Charity Sweepstakes

Run a charity sweepstakes with the features, flexibility and support to
meet your exact needs

View Sample Sweepstakes

Charity Sweepstakes

Run a charity sweepstakes with the features, flexibility and support to
meet your exact needs

View Sample Sweepstakes

Prize flexibility

  • Offer any type of prize in any combination (tickets + travel, celebrity, cars, more)
  • Have an unlimited number of prizes and set the quantity available for each prize
  • Need a prize? Offer fully-managed world-class travel experience prizes (See Details)

Entry Options

  • Offer entries at different prices and levels (e.g. 10 entries for $10, 30 for $25, etc.)
  • Include merchandise such as t-shirts and memorabilia at different donation levels
  • Meet free-entry requirements through an automated online/mail-in process

Promotion tools

  • Take your sweepstakes viral with bonus entries for shares and referral donations
  • Easily bring new supporters to your sweepstakes page with built-in text-to-give
  • Hold periodic mini-drawings during the sweepstakes to increase participation

Drawing options

  • Allow the system to automatically draw winners at a specific day and time
  • Or have the system draw winners by clicking a button when you’re ready
  • Meet the requirements for “equal dignity” treatment of free entries

More features

  • Enable team and member fundraising for multiple-organization and CSR use
  • Customize the sweepstakes page with your branding, images, text and sponsors
  • Run your sweepstakes internationally and accept donations in foreign currencies
  • Support for official rules, state filing and bonding (if needed), and legal review

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Sell tickets in ͞packs͟ (e.g. 10 entries for a $10 ticket, 30 entries for $25) Allow each ticket to enter the buyer for all prizes, or sell prize-specific tickets Have an unlimited number of tickets, or limit ticket sales to a specific quantity Sell physical tickets offline and record them in the system with online tickets

Prize Flexibility

  • Offer any type of prize in any combination (tickets + travel, celebrity, cars, more)
  • Have an unlimited number of prizes and set the quantity available for each prize
  • Need a prize? Offer fully-managed world-class travel experience prizes (See Details)

Entry Options

  • Offer entries at different prices and levels (e.g. 10 entries for $10, 30 for $25, etc.)
  • Include merchandise such as t-shirts and memorabilia at different donation levels
  • Meet free-entry requirements through an automated online/mail-in process

Promotion Tools

  • Take your sweepstakes viral with bonus entries for shares and referral donations
  • Easily bring new supporters to your sweepstakes page with built-in text-to-give
  • Hold periodic mini-drawings during the sweepstakes to increase participation

Drawing Options

  • Allow the system to automatically draw winners at a specific day and time
  • Or have the system draw winners by clicking a button when you’re ready
  • Meet the requirements for “equal dignity” treatment of free entries

More Features

  • Enable team and member fundraising for multiple-organization and CSR use
  • Customize the sweepstakes page with your branding, images, text and sponsors
  • Run your sweepstakes internationally and accept donations in foreign currencies
  • Support for official rules, state filing and bonding (if needed), and legal review

Sweepstakes Pricing Plans

Tip Plan

Free

  • There’s no RallyUp fee for you or your donors
  • Optional donor tips fund the campaign cost

(credit card processing fees from Stripe apply)

Percent Plan

7.9%

  • A 7.9% fee is applied to each transaction
  • Can be paid by organization or by donors

(credit card processing fees from Stripe apply)

See the pricing page for full details.

FAQ

Are sweepstakes different than raffles?

Yes. Sweepstakes and raffles are alike in that they both involve people supporting your cause by getting entries into a drawing for a prize(s). But they are regulated differently.

Raffles are most often considered a form of gambling by government regulators since donors make a payment in exchange for a chance to win something (like you’d do at a casino).

Despite this, raffles for charitable purposes can be allowed at the federal level for 501(c)(3) organizations (US). But they must still comply with all the state and local raffle laws that apply to them. This makes it very difficult to run an interstate raffle, and impossible to run them nationally.

By law, sweepstakes must offer a free method of entry (typically by mail-in form) in addition to donation-based entries. Because of this, sweepstakes may not be considered a gambling activity in the same way that raffles would be (you can’t gamble for free).

This difference in structure means that raffles and sweepstakes are regulated differently. Accordingly, charitable organizations may be able to run a sweepstakes in all 50 states and even internationally.

Will people donate if they can enter for free?

Definitely. Charity sweepstakes are focused on giving people a chance to be part of helping a cause, and people like doing that. Entering for free typically means printing out a form, completing it, and mailing it in. Most people would rather support the cause than do that, so free entries are usually a very small percentage of the total entries.

Are sweepstakes donations tax-deductible?

Unlike raffles, there are cases in which 501(c)(3) charities consider donations to a sweepstakes be to tax-deductible (depending, of course, on the donor’s personal tax situation). This decision is up to each nonprofit and their legal counsel, but we most often see nonprofits adding a statement of tax-deductibility to sweepstakes donation receipts.

Can I run an international sweepstakes?

Yes, but you have to exclude countries that disallow their residents to participate in these campaigns. Some countries also have arduous regulations that make it undesirable to include them in your sweepstakes. That said, there are many countries for which it’s not a problem. We can help you determine what countries you may want to include or exclude on an international sweepstakes.

Do I have to call it a sweepstakes?

No. The term “sweepstakes” can have a negative connotation due to unscrupulous for-profit operators that have run sweepstakes fraudulently. Most organizations call their campaign a “drawing” or other like term. Although the term “sweepstakes” appears in the official rules, that’s the only place it’s usually mentioned.

How are winners drawn?

Winners are drawn by the system at random using a certified algorithm. The drawing process accounts for free entries (including meeting legal “equal dignity” requirements), multiple prizes, and multiple quantities of the same prize.

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