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Balloon Raffle Considerations

As you plan to incorporate balloon raffles into your next fundraiser, use the following questions to guide you:

What do I need for balloon raffles?

In order to hold a balloon raffle, your organization first needs to assemble the necessary supplies:

  • Raffle tickets
  • Balloons
  • Helium
  • Needles
  • Prizes

As an extra safety measure, consider providing plastic needles for popping the balloons so attendees of all ages can take part in the fun. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that the fundraising event venue is large enough to accommodate a considerable amount of balloons.

How do I create balloon raffles?

Your organization’s staff members and volunteers can create balloon raffles by rolling up raffle tickets and pushing them each into an uninflated balloon. Then fill up the balloons with helium and attach them to strings.

At your fundraising event, distribute them to your supporters when they purchase a raffle ticket. When it’s time to announce the raffle winners, have everyone pop their balloons at the same time to retrieve their raffle ticket.

What prizes should I offer balloon raffle winners?

There are many appealing options when it comes to balloon raffle prizes, though the ones you choose should ultimately depend on your organization’s resources and your supporters’ interests. Here are some popular ideas to consider:

  • Gift cards
  • Gift baskets
  • Movie or concert tickets
  • Branded merchandise
  • Dining or spa experiences

Reach out to local businesses to see whether they’d be interested in sponsoring your raffle. For instance, a local restaurant may be willing to donate gift certificates, while a gym could offer day passes as a raffle prize.

Balloon Raffle Tips

Once you’ve dealt with all the important considerations, leverage these essential tips to elevate your balloon raffle results even further:

  • Check raffle regulations. Keep in mind that each state has its own laws and regulations when it comes to selling raffles. If your state does permit nonprofits to conduct raffles, you’ll often need to apply for a license in advance.
  • Sell balloons at different prices. Consider selling your balloon raffles at different prices for different levels of prizes. This can cultivate more interest among your supporters and encourage more people to purchase raffles.
  • Order custom balloons branded to your organization. Make your balloon raffle all the more engaging by hiding your tickets in beautiful balloons featuring your organization’s logo and colors. This will encourage more of your supporters to take pictures and share them on social media, expanding your reach.

With planning and preparation, a balloon raffle can add an air of celebration to any event—whether you’re hosting a gala, an auction, or even a 5K run—and bring your organization much closer to reaching its fundraising goals.