Raffles for Worthwhile Causes
Raffles with worthwhile prizes for worthwhile causes • We receive a significant number of requests from North Carolina non-profit organizations and associations for prizes, giveaways, raffles & silent auctions. If you are a registered 501c nonprofit organization or association recognized by the Department of Revenue as tax-exempt pursuant to statute G.S. 105-130.11(a) we are happy to help your organization with a worthwhile prize award for a worthwhile cause. Thank You!
As such we have setup this page to provide the form for you to submit a request, as well as provide the policies, procedures and processes in order to assure things are done properly from an accounting and legal perspective, and in a way which assures the maximum tangible results for all parties. Your organization, the prize winner, and The Mast Farm Inn. Sorry for any inconvenience, but even if you have contacted us via email, phone, other online forms or channels we will send you here to fill out this form to assure you have been properly advised of the legislation below, and for you to acknowledge that you agree with all the information, conditions and terms which this page contains.
While we do not participate in, or provide prizes for, silent auctions, we do participate in, and provide prizes, for raffles. And we provide you all the tools required to run a successful raffle: The significant prize awarded, the legally compliant process & software platform, the secure payment processes for your organization and for the purchaser of tickets, as well as all the materials and promotional materials required, in fact everything excluding the paper tickets if you decide to also sell paper tickets.
HOW IT WORKS
We use industry standard www.rallyup.com to manage raffles assuring all security, fiduciary, accounting and legal requirements. In effect we will set the entire thing up for you, send you the online link, boilerplate texts, artwork and graphics to promote the raffle page as well as help you promote it ourselves via our own marketing and advertising channels. We will also provide you administrative access to the dashboard so you can monitor and oversee the process. Besides being able to purchase paper tickets, people will be able to purchase online raffle tickets before, during and after your event with their computer, laptop, pad or phone. If you chose to you can sell paper tickets, take payment, and input into the system on their behalf for your raffle management. You can even setup a laptop or pad at your events where people will be able to purchase tickets. If desirable you can extend the raffle a few days beyond your event date so as to benefit from post-event buzz. Or you can draw the raffle winner at the event. You will also be able to create "raffle selling teams" if you want to spur a bit of competition within your organization. The raffle can be promoted via you and your friends’ newsletters, mailings, and social media, as well as by the traditional face-to-face methods. Click here for in-depth information www.rallyup.com raffles. See video by clicking here. We provide everything free of charge excluding paper tickets, and the www.rallyup.com service fee which is 4.9%, and the credit card processing fee of 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction, which will be deducted by rallyup.com from the funds you receive via the raffle. See all www.rallyup.com features and options by clicking here.
Why we do not do silent auctions & why we do raffles instead. A silent auction is unlikely to raise more than the 10-75% of the value of the prize. Raffles leverage the prize for everyone and are a win-win-win approach. See how below.
With little effort on your part, you will raise at least 20-200 times what you would raise in a silent auction context. We have seen that in every single case. In silent auctions you raise very little money from a valuable prize, while a $1000 value prize could raise $10,000 or more in a raffle context for your organization. Raffles are more fun, have greater reach, and assure more participation, integration and momentum while requiring none if any real extra effort. We will setup the raffle for you online on a legally compliant platform with secure payments which will go directly into your account, and provide you all the materials and tools required to run a successful raffle. While prizes and gift certificates supplied for raffles are 100% free, a gift certificates for a silent auction will cost you about 1/3 of the redeemable value of the gift certificate.
YOUR WINNER’S PERSPECTIVE
They receive a very valuable prize at a very low cost, usually much much less than in the case of the silent auction. They will be advised if they win, and receive all the receipts, voucher-certificates and documentation they need to redeem the award transparently and seamlessly.
For the valuable prize we provide, which costs us in terms of real funds spent at least 75% of the award value, we receive assurance that the process is legitimate and transparent, the funds raised a significant contribution to your organization. And our costs are rewarded by what equitable marketing exposure and resultant goodwill you can reasonably contribute on behalf of The Mast Farm Inn to a reasonable number of people. And if your own promotional and marketing capabilities are limited we can help extend your reach though our own channels.
Simply fill in the form below to make a request for consideration. Even if you have contacted us via email, phone, other online forms or channels we will send you here to fill out this form to assure you have been properly advised of the legislation below, and for you to acknowledge that you agree with all the information, conditions and terms which this page contains. Please review the legal requirements and Charitable Gaming Statutes of North Carolina below before completing the form. Thank You!
THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
Charitable Gaming Statutes of North Carolina
For reference, see below North Carolina Statutes on raffles by or on behalf of non-profits.
§ 14-309.15. Raffles.
(a) It is lawful for any nonprofit organization or association, recognized by the Department of Revenue as tax-exempt pursuant to G.S. 105-130.11(a), or for any bona fide branch, chapter, or affiliate of such organization, candidate, political committee, and for any government entity within the State, to conduct raffles in accordance with this section. Any person who conducts a raffle in violation of any provision of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Upon conviction that person shall not conduct a raffle for a period of one year. It is lawful to participate in a raffle conducted pursuant to this section. It shall not constitute a violation of State law to advertise a raffle conducted in accordance with this section. A raffle conducted pursuant to this section is not "gambling".
(b) For purposes of this section "raffle" means a game in which the prize is won by random drawing of the name or number of one or more persons purchasing chances.
(c) Raffles shall be limited to two per nonprofit organization per year.
(d) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, the maximum cash prize that may be offered or paid for any one raffle is one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($125,000) and if merchandise is used as a prize, and it is not redeemable for cash, the maximum fair market value of that prize may be one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($125,000). The total cash prizes offered or paid by any nonprofit organization or association may not exceed one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($125,000) in any calendar year. The total fair market value of all prizes offered by any nonprofit organization or association, either in cash or in merchandise that is not redeemable for cash, may not exceed one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($125,000) in any calendar year.
(e) Raffles shall not be conducted in conjunction with bingo.
(f) As used in this subsection, "net proceeds of a raffle" means the receipts less the cost of prizes awarded. No less than ninety percent (90%) of the net proceeds of a raffle shall be used by the nonprofit organization or association for charitable, religious, educational, civic, or other nonprofit purposes. None of the net proceeds of the raffle may be used to pay any person to conduct the raffle, or to rent a building where the tickets are received or sold or the drawing is conducted.
(g) Real property may be offered as a prize in a raffle. The maximum appraised value of real property that may be offered for any one raffle is five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). The total appraised value of all real estate prizes offered by any nonprofit organization or association may not exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in any calendar year.
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The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning historic country inn & restaurant in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina, which has been welcoming guests since the 1800s. The Mast Farm Inn is a Historic Hotels of America hotel, a Select Registry Inn, and is on The National Register of Historic Places.