Archive for January, 2010

Another Teacher Raffle

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

I have quite a few teacher friends, and they have some pretty unique ideas when it comes to raffles.  Not only do they use raffles for fund raising at their school, but they also use it in their classrooms.  I don’t know if they just find ways to use them because they know me or not lol.  I have one teacher friend who came up with a great idea lately that highly incorporates raffle tickets that I thought I would share on here as a raffle idea.

At the beginning of each quarter of school she gives each student 5 raffle tickets to use for the whole quarter for different things in the classroom.  If they need a pencil, they have to give her one of their raffle tickets.  If they have to go to the bathroom, they have to give her a raffle ticket.  If they get a detention they have to turn in all of their tickets.  If they have any raffle tickets left at the end of the quarter, they can turn them in for a prize of some kind.

I think that this is a great way to motivate students to stay on task in the classroom.  It’s also a really creative way to use raffle tickets, which I love of course.  It’s such a cool way to give the kids responsibility for their actions and instill a sense of responsibility in them.  It is an all around great idea!

Cash-Calendar Raffle

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen Chick-fil-a do this, but maybe not to its full extent.  I think that this is a great raffle idea for any restaurant or business.  It gives the customer immediate gratification of getting a deal, and then the hope that they may get something even better.  These are easily sold for that very reason.

If you are unaware of what a cash-calendar raffle is, allow me to enlighten you.  Your business makes a calendar with whatever kind of them you want it to have.  Inside the calendar you include coupons for your business.  Every calendar is considered a raffle ticket, and when a customer buys one they are entered in a raffle for an even bigger prize.

What’s cool about this raffle is that the “bigger prize” doesn’t have to be that big.  This is good because you will have to put forth some money to make the calendars.  Most people love participating in this kind of raffle because not only do they love getting a quirky calendar, but they love the coupons inside of it even more.  The fact that they are entered in a raffle for buying something that they would have bought anyway is just an added bonus.  Think about doing this kind of raffle, because it is a great one.

What is a 50/50 Raffle?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I was at a basketball game the other night and an idea suddenly hit me.  When you live in a community and have children, one of the things you do most often is go to the local basketball or football games.  My husband and I don’t have kids, but we still go to the local games just to get to know people in our community.  I noticed a raffle going on, that has been going on for a while, that is the most simple form of a raffle I’ve ever seen.

It’s called a 50/50 raffle.  All you have to do is have people pay a certain amount to enter into a contest, and if they win the contest they gift half of the proceeds made from selling spots to enter the contest.  You still achieve the goal of raising money, and the “prize” that the participants win is straight up cash.  What person doesn’t like to win cash?!

What’s cool about this raffle is that it can be on a big or large scale and the contest can be whatever you want it to be.  If you have this raffle on a large scale, it’s important to hand out raffle tickets so that people who haven’t paid to participate don’t just get in line for it.  As I mentioned before, I saw this raffle going on at the local basketball game.  The contest was to make a half-court shot.  A 8 year old kid won, can you believe it?!

I’ve Got A Ticket to Raffle

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I’ve probably mentioned this on here before, but one of the best prizes you can raffle off are trips.  Especially trips that are all inclusive or all inclusive except the cost of travel.  People love to take vacations.  They love getting a chance to get out of their everyday lives and go somewhere that helps them forget their worries.  People will pay big money for a raffle ticket that gives them the chance to do that.

I once threw a raffle for a client that offered a trip to stay in a time share in the Bahamas for a week.  It was a beautiful 5 bedroom house with a backyard close up view of the ocean.  All you had to pay for was the cost of traveling there and food.  Which can get kind of pricey, but when you think about how much money you normally spend on a vacation its a really great deal.  We raised 5,000 dollars for my client with that raffle!

So if you’ve ever considered doing a trip raffle, I would highly suggest it.  It doesn’t even have to be a trip to the Bahamas.  Anyway that’s not home usually does the trick for most people.  Sometimes if its a newer place, they will donate a room to you.  Great Wolf Lodge did that for us one time and it was awesome.

Raffle Tie-In

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The are so many organizations out there looking to fund raise.  While it may be a trying time to try to ask for money from anyone with the economy being what it is.  But that doesn’t take away the need for fund raising.  Anyway, what I have discovered about raffles is that they are easily done along side of other fund raisers.  A raffle is a good addition to any fund raiser.

A raffle is easily done by itself, but it may help aid in your other fundraisers.  Raffles are easy to produce, considering that you’re only costs are buying the prize to raffle off and the tickets to raffle it off with.  A raffle is easily done along side of carnivals, black tie dinners, or a car wash.  Where someone might not feel comfortable donating money without getting something in return, the raffle is a nice option for that certain someone.

I think that its also important to advertise the raffle along with your main fundraiser.  Most people want to know about good deals, and a raffle is one of the best deals around.  Raffles draw in a wider crowd than most fundraisers, so you can expect that when you have a raffle along with your fund raiser that a lot of people will show up.