Winning a Raffle; Part I

Our goal with this series is to prepare you to run a professional campaign to give you the best chance of meeting or surpassing your fundraising goals. HOW? You might ask – Easy. We have broken it down into 8 categories and will … Continue reading

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

One of the newest raffles here at Raffle Ready is for a truly honorable cause. Take a few minutes to read about The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and donate to this incredible organization. Proceeds help us to create experiences to support … Continue reading

Dangerous Game Safari Raffle with The DSC Frontline Foundation

It is time to mention yet another wonderful raffle hosted by @raffleready. The DSC Frontline Foundation is raffling off a once in a lifetime Dangerous Game Safari!

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The mission of the DSC Frontline Foundation is to provide financial relief to professional hunters and their assistants, trackers and skinners who are killed or seriously injured in the course of providing professional hunting services. The individuals we seek to help are often on the frontline of hunts and therefore exposed to the dangers inherent in hunting. These same individuals are unlikely to have adequate, or any, health insurance. They are unlikely to have life insurance or disability coverage. As a result, a serious injury has the potential to be even more devastating to these folks than to most of the rest of us. The death of a primary breadwinner could have equally dire consequences for most of the people we seek to help.

The DSC Frontline Foundation recognizes that for many hunters the quality of the adventure is due in large part to the quality and experience of the guide or outfitter. This is particularly true in the case of international hunting adventures and big game trips. It is critical to have guides and outfitters (and assistants) who have experience, and gaining that experience often involves working under harsh and dangerous conditions. With experience comes increased risk of serious injury or death.

In order to provide some relief for injuries or some compensation for the survivors of those who are killed, and to help insure that those who are injured can return to professional hunting the Foundation desires to establish a fund from which distributions to qualified individuals can be made.


 

Safari Specialty Importers, together with Comre Safaris, Travel Express, Trophy Solutions Africa, Spherical Freight and True-Life Taxidermy, are pleased to present this truly one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive 7-day dangerous game hunt for one hunter for Cape buffalo in South Africa. Included are a round-trip airline ticket for one person on South African Air from Washington DC or New York gateway to Port Elizabeth, SA donated by Travel Express; trophy fee for 1x Cape buffalo, private en-suite chalet accommodations, daily maid/laundry service, meals, local wines/beers, beverages, 1×1 professional guide, trackers, skinners, field dressing and round-trip transportation from East London Airport to the lodge all donated by Comre Safaris; collection of trophies, disinfection, processing, permitting, packing & crating, administration and inland cartage to Johannesburg donated by Trophy Solutions Africa; USA clearance and transportation to taxidermist in the USA donated by Safari Specialty Importers; trophy freight charges from South Africa to USA donated by Spherical Freight; and taxidermy services for 1x Cape buffalo shoulder mount donated by True-Life Taxidermy. This hunt is available March through November, 2016 only and may be upgraded to include additional species at current rates. Additional hunters are welcome at $450/day; non-hunters are welcome at $220/day. Transportation during the hunt is mostly by spot & stalk. Method of take is rifle .375 or higher. Amounts paid for raffle tickets are not deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Please consult your tax adviser with any questions.

This raffle is only going until the end of the year, so get your tickets now! https://dscff.raffleready.com/dangerous-game-safari-raffle

Jacks Benevolent Bash Raffle – The Autism Society of Baltimore County

@raffleready is once again pleased to be a part of a wonderful organization – The Autism Society of Baltimore County.

The ASBC is raffling off 2 awesome prizes! 

 Grand Prize: Dream Vacation for 2 to St. John (~value $7,000)
 Second Prize: Trip to Boston to Kenny Chesney Concert (~value $5,000)
Third Prize: Three Day White Water Rafting Trip for Two (~value $3,000)
*Winner need not be present to win

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The mission of the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) is to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families develop a strong, united community by creating opportunities for people to connect, share experiences and build new relationships. We support continuing education among local service providers, schools and families, and are building programs for adolescent and adult populations to expand their opportunities.

