What is the difference between a raffle and a sweepstakes?
Raffles require a purchase to enter, so raffles are considered a form of gambling (except for charitable use). Sweepstakes must allow for a free method of entry, so they aren’t considered gambling, allowing for additional fundraising flexibility.
Do I have to be a 501(c) nonprofit organization to run a sweepstakes?
Nope! Any organization, including corporations, can run a sweepstakes. Sweepstakes are often used for corporate/nonprofit partnerships.