Harley fundraiserI got this idea from a good buddy of mine. An organization he belongs to raffles off a motorcycle each year. His organization has about 200 people, and everyone is required to sell 20, $10 raffle tickets. That means that this fundraiser will gross $40,000.

However, they needed to raffle something off. So they raffled off a Harley motorcycle at a list price of about $20,000. When all the tickets were sold the organization would net a $20,000 profit.

This is such a great way to raise money that nearly every state does it in the form of a lottery.

Your fraternity can do the same thing. Every brother and pledge in the chapter should be able to sell 20 raffle tickets for $10 each.  They can sell them to their family, friends, girlfriends family, alumni, whomever… If there is a brother who wants to sell more than their allotment of 20 – that is all the better. However, keep the goal low so that each brother will not have a problem selling their allotment.

If you chapter has 50 members, this will bring in $10,000. Heck, make the raffle prize $5,000 cash which will put $5,000 in the fraternity’s pocket.

You can even make an event out of it. Have the drawing at a party at the house. Make the drawing at midnight. You can keep selling tickets up to the drawing. After the winner is chosen, call them to let them know they won if they aren’t there. And have everyone at the party cheer for the person on the phone!

Be careful though. Some people may frown on raffles like this. It is best to keep the event low-key around university officials. There is no need to give them a reason to shoot down this great fundraising idea.

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3 thoughts on “Fraternity Raffle Fundraiser

  1. I love this idea and the potential benefits it can have for my chapter. However, I don’t know how to get people motivated to sell the tickets. I tried planning a dinner to raise money for our philanthropy, and it fell through because I could not get the brothers to sell the tickets because there really wasn’t anything for them to lose if they didn’t sell them. I had set incentives (free tickets to the dinner, etc.) for brothers to sell, but that didn’t seem to help.

    So I guess what I’m asking is how do I get the chapter motivated to sell these tickets, and how do I make it worth their while to do so? I don’t want to make brothers pay for the tickets upfront, but I feel like that’s the only way they’ll see that it’s important to sell tickets.

    • Alex,

      You ask how to make it worth their while do sell the tickets. You pose that as a question, but it is really also the answer.

      For you to get the brothers behind the idea, they need to be getting value out of their efforts. They obviously don’t feel strongly enough (rightly or wrongly) about the philanthropy to dedicate their time for that effort.

      This idea requires minimal effort from the brothers, but it does require effort. To make it successful, let them know the money is going to go towards something they really want.

      In the meantime, continue to promote the philanthropy if it is something you really believe in. The biggest challenge of leadership is getting others to believe in something as much as you do.


    • The brothers have to want to sell them. Another words, they have to really want whatever you plan on doing with the proceeds. Be sure they clearly understand what the money is going to be spent on, and make sure they that this reason has some value for him. This will motivate them to take part in the fundraiser.

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