Nonprofit raffle ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Fifty-fifty and parking space raffles are fun alternatives to traditional fundraising drawings. Both offer a different twist on the raffle idea designed to pique the interest of potential participants with unconventional prizes. Chinese auctions and rubber duck races use surprising raffle executions designed to increase participation by giving guests more control and adding an air of competition.

50-50 Raffle

Fifty-fifty raffles function a lot like traditional raffles. Participants buy numbered tickets for cash and corresponding stubs are placed in a container. At the end of the event, a stub is drawn from the container and the person with the matching ticket wins. The winner receives half of the raffle money and the other half goes to the non-profit organisation. This is a great raffle because the prize has universal appeal and event organisers do not need to spend money or time purchasing and soliciting prizes from donors.

Parking Space Raffle

Instead of raffling off customary prizes, work with large local businesses to offer choice parking spaces for winning employees. Sell numbered tickets and place the stubs in a container, then draw a ticket to determine a winner. One of its benefits is that corporate partners do not have to donate cash or costly prizes so it doesn't cost them to participate. The appeal for contestants is obvious to anyone that's had to trek across a large lot to get to work.

Chinese Auction

With a Chinese auction, organisation representatives sell tickets to participants like a conventional raffle. However, instead of placing all the stubs in one container, each individual prize in the auction has a corresponding container. Participants bid on prizes they would like to win by placing their stubs in a specific prize's container. Then, a winning stub is selected from each container. Because people get to pick the prizes they want, they don't have to worry about winning something they will never use.

Rubber Duck Race

Rubber duck races add competition and excitement to non-profit events. The event needs to be hosted around water for the ducks to be placed in. Then, sell numbered bath toys and give each contestant a stub or receipt for their duck's number. Release all the ducks at the starting point then gather at the end of the course. The first rubber duck to cross the finish line wins first prize. The next is awarded second prize and so forth.

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Erica Tambien began writing professionally in 1999. She is a freelance writer and communications consultant living in Reno, Nev. Her work has since appeared on various websites and for KOLO-TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Nevada-Reno.