School Prize Draws

Want to raise money for your school by running a prize draw? 

Great! You've come to the right place! They're really easy to do.

 How it works: Each separate donation an entrant makes will count as one ‘entry’ into the draw. Entrants can increase their chances of winning by donating multiple times, therefore giving them multiple entries into the same draw. You choose the winner(s) from all donors when the draw closes, and then send them the prize(s)!

To stay legal, you need to clearly offer your supporters a way to enter the competition for free. The best way to do this is to provide an address to send their competition entries if they want to enter offline. Just copy our suggested Terms & Conditions below to your project page, adding your own details, and you will be covered for this.

Success Stories

Win Alex Turner's Fender Guitar

Prize draws can be hugely successful, as we saw when Arctic Monkeys raffled off Alex Turner's guitar earlier this year, raising over £120,000 for The Music Venue Trust on our sister site Crowdfunder.

One lucky winner got to walk away with a priceless piece of music history, and thousands of pounds was raised to help support The Leadmill in Sheffield.

Prize draw raised over £120,000 for 1 guitar

How to setup a prize draw for your school

Find a prize for your draw

Find a prize(s)

Make the main prize as special as you can. Or gather lots of prizes, e.g. gift hampers, student artwork, tickets to an event etc.

Set up your project with your prize draw

Create your project

Create a fundraising page on Rocketfund, make it clear what you're raising money for and set your rewards as prizes (also add the Ts&Cs we've listed below).

Go live with your prize draw

Go live!

Send everyone the link to your prize draw page. Ask them to enter and share! You might be surprised by how much you raise.

Choose a winner!

Pick a winner

Choose a winner (or winners) from your list of donors and notify them that they've won! Then dispatch your prize to the lucky entrant(s).

FAQs

Q. Can entrants make more than one donation on a prize draw?

Yes, each donation they make will get them one entry into the prize draw. Multiple donations will increase their chances of winning, but each entrant can only win one prize. 

Q. Can entrants donate more than the minimum amount in a single donation?

Yes, but a single donation of any amount greater than the minimum amount will only get them one entry into the prize draw. Unless you specify multiple entries for larger donations as your rewards (e.g. £5 = 1 entry, £10 = 3 entries, £20 = 9 entries etc)

Q. Can entrants donate without entering the prize draw?

Yes, they can simply donate directly to the campaign by not selecting the “1 entry to win...” reward option.

Q. How do I pick a winner?

This is your call. A simple way would be to download your list of entrants, number them in a spreadsheet (remembering to duplicate names of entrants who have bought more than one ticket) and then use a random number generator (like this one) to pick the winners. Or you could print off the names and film yourself picking them out of a hat if you like! 

Q. Can entrants enter the prize draw without donating?

Yes, they can enter for free by post. See individual draw terms and conditions for details of how to do this.

Q. Do I need to set up my own Terms & Conditions?

Yes, as some might be specific to the draw that you're running. Take a look at our suggested T&Cs below which you can adjust for your own draw.

Q. How much does it cost?

It doesn’t cost anything to run a prize draw on Rocketfund and we don't charge any commission. Projects that successfully hit their target will be charged transaction fees of 1.9% + 23p + VAT on UK/EU cards / 3.25% + 25p + VAT on non-EEA cards by our payment processor.

Suggested Terms & Conditions for your prize draw

(Remember to add these to your page)

• Entrants must be over 18 years of age.

• Open to anyone (over the age of 18), world wide.

• Entries will be accepted between [start date] and [closing date].  

• Entrants may enter as many times as they'd like. 

• Entrants can pledge to this campaign without entering the prize draw. 

• To enter the draw without pledging, please send a postcard with your name, address and contact telephone number to [contact address].

• The winner will be chosen at random and contacted before [closing date]. They will be contacted by email on how to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours of the initial email being sent, the next winner will be chosen at random and emailed within 1 week. 

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