When planning your next big fundraiser, there’s no need to completely start from scratch. Of course, we want to be creative and original, but there are so many ideas out there that we might not think of. They could go great with your next event!

While social media can be a big time waster for some, if you plan strategically, it can really help in the brainstorming process. Here are a few tips to get started.

  • Know what you’re looking for. Starting with a plan in place for general ideas can help you stay focused. Write down a few keywords that have to do with your topic, then #hashtag your words and search Twitter and Instagram.

  • Set a timer. Since it’s easy to get lost in social media world, set a time limit for yourself (maybe 30 minutes to an hour). That way, if you get some good ideas, it didn’t take too long, and if you don’t find anything, you didn’t waste too much time.

  • Stay organized. Have a plan in place to keep all of these great ideas. Start a folder in your web browser or your own board on Pinterest.

So now we need to explore  the various social media outlets. We’ll focus on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Pinterest: Wedding planners love Pinterest for its countless ideas. Event planning is the same. Use your search terms to find pictures, links, and ideas used by other event planners. Pinterest is great because you can organize your ideas the same way you would if you were putting together a scrapbook. Pin ideas to one board or multiple boards to reference yourself and share with others.

Instagram:  Instagram is a ton of fun when it comes to posting cool pictures from your life. More and more, businesses and non-profits are getting in on the fun. A quick search will involve hashtags to point you in the right direction.

#Raffle resulted in pictures of items people have won, tickets, and posters from raffle events. #Raffleticket resulted in pictures of both tickets and items, which can be a great way to promote your event and your organization.

Twitter: Use the same #hashtags on Twitter that worked on Instagram. You won’t find as many pictures here, but you might find links to useful articles.

 Have fun, be open to new ideas, and share the ones that worked for you!

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Tips for New Non-Profits

by ticketprinting on March 10, 2014

You’ve thought of a great way to improve your community. If you have all the legal work done and a plan for your program in place, now you want to raise money so you can get started! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get your new non-profit up and running.

Know How Much Money You Need – Easy, right? As much as possible! Not so fast. Having a clear idea of how much your program will cost lets potential funders know that you are legit and you’ll spend their money wisely. This can also help you develop funding levels (i.e., if you give x amount, you’ll help x families). The clearer your vision, the easier it is to make it a reality.

Diversify Your Funding Sources – It’s easy to jump into a non-profit and think you’re going to get all of your money from grants or all of it from an event. But potential funders want to see that you’re raising money from a variety of sources and your success isn’t just dependent on them. Funding should come from businesses, foundations, and individuals.

If you’re having an event to raise money, be creative and give your supporters a variety of ways to help you out. Keeping admission prices low and offering a raffle can ensure that many will be able to attend and those who can donate will when given the opportunity. Keep it fun!

Tell Everyone – If you tend to be modest or quiet, now is not the time for that! If you are starting a new non-profit, you’ll need help from anyone who can offer it. Talk about it anywhere you can – work, school, the gym, church, the grocer, the shopping centre – you never know who might have extra time, money, or ideas. When you’re ready, share your website and facebook page with everyone. And if you’re organisation is a great idea, others will talk about it! Don’t be shy!

Yes, it’s exciting to start a new community program! Once you have the idea, it’s hard not to jump right in. Strategy is key for your organisation’s success! Having a plan in place for the money you need, recruiting a variety of funders, and talking about it as much as you possible can help you focus and start out strong.

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Asking for the Perfect Raffle Prize

by ticketprinting on January 8, 2014

When planning your fundraising event, consider organising a raffle for your donors. The thought of leaving an event with something in hand can be a fun incentive to give more money. When asking for the perfect prizes for your raffle for your fundraising event, be thoughtful and deliberate when considering your donors.

What Do Your Attendees Want?

What kind of prize might motivate a donor to buy a raffle ticket? Some people love leaving an event with a bottle of wine or a painting they’ve won. But often, people might be more willing to give money for the chance at an experience – something they weren’t expecting.

Think creatively when approaching friends of the organisation for their donation. Do you know someone who’s an expert chef that could offer to teach a one-on-one class? Does someone have a home on the ocean where a supporter could spend a holiday? Could someone offer a service like a massage or acupuncture? Give the gift of an experience!

Pitch your Organisation Succinctly

When you approach new donors, have a quick pitch ready so they understand the value of their donation. Whether you meet them in person, call them, or write them a letter, be polite and courteous. Tell them about the event and leave them with information about your organisation. If you write an email, write a catchy and specific subject line so your email is read (“Your skills can help us raise $50,000 for Autism Awareness ”).

Follow-Up for Friendship

After the event, your work is just beginning. Follow-up with a specific thank you letter to your donors. Keep it short and sweet, but mention how much their donation raised and how it contributed to a successful overall event. Let them know how it will benefit the organisation (How many vaccines will it supply? How many trees will be planted? How many art supplies can it buy?) Keeping a great relationship with donors and sincerely valuing their contributions can lead to strong relationships in the future.

