Looking for Great Fundraising Ideas?
Tired of the silent auction? You should be — they have LOUSY return on investment.
Try these best fundraising ideas at your event or gala this year, and you’ll be happier with returns:
- hold a live raffle every 30 minutes (described in full below)
- set up a marketplace of Haitian goodies (described in July 2017 enews)
- set up a table to sign up guests to visit Haiti with your team to see your work in action; this creates long-term donors who become emotionally and physically connected (described in July 2017 enews)
First, make sure holding a nonprofit raffle is doable in your state. Here is a great article that details specifics. Silent auctions have certain legal requirements too.
Purchase a roll (or 2) of raffle tickets for $2.65 at Walmart; sell tickets during the cocktail portion of the evening — pairs of middle school children with bright shiny faces are perfect ticket sellers (hold a contest — most tickets sold earns that pair a special treat).
Identify items; solicit as donation or purchase (you’ll make money even if you purchase). Display items on a table at your event & allow people to purchase tickets from the table (for example, one for $15, 3 for $30)
Good list of items to raffle — start w/ the smaller items, work towards the creshendo item:
- clay necklaces and coffee mugs from Papillion
leather purse from Haiti Design Co-op
- coffee and chocolate bars from Singing Rooster
canvas tote or basket from 2nd Story
scarf and hat from Haiti Made
metal art from Singing Rooster
- get one or two significant donations from your community to serve as bait for maximum ticket sales: gift card to local restaurant or store, big screen TV (Best Buy has super discounted, open box tvs), travel (people with a timeshare love to give it away)
Next, decide when / how you’ll raffle. Raffle 3 items back to back every 30-minutes during the later half of the cocktail hour? Raffle all items during dessert?
- Keep a box with tickets in a secure location to avoid cheating.
- Mix tickets well so the drawing isn’t biased.
Have fun! And this fall – look for Singing Rooster’s new “raffle gift box” — a special discounted item you may purchase with any order. Coming in August.