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

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!

Pricing raffle tickets

Many factors go into properly pricing raffle tickets. Here are a few things to think about before pricing your raffle tickets:

1.What is the value of the prize?

2. What price range are your potential donors willing to donate?

3.Will the ticket price allow you to reach your goal?

Let’s look at an example: The ABC School wants to raise $50,000. The ABC School has 500 families and anticipates selling ticket packages to 1,500 different donors. A simple math equation will tell you if everyone of the 1,500 donors buys only 1 ticket, you will need to charge $33 a ticket ($50,000/1,500=$33). Depending on the prize you may feel $33 is too steep for your donors. So lets take a look as a simple resolution; volume packages.

It is always beneficial to offer volume packages. Most donors when viewing a fundraising page with 5 different raffle packages tend to purchase the second or middle package. If the ABC School were to charge $20 for 1 ticket, 3 for $50, 6 for $80, 10 for $100 20 for $150 they can still easily reach their goal because many donors will elect to increase their donation above the bottom option.

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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

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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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