Founded in 2001 as a parent support group, ASBC evolved into a local affiliate of the national Autism Society and supports families and autism professionals in Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Colorado. We are a volunteer-run, charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that relies on donations and proceeds from an annual fundraiser to fund our activities, support groups and various grants.

We are a registered charity with the Colorado Secretary of State under the name Autism Society of America — Boulder County Chapter. Our Board is elected during the ASBC annual meeting, which takes place each May.

The ASBC offers free services and support to an estimated 2,000 family members and autism professionals in our local community through education and awareness programs, bi-monthly e-newsletters, resource referrals and grants that go directly to families in need.

Dont miss your chance to be a part of this life changing organization!

Buy a ticket today! https://asbc.raffleready.com/jacks-benevolent-bash-raffle

The Duskin Stephens Foundation

Raffle Ready is honored to be a part of this raffle and remarkable organization – The Duskin Stephens Foundation. Here is a little more about this organization and how this raffle came to be.

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In 2013, after their teammates Mike Duskin and Riley Stephens were killed in action in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, active duty Green Berets Chad and Dan struggled with the best way to honor the memory and support the families of their fallen brothers.  What started as a plan to buy a keg, grill hamburgers and hotdogs and tell stories about Duskin and Stephens to their families, bolstered into a highly organized event, attended by over 1,000 people and raising more than $84,000.  In just two years, Chad and Dan have grown one event into the Duskin and Stephens Foundation, a non-profit organization with multiple annual events that support the families of fallen members of Special Operations Forces and the educational needs of children of Special Operations Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.  Through its events, the Duskin and Stephens Foundation also aims to aid in the emotional healing process of Wounded Warriors and the families of fallen heroes and foster relations between the military and civilian communities.
John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with seven of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group, the same as Chad and Dan.  He was also close friends with Riley Stephens.  In 2008, during the battle of Shok Valley, Walding was shot in his right leg resulting in a below the knee amputation.  Post injury, he attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee to ever become a Green Beret sniper.  But, after his amputation, Walding struggled with the direction of his future.  He focused his efforts on something he loved, guns.  Walding learned the art of handcrafting rifles.  He settled with his family in Dallas and engrossed himself in making the most precise rifles on the market.  Eventually, he founded 5 Toes Custom, with the premise that he would not only support his family by doing something that he loved and building a high quality product that he believed in; but also help combat-wounded veterans find their new normal and give back to military focused charities.

A member of the Board of Directors of the Duskin and Stephens Foundation also lives in Dallas and stumbled upon 5 Toes Custom.  Realizing that Walding was friends with Mike Riley and knew Chad and Dan, he wanted to figure out a way they could all work together to benefit their respective charities.  Together, they came up with a plan to build a custom gun for the Duskin and Stephens Foundation.  It was decided between the four men that they would take the rifle to various locations throughout the country.  This would allow them to interact with local communities across the nation, showcasing the craftsmanship of 5 Toes Custom and sharing the legacy of Mike Duskin, Riley Stephens and other fallen heroes.

The .308 Bolt Action Rifle with a carbon fiber barrel and Leupold Mark 8 scope debuted at this year’s Duskin and Stephens Foundation Beef and Beer Fundraiser in Pinehurst, NC on May 21st.  It will now travel the country, making stops in various cities and towns, throughout the summer and early fall.  You can enter the drawing by making a minimum donation of $50 to the Duskin and Stephens Foundation (see official rules for free method of entry).  The grand prize includes the 5 Toes Custom Rifle, case, a custom rifle rack, roundtrip airfare to Dallas, TX, hotel accommodations and a private shooting lesson with John Wayne Walding.

CLICK HERE to be a part of this remarkable foundation! Buy a ticket today!

NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

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http://www.RaffleReady.com wants to help your nonprofit organization, raise more money than ever before with our new event & raffle ticket management portal. Sell tickets for your event and raffle at the very same time. The benefits are endless. Imagine how many potential donors you are loosing every year by not pre-selling raffle tickets to both event attendees as well as those who can not make the event. RaffleReady.com makes the selling and management process a breeze!

 

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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. 

 

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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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.