to a church member who is in a real dire need of help. Any leftover unwanted items goes to the Goodwill or homeless shelter.
This raffle ticket can happen once every two months so that there will be enough time to let the people accumulate any unwanted items. The choir can sing to keep the mood going. There can also be a BBQ so that everyone can eat.
The raffle fundraiser can be headed up by the church preacher. The person giving out raffle tickets can be the treasurer of the church since he or she is already in knowledge of how to handle money. The games could be headed by one of the deacons. I believe that the fundraiser can bring a lot of money to the church as well as provide a lot of people with items that they need as well as get everyone together in support of one another.