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Experience raffles are worth more than money

When it comes to fundraisers, it’s fun to offer something different. If your organization is looking for an unusual drawing, think about experience raffles.

At first glance, this drawing looks much like many others: you print out your customized raffle tickets and sell them throughout the community. What makes this type of event unique is that the prizes aren’t tangible. Instead, entrants enter to win the chance to do or participate in something they’ll never forget. Continue reading

Fund raise while helping your community celebrate Christmas

With the holidays upon us, there are plenty of creative ways your organization can help the community celebrate … and raise funds at the same time.

For many families, Christmas dinner is a central part of their holiday celebration. You could raffle off a certain number of turkeys and/or hams (or both!), using festively colored raffle tickets with customized artwork. Work with local supermarkets or butchers to put together a package of prizes that could include a meal with all the fixings. Continue reading

Pumpkin smashing fundraisers make the most of Halloween leftovers

Not sure what to do with your jack o’ lantern after Halloween night? If your answer is yes, chances are good you’re not alone. There are probably many people in your community who are left wondering what to do with that grinning orange face once the candle within has burned out and the shell’s begun to wither. Hold a smashing pumpkin fundraiser in the week or so after Halloween, and help make disposal easy. Continue reading

Hop to it! Fun Easter fundraising ideas

Easter bunny photos

Photos with the Easter bunny can be a fun part of any springtime fundraiser as well as memories to last a lifetime.

Easter is a time of joy, and there are many fun traditions surrounding this holiday: gifts of chocolate and candies nestled in baskets filled with green “grass,” colored hard-boiled eggs, bouquets of lilies and other flowers in soft, pastel shades … and perhaps the biggest thrill for kids: the Easter Bunny.

Any or all of these familiar elements can be used as the basis for a fun and successful fundraising event. Here are just a few ideas to help get you and your organization started.

Dress someone in a bunny suit to host your event or even just a meal or an afternoon tea for little ones – the Easter Bunny is the central character for many Easter celebrations and provides the perfect foil to any number of holiday-themed activities. Be prepared for plenty of enthusiastic kids! You might want to have a photographer on hand to take quick family portraits with him.

As just about any kid will tell you, the Easter bunny brings Easter eggs! An Easter egg hunt held in a playground, park or sports field is a time-tested draw for families. Brightly packaged chocolate eggs or other goodies work just as well as real, decorated eggs. You can charge a nominal fee to take part in the hunt, or it can serve as a free event anchoring other fundraising ideas such as raffles, door prizes and refreshments.

Speaking of eggs, an event that can spark lots of interest is an Easter egg decoration contest. Categories could include most original, funniest, most colorful, etc. People could vote with their spare change in cups placed beside each egg, with the winner taking home the contents of the cup (or your group can form a jury, select the winners and award them small prizes). Related ideas include holding an Easter cake or cookie competition.

An Easter Bunny Hop dance party provides a fun way for little ones to burn off all that sugar-fueled energy. Provide each dancer with a set of floppy bunny ears from the dollar store to wear as they move (hop?) along to popular and traditional kids’ music.

It’s a good idea to offer advance-sale tickets for your Easter-themed event to help give your group an idea of how many guests you can expect to see on the big day. With a computer and a printer, you can use perforated ticket paper to create beautiful, personalized tickets that are sequentially numbered – perfect for use in any raffle drawings or contests you might hold during your fundraiser. To help keep things organized, you’ll want to establish separate groups or committees for each event if you will be holding more than one.Easter Egg Hunt

Have fun and good luck with your fundraising event!
Easter Bunny is the central character for many Easter celebrations and provides the perfect foil to any number of holiday-themed activities.

March Madness offers great fundraising opportunities

March Madness fundraiser

March Madness is copyrighted by the NCAA, so make sure your tickets and promotional material don’t use that phrase. I like March Mayhem, for instance.

The month of March is an exciting time for fans of college basketball. This is when the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, organizes a championship tournament called March Madness that lasts for several weeks as the teams advance through the rounds and compete for the winning title.

This popular sporting event provides a great theme for fundraising, offering plenty of opportunities for creative events that will draw community members together for food and fun.

