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Raffle Fundraising: Easy, Free Raffle Prize Ideas

Updated on September 10, 2014

Need Help Choosing a Good Free Raffle Prize For a Fundraiser?

What could be better than finding a free raffle prize idea for your raffle fundraiser?

Since the economy hasn't been doing too hot, fewer people are willing to donate to worthy charitable organizations. Which means, unfortunately, that many organizations have less money to work with.

However, people are even more likely to want to buy raffle tickets, because they'd rather win a prize than have to pay for it! So if you can find a way to get a free prize and then raffle it off, you can stand to raise a good amount of money for your cause!

Just check the rules about raffles that apply to your city, state, and organization - not all of them allow raffles!

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Free Raffle Prize: Raffling Prizes Donated by Companies

Local Companies Can Help Your Fundraiser

All it takes to get a local company to donate a prize to your raffle is skill, persistence, and a little luck.

In many cases, companies are more likely to donate items than to donate money, because that way they get free publicity, and it also tends to cost them less. To encourage companies to donate free prizes to your raffle, make sure that they know you will mention the company name in all of your raffle advertising, on your website, etc.

Before you accept a donated prize, make sure that you understand the rules for doing so, including possible tax obligations.

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Free Raffle Prize: Raffling Homemade Prizes - Bringing Communities Together to Fundraise

There are few things better than well-crafted homemade items. It's evident how much love and time went into creating them. If you're lucky, you'll have people in your organization with the time and skills to produce things such as furniture, quilts, dolls, etc.

You can even hold events during which you produce the items you plan to raffle, so that people can come together and enjoy the process.

Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)
Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)

Quilts are especially popular as homemade raffle prizes - they're like having a piece of your community in your home! Often when people don't have a lot of money to donate, they still have time and skills that can help out charitable organizations.

 
Mowing the Lawn
Mowing the Lawn

Free Raffle Prize: Raffling Services

A Little Time Is Worth A Lot of Money

People love getting help, so another way to put on a raffle for free is to offer services as a prize. You can offer just about anything, from mowing lawns to washing cars.

An easy way to raffle a service is to provide the service at the place of the raffle. Car washing is a good example - you can clean the winner's car right away, without having to worry about transportation to and from the site where the services are to be performed.

Here are some other services. Note that some are better performed by professionals!

  • Hair cuts

  • Massages

  • Lessons (guitar, singing, knitting languages, etc.)

  • Manicures/Pedicures

Just make sure that you have the details of the service to be provided beforehand, and that you follow any pertinent rules or necessary safety precautions.

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Free Raffle Prize: Raffling Prizes Donated by Individuals - Together You Can Make a Great Raffle Prize

Another great idea for getting a free raffle prize is to have individuals donate items. Although a person might not be able to donate something as expensive or fancy as a company can afford to do, you can put these items together to make one amazing prize.

A fun way to do this is to have people contribute to a gift basket. The individual items could be homemade, or purchased for a small amount.

Aurora Plush Baby Emperor Penguin 6.5"
Aurora Plush Baby Emperor Penguin 6.5"

Cute is definitely in when it comes to great raffle prize baskets! You can build your gift basket raffle prize around a theme, or you can have people put whatever they want it. Part of the fun of winning this prize is seeing what's inside!

 

Bonus Idea - 50/50 Raffle

All you need is tickets to hold a 50/50 raffle! 50% of the funds you raise go to the winner of the raffle, and the other 50% go to the organization. You will need some items to hold a raffle of this type - a jar for tickets, a safe place to keep money, possibly a big piece of paper and markers to keep track of how much you raise - but there's a good chance you can get these items donated.

Don't Forget the Raffle Tickets! - Cheap or Free

It costs very little to buy a roll of tickets that will last you a long time. Alternately, you can have someone donate tickets, or print them on your computer using handy templates such as the ones on this site.

Any Suggestions of Free Raffle Prize Ideas? - Or Parting Thoughts?

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! Legalities can be a bit tricky if you're not a nonprofit. According to this site (http://www.rafflefaq.com/can-a-for-profit-business... you will probably have to call it something other than a "raffle."

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was wonderful. Wish someone would do all the legwork for me in this subject. Thanks for the great ideas!

      Also: Where do I find the legal information for doing Raffles and getting donations if I'm not a nonprofit?

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      Dawn Lasmanis 4 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      I have had success getting local businesses to donate hair cutting services, bar tabs, restaurant gift certificates, massages and chiropractic services, tattoo and piercing services, and event tickets. Local businesses are often happy to help a local charity. Nice lens!

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      KaneshiaKelly 5 years ago

      I love this lens.

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      The difficulty we have with raffles is getting enough merchandise to raffle. But when we do get enough, it's a pretty good source of income.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Nice site! I always enjoy checking yours out.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @ctavias0ffering1: Great info! Just goes to show what you can get just by asking. You father sounds like an amazing individual :)

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      ctavias0ffering1 6 years ago

      My father used to go to some of the big stores and other businesses in the city to get them to donate raffle prizes to charity, whether it was something small, a donation of funding or, one year, a bedroom suite, he accepted whatever they gave graciously and raised a great deal of funding that way. He found very few businesses refused a donation of some kind. Hotels can usually be persuaded to give away a meal or a weekend stay as a prize.