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

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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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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.

How to Optimize Ticket Sales

When running a raffle fundraising campaign, obviously the most important thing is ticket sales. Selling a lot of tickets should be the goal of the campaign because, well, you want to raise a lot of money for your organization. But there are many factors that can affect ticket sales including ticket price, what the prizes for the raffle are, and how well you market your campaign.

Finding the right ticket price is very important. If you charge too much for tickets fewer people will want to buy them, but at the same time if you don’t charge enough you could sell a large number of tickets but still find yourself falling short of your fundraising goals. You also need to factor in what your prizes are. If you are raffling off a car, for example, you can charge a lot for tickets and people will still be very interested in buying them. But if you are raffling off a smaller prize like $500 or tickets to a football game, your ticket prices are going to need to be much lower. But keep in mind that, unless your ticket prices are exorbitantly high, the more attractive the prize, the more people outside your regular donor base will be interested in buying tickets.

You should also utilize larger ticket packages that will give the buyers more bang for their buck. For example, if one ticket costs $10 then you can sell three for $25 and/or 7 for $50. These packages raise more money at no extra cost to your organization. All you need to do is add in more tickets for that donor.

Good marketing also plays a major part in optimizing ticket sales. Reaching a large number of potential donors who aren’t already connected to your organization should be top priority. Your organization should utilize every resource at its disposal to spread the word about your raffle. Everything from putting up signs around the area to sending out a mass email to going door to door can help reach new sources of funds.

One of the most important factors in a successful fundraiser is volunteers. If your organization has dedicated, energetic, and motivated volunteers your organization should have much greater success in reaching a wider donor base and bringing in a lot more ticket sales. Volunteers who are excited about the project they r working on will spread their enthusiasm and it should give you a boost. Also, you should try to optimize your usage of your volunteers to maximize the value you get from them. For example, if one of your volunteers is very good at sales you should use them for phone banking if you are using that. And you can offer rewards to your volunteers for selling “x” amount of tickets or raising “x” amount of money.

Another good idea to help improve ticket sales is to use an online raffle or fundraising site. There are many websites that offer online fundraising help. Each one of them is tailored differently, and you should try to find one that best fits your organization’ needs. Most of the sites aren’t really tailored for raffles, so make sure you find one that is or that at least has some kind of raffle support. The prices of those sites are usually a percentage of the money raised through them, and a few are even free. But as I said before, make sure the site you use fits your organization’s raffle needs. The best sites should be able to increase your ticket sales while still lowering administrative costs. So if you are going to use one finding the right one is crucial.

If your organization is ever going to be running another raffle or another fundraiser in the future, it is crucial for your organization to record the contact information of everyone who bought tickets in your current raffle. This way you have a great database of people who you know are interested in supporting your organization to use for future fundraisers. This will definitely enable your organization to raise more money down the road.

Why a Raffle is the Best and Easiest Type of Fundraiser

When your organization is trying to raise funds there are many options to consider using. In my opinion the best and easiest option is a raffle. There is limited risk in running a raffle and, if run well, a huge potential payoff. A raffle can generate a lot of excitement if the prizes are good and the tickets are reasonably priced. You should be able to attract a lot of people who wouldn’t normally give to your organization. So a raffle also serves to expand your donor database, as long as you have a good system for recording everyone’s contact information.

There are many other potential benefits of running a raffle. For example if you are having trouble reaching your fundraising goal you can always push off the raffle and extend the campaign for another few weeks. With a different kind of fundraiser such as a dinner or a golf outing it is much harder to reschedule everything whereas with a raffle all you need to do is announce that the drawing date has been pushed off and nobody needs to reschedule anything. Also those types of events are not drawing the crowds they used to so your ceiling is much higher with a raffle.

Buying a raffle ticket is a lot easier than going to a banquet or another charity event. If your raffle is set up online (and it definitely should be) then all that donors need to do is go to your website and click on the “Buy tickets” button or however you have it set up. Your organization can send an email to your entire contact list with a link to the raffle and there is almost no effort involved on either the part of your organization or the donors. If your website isn’t set up for this than you should use one of the online fundraising sites like Raffle Ready or Razoo and they should be able to set up a raffle page for your organization.