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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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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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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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The How to Guide for a Great Summer Raffle

by ticketprinting on May 7, 2013

Guide Dogs Organisation Hosts Exciting Summer Raffle in 2013

Blind and partially-sighted people often require guide dogs to help them get around more easily. Guide Dogs is a charitable organisation in the UK that’s dedicated to helping people with limited sight achieve a greater state of mobility, and assist them with getting out of their homes and engaging with their communities.

With over 4,700 guide dog owners in the UK currently, blind and partially-sighted people have been able to gain access to mobility and freedom in ways that they may not have been able to without their guide dogs.

As the Guide Dogs organisation receives absolutely no government funding, they rely on the support of charitable donations in order to continue to serve the blind and partially-sighted community.

Guide Dogs Summer Raffle 2013

Without the support of their generous donors, Guide Dogs wouldn’t be able follow through with their life-changing work. For the purpose of fundraising and making it both fun and exciting to donate to their noble cause, the organisation is currently selling tickets for their sweet summer raffle.

Raffle tickets are only 1 pound each, which is very reasonable price to pay for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. The grand prize is a brand new car, or you can choose to take 7,000 pounds cash instead.

Second prize is 1,500 pounds cash, and third is 600. Runners-up will receive 20 gourmet food hampers. If these aren’t incredible prizes worth spend 1 pound for a chance to win, our eyes must be deceiving us!

How to Do It Yourself

Having exciting and valuable prizes is a great way to inspire people to donate to your cause, and selling raffle tickets at a reasonable price helps to open the fundraising gates to a larger portion of the population.

In addition, it’s a great idea to have an easy-to-use website with all the necessary information online for people to peruse at their leisure. And remember to give your donors an address and phone number where they can contact you to learn more about the raffle or your services.

Like the Guide Dogs organisation, give your raffle ticket buyers the option to purchase tickets online, list the rules of the raffle in a convenient spot where people can easily find them, and tell your donors exactly where the money they spend will go.

For Guide Dogs, each entry into the Summer Raffle will go toward the breeding and training of loyal guide dogs, which is an undeniably great cause.

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How Two School Children Raised Funds for CAFOD with Raffle Tickets

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Deployment, and they are the official Catholic aid agency in England and Wales. Through their work with partners the world over, the organisation strives to bring hope, compassion, and solidarity to the areas in greatest need. They stand beside poor communities and work to end poverty and injustice, regardless of the communities’ faith.

The main goals of this honourable organisation are to help underprivileged people and to work toward establishing a safer, more sustainable, and more peaceful world.

With wonderful intentions and big hearts, two students from St. Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Whitton have taken fundraising into their own hands by organising a raffle to help the CAFOD.

Fundraising For People in Need

After they heard inspiring stories about CAFOD and their partners, Maggy (10) and Maya (9), decided to put together their very own raffle to help raise funds for the charitable organisation. The young girls sold raffle tickets to their schoolmates and their teachers at 20 pence each.

With six different prizes up for grabs, and the fact that the raffle tickets were sold at such a reasonable price, the girls managed to raise £20 to help people in need.

While £20 might not seem like much to some, Susan Steyn of the CAFOD fundraising team pointed out, “It really does make a huge difference: £20 is enough to buy soap, buckets and water purification tablets for 4 families in Zimbabwe – vital supplies that can improve their health and change their lives hugely.”

A Raffle Where Everyone Wins

CAFOD Westminster diocesan officer Joe Stricklin-Coutinho was delighted with the fact that Maggy and Maya used their raffle idea to help raise money for people in need. When commenting on their charitable feat, he said, “What a fun and inspirational way to make a difference! This was a raffle where everyone won in the end.”

These two little girls with big hearts are great evidence that anyone who wants to make a difference can do so. With a little determination, you can get involved and really lend a helpful hand to whatever cause you wish to support.

Find quality raffle tickets that are reasonably priced, or if you feel like, make your very own raffle tickets.

Locating a low cost raffle ticket printer can save you valuable time in setting up your fundraiser, but ultimately, it’s up to you and your own inspiration to help those in need.

