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Charity raffles: What you need to know

RallyUp allows you to sell both online and printed raffle tickets for a flexible experience suited to your unique fundraising needs. Discover more about this campaign type with some commonly asked questions below.

Who can run a raffle?

Raffles are governed by state and federal regulations. Find out more about ensuring you meet the criteria for running a raffle below.

Important information to know about raffles before creating your campaign

With that being said, RallyUp does allow individuals or businesses to run a raffle to raise funds for a charity. There is a special setup process in place to ensure the raffle is in compliance.

How to run a charity raffle or sweepstakes if you are an individual or business

How much does it cost?

Check out our raffle page to see the pricing options available, including our pricing model with zero platform fees funded by optional donor tips. Below is an article that will give you further information on each pricing option.

Free Pricing vs. Percent Pricing: What’s the difference?

Types of raffles

We have two ways to run a raffle campaign: people can either buy entries to win any of the prizes listed or they can purchase entries for specific prizes. Find out more about how these two options work below.

Can donors purchase entries to win any prize available?

Can donors purchase tickets for specific prizes?

View a raffle

Take a glimpse at a sample raffle fundraiser here to see if this campaign style is right for you.

Can I sell tickets in person?

All of our raffles allow for in-person ticket sales. After you’ve sold the physical tickets, you can then manually enter the sales into the campaign to ensure all participants are given their chance during the drawing. Find out more about how this process works below.

Can I sell paper tickets offline with RallyUp?

How to add paper raffle tickets you sold offline

Entry pricing

There is some psychology around pricing entries for your raffle in a way that will promote sales and thus raise the most money possible.  Here is some information to review before choosing your entry pricing.

Strategies and best practices for using entry levels

How to setup entry levels for your raffle or sweepstakes fundraiser

Drawing winners

Our certified random generator can draw the winners for you. Or, you can export entry information and perform the drawing yourself with the instructions provided in the link below.

How to draw winners

Raffle vs. Sweepstakes

Raffles and sweepstakes bear many similarities, but one key difference is that raffles require a payment for a chance to win something, and are therefore considered a form of gambling. Sweepstakes, on the other hand, must offer a free method of entry in addition to donation-based entries. Find out more about how these two types of fundraisers differ in terms of regulations and other key details below.

Raffle and sweepstakes: What’s the difference?

Notify winners

From the campaign setup menu, you’ll have the option to either automatically have RallyUp notify winners after they’re drawn, or to notify them manually on your own. Here are some links to help you decide on the best option for your raffle.

Will RallyUp notify the winners?

Does RallyUp notify the people who don’t win?

How to promote your campaign

To begin making progress towards your fundraising goals, begin spreading the word about your raffle to as many people as possible. Sharing your fundraiser with the greatest number of potential donors increases exposure and may make others more likely to share your cause with people in their network, too. You can share the link to your fundraiser on social media or send an email to your donors, family, and friends to get the word out. 

How to find and share your campaign link

Additionally, our free text-to-give tool helps to generate donations at live events. With this option, you’ll use a unique keyword and number, which will allow people to text and receive a link to the campaign on their phone. They can then make a donation at their convenience on their mobile device. Read this article for more ideas on how to use this convenient feature:

Promote your campaign with text-to-give

Viral sharing is a feature that helps you attract new donors and increase donations by motivating your supporters to promote your campaign. As a reward for sharing and bringing new donors to your campaign, they can receive free bonus entries for themselves.  Find out more below:

Add a viral sharing program to promote your raffle or sweepstakes

If you want to do your drawing live, consider live-streaming it so that anyone who can’t attend can still participate. Viewers will be able to watch the winners drawn on your fundraiser page in real time. Find out more below:

How to turn your fundraiser into a live virtual event

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