Organizing the perfect raffle is a lot like cooking: for every step that requires following precise instructions, there's an opportunity for your own brand of creative expression. Given all the build up that can be involved in a raffle, and the eventual, satisfying conclusion, it's easy to see how similar putting together a raffle is to, say, baking a pie!

  1. Recipe – While we'd all like to indulge our inner Julia Child, there will always be certain parts to a recipe that have to be done by the book. Consider the documentation for the IRS and charity of your choice akin to time and temperature – if you don't follow them exactly, your pie will be ruined!
  2. Creativity – Just like with any concoction, holding an event that includes a raffle allows for opportunities to change up the recipe. From posters and flyers, to event tickets and the raffle tickets themselves, there are limitless ways put your own twist on a traditional dish.
  3. Suspense – It's the intoxicating aroma that fills the house as the pie is in the oven or, in the case of a raffle, the build up that occurs from the moment that last ticket is sold until the raffle finally happens. One of the great things about a raffle is that you can begin with smaller items and lead up to the big prize, which can build even more suspense.
  4. Pay off – By now, your guests are watering at the mouth to find out if they've won. While there's only so much pie to go around and a limited number of prizes to give out, everyone who entered the raffle ultimately wins by helping a worthy cause.

Sure, baking a pie and holding a raffle have a lot in common, but the big difference is that the satisfied feeling you get from a piece of fresh baked pie only lasts a short time, while the feeling you get from volunteering your time and money towards a raffle can last so much longer.

Raffles: better than pie – and just as easy!