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…
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!
Smashing Scratchcard Success
A few months ago, our school decided to have a fundraiser using scratchcards. This was the first ever scratchcard fundraiser we ever had. The fundraiser was for the annual fundraiser we have every year in order to raise money for the students.
This year the school decided to make the prizes for the students better than ever in order to increase the amount of money raised. The first top prize was a 50 inch plasma screen which was extremely popular. The second place prize was 2 tickets to Disney World. The tickets were good for 3 days in the park. The third place winner would received a blockbuster gift card for 25 dollars. The better quality prizes were what truly had the students excited about the fundraiser. They were also aware that the money being raised would be used for them which also increased their enthusiasm.
What truly is key to a successful fundraiser is the prizes and the level of enthusiasm. Everyone wants to benefit from anything they possibly can. Therefore, better prizes and benefits result in a lot more money raised. In the end the school and its students raised a total of 6,500 dollars to use for the end of the year parties. The money was also used to update the school’s library, and add more comfortable chairs.
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.