August means it’s Back To School fundraiser time

In many areas of the country, the month of August means it's time for school to start again –and time to start planning your organization's back to school fundraiser. Your group can give mom and dad a hand and raffle off gift baskets full of supplies for a back to school fundraiser. Coordinate with your local school districts to determine what specific items will be needed by students in the coming year: many schools maintain a list of commonly needed i

Experience raffles are worth more than money

When it comes to fundraisers, it's fun to offer something different. If your organization is looking for an unusual drawing, think about experience raffles. At first glance, this drawing looks much like many others: you print out your customized raffle tickets and sell them throughout the community. What makes this type of event unique is that the prizes aren't tangible. Instead, entrants enter to win the chance to do or participate in something the...

Turkey bowling events are super fun fundraisers

Thanksgiving in America is traditionally a time for roast turkey and a gathering of family and friends. Some, however, put an unusual spin on the national holiday and go bowling. Turkey bowling, that is. Growing in popularity in recent years, turkey bowling is said to have originated in the late 1980s in a Newport Beach, Calif., grocery store when a manager slid a frozen turkey across the floor, toppling a soda bottle by accident. From such a humble

Thanksgiving raffle spreads the gratitude

There are several ways in which your organization can help bring joy to needy families. One is to partner with your local food pantry, grocery stores and/or restaurants to hold a Thanksgiving raffle for a traditional turkey dinner. Give away raffle tickets to families at the food pantry, with a complete holiday meal going to five, ten or however many families that might otherwise go without on Thanksgiving day. The prize can be in the form of meal ingre

Great prize ideas to make your next fundraiser a huge hit

When you’re planning a raffle, deciding on the type of raffle prize can quickly become a headache. Your organization may be providing lots of fun and entertainment and offering an opportunity for the community to support a great cause, but without great prizes the event may fall flat. Choosing a raffle prize begins with the community. You may find that business owners/representatives in your area are more than happy to help your organization reach its f

How to hold meat raffles

Meat raffles are a creative fundraising event in which the prize winner takes home … you guessed it … meat. Meat raffles can be found in Australia, Canada and Britain as well as in the United States, where they are frequently (though not exclusively) held in the Midwest, including western New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and areas of New England. VFW and American Legion posts, pubs and bars are often host to these charitable meat raffles, but freque...

How to Hold a Treasure Chest Raffle

One of the fun things about raffles is the fact that there are so many types of drawings to choose from. It’s easy to try something new and possibly spark fresh interest in your organization’s cause.One game you can offer is the Treasure Chest raffle. It’s a great way for players to take an active role in the game. Instead of waiting for their ticket number to be called (or for their phone to ring or a notification of winning in the mail), the player...