The Ultimate Kansas City Chiefs Experience

Raffle Ready is proud to announce our latest raffle opportunity! Raffle Ready has the privilege of assisting the Andrew J. Somora Foundation raffle. The prizes are top notch- Tickets to the Kansas City Chiefs home game against the San Diego Chargers on November 24, 2013. With a whopping 10 game tickets and tailgating up to 50 people, we’re calling it, “The Ultimate Kansas City Chiefs Experience.” The 10 tickets are located in the lower level section 122, rows 34 and 35. The tailgate for up to 50 people includes a KC Chiefs tailgate bus, catered BBQ meal, various types of drinks and additionally waitresses to serve the food and drinks and last but certainly not least cheerleaders available for photos.

Aside from the raffle itself, we are even more ecstatic to be working with such a great foundation, which supports such a great cause. The Andrew J. Somora Foundation was formed in December 2011 in order to provide financial assistance to those battling colon cancer in the Kansas City area.

Raffle Ready is a online fundraising company dedicated to providing turnkey easy-to-use raffles that will help your nonprofit save time, manage your results and raise more money.

 Buy your raffle tickets today, before it’s too late!!

Visit this Ultimate Kansas City Chief Experience Raffle official website: https://ajs.raffleready.com/the-ultimate-kansas-city-chiefs-experience

Visit the Andrew J. Somora Foundation official website:  www.AndrewJSomoraFoundation.com

Visit Raffle Ready’s official website: https://raffleready.com

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Leveraging technology to run a successful raffle with Raffle Ready

Image                                   Although there are still many traditional-style raffles which use tickets and a hat, organizations can benefit much more from a technologically advanced raffle. These nonprofits must take advantage of the new technologies that are available to them in today’s highly advanced society. Fundraising becomes a lot more profitable when using technology over traditional raffle techniques.

 

 To point out the flaws of a traditional nonprofit raffle, two main ideas come to mind. The first flaw is banquets/galas/golf outings. Most organizations only conduct raffles during these events, which requires a high number of volunteers to assist with the raffles during an already busy event. These organizations should realize that this is the least effective way to generate profit, they should spend their valuable time before the event promoting their raffle webpage to potential donors that can’t make it to the event; rather then conducting one to only target event attendees who already spent money to attend. The second biggest flaw with traditional raffles is the process of selling the ticket stubs. Anyone who has ever been associated with the process of creating a raffle knows how difficult it is to keep track of the ticket sales. Whether it’s the number of tickets being sold, distributed, or the prizes and cash/checks/credit card processing. All nonprofit organizations whom leverage technology and the right raffle software, have all of the management and tracking work done for them. This allows nonprofits to reach goals they never thought possible. The http://www.raffleready.com Technology will automatically keep track of the tickets sold and all the other important information an organization needs to know while they are running a raffle.

 

Apart from those two major flaws, their are also a ton of advantages for an online raffle. First of all, the online ticket delivery and thank you letter is automated with the donors information and ticket number. After purchasing tickets online, you can instantly print them out, or even send your tickets via email. Additionally most customers are required to fill out their personal information and give out their email address. This is a major advantage for raffle organizations because it gives future promotional opportunities between the organization and the donors. There’s simply too many reasons for organizations to run their raffles online using the new technology that is offered in today’s world, rather then limiting themselves and their customers to traditional, slow-moving, unproductive raffles. 

 

What are Raffles?

Raffles are a way of raising money by selling tickets for a chance to win a prize. These tickets are then drawn at random to choose the winner.

Raffle’s date back to the beginning of human civilization. Even before tickets could be printed and way before you could hold an electronic drawing, The Old Testament states that Moses used a lottery to award land West of the Jordan to his people. Since then ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all ran some sort of raffles for themselves and their people.

The idea of using raffles to raise funds caught on strong after these pioneers first introduced raffles to their cultures. In today’s world, Raffle Ready has created an easy way to run raffles, while generating maximum profits.

Raffles usually require a lot of man power to process all of the donor/ticket data, however. For non-profit organizations, raffles are often the most effective fundraising method because everyone likes the chance to win a prize, while helping a good cause. However; many nonprofits struggle with a lack of time and resources needed to manage a raffle, that is why nonprofits across the country are turning to Raffle software programs to automate their raffle fundraiser. Next time your organization is considering running a raffle, calculate your complete raffle costs and call Raffle Ready to see how they can help.

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Attention fundraisers: Take a month off this labor day!

Labor Day is a holiday to celebrate the economic contributions of workers across the country. You know what else should be celebrated for economic contributions? Raffles. Raffles are an underrated efficient way for any organization to raise money.

