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    Can anyone help with new fundraisers and or ideas?

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    Car washes? (it works for high schools)
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    we just held a drive in movie night - minus the cars. we found an outfit that has inflatable outdoor screens and all of the electronics - we pick and provide the movie. We had free games for the kids - penny pitching, hoop toss etc (cheap to set up, easy to run), charged no admission, solicted donations from local businesses (and gave them an on screen ad) and sold snacks and refreshments.

    we hoped to break even - ended up making a profit of a few $k.....

    all the risk is in the weather - we had a warm nice night!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Raffles and auctions with donated items from local businesses works awesome!

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    We are currently working on our 2nd ATV raffle... we have a Polaris Dealer that sells us a Polaris Sportman 500 at his cost. Last year we ended up with a profit of $3000.

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    Every fall we raffle off 5 guns around hunting season. We print 400 tickets at $10 bucks a ticket. I think we pay about 2500 for the guns.

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    Harley Motorcycle raffle. 2500 tickets, $20 each ticket. Bike costs us around $22k, about $2000 in other costs....profit $25k. This is our 8th year doing it.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Raffles are a good way to generate lumps of money.

    Cautions:
    - The IRS will want their share of the winnings. "A tax-exempt organization that sponsors raffles may be required to secure information about the winner(s) and file reports on the prizes with the Internal Revenue Service. The organization may also be required to withhold and remit federal income taxes on prizes." as quoted from the US IRS website. Your state will probably want some too.
    - Raffles can be a lot of work to be successful. And like most fund raisers, the workload is usually carried by one or two people.

    Suggestions:
    - Make sure you raffle items that appeal to a lot of people. Boats, ATVs, Vacations, etc. Guns and chainsaws do well also. 20" and 24" chainsaws sell tickets like hotcakes. Anything bigger or smaller are a tough sell. And obviously Harleys do well too. A $5000 black leather couch is too specific.
    - Make sure you give lots of credit/exposure to your sponsor so that they get the payoff they deserve and they will do it again next year.
    - Try to make it so that there are options to pick from. A vacation to your choice of Hawaii, Alaska or Disneyland or Weatherby Vanguard in your choice of 16 different calibers.
    - One thing my dad's Shriner group figured out, it was really difficult to sell tickets for a base line 2wd ford ranger pickup. The next year they raffled a 4wd extra cab and the tickets sold out in very quick order. They ended up making the same profit, with a lot less work. Upgrading the item made a huge difference.
    - Offer quantity discounts on multiple tickets. $2 each or 3 for $5. Folks will almost always fork out a $5 bill.
    - Get the item you are raffling out and in the hands of the public. People are skeptical of simple pictures, posters and flyers. If its a boat, trailer it to the local high school football game. Park it in front of the sporting goods store. This doesn't exactly apply to vacations obviously.
    - Running an add in the paper and posting flyers at the grocery store doesn't work. Waste of time, effort and money. You have to sell tickets face-to-face. If you can get a store or bar to sell the tickets, great. Asking folks to stop by the fire station or buy tickets online is a loser.
    - Do a lot of planning and recruiting of help to sell tickets.
    - Lastly, tell folks what the money is for. A specific purchase is best. "We are attempting to raise $15,000 to purchase a cardiac monitor/defibrillator". You may even get rich someone to outright donate to the cause.

    Try it. It may pay big dividends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf8552 View Post
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    - The IRS will want their share of the winnings. "A tax-exempt organization that sponsors raffles may be required to secure information about the winner(s) and file reports on the prizes with the Internal Revenue Service. The organization may also be required to withhold and remit federal income taxes on prizes." as quoted from the US IRS website. Your state will probably want some too.
    ....
    Give the winner a 1099 and your taken care of. Very simple.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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