Creating Memorable Tickets

by ticketprinting on May 28, 2014

How do you want your guests to remember your event?

Do you want them to remember how much fun they had? How meaningful the cause is? Should they be looking forward to it next year? Should they tell all their friends about it?

Of course. And a big part of all of this lies in the ticket itself. Don’t look at the ticket as a necessity for your event planning. Look at it as a memento for the guest and an opportunity to build a relationship.

Many of us keep our old tickets and we’re reminded of the event when we come across them. So how do we make the most out of this small piece of card stock?

Choose Vibrant Wording. Action verbs stick with us. Dance, donate, appreciate, laugh, love, give … these are all strong words that remind the guest about the event and the cause.

Consider Colour. What colours do you associate with your cause? Is it a springtime event? Winter? Do you want your guests to feel a sense of peace? Action? Triumph? Try out different colours with small groups to see how they feel and react after seeing them.

Tell a Story. While they may attend your event one time, you want them to become consistent donors. When they find that ticket again, see to it that they look into your organisation again. Can you upload a custom image or logo? Did you include your website? Can one of our many templates tell your organisation’s story?

Of course you want to raise money during your event, but remember that tickets often last beyond the event. Keep these ideas in mind as you prepare for your next fundraiser.

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Using Pinterest for Raffle Ideas

by ticketprinting on April 15, 2014

We all use social media to stay connected to our friends and family. But for event planners who are trying to come up with new ideas, social media can save us loads of time with new ideas! Sure, we can sit and brainstorm for hours, or we could do a quick search and see what others are up to these days. Here are some great ideas we found on Pinterest.

Pinterest is a craft-lover’s paradise, with thousands of fun do-it-yourself ideas. But a quick search of raffle baskets also brings up some fun ideas you may not have thought about.

Themed baskets: Pulling together themed-items in a basket is a great way to entice guests to bid on that item. Try some ideas that your guests didn’t even know they wanted!

  • Pull together a beach getaway basket with a gift certificate for swimwear, sunscreen, umbrellas, towels, flippers – whatever your family could use at the sea!
  • Or plan for a game night in with loads of family-oriented board games and decks of cards. Don’t forget the snacks!
  • Is it a night in with your sweetie that you need? A basket full of wine, candles, chocolates, and maybe some personal fun items can put a smile on guests faces.

Whatever you decide for a theme basket, try to make it really specific and unexpected. Think about the fun things you like to do and how you like to treat yourself. Then do a quick search to see some ideas you might not have thought of!

Event ideas: Beyond what you might offer in a basket, Pinterest also has tons of suggestions to make your event special.

A raffle for a raffle! Start the evening by offering raffle tickets as a prize!

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Themed nights! Turn the whole evening into a theme, like a trivia night fundraiser or a wishing well for Relay for Life.

Your own ideas are always the best, but we could all use a little help sometimes. Spend an hour or two (set a clock or you could end up on there all day) searching for fun ideas to enhance and customise your next raffle!

 

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Tips for New Fundraisers

by ticketprinting on March 10, 2014

Have you recently been hired to raise money for an organisation? Chances are, everyone will want a little bit of your time. Here are some ways to get yourself settled into your new work in fundraising.

Spend Time with Every Department – Having a strong understanding of what your organisation does, both in the big picture and on the day-to-day level, will help you with fundraising feel confident in your new work. Spend time with both the management who run the departments and the programme staff who carry out the mission. Understanding this work can help you describe the organisation to potential donors and craft better appeals.

Listen – In fundraising, everyone has ideas. Be confident with your instincts, but listen to the ideas of your colleagues. Taking the time to listen can build trust and respect in an organisation.

Get to Know Your Donors – You’ll want to set up meetings with the people who give their hard-earned money to your programmes. You’ll also want to raise funds right away. Combine the two with some events! Specific events geared as fundraisers might prevent some supporters from attending, especially if they’ve given this year and they don’t have a lot extra. Plan some friendraising events that aren’t heavy on the “ask.” Make it fun, share news about your programmes, and meet your donor base. If you’re intent on raising some extra cash, include a fun raffle to earn a little extra funds. That way, supporters won’t feel pressured, but they’ll have an opportunity to give that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Get to Know Your Community – Your organisation isn’t the only one doing great work in your community! Taking the time to get to know your community will help you out when you need it. Talk to other charitable organisations and businesses so when the need to partner up on a programme comes about, you know who to call!

Do Your Research – If you’re approaching foundations for grant funding, look at what programmes they’ve funded over the past three years. Do events raise a lot of money in your community? What works and what doesn’t? Knowing where your organisation has been can help you plan their fundraising future.

