FUNDRAISING – Raffle prizes


eing tasked with sourcing raffle prizes for an upcoming fundraiser can be hard work and also pretty daunting. Be

prepared for refusals along the way, but a clear action plan and a positive approach should see you through.

When to start asking Allow more time than you think you

will need. If you haven’t already started asking for prizes for your summer fair, now is a good time to begin. You might feel uncomfortable asking for prizes, but you’re not alone. Start slowly by contacting people who’ve donated in previous years. Then, once you get a few goodies under your belt, those worries will start to melt away.

Who to ask Make the most of your contacts: ask

parents, governors, current sponsors and previous donors. Then widen the net to include local businesses,

attractions and sports clubs. Get creative: who might live or work in your area but isn’t an obvious choice for a donation? Is there a new cafe or cinema that would like to promote their business to families? Some PTAs include a raffle donation as part of the charge for external stallholders.

‘As we’re a brand-new PTA with no business contacts, previous prize donors or money in the bank, we wanted to keep our raffle as simple as possible. Each class was allocated a theme and a letter went home to parents requesting donations based around the theme. The parents gave us such lovely things, and the PTA created hampers using a cardboard box wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow.

There was a hamper filled with chocolate gifts, one full of pamper products, an arts and crafts hamper, and many more. The raffle was really popular, and we raised £928. Emily Moorhouse, Handcross Primary School PTA, West Sussex (240 pupils).

If no one wants to take on sole

responsibility for raffle prizes, split the task between several people or ask every

committee member to commit to getting two or three prizes each. Good communication is required so that you don’t all ask the same people.

How to ask Choose a day when

you’re feeling particularly confident and take a stroll down your local high street. If you find this really intimidating then put a time limit on it. Those 20 minutes of your life

will be over pretty quickly, and after that you probably

won’t mind doing another 20.

If you’re visiting shops, pick a time when you would expect them to be quiet. If the shop is really busy when you get there, try again another day.

Eyes on the prize

Boost ticket sales by sourcing appealing prizes for your raffle – remember: if you don’t ask, you don’t get…

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