Help a Charity


Hello All,

Okay, I admit it–I’m hooked on Downton Abbey on Sunday nights. Highclere Castle, the TV Downton Abbey, near London is the real home of Earl Carnarvon and his wife, the Countess. It was their friend, Julian Fellowes, who wrote this great Masterpiece of phenomenal characters. I just wonder how all the aristocrats stay so slim when they don’t even do the simplest of chores like combing their own hair!

Now back to house raffles and helping a charity. I’ve often said that the most important task of the homeowner is to choose the right organization to raffle the house. In the State of New Mexico, such an organization can be a school, a church, or a nonprofit. If the homeowner chooses to pick a nonprofit charity, it should be a charity with the right cause. Let me explain. A right cause would be one that is NOT controversial, and a cause that will tug at the heart strings of ticket buyers. People purchase tickets to win, but will reconcile not winning  as long as they are  helping a good cause that they believe in.

There are many many causes that tug at a person’s heart; here are a few that come to mind: Charities that help children, animals, veterans, the hungry, and the disabled. Although you may be an avid supporter of a charity with a controversial cause, I would not choose such a charity for your house raffle. You want the cause to have a universal appeal.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott


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