Running a raffle is an ideal way to advertise your organizations mission, raise significant funds, while promoting the business (Sponsors) that help support your cause. Nonprofit organizations that run raffles with RaffleReady.com celebrate Labor Day more then once a year. These nonprofits are relieved of the labor intensive follow up and management that is generally required when running a successful raffle.

 When reflecting on what Labor Day is, the phrase “Labor Intensive” is the first thing that comes to mind. Labor Intensive is the process that requires a large amount of labor to produce goods and services. Organizations and companies throughout the world should strive to be non labor intensive, like RaffleReady.com. RaffleReady.com is a non labor intensive online fundraising company because of our easy to use programs, efficient software and design. The Raffle Ready way of running a raffle does NOT require a large amount of labor. RaffleReady.com focuses on being the most productive way to run a raffle for a nonprofit organization, and being as automated and non labor intensive as possible!

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12 Reasons to run a Raffle Date:12-12-12

1.Raffles are low cost and have high profit potential.
2.Raffles are low risk high return fundraisers
3. Raffle Ready can get your raffle going with $0 up front
4.Raffles engage donors who otherwise wouldn’t donate
5.Raffles get donors to increase their donations (Up selling packages)
6.Raffles offer an easy way to involve corporate sponsors
7.Raffles are easy to cross market with other events
8.Raffles increase donors response to mailers (increase your donor list)
9.Raffles are a great way to touch base with donors.
10.Raffles soften the “ASK” which results in increased positive response
11.Raffles are easy fundraisers to run online with Raffle Ready
12.Running a raffle gives you the opportunity to see what Raffle Ready
can do for your organization.

Why Your School Should Run a Raffle

A raffle is the perfect type of fundraiser for a school. It’s the best and easiest way to get everyone who has any connection to your school involved. Alumni and parents will want to help by buying tickets and also helping to sell them. Traditional school fundraisers like bake sales and banquet dinners have limited fundraising potential mainly because there’s a limit on how many people can participate in them. A raffle has no real limits on participation and it even encourages more participation from everyone involved.

A good, well-run school fundraiser raffle will get everyone involved. You can have the kids put up signs and go around the neighborhood selling tickets as well as selling to friends and family. Alumni and parents can also sell to co-workers, friends, and family, and they can help publicize the campaign through email and other methods of contacting people. Some will volunteer or can be recruited to help the school with the back-end administrative work.

A strong raffle campaign that gets everyone associated with the school involved should be a great boost to camaraderie even if it is not wildly successful.  But most likely it will be a great success and the school will benefit greatly.  Raffles also have the great benefit of allowing you to connect with alumni and generous supporters much more effectively than, for example, a bake sale.  A raffle can be revisited annually (or even more often if need be) and is an efficient and effective way to consistently raise money for your school.

Raffle Ready helps schools run raffles by offering incentive programs to parents who participate such as tuition breaks. Schools can also offer things like waiving fees for school trips or free lunches for a month. The potential incentives are almost endless and all will help entice parents to be active participants in your school’s raffle.

How to Decide on Ticket Pricing

A huge part of running a successful raffle is finding the right ticket prices. Your tickets must be cheap enough to attract a lot of buyers, but at the same time they need to cost enough for your organization to raise a lot of money. A third factor is the value of the prizes. One more thing to factor in is your target donor base’s financial situation. All of these things should be factored in when you are deciding on ticket prices. Your ultimate goal should be to reach to ticket sales goal that your organization has set.

When you start a raffle for your organization, your first instinct will probably be to offer tickets for a high price (say $50) so that if you sell the number of tickets you want to sell (say 1,000) you will end up with a lot of money ($50,000). The flaw with that is that it is very difficult to find 1,000 people who want to spend $50 each on a raffle ticket for a prize they don’t really want and/or an organization they don’t have much of a connection with. Now if your organization is raffling off a car or a house convincing people to buy tickets won’t be much of an issue. However, trying to convince people to spend $50 to potentially win a $250 gift card is not likely to be very successful.

The financial situations of your target donors are very important to factor in. If you are targeting corporate sponsors and major philanthropists you should be able to charge $50 a ticket and have a ticket package for 50 tickets for $1,000. The exact numbers aren’t important but my point is that if you have donors with very deep pockets you can get away with charging a lot and still sell plenty of tickets. However, if you are targeting individuals or families that don’t have those kinds of resources your prices and expectations will need to be much lower.

To sum it all up, deciding on the right ticket price for your raffle comes down to figuring out how much value your tickets actually have based on both the prizes that are being offered and how much people are willing to pay for them. You need to decide whether a higher price will deter too many people from buying and if a lower price will keep you from meeting your goals in terms of money raised. Finding the perfect balance between too high and too low should be your goal.