It’s a lot of work to take on a new fundraising job, but building connections, listening to ideas, and doing the research are all key in creating a successful and rewarding future.

 

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Maximize Your Fundraising with a Raffle

by ticketprinting on January 11, 2014

Your big fundraising event is on the calendar. You have the guest list ready, you’ve booked the venue, and you’re considering the menu. So how will you encourage your supporters to donate more money? A fun raffle can spark conversation and raise a ton of money.

If you haven’t done a raffle before, or even if you have, this article can give you some ideas on what you can do. There are more options than you might think, and here are a few things to consider.

Big Ticket or Nice Gift?

Imagine showing up to a fundraising event for your favourite charity and finding out your donation could put you in the running to win a new car that night! That thought alone could generate a lot of excitement – and a lot of money – for your group.It’s also great publicity for the car dealer involved.  Acquiring these big ticket items take a lot of time and work, but if you can manage it, it creates huge buzz around the event.

But most of us can’t offer our donors a car. That’s fine. Asking local businesses for items like wine, art, or gift certificates and offering your supporters a variety of prizes can also generate a lot of donations. And they give the businesses more visibility. Win-win!

Give an Experience

Many people will buy a raffle ticket for the chance to treat themselves! The idea of a holiday rental, a day at the spa, or tickets to a sporting event give supporters the chance to win something that they might not purchase themselves. Be creative when offering an experience. Approach businesses, but also think about volunteers or donors who might not be able to give money, but could offer a service. Maybe a supporter is an expert at resume writing or baking desserts. You might be surprised what your donors will want.

A Chance for More Cash

If you don’t have the time or resources to organise a raffle for items, a 50/50 raffle is an easy option. Half of the money raised goes to the winner; half goes to the charity. Find some energetic and persuasive volunteers to handle this task!

Whatever your raffle experience looks like, the right ticket can be a fun way to remember the event. Customizing your raffle with the event tickets, flyers, and posters can leave a memorable impression of the evening!

 

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Christmas Raffle 2013

by ticketprinting on November 11, 2013

Sooner or later, most of us have some brush with it. Whether it’s a close relative, childhood friend, favorite teacher, or even ourselves, cancer can strike anyone, and when it does, we all want to know what we can do to make it better.

This Christmas, we can all try to make things a little better even before we’re personally affected by supporting Cancer Research UK, a registered charity organization dedicated to funding the development of new and better treatments for over two hundred types of cancer. In addition, they work to share their findings with the public, including doctors and patients; bring these details to legislature and policy makers; and publish a wide range of documents, available digitally and in print, to make the information easier to find.

For as little as one pound, you can support this cause and perhaps earn yourself a well-deserved present in the process. Simply purchase a raffle ticket for this year’s fundraising prize draw, Christmas Raffle 2013. Early purchasers even got entered in an extra drawing for one of fifty £20 M&S Gift Cards.

It’s not too late to purchase tickets to win one of the big cash prizes, or even a brand new car, the VW Up. Aside from the big first, second, and third prize winner, fifteen lucky participants will receive either a luxury hamper or a £25 John Lewis voucher.

Of course, Cancer Research UK numbers among many worthy organizations seeking to tap into the Christmas spirit of giving to help fund their good works throughout the rest of the year. If you’d rather, you may choose to purchase raffle tickets to support arthritis research (first prize £5000), guide dog training (first prize £10,000 or a brand new Peugeot 107), the British Red Cross (first prize £5000), veterans (first prize £20,000 or a Mazda MX-5 SE), or mental health.

Or, if you prefer to do your own fundraising for your favorite charity, now is the perfect time to set up your own Christmas raffle. It’s not difficult to find sponsors, print your own raffle tickets, and sell them throughout your community to earn more money for a worthy cause, and it’s the perfect way to put yourself into the spirit of giving. Plan a Christmas party to coincide with your prize draw and make sure that all your supporters walk away with the feeling that they’ve won something, simply because they were able to help those in need.

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Changing Lives with a World Food Day Raffle

by ticketprinting on October 5, 2013

CAFOD’s World Food Day Raffle 2013

The official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, CAFOD works with partners the world over in areas that have the greatest need to help bring compassion and unity to struggling communities. They stand side by side with poor communities to help end destitution and corruption. Though they are a Catholic organisation, CAFOD helps people of all denominations, including non-religious groups.

To raise money for the assistance of poor and struggling families, CAFOD is hosting a World Food Day Raffle. Those who support CAFOD and buy a raffle ticket will have the chance to win one of 48 incredible prizes.