One fundraising idea is to hold a cookoff. Participants can form teams who compete against each other to see who makes the best chili, chowder, chicken wings – the possibilities are virtually endless. The competition could be organized much the same way as the team brackets, with the cooks serving up appetizers in the first round, moving on to main dishes and ending with desserts. Charge a nominal fee for each team and have prizes ready for the winners.March Mayhem ticket sample

Your organization could also hold a March Madness party for one or more of the games. Be sure to have access to a large television and enough room and snacks for guests. A good way to ensure that you won’t run short of either is to offer advance-sale tickets that are sequentially numbered to help you keep track of how many have been printed and sold. You can also charge admission at the door and guests will receive food and drink while watching the games.

To raise even more money, you could combine other, related activities with your party. Consider organizing a free-throw contest if your March Madness party will be held in a gym. For a small fee, participants can compete against each other for a chance to win a prize. Of you can ask ticket holders to write in their guess for that game’s winner and enter all of the correct answers into a drawing for a door prize.

college basketball viewing party

The college basketball finals are a great excuse to gather friends and coworkers and host a fundraiser party for your favorite charity or organization.

Prizes can be gift certificates or other items donated by local businesses that can be placed in a basket to be raffled off in a drawing (another possible use for those sequentially numbered tickets!). As much as possible, continue the March Madness theme in the basket by including basketball-related items, such as a local team-themed T-shirt.

Just remember: The phrase “March Madness” is trademarked and cannot be used in connection with a sports event or to sell something related to college basketball.

These are a few ways your organization can have fun sharing in the excitement of the college basketball season’s final weeks. Have a great time and best of luck with your fundraiser!

Mardi Gras offers the perfect venue for a spirited fundraiser

Mardi Gras partyFull of colorful costumes, masquerade balls and parades, delicious foods, and spirited music and dancing, the carnival known as Mardi Gras – held on the day before Ash Wednesday every year – offers lots of fun for everyone. A Mardi Gras party is a great way to say goodbye to the winter blahs and at the same time raise funds for your organization.

As you begin to plan your event, decide how elaborate a party your organization wants (or is able) to hold. The time to delegate responsibilities for what can be a complex event is right at the start. You’ll need volunteers to oversee the following areas: decorating; entertainment; food and drink planning/prep, especially if alcohol will be served; donations and sponsorships; publicity; photographer (for next year’s publicity and event); and the event itself – before, during and after – for setup and takedown.Mardi Gras themed dance

As the best-known Mardi Gras party is held in New Orleans, your menu would certainly be on the mark to include such classic regional foods as po’boys, jambalaya and crawfish in keeping with Big Easy culinary traditions. Keep in mind, however, that communities along the GulfCoast from Texas to Florida hold their own versions of Mardi Gras; so if crawfish aren’t locally available, you can still be true to the spirit of Mardi Gras by serving up surf and turf, shrimp cocktails or other dishes that include seafood. If a culinary school or college is nearby, ask them to volunteer their time in creating a menu.

To help simplify food prep and cleanup (and possibly comply with local codes), you’ll want to secure a venue that includes a kitchen. This would also enable your organization to hold Cajun cooking classes if desired. Potential places include churches, fire halls, restaurants, cafeterias or the meeting house of a civic organization such as the VFW or Lions Club. If you plan to serve alcohol (consider serving mint juleps, bloody marys and hurricanes), be sure that the venue allows it and then secure any necessary permits or licenses.

Decorate the venue with balloons in purple, gold and green, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Red light bulbs will add a note of mystery, particularly fun if your hold a masquerade ball or a costume contest during your event. Stock up on beads, which can be found online or in most costume shops, and hang them everywhere possible – including on guests! And don’t forget masks: whether feathered or as simple as the classic Comedy and Tragedy masks, they’ve become widely associated with the carnival.

Mardi Gras party fundraiserEntertainment is key to recreating the joyful spirit of Mardi Gras. Look for a local band that plays zydeco or New Orleans-style jazz or, barring that, blues, bluegrass and/or country. If such a band can’t be found in your area, hire a DJ to play these styles of music. Be sure your venue offers enough room for a live band or a DJ booth before making a commitment.

