Bingo is a game that gives participants a chance to win money, but it’s also a social outing. That combination makes it immensely popular. A bingo fundraiser is a tradition for those who relish the chance to be with friends who also like playing the game. All ages play, from kids not old enough to drive, to senior citizens.
People get very particular about their bingo, bringing good luck charms and fancy bingo markers with them.
Bingo is the core of service organization fundraising. A bingo night usually consists of 25-35 games with cash prizes ranging from $25 per game to $1000 or more for the ultimate game of the night, the “jackpot.”
A list of the games and the prizes are distributed to the players when they buy the printed sheets with multiple bingo squares. Any number of sheets may be played; obviously the chance of winning increases with the number of sheets.
Bingo is the game-o, or the…beano?
Bingo was originally called “beano” in the US – before it became a fundraising idea it was a country fair game where players marked their cards with beans.
How bingo works as a fundraiser
To get your bingo fundraiser off to a good start you approach local companies and sponsors for their support and ask them if they would like to contribute a small prize to your Bingo Night to be held in aid of your good cause.
Local support can be a godsend to your fundraising. Prizes can be quite simple – either cash or a payment in kind, for example a wash and blow-dry from the hairdresser, a leg of lamb from the butcher, etc