 

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Contact Your Local Gaming Council!

by ticketprinting on December 11, 2012

The Local Guide to Legal Raffles in the UK: Local Gaming Council Questions Explained

Several years ago, this blog ran an articled entitled “Letter of the Law,” which provided a general overview of UK Raffle Law, and went on to become the most popular page on the blog and among the top hits when one Googles “UK Raffle Law.” Years later, we still receive comments almost every week, asking for specific advice about legal raffles.

Your fabulous ticket girl (me) wishes to advise readers that a) I am not a solicitor, nor am I legally qualified to advise you on the finer points of the law and b) you should not be taking legal advice from strangers on the Internet in any case! In almost every case, I refer readers to their local gaming councils. For general information, you may wish to start with the Gambling Commission‘s homepage.

However, when it comes to planning a raffle in the UK, every city, borough, and district council has their own specific rules. Whether you’re looking to host a charity raffle, lottery, tombola, small society lottery, prize draw, or any other fundraising raffle, you’ll want to make sure you follow the rules of the local council that governs the area. In part, some of the confusion may stem from a difficulty in locating the proper information, as there does not seem to be a comprehensive list of local gaming council websites available.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a rather massive list of links to the lottery and raffle rules of local gaming councils to make it just a little bit easier for you and your charitable organisation to bring your fundraising dreams to fruition. This list may not be complete: please do notify me if you have information to be added.

Links to local gaming councils in the UK

Adur & Worthing Councils

Allerdale Borough Council

Arun District Council

Ashfield District Council

Aylesbury Vale District Council

Basildon Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

Boston Borough Council

Braintree District Council

Brentwood Borough Council

Brighton & Hove City Council

Bristol City Council

Bromsgrove District Council

Cannock Chase Council

Cardiff Council

Carlisle City Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Castle Point Borough Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Chelmsford City Council

Cherwell District Council North Oxfordshire

Cheshire East Council

Christchurch Council

City of York Council

Colchester Borough Council

Cornwall Council

Craven District Council

Dacorum District Council

Dover District Council

Dundee City Council

East Devon Council

East Dorset District Council

East Hampshire District Council

East Herts Council

East Lindsey District Council

East Northamptonshire Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Elmbridge Borough Council

Epping Forest District Council

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Fenland District Council

Fife Council

Flintshire County Council

Guildford Borough Council

Harborough District Council

Haringey Council

Harlow Council

Hastings Borough Council

Havant Borough Council

Herefordshire Council

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Horsham District Council

Hull City Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Lambeth Council

Leeds City Council

Leicester City Council

Lewes District Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Houslow

Luton Borough Council

Maidstone Borough Council

Maldon District Council

Manchester City Council

Medway Council

Melton Borough Council

Mid Sussex District Council

Milton Keynes Council

Mole Valley District Council

Monmouthshire County Council

New Forest District Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Newcastle City Council

North Dorset District Council

North Kesteven District Council

North Lincolnshire Council

North Norfolk District Council

North Somerset Council

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

Norwich City Council

Nottingham City Council

Oxford City Council

Plymouth City Council

Purbeck District Council

Redditch Borough Council

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Rochford District Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Scarborough Borough Council

Selby District Council

Sevenoaks District Council

Sheffield City Council

Shetland Islands Council

South Derbyshire District Council

South Gloucestershire Council

South Holland District Council

South Kesteven District Council

South Oxfordshire District Council

South Somerset District Council

Spelthorne Borough Council

St Albans City & District Council

St.Helens Council

Stroud District Council

Sunderland City Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

Teignbridge District Council South Devon

Tendring District Council

Test Valley Borough Council

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

Tower Hamlets Council

Uttlesford District Council

Vale of White Horse District Council

Waveney District Council

Waverly Borough Council

Wealden District Council

West Berkshire Council

West Dorset District Council

West Lindsey District Council

West Oxfordshire District Council

West Somerset Council

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Winchester City Council

Woking Borough Council

Wychavon Council

Wycombe District Council

 

 

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