Auctions and Raffles
Many hospitals and other organizations that use fundraisers have great success with auctions. One advantage of using an auction to raise money for your hospital is it can be done alongside of other events. You could have a fundraising dinner and a charity auction on the same night run as either a silent auction, a voice auction or even both!
If you want to use an auction to raise money for your hospital, you will want to plan for it well in advance. It takes time. You might find that a lot of businesses are willing to donate items you can auction off. You just have to ask someone in charge. Businesses might donate free meals, radios, televisions, and even computers. Some might have artwork to donate. They might be willing to donate just to help your hospital out. They might be even more willing to donate if you tell representatives of the organization that you will publicize where the items being auctioned off came from. Even though they might be willing to help just because they believe in your hospital, the free publicity offered will not hurt!
.Some hospitals or other organizations auction off a dinner with a well known person in the community, or a hospital official. Other organizations auction off such a person as a "slave" for the day. Such an auction sometimes makes a lot of money for the charity involved.
If you can auction off something a little unusual, you will have even more of a chance of raising big money. Such things could be a behind the scenes tour of a local attraction, the chance to meet the cast of a local play, or the chance to meet stars from your local college or professional sports team.
Another option is to hold a raffle. Local businesses may be willing to help you if you want to hold a raffle for a television or a car, by allowing you to place pictures of the items you are raffling off next to counters with the chance for people to donate. You can start by contacting the HR Department or administrative offices of local businesses, asking for their help. The businesses might even donate things for you to sell.