As a token of friendship, send them a raffle ticket and a picture from the event. They’ll have something tangible to remember their contribution, and they’ll be ready to donate their goods or services for next year’s event.

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Six Tips on Planning a Raffle

by ticketprinting on December 24, 2013

Be Aware of Raffle Laws, Ticket Designs, and More

A raffle can be a great way to raise money for a charity or organization and have fun connecting with participants in the process. But before you jump head-first into raffle mania, you must take a step back and take a look at the nuts and bolts of planning a raffle. There are several things you must make sure are in order. Here’s a small list of what you should be mindful of.

Research raffle laws: Before doing anything prize-related with your raffle, it’s important to research your state’s raffle laws. According to eHow, each state has its own raffle laws, including laws that require event holders to have a special license to hold raffles. Neglecting to research raffle laws in your state could land you in a lot of trouble.

Apply for a raffle license: If you find out that you do, in fact, need a raffle license, make sure to apply for the license well in advance. According to Find Law, a license application could take weeks or months to be processed, so keep that in mind when planning your raffle.

Ask for legal help: If you feel you need a little more advice when it comes to raffles, make sure to find an attorney. Find Law states that raffle laws can be a little difficult and complex to understand, particularly about what is and isn’t acceptable. An attorney will give you the help you need in order to keep your event on the right—and legal—path.

Decide which raffle is best for your event: There are several types of raffle tickets you can choose from. One type of ticket design has blank spaces for participants to write their names and contact information in the event they aren’t there in person to collect their prize. Another type of ticket design has numbers which will be used to identify winners. This type of ticket is best if the raffle participants have to be present to collect their prize. Depending on what type of event you’re having, pick your tickets accordingly.

Develop a ticket-selling strategy: Getting your ticket-selling strategy developed is necessary in order to have a successful event. EHow illustrates several strategies for selling tickets, including going door-to-door, selling tickets online or selling tickets at a related, upcoming event. The strategy you decide on should reflect the audience you’re trying to attract.

Set a reasonable price for tickets: Raffle tickets should be affordable if you want to have a huge number of participants. EHow states that if your event’s prizes are donated, raffle tickets can be charged for a low price. If you have big prizes, people will be willing to pay a higher ticket price. Take a look at what types of prizes you’ll be giving away and price your tickets according. There are also ticket calculators online that you could use.

How will you plan your raffle?

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3 Great Christmas Raffles 2013

by ticketprinting on November 14, 2013

For many of us, Christmas is a time for giving. Of course, we love searching for and giving the perfect gifts to our friends and family, but it’s also a time for looking outside of our own homes and giving to the less fortunate. Charitable donations and volunteer hours go up in December, and for good reason. We can all join in on the spirit of the season.

Christmas raffles are especially popular. Not only do they allow us to make donations for our favorite charities, they offer us a sense of hope and maybe, just maybe, a reward for our trouble.

Of course, everyone loves a good meat raffle, but there are plenty of other raffles going on right now, especially for really worthy causes, with plenty of fabulous prizes to win!

BoysTown, a not-for-profit organization, offers hope for children in disadvantaged circumstances through training, counselling, and support services. Big organizations with big supporters can offer big prizes, and this draw is a big one. One lucky winner will receive a $2.8 million dollar lifestyle package, including furniture, appliances, and a half million in gold!

If you’re comfortable in your home but are ready for a new car or two, you can support the Heart Foundation. Their Christmas raffle for 2013 includes a grand prize of $70,000 worth of Toyota cars (basically 2 cars) plus $2000 in gas vouchers. Meanwhile, you’ll be helping the organization save lives and improve health by funding world-class cardiovascular research, writing “guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.”

Another medical cause, The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia, offers grand prize winners multiple choices. Would you rather win cash, a vacation, or a car (all roughly the same dollar value)? If you win, it’s your choice! Meanwhile, you’ll be helping to fund research and education for this devastating disease.

And, of course, if you’d rather raise money for your favorite cause, you can always print your own raffle tickets and start selling. If you’re willing to network, talk about your work, and maybe call in some favors, it’s easy to find prize donations and to start selling raffle tickets to your current supporters, while finding new supporters who will help you out in exchange for a couple raffle tickets. It’s a smart way to start funding your charitable events!

 

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Saving Lives with the “I Love Life” Raffle

by ticketprinting on October 9, 2013

Heart Research Australia Holds Major Raffle

By raising funds for the crucial research into better treatment for and the prevention of heart disease, Heart Research Australia’s main goal is to fight against the devastating effects that heart disease and other similar medical conditions have on the Australian community. This charitable organisation in particular relies solely on community and corporate donations.

