How to Plan a Reverse Raffle
The basic fundamentals of reverse raffle fundraising are raffle tickets, a large container to mix them in and draw them from, envelopes for the cash prize(s) and a location to do the actual drawing. With these few elements in place, a reverse raffle fundraiser can be simple or as elaborate as the non-profit cares to make it.
A reverse raffle does not have to involve a dinner or even require the ticket-buyer to be present. A youth sports league could hold the reverse raffle drawing on the last day of the regular season at the ball field while a symphony orchestra could conduct its reverse raffle as part of its annual fundraising gala. The more elaborate the setting, the higher the profits. However, an elaborate setting can involve rental fees of banquet halls as well as catering fees.
A simple setting for reverse raffle fundraising is a dinner held in a school cafeteria or a church kitchen. Fraternal organizations such as Amvets or the Elks can benefit from a reverse raffle by taking advantage of the facilities they already own. An inexpensive meal to serve 100 people for reverse raffle fundraising can consist of lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea and lemonade. Featuring a grand prize of $1000 and an additional $1000 in cash prizes distributed throughout the drawing, a small event of 100 people paying $50 per ticket can easily net more than $2,500 after expenses.
Each ticket should contain all of the necessary information including the time and place of the drawing. The reverse of the stub or "receipt" portion of the raffle ticket should explain the drawing process and any additional prizes to be awarded.
Download a sample reverse raffle ticket here.