Find a local celebrity emcee – TV and radio personalities and civic leaders are prime candidates -to host the event. An emcee can keep the celebration lively and moving while playfully reminding your guests about the charity.

Admission tickets should not be overlooked. Mardi Gras is a feast for the senses, and your tickets can (and should) reflect the spirit of fun and revelry with whimsical artwork. Use sequentially numbered tickets not only to help you keep track of how many guests attend, but also to help make it simple to hold a silent auction or raffle during your event. Be sure to offer an exciting grand prize – a trip to New Orleans would be perfect, for example, or dinner at a Cajun restaurant. You could even auction off the title of “Mardi Gras King” (have a robe and scepter ready!) and offer him a small prize or give him the honor of announcing the auction or raffle winners.Mardi Gras fundraiser ticket

Sponsorships are an important part of making the magic happen. You may find that local businesses are willing to sponsor a table or help underwrite your expenses and donate items for a raffle drawing, silent auction or costume contest in exchange for recognition of their generosity.

Download the Mardi Gras Dinner Dance template today and have fun and enjoy a successful Mardi Gras fundraiser!

Have a frighteningly good time with a Halloween basket social

Halloween BasketLooking for a fun way to bring members of your community together while raising money for your organization? Consider holding a Halloween basket social – good for adults as well as little ones.

For a successful basket social (a takeoff on the popular Chinese auction), you’ll want to make up about 2 dozen baskets (more or less, depending on the size of your organization and how many people you expect to come) prior to the date of your event. While you’ll certainly want baskets full of candy and goodies for the kiddos, you might also add items like small puzzles, coloring books and crayons, small stuffed animals or toys, or school supplies. For grownups, add a scary movie DVD or a free rental from a local rental shop, microwave popcorn, pumpkin cake mixes, gift certificates, etc. You might even hold a costume contest! In exchange for publicity, local businesses may be willing to donate the gift certificates and supplies.

Keep a few smaller items to have for door prizes that you can give away during your event. You might also reserve a large item as a lottery prize, or put together a consolation prize or two for those whose tickets didn’t win.

When people arrive on the day of your basket social, be sure to have plenty of raffle tickets on hand to sell at the door. You’ll want different colors of tickets for the door prizes, the baskets and the raffle prize so guests can purchase different types of tickets if they wish.

Place a large can, bowl or bucket in front of each basket for people to put their ticket stubs in, being careful to remind guests to retain their ticket to match numbers with the stub in case they win. During your event, pause every so often to draw a door prize winner. Designate a person from your group to draw for one item at a time from each of the containers of tickets, and then draw for the large lottery prize. After that, hold a consolation prize drawing and/or the costume contest drawing if you are offering them.

With a bit of planning, you can hold a Halloween event that offers fun for everyone while raising money for your group. Good luck and have a great time!


Impress the dads out there with a Father’s Day golf ball drop fundraiser

A great idea for a Father’s Day-themed fundraiser can be as close as a local golf course.

Golf ball drop

Ask a local helicopter pilot to donate their services for a golf ball drop.

If you can imagine a thousand golf balls raining down onto a target placed on a course green, you can imagine a golf ball drop. With a little coordination, your organization can put together a fun, memorable event to help raise money for your cause.

To make a golf ball drop happen, first make arrangements with a golf course owner in your area to temporarily reserve a green for the event. To actually drop the balls, ask your local fire department to provide a bucket truck and driver for the event; or hire a helicopter or hot air balloon (they may offer a reduced fee or even participate for free in exchange for being mentioned in your event publicity).

Numbered golf balls

Number the golf balls to match the raffle tickets you’ve sold. Drop them from a height and whichever numbers land withing a target win a raffle prize.

Sequentially enumerate a set number of golf balls – up to 1,000, if you like – and put them in a bag, bucket or other container ready to be taken up to about 150 feet and dropped onto a target on the designated green.

There are a number of different ways to award prizes in a golf ball drop. Each participant purchases a quantity of raffle tickets and the number on the tickets matches the numbers on the golf balls. Each ball that lands within the target area wins a prize. You can place the winning balls in a jar and randomly draw them to determine which prize to award.

