Reserve a Parking Space
A coveted parking space could be worth more than gold (in some places). So if your nonprofit owns parking spaces in a high-trafficked part of town, you could reserve them for lucky donors for six months or a year.
Reserved parking spots are a great raffle prize for colleges and high schools, too. That’s especially true if your donors are supportive parents or alumni.
Get Supporters Excited About an Exclusive Concert Ticket
Do you have a big-name artist coming to a nearby venue? Purchase front-row seats (at least two) and raffle them off at your next event. Plus, if you capitalize on this opportunity early, you can get the tickets cheaper—and it doesn’t hurt to know a person or two from the band or venue.
Find a Local Art Piece
A local artist might love the opportunity companies willing to donate raffle prizes 2023 to donate their work and build awareness for their pieces. You could also partner with one to see if they could offer personalized family portraits or custom one-of-a-kind pieces as part of a raffle.
Go Big With a 50/50 raffle
A 50/50 raffle is the perfect idea when you can’t find enticing product or service donations. With a 50/50 raffle, participants purchase a ticket and add their money to the pot. At the end of the event, 50% of the donations go to your organization and 50% to the lucky raffle winner.
Because the grand prize never grows too high with 50/50 raffles, reserve this idea for events with lots of attendees. That way, the bigger your event, the bigger the reward.
Hold an Online Raffle
You don’t need an in-person raffle to fundraise for your profit—you can do everything virtually without sacrificing the experience (or the donations). Take your online raffle to the next level by using a purpose-made platform like Classy Live.
With Classy Live, you can provide a full online or hybrid streaming experience. Features like live leaderboards, campaign progress, and activity boost engagement and fundraising, helping drive more contributions to your donation site and, therefore, your cause. Plus, you can use text and email reminders to keep attendees engaged and in the know.
Attending a virtual event is also much easier than in-person, especially for busy parents, students, and professionals. However, since every audience is different, experiment and see which events get more attendance and participation.
Hide a Golden Ticket
Want to increase the hype and tap into genuine nostalgia? Channel your inner Willy Wonka with your raffle. But instead of using stubs for raffle entry, hand out candy bars.
The twist is that one lucky candy bar has a winning ticket tucked inside. Your prize could be a product, service, getaway, or anything we mentioned above—the golden ticket aspect makes it fun and memorable for everyone involved.
Who hasn’t wished they would someday find a golden ticket slipped in their Hershey’s packaging? You can make a dream come true while raising money for your nonprofit.
[Bonus]: Guess the Number
Guess the number adds an engagement layer to your raffle. You fill a container with anything you’d like (anything)—just make sure it’s a lot. Then, participants purchase an entry to guess how many items are in the container.
At the end of the event, you unveil the exact amount of items in your container and reward the person who guessed closest to that amount. You can also add other fun layers, such as bonus rewards for thinking of the exact amount or winning a prize for guessing over the amount.
Sure, in the end, most participants probably have the same chance of winning a random raffle drawing—this just adds excitement and a bit more ownership.
Bring Your Raffle Ideas to Life With Classy
Regardless of your raffle idea, make sure it’s on-brand and true to your organization. And with so many options available, you don’t have to force your brand to fit a raffle—shape the raffle to fit your brand.
Whether you host a local raffle or a major fundraising gala, count on Classy Live to power your virtual and hybrid event experiences. Drive more engagement, donations, and revenue for your mission with:
- Virtual venues: Take it all online or build the perfect hybrid experience so that everyone gets a chance to participate.
- Fundraising features: Drive up the energy (and the donations) with live leaderboards, campaign progress, and donation activity.
- Remote experiences: Host breakout rooms, virtual tables, and speed networking to build deeper relationships with your attendees.
You have enough on your plate—leave all the nitty-gritty details to Classy. We’ll help you build the experience, collect donations, promote sponsors, send email and text reminders, and gain insights into your attendees’ engagement.
Schedule a demo to see for yourself how Classy Live can bring your fundraising raffle ideas to life.