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Easy Online Raffles for UK Nonprofits

Lori Halley 04 December 2009 0 comments

Raffles are a time-honored way for small nonprofits, churches, clubs, schools, and other good causes to raise funds at the community level. Now, Raffle.it offers UK nonprofits a fun, free, and simple way to raise funds through online raffles. And you don’t even have to find the prizes to raffle off!

How Raffle.it works:

Warchild's online raffle page at Raffle.it Raffle.it rounds up the prizes and manages the online raffle. Charities sign up - no charge - to take part.

Your organization will get your own Raffle.it page, with your logo and message on it, and a widget you can put on your own website (or not, it’s up to you).

Your nonprofit gets 80% of the profit from the ticket sales. The site takes 20% to cover transaction fees, admin and hosting of the website.

You can choose to help to sell tickets by directing your supporters and blog readers to your raffle page, but it’s not strictly necessary.  When people buy tickets from the main Raffle.it site, rather than a specific charity’s Raffle.it page, they get to choose which participating charity will benefit from their ticket purchases.

Find out more from Raffle.it’s extensive FAQ page or follow @raffleit on Twitter.

More about Online Charity Raffles:

Rogavi/CharityRaffles.co.uk is another site that runs online raffles to help UK charities raise funds,  although the model is somewhat different than that of Raffle.it, while CharityRaffles.com offers online raffles for American nonprofit organizations.

In many jurisdictions, the legal status of online raffles is still a bit of a gray area, by the way — Canada has some pretty rigid gaming laws, for example, and in the US the rules can be different from state to state — so if you’re thinking about setting up your own, independent online raffle, do take legal advice. For a quick overview of what's involved in an online raffle, however, see Sandra Sims’ Raffle FAQ at Step By Step Fundraising as a starting point.

Do you know of other online charity raffle services, similar to Raffle.it? — and has your nonprofit tried fundraising through an online raffle? Leave a comment and let us know about your experience!

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 04 December 2009 at 3:20 PM
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