Hot July rafflesSummer is here in earnest in July – a month that bursts out of the gate with the Fourth of July holiday and continues with vacations (and “staycations”) and gathering family and friends around the backyard grill. Your organization’s fundraising can highlight the best of this warm, sunny month with fun raffles and events.

One raffle idea that’s growing in popularity across the country is the Fourth of July millionaire raffle. Operated by a number of state lottery programs, these raffles typically award 1776 prizes ranging from $100 all the way to $1,000,000 in a series of early-bird drawings spread out over a month or two, with a grand prize awarded on or around July 4.

Variations on this theme are relatively simple. Instead of offering a million-dollar prize, for example, your group could award a $1776 cash grand prize and smaller runner-up cash prizes along with a variety of holiday and seasonally themed prizes in a “Freedom Raffle.”

Prizes such as barbecuing tools and supplies are a staple of summertime, and tickets to a local clambake or clam boil would certainly be in keeping with the warm-weather theme. Wrap smaller prizes in patriotic red, white and blue paper or place them in appropriately decorated baskets with small flags and ribbons.

A “Christmas in July” raffle is another favorite summertime fundraiser. One variation is the 12 Days of Christmas raffle, in which a different winner is named over a 12-day period. Some great prizes entrants will be excited to find under your organization’s “tree” could include Apple iPad Minis, e-readers, gift certificates to local businesses and more. Consider a traditional holiday theme for the prizes, such as a tree skirt or a red and green table runner, tree ornaments and beautiful accent pieces, for some tongue-in-cheek fun.

Good luck with these raffle ideas, have fun and keep cool!

Lucinda Rowlands
Lucinda Rowlands

Below is a free downloadable 12 Days of Christmas raffle ticket template for you to try!

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12 Days of Christmas


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