Raise Funds for Medical Expenses With a Raffle
I’m sure you’ve seen those jars in supermarkets and stores with the picture of a small child and a note asking for donations toward a medical procedure. What do you do when a major surgery or other medical treatment isn’t covered by your insurance?
The first thing you want to do is take a look at all of your options.
After exhausting your health insurance options find out about how other organizations that may be able to assist:
• Hospital Aid: Speak with “social services” whose function it is to help patients with financial aid and other post-discharge services.
• Non-profit Healthcare: Speak to your doctor about the availability of non-profit clinics that may be able to help with treatment.
• Non-profit Organizations: Get in touch with your charities and food-banks that can offer stop-gap assistance. Research charities that are set up to assist patients with specific conditions.
• Church Assistance: Let your local churches know what is happening, as well. Many times, churches are more than willing to help out, even if you don’t attend.
• Government Agencies: Your social services liaison at the hospital may be able to guide you to available government assistance.
• Family stay: If an out-of-town hospital stay is necessary, find out if there is a Ronald McDonald House nearby. They can offer free or low-cost accommodations to ease financial burdens.
Rally Help with a Fundraiser
Fundraising events such spaghetti dinners with a raffle can also be a good way to raise money. As with all fundraising events it is important to get just about every thing donated, and even more so when you are fundraising for an individual – food, location, decorations, and prizes. Ask around and you’ll be amazed at how helpful people will be to your cause.
Finally, make it as easy as possible for people to donate. Offer as many ways as possible for people to help the family that is in need of money for their medical expenses. Explain how donations can be made and include contact information on all materials.
Be aware that donations that are given to an individual and not a registered charity are not tax deductible. It is best to let people know upfront that their donation is going to an individual and therefore there is no tax benefit for them.
So, what’s stopping you? Start planning a raffle today.