Archive for May, 2010

Where to Sell Your Raffle Tickets

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A lot of people aren’t comfortable going door to door to fund raise.  For whatever reason, it intimidates them or they feel like they are intruding on people.  Nevertheless, it is so important to sell your raffle tickets in an proactive manner.  No one is going to come up to you asking you to sell them a raffle ticket.

The idea that most raffle ticket sellers seem to like is going up to a local store or shopping center and setting up a booth to sell tickets at.  This seems less intrusive in a way, and you get a lot of traffic.  You have to be sure to get permission from the store owners or managers to do this though.  The positive to this is that if they like your organization or cause that they may even sell tickets for you.

Another benefit to this type of raffle ticket selling is that you can do it alongside of a bake sale or a cook out.  It’s a great way to bring in some extra money.  Make sure that you have signs up for your organization or cause so people know what you are selling raffle tickets for.  Another good idea would be to have some flyers or pamphlets to hand out that explain your cause a little bit more in depth.  Have fun selling your tickets!

Car Raffles

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

A big prize like a car requires a big raffle.  If you are looking to raise a whole lot of money for your organization, choosing a car as your raffling prize is definitely the way to go.  There are a few things you have to consider though when you are throwing a car raffle.  They are not the easiest raffles to put together.

Most organizations offer a cash prize in place of the car if the winner decides he/she does not want the car.  Also, it’s a good idea to offer a few smaller cash prizes to help you sell more tickets for your organization.  What you don’t want to come across as is one of those car raffles that they hold in almost every mall in America.  You are not out to steal people’s addresses, you are out to raise money for a good cause and you need to make sure people know that.

The car you choose needs to be a desirable car, not just any car.  You will want to work with a dealer to get this car, and offer them lot’s of free advertising to be able to get a good deal on the car.  A plus to going with a dealer is that you can use their client base as possible raffle ticket buyers by mailing them a letter about the raffle and keeping the car your raffling off, along with a sign for your raffle, in their show room where a lot of people will see it.   These are just a few things to consider.

Gift Basket Raffles

Friday, May 14th, 2010

People love gift basket raffles.  The sooner you realize that, the better off your organization will be when you conduct a raffle.  People love to participate in gift basket raffles because they feel like they are getting more bang for their buck.  As opposed to just winning one prize, they are winning a whole basket full of prizes that they really want.

Gift basket raffles are great because you can add your own flair to them.  They can reflect your organization or a theme you have going on for the raffle.  For example, if you are raising money for a school, you can fill it with a Kindle, Amazon gift card, a leather organizer, etc.

This is also a great way to get your whole group involved.  If everyone pitches in money to fill the basket, or buys an item to put in the basket, it will get filled with great stuff.  You can reward them with a long lunch, or an extra vacation day just to get the ball rolling.  Good luck!

Raffle At Cinco de Mayo

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

It’s the time of year for Cinco de Mayo, and a lot of people are planning parties for it.  I think a lot people like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo because it’s the first big party the can have since New Year’s.  Do you know what would be a great addition to any Cinco de Mayo party? A raffle!

My reasoning for thinking throwing a raffle at a Cinco de Mayo party is good idea is threefold.  Especially if your work is throwing a party, it’s a great way to raise funds for your business.  You could raffle off spanish themed prizes, like a gift card to the local spanish restaurant in your town or a cruise to Mexico! Also, it’s a great way to get people in your town more experienced in spanish culture.  While a Cinco de Mayo party may not draw them in, a raffling off of goods just may.

Let’s face it, throwing a raffle at your Cinco de Mayo party would be a heck of a lot more fun than busting open a pinata.  People love parties, and they love raffles.  Why wouldn’t they make a great combination?!  I hope you enjoy your holiday,  and that perhaps you take some of my advice and have a raffle at your party!

Raffling Off Conan O’Brien

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Conan O’Brien is a big celebrity name right now.  With all of the drama that has been going on with his career this past year, pretty much every person knows about him and the injustice that has been done to him by NBC.  I am personally a big fan of Conan O’Brien, and I recently found out that he is doing a stand up tour all around our nation right now.

This is a great opportunity for any of you out there that are thinking about hosting a raffle or are already in the midst of having one.  If you could raffle off two tickets to go see Conan O’Brien, it would be a huge money maker at this point.  Your main buyers would be 20-30 year olds who have grown up with his comedy.

My husband and I have tickets to see him in June in Chicago.  The tickets cost us around $250, but it’s well worth it to us.  If there is anyway for you to get the tickets donated, I would try your best to do that.  If you can’t, there are a lot people selling them on Ebay right now.  Be careful, because some people are out to make a huge profit.  Good luck!