Scratch card fundraising is a brilliant idea that is one of the easiest and most profitable tools for raising money. Scratch off cards can be used for schools, churches, soccer teams or any other fundraising group imaginable.
How do fundraising scratch cards work?
On each scratch card are several rows of silver dots like you’d find on a lottery ticket. Your fundraising volunteer asks potential donors if they’d like to play a scratch game to help your fundraiser. Under each dot is an amount from zero to $5.00 and the person agrees to donate whatever amount appears under the dot that he or she chooses to scratch off.
The best part is that even if they end up donating the maximum amount, they still get a sheet with valuable coupons just for participating! Truly, the scratch card fundraiser is a win-win proposition.
The beauty of the scratch off fundraiser is that most people are willing to play the game because they know that the maximum amount that they will have to pay is only five bucks and their obligation might even be less, and they get a bunch of coupons worth more than that just for playing.
Fundraiser scratch cards and supporter generosity
Many times people who scratch off smaller amounts will still donate the higher amount anyway. Given the chance, many people will do the right thing and support your worthy cause.
Built-in profit for every card
Even if everyone pays only the minimum amount that they scratch off, each card is worth about $90.00 to your fund raising group, all without selling, ordering, delivering and returning to collect money.
This is also a great add-on to many of the fund raisers we list on this site. Ask your existing sponsors and pledges if they’d like to play a scratch game. Even if they’re already giving to your fund raising group in some other way, many people are still willing to play because of the small amounts involved.
Where to get fundraiser scratch off cards
Fundraising.com – Offers over 30 Scratchcard themes to match your organization (sports, school, church, band, cheer-leading, etc.). One of the most powerful fundraising products, your group can easily earn up to 90% profit. Each supporter receives a valuable brand-name coupon sheet for his or her donation with special coupons from national retailers including Pizza Hut, A&W and major movie theater chains. Free information kit, free prize program and free shipping! Get your scratch off fundraising cards here. Call toll free 1-866-216-2080.
What others say…
6th Grade Center PTA Fundraiser
Having been involved in my four sons’ schools from kindergarten on, I’d handled every type of fundraiser there is. Greeting cards and wrapping paper, candy, cookie dough, decorative items, plants, discount books, even a Santas Secret Shop.
The most fun I ever had was the fundraiser we did when my third son was in the 6th grade. We wanted to do something these “older” 6th graders would get excited about. Knowing their excitement had a great deal to do with our success, we looked at the scratchcards. The kids loved the idea. It was like lottery tickets, but legal!
We combined the scratchoffs with the sale of M&M’s. The children were rewarded with the scratchoffs at different levels of sales. We took in orders and handed out scratchoffs twice a week during the fundraiser. This kept the kids excited and motivated to keep selling.
It was one of the most successful and enjoyable fundraisers I’ve ever been involved with. The kids loved it, the parents were thrilled when their children won cash money for their efforts, and the PTA raised the needed funds for several projects.
Easy and Profitable Fundraiser
During my time at Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, my organization worked scratchcard fundraisers in order to obtain money for the organization. In particular, I was a member of the National Honor Society and we used scratchcards to obtain money for your yearly philanthropic donation. We usually donated the proceeds from our scratchcard fundraiser to the Red Cross.
To make our fundraiser a success, we always advertised. Not only did we advertise the cause and the fundraiser itself, but we advertised the coupons and various prizes that come with a scratchcard fundraiser. We contacted the local radio station, hung up flyers and local businesses, put up banners around school, advertised on the local bulletin board, and even announced the fundraiser during halftime of high school games.
Overall, we had a great turnout due to our advertising efforts. While scratchcards are easy to do, it is sometimes harder to find people to donate, though, because they aren’t getting a solid product as they would with a candle sale or bake sale. Also, they are not really for young children because it does promote a feel of gambling. Overall, though, the scratchcard fundraiser yielded a high profit with minimal work – a sponsors dream!
Scratch Card Surprise
I work with the Newark, NJ PAL program and we ran into a bit of financial difficulty one year. We have always taken a boys basketball team ages 8-12, to the Small Fry Tournament in Orlando Florida, allowing girls to play on the team, but this particular year, they invited girls teams. Imagine the excitement of the girls when they found out.
We intended to take 2 teams of 15 players, one of each sex, but there was a problem. Even if we only put one team in the All Sport Resort, a requirement, and drive instead of fly, we were still about $10,000 short of expenses. We had fish frys, begged for donations from companies (those that we hadn’t already received funds from) and asked parents to pay as much as they could. The problem was many of the players were poor, and the parents could only come up with small amounts (the highest being $65).
We were closing in on our target, only around $4500 to go, but ran out of ideas. I was cruising the internet, trying to find ideas, when I came across a site that had scratchcards for fundraising. Each card would generate $100, and the overhead was cheap, $2000 for $9000 profit. I went to the other coaches, and we decided to give it a go.
We ordered 100 cards, got 10 free cards, and called in the parents. We explained that when a person picks a spot, they just pay what is under the spot. It was simple. We also asked that each parent take two cards, and have another person help. The staff and I took the balance of the cards and set out to get those dollars.
The funniest thing happened the very next week, at practice, almost every parent turned in $200, and asked if there were anymore cards. They found it easy to get people to scratch a spot and pay, even though they got nothing in return. The players did not hesitate to ask anyone if they would scratch a spot. It was better than them trying to collect money in the middle of the street from cars stopped at a light ( we don’t permit our players to do this, but found many of them doing so anyway out of desperation), so it was much safer.
We sold every spot on every card.
The reward, both teams got to stay in the the All Sport Resort, we managed to get new uniforms, 2 additional vans ( the kids loved the extra room), and each player was able to commemorate their trip with a photo of them in action on the court. My reward, 30 happy players. Those cards were a blessing, and we continue to use them today.