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.

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.