You can also place one raffle ticket in a sealed envelope prior to the drop. If one of the balls that drops within the target area has the same number as the sealed ticket, that ticketholder wins the “grand prize” – perhaps a new car (donated by a local dealership), a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement center, etc.

You could also award smaller prizes to first-, second-, third- and fourth-place ticketholders or, alternately, the ticketholder whose ball ends up farthest from the hole – a 46” LCD television, for instance, or a 4G Apple iPad 2.

A golf ball drop fundraiser is sure to create a buzz in your community. Have fun!

Ideas for February event tickets

Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, President’s Day store promotions will build your mailing lists

Build your brand while generating goodwill and repeat business by using customized raffle tickets to reward loyal customers while helping to promote a sale or special event at your business or organization.Save ticket stubs

The month of February is ripe with opportunities for customers – Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Presidents Day all take place this month. Many companies take advantage of the Presidents Day weekend in particular as a time to mark down inventory or offer freebies, and consumers are responding.

Raffle tickets can become part of the holiday sale momentum and promote a holiday-themed sales event or special offer. You’ll want personalized, sequentially numbered tickets that display the name, address and contact information of your business or group. It’s easy to print them at the office with raffle ticket software. (Be sure to use perforated paper so your customer can easily remove the stub.)

Keep a stack of printed raffle tickets near the front desk or cash register along with several pens and a small bowl or jar to let customers fill in their names and contact information on the stubs and drop them into the container. You can use this personal information to build an effective marketing mailing list.

Several weeks prior to your event, collect the stubs and use the contact information to remind customers of the upcoming sale and compile a guest list. As they arrive on the big day, you can check their ticket numbers against your guest list.

You can also reward loyal customers with a free gift just for presenting you with a valid ticket stub from a prior visit. This is fun at any point in the year, but keeping the theme seasonal helps make it a special event.

Be sure to keep in mind the nature of your organization or business and what your customers are most likely to want to see you offer as a prize. For example, if your landscaping/nursery company is warming up to the spring planting season, consider offering a free packet of seeds or a flat of live plants. If there is an expiration date, make note of it on the ticket body and on the stub.

Raffle Tickets as classroom rewards

There are times when a chance of winning a prize is as effective as the prize itself

Classroom reward tickets

Teachers can give raffle tickets to students as a reward for good behavior. The more tickets a child earns, the greater their chance of winning the reward.

A creative way to reward students in a classroom setting is through the use of raffle tickets. Tickets can used in a variety of ways to help kids maintain or improve their focus and behavior during class time and even encourage them to think outside the box.

Whenever you witness a desired behavior, reward that student with a raffle ticket (or more, if you like). It doesn’t matter how small or seemingly trivial that behavior is – if you’d likely see more of it, reward it with a ticket!

Announce that at the end of the day or the week, you will collect all the tickets that have been given out and will draw a single ticket from a box at random to select a winner. Kids will enjoy the feel-good factor of creating a cache of tickets, knowing that the more tickets they revive, the better their chances of winning the prize.

You can decide whether your students will need more than one ticket to enter the drawing. If a child has not received enough raffle tickets in the established timeframe, he or she is excluded from the current prize draw but can try again the following day or week.

Some examples of prizes include 10 minutes of free computer time, a one-day late homework pass, a candy bar … the possibilities are limitless.

Another idea is to give students 2 raffle tickets to start the day, but they can’t write their names on their tickets until the end of the day. Students can also earn tickets for staying on task or doing excellent work. If they break a classroom rule, take a ticket away. At the end of the day, collect all the tickets and do a drawing for a small prize, class money, or a treat.

The tickets can also be used as “bonus points.” A ticket is given as a reward for making a good decision in class, doing extra work, etc. If a student with bonus points finds that he or she didn’t receive quite as high a grade as desired on a homework assignment or quiz, the bonus points can be redeemed to help boost the grade by a point or two.

If you print the tickets yourself, you can create unique tickets that aren’t easily duplicated and are individualized to suit the type of reward. Include space for a checkmark or other indication that you’ve issued the ticket and that it’s authentic and ready for use.