The simplest way to run a raffle that we see commonly is to simply add a PayPal button on your website and collect contributions. While this may work for smaller raffles there a couple major flaws with doing this. The first major flaw is that PayPal in general does not allow for collecting contributions that are associated for charity raffles in their terms of conditions so essentially you are putting your charities PayPal account at risk. Unfortunately we’ve seen many charities and nonprofits have their PayPal accounts frozen along with the money that is in them for several months.
The next major issue with simply collecting contributions on the website is managing the raffle tickets and distributing the ticket numbers to your donors one thing that we’ve learned in the last several years of building many giveaway and raffle websites is that the donors really want a ticket number in reality it is simply an entry into the drawing that matters but we see over and over again that the donors want their ticket number. So by doing this manually you have to volunteers or paid workers look at the contributions assign ticket numbers and build that into an Excel spreadsheet and then email the ticket numbers manually to all those people that contribute can be an awful lot of time. The other issue that comes up with doing a raffle this way is the display of the actual raffle rules and terms and conditions many states have specific laws that require that the rules and the information be placed in a visible manner so that anyone contributing to your charity for the giveaway is made aware of those rules.