Charity Sweepstakes

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

Charity Sweepstakes

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

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

Incentivized

No Fee

  • No fees for you or your donors
  • Donors can buy bonus entries to fund the campaign costs

(plus credit card processing)

Traditional

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  • No fee for your organization
  • Donors see a 7.9% processing charge added to their donation

(plus credit card processing)

See the pricing page for full details.

FAQ

Are sweepstakes different than raffles?

Yes. When run for charity, both sweepstakes and raffles typically involve donors contributing to a cause to be entered in a drawing for a prize. Raffles are technically considered gambling though, since you are exchanging money for a chance to win something. That’s why raffles are highly regulated.

Sweepstakes are not considered gambling because they provide a way for people to enter for free in addition to donating for entry. This also makes sweepstakes much more flexible than raffles. For instance, a sweepstakes can accept donations from all 50 states (and other countries) while raffles can’t

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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