They focus on providing seed money for cardiac researchers to look into new areas and technologies.

The intent is to help the researchers receive grants from the likes of the National Health and Medical Research Council and other national organisations by making their work more competitive.

One of the key ways this charity is able to raise funds is through their I Love Life Raffle, which is set to draw a winner on 4 October 2013.

Is Your Organisation Charitable?

You probably already know this, but to host a legal raffle in Australia, you must be part of a charitable organisation of some sort. For example, let’s take a look at Heart Research Australia.

The current research they are funding is helping to repair injured heart muscles with stem cells, improve heart function in premature babies, and locate triggers of heart attacks, just to name a few.

In addition, Heart Research Australia funds:

  • The North Shore Cardiovascular Education Centre, offering rehabilitation and education for patients of heart disease and other conditions
  • Multiple heart research scholarships
  • Specialist research equipment and support staff

How to Host a Winning Raffle

The first prize for the I Love Life Raffle is $15,000 in gold bullion. Yes, you read that right. $15,000! The second prize is $5,000, and ticket prices start at only three for $15. The best part: the more tickets you buy, the cheaper they get! Talk about a great way to encourage bulk ticket sales.

Let Heart Research Australia’s raffle be an example for your own raffle or fundraiser. Help make a positive difference in your local community and motivate others to help inspire change in the area you care about the most.

You can contact this particular charity directly for your very own fundraising kit if you’re interested in helping them raise money for heart research.

The kit includes: ideas for fundraising, tips on how to get started, fundraising responsibilities, contact details and a list of other ways to contribute. Good luck fundraisers!

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How the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre Raises Money with Raffles

Located in the Austin Hospital of Heidelberg, Melbourne, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre makes use of cutting-edge research and top of the line medical treatment, as well as working to implement support systems for cancer patients and their families, to offer the best wellness care possible in the area.

The Centre’s main goal is to piece together cancer research with treatment and cancer care in order to help offer the best care and research available with modern technology.

Not only does the Wellness Centre work to make cancer care the best it can be, they are also a major fundraiser for cancer services at Austin Health. How do they do it? One answer is through raffles.

Winning the Fight against Cancer

Raffles are just one unique way in which the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre raises very necessary funds in order to keep moving forward in the fight against cancer. With the money that the Centre raises from raffles they host throughout the year, they are able to offer top-notch care with leading technology and a great deal of compassion.

It’s easy to see why someone would want to donate to such a noble charitable cause. By hosting raffles, the Centre seeks to add some fun to the mix, thereby encouraging a greater amount of people to donate to their cause.

Not only do these raffles help to raise money for a charity that will use it for the right reasons, they also help to spread the word about the importance of the cause, i.e. winning the fight against cancer.

Promote Your Prizes

The Wellness Centre holds a variety of raffles throughout the year to raise money for their cause. Some of the incredible prizes up for grabs are items like a new Ford SZ RWD TX Territory 4.0L 6 Speed Automatic Wagon. Or, if you’d rather take the money, you can choose to get $40,000 worth of gold bullion instead!

Another prize is $2,000 shopping gift card for Coles Group, and a third prize is a Caltex petrol gift card for $1,000.

The Centre makes it easy for anyone to order raffle tickets too. Between telephone, email and mail-in forms, buying a raffle ticket and donating to the fight against cancer has been made simple AND fun.

 

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How the Hawks Raise Money with Their Annual Raffle

The Hawthorne Football Club, affectionately called the ‘Hawks’ by many fans, is a popular Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Founded back in the year 1902, this club is the most successful non-foundation club with respect to how many premierships they’ve won over the years. The team is easy to spot on the field with the gold and brown striped Guernseys they wear during their games.

With such a loyal fan base as the Hawks have, this year (as in years past) they’ve decided to give back. The 2013 Hawthorne Football Club’s annual raffle gives all Hawks club members and supporters the opportunity to win one of five incredible prizes.

What’s more, there’s even an Early Bird Draw special! Return your raffle tickets or purchase online by 1 August to be entered to win a table for 10 at the Hawthorne’s Best and Fairest, Peter Crimmins Medal night.

Plentiful Prizes   

Here’s a tip on how to successfully promote your raffle: advertise those fabulous prizes! The Hawks have done just that, and to be quite honest, they’ve done it well.

First up on the list of Hawks’ raffle’s five coveted prizes is the Mercedes-Benz B180 BlueEFFICIENCY. Anyone who pictures themselves driving away in one of these hot luxury vehicles is sure to buy at least one raffle ticket!

Next up is a brand new Samsung TV and home theatre system, followed by seven cases of Ninth Island wine, a Travel Club Getaways gift certificate for $1000, and last, but not least, the 5th prize is a signed and framed Guernsey, yours to keep from the Hawks themselves.