There are many examples of how CAFOD can turn the donation you provide through buying a raffle ticket into help for underprivileged families. Here, we will touch on at least one example of the good work that CAFOD does.

A Personal Story

A woman in Ethiopia knows first-hand the difference your donation can make. Before the help of CAFOD (help provided through your generous donations), Belaynesh used to scrape by through the sale of firewood, however, her children would often go to bed hungry.

Through the generous support of CAFOD, she was able to buy a flock of chickens that she uses for both the sale of eggs and food to eat. Belaynesh is now saving up to for a new tin roof for her home that will allow her to collect rainwater, which will help her grow vegetables.

That’s just one story of how buying a raffle ticket for the CAFOD World Food Day Raffle can help struggling families.

The deadline for the purchasing a ticket is 9 October, so don’t wait! The draw takes place on 16 October, and first prize is 4,000 pounds, cash!

What is World Food Day?

Named by the UN General Assembly, World Food Day aims to strengthen public awareness about food issues that the world is facing, and it also strives to increase unity in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and world-wide poverty.

The theme this year is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”

We all, as individuals, have the power to help change our food systems. World Food Day calls on us to help make our world more sustainable by consuming nutritious food and reducing waste.

Let World Food Day feed your own raffle ideas! Plan an event that’s all about helping change our food issues for the better, locally, nationally, and globally.

 

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Learning to Trust

by ticketprinting on September 5, 2013

The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Raises Money for Conservation with Raffles

The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is a charitable organisation that works hard to protect local wildlife in the area. The charity aims to help restore wild places and conserve a part of the UK that’s rich in wildlife. Their vision is such that they believe everyone can enjoy and appreciate wildlife, as well as help restore and protect it so future generations may enjoy it as well.

With over 75 nature reserves in the county, the Wildlife Trust works to help protect endangered species, campaign against developments that damage habitats, motivate the community to get involved, and inspire everyone to experience the bounty that is wild nature.

As conservation is the number one priority, you may wonder how the Trust keeps up with their bills. They do it in two ways: with donations from generous sponsors and by raising money with raffles.

Plenty of Prizes

Not everyone can plan a successful raffle. It takes hard work, strategising and shameless promotion, and that’s just for starters. The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is one example of a charitable organisation that has gotten it right when it comes to raffle-planning and execution.

First things first: they had a number of incredible prizes that anyone who bought a raffle ticket could win.

Ticket buyers had a chance to win 500 pounds cash, a three-course meal for two at Brockencote Hall Hotel, a family ticket for the West Midlands Safari Park, dinner for two at Puccini’s Restaurant in Worcester, a round of golf for two at Wharton Park Golf and Country Club, and many other prizes.

How did they come by all these unique prizes, you ask? A number of local businesses generously donated them in order to help support the Wildlife Trust as a whole.

Where Does the Money Go?  

According to one of the Trust’s fundraising assistants, “Last year’s raffle raised more than 5000 pounds, which was absolutely fantastic and really made a difference for wildlife and people across Worcestershire. The money helps us restore meadows, introduce some 4000 children to the fabulous world of wildlife, and work with land managers to improve habitats on their own land.”

Not only was this raffle a great way to raise money for the cause the Trust believes in, it was also a way to get the word out about what they do and inform people in the community how they can help.

At the end of the day, that’s what charitable work is all about.

 

 

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Rugby Football League Provides Fundraising Opportunity with Raffle

Seldom is there a better way to empower your community to raise funds for a great cause than organising a community raffle for clubs and schools to participate in, and that’s just what the Rugby Football League (RFL) of England and Wales has done this season. The 6th annual Community Game Raffle now has tickets for sale, and the raffle is boasting a rather fabulous grand prize up for grabs.

One of the best things about this community raffle is that the local clubs and schools who participate in it will end up earning 70 pounds from every 1 pound ticket they sell. The other 30 pounds that doesn’t go to the clubs or schools will go to the Rugby League Cares charity.

Not only do schools and clubs earn money for every ticket they sell, individual sellers will also be eligible to win prizes for selling the most tickets.

How to Get Involved

To get involved in the 2013 Community Game Raffle, all you need to do is fill out a Ticket Request Form and send it to the email address provided on the page. You need not worry about printing any of your own tickets or promotional materials, because the RFL conveniently takes care of all that on their own.

The RFL provides those interested in participating in the raffle with their own tickets and posters, free of charge. Schools and clubs are instructed to sell tickets at 1 pound each, and the deadline for returning sold ticket stubs is 5 November 2013.

The stubs of any tickets sold will then go into the draw, which will be held on 26 November 2013.

