How to Arrange a Successful Charity Raffle

Three Parts:Planning Your RaffleAdvertising Your RaffleThanking Those Who Helped Raise Money

It's nice to do good things for others, right? However, it can be hard and stressful to organise a raffle for charity. This article will hopefully give you some tips to help you on your fundraising journey.

Part 1
Planning Your Raffle

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    Contact the charity you are fundraising for. This step may seem relatively straightforward, but it is important for the charity to know that you are intending to raise funds for them. Not only may you gain some useful knowledge about raffles and fundraising as a whole, but this will also get you into a network of fundraisers that could potentially give you extra help. The charity may give you a list of possible venues to hold your raffle prize giving that they may use for other fundraising events. Additionally, the charity may provide you with a letter of authorisation to fundraise - this will make people trust that their money is going to a worthy cause.
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    Buy some raffle books. Raffle books can be bought in many supermarkets, in a variety of different colours. Remember that there are two copies of each ticket for a reason - one ticket is given to the person that has purchased the ticket, and you keep the other ticket in the book with the details of the person who paid for the ticket. This means that it is easy to contact a prize winner if they are unable to attend the prize giving.The night before your event, pick a relatively large container to place these tickets in, folded in such a way that specific numbers cannot be seen - this means that it is a fair raffle.
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    Gather raffle prizes. Contact businesses in your area and kindly ask for any donations towards your raffle, and remember to provide them with evidence that you are fundraising for a charity. This is most effective when it comes to small businesses, such as a bakery or a hair salon; however, some larger businesses may also be willing to donate, so don't hesitate on asking them via a handwritten letter - the worst they can do is refuse, and you can move on and try elsewhere.

Part 2
Advertising Your Raffle

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    Make leaflets or brochures advertising your raffle. It may also be beneficial to create a Facebook page dedicated to your raffle, showing photographs of your prizes - and invite all of your Facebook friends to 'like' the page.
    • If you don't use social media, you could always call a local radio station and explain what you are doing, how much you are charging for the tickets, what the prizes are, and where the prizes will be drawn.
    • If all fails, spread it by word of mouth! Tell your friends, family or work colleagues. Walk around your local neighbourhood trying to sell raffle tickets.
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    Ensure that the advertising is effective. This step is extremely important. Your raffle could have wonderful prizes, but you need to advertise your raffle effectively so that people know that it is happening. The good thing about a raffle is that there is a potential benefit to the people that donate - they may receive a prize. Some people may say that they would be more willing to donate to a charity if it were a raffle and not just a normal donation.

Part 3
Thanking Those Who Helped Raise Money

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    Send out letters or messages to companies, restaurants or shops that helped you raise the money. Make sure you tell them how much you have raised as a result of their donations, and show gratitude for their kindness. This step is particularly important if you plan on hosting regular raffles or fundraising events, as it is easy to form a bond with the companies and they will gladly donate towards your activities.


  • An effective way to sell raffle tickets involves providing a 'bargain bulk buy'. For example, you could sell one ticket for 50p, but sell 3 tickets for £1.
  • In order to make your raffle seem fair, let a blindfolded friend or family member pull the raffle tickets from your container randomly on the day of your event. This means that the raffle is not 'fixed'.
  • If you wanted to try and raise more money again, contact a food supermarket and ask if they would be willing to donate tea, coffee or biscuits. To make the raffle more of an event, you could decorate the venue with charity balloons, and offer tea and coffee. Remember to strategically place some donation buckets around!
  • If you are raising money for a religious organization, make sure they allow raffles before planning one as a fundraiser, since some religious sects don't allow them. In the Methodist church, for example, money is raised through other means such as rummage sales and bazaars since raffles are considered to be a form of gambling [1].

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