Great Fundraising Idea: Live Raffle

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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:

  1. hold a live raffle every 30 minutes (described in full below)
  2. set up a marketplace of Haitian goodies (described in July 2017 enews)
  3. 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)

Fundraising Raffle:

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 raffle-giftbox-haitiin August.