Bingo is perhaps one of the most popular ‘games’ in the world. This is in part down to the fact that it involves a lot of socialisation, prizes, and it is incredible amounts of fun. It therefore should come as no surprise that Bingo Night Fundraising is an incredibly popular method for raising funds for organisations in need of them.
I am not going to bore you with the details of what bingo actually is. I am sure you aware that it involves scratching off numbers on a bingo card whilst the bingo caller calls numbers. It is simple. People understand the game. You could potentially make it a bit more complex than that but you really do not have to.
How to Organise Bingo Night Fundraiser?
Bingo nights for your organisation are a fabulous idea, particularly if you hold them quite regularly. Once people catch wind of the fact that you are running a bingo night then they will join in. Before you know it you will have tons of regulars looking to win a couple of prizes. Do not forget to advertise your bingo night ‘well in advance’, although to be fair events of this nature tend to spread like wildfire via word of mouth, but advertising it around almost certainly would not go amiss.
Fundraising with a bingo night is easy. All you really need to do is decide how much you wish to take from the purchase price of each ticket. This is up to you. Some people will donate 50% of the money to the prize fund and then 50% of the money goes towards the fundraiser, others will have a 90% to 10% split. All you need to remember is that you need to have a decent prize available or people will not join in. It is as simple as that.
One of the reasons as to why I love bingo nights as a fundraising method so much is down to the fact that you can make tons of extra money on the day. For example; people are going to expect to be able to eat and drink. You can sell food and drink and then donate any of the profits towards your fundraiser. People absolutely love helping out a good cause! If you are lucky you may even end up making more money from the food and drink than the actual bingo part. Do make sure that you plan well in advance though and do not charge too much for the refreshments as this will stop people from buying them. I am sure you will be able to get a few volunteers to make some dishes that you can sell on the day.
Bingo cards are easy to get hold of. You should be able to get them from a number of places online or even at your local supermarket. You can pick up bingo balls to call from most supermarkets too (that sell games and the like!). Try to use a decent bingo caller. It would help if they knew ‘bingo lingo’ as it really helps to spruce up the night!
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