Raffles Are a Good Way for Non-Profit Organizations to Raise Money for Worthy Causes
The use of raffles is a very good way for Non-profit organizations to raise money for worthy causes. The amount of money that can be raised can vary from a small amount to much larger sums. But this usually corresponds to the size of the non-profit since these organizations can also vary from little to big. To illustrate my position, let me use two examples to prove my point. My little brotherâ€™s elementary school holds a Christmas bazaar every holiday season. People can have a table (for free) and can sell products from whatever company they represent, whether it be Avon â„¢, Pampered Chef â„¢ or Yankee Candle â„¢. Some people will set up tables with homemade items, like cookies or knitted items or crafts carved from wood. And even some local merchants, like a home improvement or yard-work company, may bring a table.
There is always a wide array of tables set up in the gymnasium every year. However, when you walk into the school lobby, the first thing people come to is a raffle table run by the schoolâ€™s Parent Teacher Organization. Some of the vendors will donate a few items to help fill some prize baskets. People can pay $1-5 for a chance to win one of these different types of baskets. 1 ticket for $1 and 6 or 7 tickets for $5. At the end of the bazaar, the winning ticket is pulled and the winner gets the basket. The PTO may not raise a lot of money but it is still enough for them to help pay for some things for the school kids, like new playground equipment or new computers. It is a quick and successful way to help the PTO and therefore help the kids.
Now, letâ€™s look at the other end of the scale, for organizations that are held on the state or national level, like the Red Cross. But I want to focus on a local chapter of this organization. The chapter, like a local office of the Red Cross, may choose to run a raffle to raise money, but instead of using baked goods or a 30-minute spa session, they may ask a car dealership to donate a car for the prize. People would need to pay maybe $25 or more for a ticket but, then again, the prize is greater than a gift basket. And the time involved is much longer than a few hours spent on a Saturday afternoon in a school gym.
The time of the raffle may take several weeks or a month. In the end, though, the results are similar. The non-profit chapter raises a lot of money but will in turn use it for worthy causes at the state or local level, like donating books to a library or helping with cancer research. Also, instead of getting a Christmas basket, someone will win a carâ€”now that seems to be worth it. And even the dealership, itself, will probably be able to use the car as a charitable donation on their taxes.
So, clearly there are benefits for a non-profit organization to hold a raffle. The size of the results may vary, from something similar to items for a local school to something major like a donation to a medical center. The price of a ticket will fluctuate, like a $1 or so to $25 or more, depending upon the prizes. And the time involved for the contest with also vary, from one afternoon to one month or longer. But non-profit organizations, big and small, will find raffles are a great way to raise money for worthy causes.