A Raffle Raises Needed Funds

Many thanks аnd a tір о’ thе hаt to “Imрасt a Life” scholarship writer Lauren Johnson for tаkіng оn thе fоllоwіng еѕѕау tоріс ѕо сrеаtіvеlу:
Describe how non-profit organizations, (including church groups, civic groups, youth sports organizations) can best derive benefit for their fundraising effort by holding a raffle fundraiser. Offer proposals for a) maximizing the sales of their raffle tickets b) prizes that would encourage and stimulate ticket sales c) suggested ways to motivate volunteers to sell more tickets.

Thаnk you ѕо muсh Lauren  for your wеll-dоnе essay – аnd bеѕt оf luсk wіth your ѕtudіеѕ!

My mother works for a senior retirement community and the community has a resident lead Association that raises money for various charities, such as batter women’s shelters, Grady babies, hurricane relief victims, etc. My mother having experience with raffles to raise money for breast cancer awareness was asked by the association to assist with helping them set up a raffle to raise money for the batter women’s shelter.

The first step was to go out into the community and ask local businesses for donations as raffle prizes. They where able to provide a tax deductible letter to the businesses so they could use their donation as a tax write-off, as well as there would be signs and information at the raffle table stating what business donated what item, so it would also be good advertisement for the business. Once all the donations where collected, then the residents on the committee made up a list of all donations and what they where and assigned them a number.

The number on the list corresponded to a brown bag that had the number on it with a black sharpie marker. So, bags could be 1-50 or so depending on the number of donations. Also, residents and their families where allowed to donate items for prizes as long as they where new items and not used. The association set up a list of volunteers to come and man a table to sale the raffle tickets. Tickets where $1.00 each and they received a two part ticket. One to sign their name and phone number on to be placed in the bag of their choice and the other for them to keep as proof they bought the ticket. They also have several residents in the community that hand make items, such as purses, quilts and jewelry.

The residents have committed to have a sale where people can come and look at their items and purchase them. Twenty percent of the proceeds would go to the fundraiser. A designated time would be set for the raffle tickets to be sold and then a date set for all the participants who purchased tickets, whether it be residents, family members or someone in the outside community to meet in the multi-purpose room in the building so that the names of the winners for each donation could be called and the winner awarded the prize. There where some instances where people won multiple prizes due to having their names in lots of bags.

It is exciting when that happens to see someone’s face when they won several things. At the end of the raffle all the proceeds are added up to see what was the total about raised for the charity. Usually that figure got announced at the raffle drawing so all could hear the amount raised. Also, the total would be put in the minutes of the next association meeting for those who didn’t get to attend the raffle drawing. Then a representative from the building would take a check over to the charity and present it to them for the building. The building raised over $1,050.00 for the batter women shelter.

“Impact a Life” Scholarship contributor:  Lauren Johnson

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