Scrutinize Your Set-Up

If you take a gander at the way the Hawks have set up the raffle page on their website, you’ll see that not only is there a convenient button available for the easy purchase of raffle tickets with little more than a click of your mouse, but in addition to that, the terms and conditions are all listed neatly for the buyer’s perusal, just below the link to buy tickets.

In 2013, this is the best way you can set up any raffle for success.

Australian Raffle Law can sometimes be a bit confusing, so it’s best to make sure you inform your ticket buyers of all the necessary information up front, and that way you can worry more about selling tickets than covering your bases.

 

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How to Keep Your Community Raffle Successful

by ticketprinting on July 9, 2013

The Rotary Club of Rossmoyne Hosts 2013 Community Raffle

Organising a raffle can be a real challenge. At times, it can even be downright frustrating. No matter how big or small your charitable organisation is, you’re likely to run into some issues along the way when hosting a raffle. Sometimes, overcoming those challenges can be part of the excitement. But, above all, educating yourself on what it takes to hold a successful raffle will help you immensely in the end.

Take the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne for example. This Western Australian charitable organisation holds an annual fundraising raffle to raise money for the community and other charitable projects they take on.

But just because they’ve done it before, doesn’t make this year’s raffle any easier. “Changes to laws have made conducting a raffle very difficult,” the Club states on their website.

How to Keep Your Raffle Legal

Clearly, the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne has done their raffle homework. While Australian raffle law can be confusing, it’s certainly not impossible to understand. On their website, the Rossmoyne Club mentions they have “developed a strategy which meets all the necessary legal requirements” for their community raffle.

If you’re looking to keep your own raffle on the right ride of the law, it’s best to check with your specific local Australian Gaming and Gambling Authorities.

Each territory and state in Australia has their own unique guidelines and rules when it comes to hosting a raffle legally.

Take a Tip from Rossmoyne

Since you already know the Rotary Club of Rossmoyne has managed to organise a legal raffle, why not take a look at how they’ve done it, so you know what can be done legally?

One of the most important aspects of their raffle and how it’s organised is their complete honesty about where the proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go. Not only do they explain where every dollar they raise will go, they also explain what their organisation plans to do with it once they get it.

The Club has several major projects that they contribute to, as well as other community-valued initiatives, like Sustainable Cambodia Australia. People appreciate honesty. Being up front about exactly where the money will go when someone buys a raffle ticket is almost guaranteed to help you sell more tickets.

To avoid having to use a large part of your funds raised from the raffle for things like printing services, find a high-quality, low cost raffle ticket printing service.

That way, you can use the money you raised for community projects that truly need your help.

 

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How to Host a “Monster Fundraiser”

by ticketprinting on June 5, 2013

Victoria Branch of Scouts Australia Hosts Monster Scout Raffle 2013

An undeniably positive social movement, Scouting has helped to shape the development of children and young adults for no less than a century. Scouts Australia is the most successful youth organisation in the country, and the Victoria branch boasts more than 20,000 participating kids from a variety of different cultural backgrounds.

To assist the Scout Groups with raising money for their organisation, the Victoria Branch recently held the 2013 Monster Scout Raffle. The lucky prize winners were announced only a few days ago, and it seems like this is one raffle that really had its act together.

A Monster Way to Contribute

Any fundraiser knows that the validity of their cause will go a long way to encourage donors to contribute their money, no matter what the possible payoff is. While the prizes for the Monster Scout Raffle were absolutely enticing, the charitable cause behind the raffle tickets is likely one of the strongest reasons this raffle was successful.

Not only were Scouts raising money for their organisation by selling raffle tickets, they were also promoting Scouting to the general public and spreading the word about the importance of their social cause.

The Scouts also recruited new members by requesting additional information from raffle ticket buyers, and worked at developing relationships with sponsors, all while learning more about the value of money and working toward fundraising goals.

Jaw-Dropping Prizes

One of the best ways to get people more excited about your raffle is to advertise your prizes. The Monster Scout Raffle didn’t have merely a few great prizes. Ticket buyers had the chance to win one of eight incredible prizes, all valued at over $900.

  • 8th Prize – Primus Transit 50 litre portable fridge
  • 7th Prize – 2 mountain bikes ($1000 value)
  • 6th Prize – 2 high-end mountain bikes ($1,500 value)
  • 5th Prize – 2 Companion EXO Pro Tents
  • 4th Prize – $3000-worth of adventure and travel wear
  • 3rd Prize – $5000 gift card for IGA
  • 2nd Prize – Trekmaster Camper Trailer with Sunroom
  • Grand Prize – Toyota Prius C Hybrid – over $28,000 value!

Perhaps the two most important things you can do to host a monster raffle like the Scouts did is to make sure the cause you support is valuable in the eyes of the public, and take care to have some great prizes.

 

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