Top Raffle Tips

One of the most challenging aspects of running a raffle is selling tickets. The RFL provides some excellent tips on how to sell more raffle tickets, with the consensus being that the key to selling more tickets requires:

  • Organisation
  • Incentives
  • Preparation
  • Word of Mouth
  • Customer Service

But running a raffle isn’t ALL about just selling tickets. Often, there’s a lot of effort that goes into planning a raffle, effort that must be put in long before the ticket selling takes place.

Check out our blog that’s fully dedicated to helping you host a more successful raffle. And, while you’re at it, see if you wouldn’t benefit from some low cost, high quality raffle tickets for your next charitable fundraising endeavor.

 

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The Key to Raising Money with a Legal Raffle

by ticketprinting on July 8, 2013

How to Keep Your Raffle on the Right Side of the Law

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the world’s leading charitable organisation dedicated to saving lives through cancer research. This charity receives all of their funding from the public, and thus, they rely completely on donations from everyday people like you and me to keep their cause moving forward. Cancer Research UK’s researchers and supporters work vigilantly to fight over 200 different kinds of cancer.

As a charity that receives no private funding, CRUK must take it upon themselves to find unique ways to raise money that will help further their cause and research. For that reason, they’re hosting a 2013 Summer Raffle, the proceeds from which will go to helping cure many different types of cancer.

Keep in mind, hosting a raffle isn’t always easy. The laws regarding raffles in the UK can be complex, and most local gaming councils have their own, specific rules when it comes to running a raffle. Here, we’ll show you how CRUK manages to stay on the right side of the raffle law.

How to Lay it All Out

One of the best ways to promote a raffle is to put some fabulous prizes up for grabs and get the word out about them as best you can. Of course, if you have a website, the first place you’ll want to promote your raffle is there, online. That way, anyone who visits your website will automatically see the enticing raffle prizes, and be encouraged to by a raffle ticket (or two!).

But before you even get to the promotions, you’ve got to take care to organise your raffle strategically and make sure you keep it legal.

In addition to checking with your local gaming council on their particular rules on raffles, it’s best to be clear about the rules of your raffle with your ticket buyers.

Tying it All Together

An easy way to be clear about your raffle rules is to list all the terms and conditions for your raffle up front, right on your website.

It’s a good idea to get all the rules for your raffle settled before you have your raffle tickets printed. That way, you can include any pertinent information on the raffle tickets as well as your website.

To save money on expenses, find a top-quality ticket printer that offers great deals on prices.

Saving money on expenses means you can use that much more to further your own charitable cause.

 

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Funding a Crisis

by ticketprinting on June 5, 2013

National UK Charity Crisis Hosts Great Getaway Spring Raffle

Crisis is a notable charitable organisation that strives to eliminate homelessness through offering life-changing services and for single homeless people. They also actively campaign for positive social change. Crisis attempts to put a stop to homelessness by transforming lives and helping to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

In addition to other unique fundraising initiatives, Crisis has recently announced the beginning of their Great Getaway Spring Raffle 2013.

This is just one way that the honourable charity has utilized some keen fundraising skills when it comes to encouraging much-needed donations.

Key Elements of a Successful Raffle

In order to host a successful raffle, there are a number of key elements that should be taken into consideration. Of course, it’s important to advertise your raffle in as many different ways as you can, for example, online, in print, and over the radio.

But what of selling raffle tickets? If you don’t have pocketfuls of dedicated volunteers (and even if you do), it’s important to have an easy-to-access, user-friendly website where people can purchase tickets quickly and with little effort.

One of the most crucial indicators of a raffle’s anticipated success will often lie with the prizes.

Crisis’s Great Getaway Spring Raffle offers a grand prize of either a trip to Thailand, or, a lump sum of 7,500 pounds, pleasing potential donors by offering them the option to take a much-needed vacation, or pay off a few bills, courtesy of Crisis.

Fabulous Fundraising

To get the jump on high raffle ticket sales, Crisis sent out packs of raffle tickets to their previous donors, giving them the choice to buy raffle tickets on their own or sell them to their friends and neighbours in the community.

But, the Great Getaway Spring Raffle isn’t the only way Crisis is raising money in 2013. Crisis Skylight Newcastle held three distinct fundraising events that significantly contributed to their goal of raising money to help the homeless in that region.

The director of Crisis Skylight Newcastle, June Grimes, said of the events, “The money raised at these fantastic events will help us to continue our vital work at Crisis Skylight Newcastle, and I would like to thank everyone involved for taking part, digging deep and raising such an impressive figure.”

Whether you have plans to host a raffle for your own charity, or you’re more interested in other types of fundraising, take a tip from Crisis and never stop striving for success.

 

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