Every non-profit fundraising raffle will need a set of rules. At the end of this article we include a link to a sample rules document. Those rules were setup for large raffles and every State and many Counties within a State might have their own requirements. It is up to your organization to make sure you provide accurate rules.
Here are some basic guidelines to include in your rules:
- Include who is eligible to enter your raffle. Any age requirements or resident requirements.
- Include the Start and End date of your raffle.
- Include the Drawing date and time and how the winner(s) will be chosen.
- Include prize information, such as the value, where it will be picked up or delivery options.
- Include tax and or title obligations if applicable. Like for a car, the winner is responsible to insurance, tax and title.
- Include any restrictions or requirements on certain prizes. Like for a Nascar driving experience, winner must be 18 or over with a valid drivers license. Or if there is wine in a basket raffle prize, that the winner must be 21 and show valid id to pick up the prize.
- Include how to get a free entry if your area requires that. Chance2Win does not include an online free entry method and most organizations say that a self addressed stamped envelope must be mailed between xx date and yy date for a free entry. One per envelope and household, etc.
- Include what the purpose is of the contributions for your raffle and how they will be used. Such as new uniforms for the school team.
The above list is a good starting point. You can also edit and modify these sample rules.