Soon enough, in many parts of the country the leaves will begin changing colors and those gentle breezes will take on a crisp feel. A great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons is with a fall carnival fundraiser to help support your organization. Continue reading
Looking 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!
Medical expenses are frequently cited as the top reason for bankruptcies in America today. While health insurance may cover a good percentage of costly treatments, few if any plans actually pay 100% of the cost of care for serious illnesses. When that happens, families and friends may decide to rally together and plan a benefit event, using raffles to raise money and help defray expenses.
Lori and Jeffery found themselves in this situation not long ago when Jeffery was diagnosed with cancer in his throat. While insurance covered much of the initial costs of treatment, it quickly became apparent that it wouldn’t cover everything. The decision was made to hold a benefit with a raffle, door prizes and a Chinese auction to help cover the extra costs.
This was Lori and Jeff’s first time holding a fundraising event, so they had lots of questions: Where to begin? Where should they hold the benefit? Who had experience with events like this, and who could help?
They chose the local VFW hall since this was where they’d had their wedding reception 22 years earlier. The VFW offered some services, such as use of the kitchen, room for a live band, beer by the keg and a cash bar. Use of the room for four hours, the kitchen and the beer came to $200, which they were told was a discounted price. The couple scheduled a date and time (keeping Jeff’s surgery date, recovery time and treatment schedule in mind), put down a cash deposit, and printed up some flyers.
That’s when it became time to enlist family and friends to help with details big and small. One of Jeff’s cousins volunteered to use their Raffle Ticket Software and perforated paper so she could print out hundreds of 50/50 raffle tickets, Chinese auction tickets and admission tickets. Tasks such as cooking, asking local businesses for donations of door prizes, making baskets and selling tickets were delegated to others while Lori cared for Jeffery and took him to daily appointments.
With admission tickets prices set at $15 or two for $25, the 50/50 raffle and numerous door prizes, raffles and baskets for a Chinese auction, and the help of family, friends and the community, Lori and Jeffery were able to raise much-needed funds to help pay medical bills to take off some of the pressure during that stressful time. It also provided a cheerful venue for family and friends to gather together and celebrate a good time with Jeffery and Lori outside of the medical settings they were becoming so tied to.
Do you have a story to share? Have you taken part in a raffle or helped someone with ticket making? Speak up, share your experience and perhaps we’ll publish it here on this blog. You can remember a loved one or offer someone else a helpful idea. This is your chance to be a hero in a small way all over again.
“Free ride” tickets and door prize giveaways promote voting
Whatever your political beliefs, we all want fair and representative elections. The best way to achieve that is to make sure as many people as possible get to make their voices heard. There are several simple methods that you can use to encourage increased voter participation, and your efforts might get repaid with a little goodwill as well.
The most obvious way to increase turnout in your district is to make sure all voters have a way to get to the polls. This doesn’t require the services of a licensed cab company or complicated GPS-driven database to achieve. Every soccer mom across the country can make a difference. All you need is a vehicle and driver – preferably both in decent, working condition – a contact method so you can schedule pickups, and a way to get the word out.
Post flyers advertising your ride service in local churches, senior centers, convenience stores, pharmacies, housing projects, libraries, laundromats – anywhere people who may not have access to a car frequent. You can leave a stack of tickets and collection can in each location and check back regularly to gather the stubs with contact information so you can schedule pickups. Ask the proprietor to make an announcement and place your tickets in plain view.
Provided here is a sample of what a “Ride to Vote” ticket might look like. This ticket template is available for download if you’d like to use it as a starting point for your own.
You can use “Ride to Vote” tickets to promote your organization or to further your political purpose, but you don’t have to. Pure national pride is all you really need as a motivation.
Another way to motivate your community to get out and vote is to offer a free giveaway or small door prize.
This works well for community organizations or restaurants and taverns that are willing to hold a post-election gathering.
Tickets such as these are easy to make, cost very little as far as what you are giving away, and draw business into your establishment at the same time. Sometimes, the simple offer of a free cup of coffee can be enough to bring in a family that orders a full dinner.
You can offer these promotional tickets at your establishment, or better yet, see if you can position them near or at the polling station. You may need to check with your local officials to make sure you aren’t breaking any rules against political advertising within so many feet of a polling station, but as long as you aren’t promoting any candidate directly, you should be okay.
So whether your motivation is driving democracy or driving business, with tickets like these, you are one of the guaranteed winners this election night.