How to Get Started

as a Charity

In this section, you’ll find out how to get started with your e-raffle. Most importantly, make sure you do your research about e-raffles to decide whether this new form of fundraising is right for you.  We suggest the following:


  1. Read through this website to get a better idea of how e-raffles work .

  2. Look through the AGCO documents and requirements so that you have the clearest possible picture of what’s expected. 

  3. Talk to one or more e-raffle suppliers about your needs and plans – they’ll be able to give you advice about options.  If you want to use an e-raffle supplier (instead of developing your own solution, for example), you’ll need to enter into a Raffle Services Agreement with one of them before commence your e-raffle. 

  4. Think carefully about your fundraising business plan and how e-raffles fit in.  Here are some things to think about:

    • If you’re thinking of a single event such as a fundraising dinner or a golf tournament(instead of an e-raffle lasting a weeks or months), traditional paper raffles tickets may still be your best option in terms of low cost and complexity. 

    • The charity e-raffle event manager is a very important role.  It’s not complicated, but this individual will have significant responsibilities on a day-to-day basis.

    • Marketing and awareness are key success factors for online e-raffle success. Charities are responsible for their own marketing and awareness activities but can hire outside services to assist in this area.  

    • If you don’t have access to a large database of social media and email contacts, you may have challenges with an online e-raffle.

    • Volume/flow of traffic and having volunteers that like to sell are important parts of in-person e-raffles.

Here's what you need to know...

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This e-raffle website was developed by the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association to provide you with a comprehensive e-raffle resource.