Charity fundraising events can take many forms. What you really want to do to maximize your fundraising is put on an event that will draw in as many people as possible, for as high a ticket price as possible. To do that, you need to do something memorable.
One great idea is to host a Fun Casino night. Fun casinos don’t involve gambling any actual money, making them ideal for fundraising events. You get to make your guests feel like big spenders and high rollers without any of the pressure of anyone potentially losing their life savings. Additionally, most territories have strict laws regarding gambling and where it can/cannot take place so fun casinos have the advantage of not being illegal.
Making money for charity
So, if there’s no money involved – how do you make money for charity? Tickets are the answer! Charge people entrance to the night and take your cut out of that. Make sure you’ve set the price high enough to account for your costs in hosting the night and enough for charity. The best idea is to go for a 25:25:50 percentage ratio. 25% for casino hire costs, 25% for prizes (more on that later) and 50% to go to charity. You are planning to give the money to charity aren’t you?
Why would people want to gamble if no real money is changing hands? Aside from games like roulette, poker and blackjack being fun to play in their own right (Monopoly is fun and that’s not real money either is it?) you might want to offer prizes for the highest winners of the night. This will encourage people to stick around longer too, and depending on where the venue is, the bar might donate a portion of their earnings for the night towards the charity, and you might give the opportunity to donate further around the casino-for-the-night. So the longer people stick around, the more money you make for charity. Prizes at the end of the night are an excellent way to do that, and increase the fun for your guests.
There are plenty of things to remember when organising your fun casino. You’ve got to get your casino equipment such as roulette wheels, poker tables and chips. You’ve got to hire croupiers. You’ve got to sort out decorations, costumes and dress codes, possibly even to a theme idea, and of course you have to get your prizes. With so many things to organise, it might be worth hiring a casino hire company to do it all for you. Either way, make sure you’ve budgeted fully, you don’t want to eat into the charity’s money.