In case you haven’t macheted your way through the comments on the recent discussion about the fundraiser, I wanted to just quickly summarise the gist of conclusions – also as a “note to self” for the next time when the fundraiser comes ’round.
So, although the raffle suggestion was deemed a very good idea in order to open up the involvement in the fundraiser to more budgets, it turned out that there are legal restrictions regarding raffles. So raffles do not seem to be a feasible addition to the fundraiser: In almost all jurisdictions raffles that require payment in exchange for a ticket, are deemed “gambling” because the draw involves an element of chance. As such, they are lotteries that require a license. I think that would be taking our fun and amateurish fundraiser a step too far. So the raffle idea is out.
Fixed it with Fixed Price
However, several commenters mooted the idea of a fixed-price sale instead. That sounds like a great alternative to a raffle. The idea here is to have a separate sale of items, all for a fixed price each. In order to get the best return of investment while still keeping the price low enough to allow anyone the chance to buy an item and thus contribute to the final donation, the items for the fixed price sale will have to be…
- small – so they can fit into a small envelope and keep postage costs low
- easily made – so that it is feasible for (some of) us to make a number of these items
- made from non-expensive materials – so that there is a profit in the sale of these items.
With some experience with a fixed-price already under my belt (selling the RA-themed mini book brooches last year to fund the RAnet make-over, as well as the RA face masks for this year’s postage fund), Etsy has proven to be easy in terms of payment and order processing. Fees will be incurred, but they are less than on eBay and they are automatically deducted from each sale, so at least the sum transferred to me will be the final number. No guessing like on eBay.
The Low Down
The conclusion of it all is that the fixed-price sale looks like the ideal addition to the fundraiser. We can still do the auctions as a major cash-builder and a fun and exciting event to watch, yet we can also provide the sale as an alternative way of contributing to the donation when the auction prices are going beyond individual budgets. Win-win.
So, thank you to all who have chimed in on this discussion. I think we have taken a step forward – even though it is still 10 months until the next fundraiser will come up. But hey, always good to be prepared early 😉