House Raffle Tip for a Nonprofit


Hello all,

I hope you had a great 3 day weekend. I went for a long hike with friends – loved it.


Today I want to share a tip that can greatly help get the word out about your house raffle fundraiser to people in your local area. Although my book emphasizes that it’s critical to spread the word beyond your local community, you really want to do both.

So here’s the tip: Contact local printers to make 6 foot vinyl banners announcing your house raffle, and ask that they donate the cost of making the banner to the nonprofit. This is a tax write-off for the printer–give them a donation slip. Then contact commercial business owners whose buildings or block walls have good visibility from the highway – ask them if they will allow you to hang the banner on the building. You can assure them that the installation will be done without making any holes in the building or wall. You can do this by tying the banner down with cords and stakes in the ground.

This will require that you drive around and look for numerous commercial sites that will work for this, and then begin calling them. This is more difficult that finding a printer, but it can be done. For the last house raffle I coordinated, we had 6 banners throughout the city, and 4 could be seen from the interstate. You can offer the commercial building owner these perks: Place the name of their business as a sponsor on the house raffle tickets and on the house raffle website.  Place their business brochures or coupons on the sponsor table in your grand prize home for visitors to pick-up on open house days. These perks will help promote the business of those that allowed you to place banners on their buildings.

Banner on commercial building.

So there you go, a simple way to get the word out at virtually no cost to the nonprofit.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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