CharityMania Coronavirus Update

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the Coronavirus. We also understand that the recent unprecedented actions taken by virtually every sports organization and school district in the country greatly impacts your CharityMania fundraiser. Please know that we are monitoring the situation closely and are doing our best to help all the organizations that have worked so hard to raise money for their great causes.

Please see below for specific information regarding each of our fundraisers and how they are impacted and what we are doing to ensure all game cards still have the same chance to win prize money.

FootballMania Coronavirus Update

The NFL plans to play a full 18 week schedule in 2021, but we realize the schedule can change and games can be postponed at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus. Please know that CharityMania has contingency plans in place so that all promised prize money will be paid regardless of any schedule changes. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by schedule changes or postponed or cancelled games. You can raise money with FootballMania confidently regardless of any changes to the schedule.

Contingency plan: Postponed or cancelled games
If individual teams have games cancelled or postponed to a later week in the season, then we will treat those teams as though they have a “bye” in the affected week. We will use the team’s score from the last game in which the team had a score. For example, if the bye occurs in Week 8, then we will use the team’s scores from Week 7.

Contingency plan: League-wide schedule changes
If the NFL adjusts or postpones its schedule, but plans to play all 18 weeks of the season, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners on the new dates provided by the NFL.

Contingency plan: League-wide cancellations
If the length of the NFL season changes and they play fewer than 18 weeks, then we will implement our contingency plan to calculate winners and award prize money during any missed weeks by using the football scores from a random week in a prior season (between 2010-2019).

The random prior season will be chosen based on the last digit of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the close of the market on the Monday that we would normally calculate winners for that week. The last digit (the hundredths digit, i.e. to the penny) will represent the year we will use. For example, if the Dow Jones closes at 21350.62 then we will use the number “2” and therefore the 2012 season would be our randomly selected season. Keeping with this example then, if the NFL Week 3 is cancelled, then we would use the Week 3 scores from the 2012 season instead.

FootballMania College Coronavirus Update

College football plans to play a normal, full schedule in 2021, but we realize the schedule can change and games can be postponed at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus. Please know that CharityMania has contingency plans in place so that all promised prize money will be paid regardless of any schedule changes. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by schedule changes or postponed or cancelled games. You can raise money with FootballMania confidently regardless of any changes to the schedule.

Contingency plan: Postponed or cancelled games
If individual teams have games cancelled or postponed to a later week in the season, then we will treat those teams as though they have a “bye” in the affected week. We will use the team’s score from the last game in which the team had a score. For example, if the bye occurs in Week 8, then we will use the team’s scores from Week 7.

Contingency plan: nation-wide schedule changes
If all of college football adjusts or postpones its schedule, but plans to complete its season at a later time, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners on new dates that we will post on the CharityMania website.

Contingency plan: nation-wide cancellations
If the length of the college season changes and they play fewer than 10 weeks, then we will implement our contingency plan to calculate winners and award prize money during any missed weeks by using the football scores from a random week in a prior season (between 2010-2019).

The random prior season will be chosen based on the last digit of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the close of the market on the Monday that we would normally calculate winners for that week. The last digit (the hundredths digit, i.e. to the penny) will represent the year we will use. For example, if the Dow Jones closes at 21350.62 then we will use the number “2” and therefore the 2012 season would be our randomly selected season. Keeping with this example then, if the FootballMania College Week 3 cannot be played, then we would use the Week 3 scores from the 2012 season instead.

BaseballMania Spring Game Coronavirus Update

Major League Baseball (MLB) is currently playing a full 162 game schedule, but we realize the schedule can change and games can be postponed at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus. Please know that CharityMania has contingency plans in place so that all promised prize money will be paid regardless of any schedule changes. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by schedule changes or postponed or cancelled games. You can raise money with BaseballMania confidently regardless of any changes to the schedule.

League-wide schedule changes
If MLB pauses the season for any reason and then resumes and plays at least 10 weeks, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners based on the new dates provided. If MLB cancels games and plays fewer than 10 weeks, then we will implement our contingency plan and calculate the winners for any canceled weeks by using the scores from a random week in a prior season. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by any schedule changes. All promised prize money will be paid.

Postponed games – individual teams
If games are postponed due to Coronavirus, the affected teams will earn 0 runs for those postponed games during the current week. This means game cards with the affected teams will have a better chance of winning the low score prizes those weeks. If the affected teams play extra games later in the season to make up for the postponed games, the runs scored by those teams will simply count in the new week in which they are played. All runs scored will count in the weeks in which the games are played.

Teams that do not play for a full week
If a team does not play for an entire week during the BaseballMania game, then we will treat their games as normal postponed games (as described above). Game cards with those teams will have a better chance of winning the low score prizes. If 4 or more total teams do not play in a given week, then there is no way to break ties and calculate low score BaseballMania winners (the math just doesn’t work anymore). Therefore, if 4 or more teams do not play in a week, we will implement a contingency plan. For all affected teams, we will use their scores from the last week in which each team had scores. We will treat the teams as though they had a “bye week”, similar to the way we treat bye weeks in our football fundraisers. This ensures all tickets have an equal and random chance of winning prizes.

HockeyMania Coronavirus Update

The NHL plans to play a full 2021-22 season starting in December, but we realize the schedule can change and games can be postponed at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus. Please know that CharityMania has contingency plans in place so that all promised prize money will be paid regardless of any schedule changes. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by schedule changes or postponed or cancelled games. You can raise money with HockeyMania confidently regardless of any changes to the schedule.

League-wide schedule changes
If the NHL pauses the season for any reason and then resumes and plays at least 15 weeks, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners based on the new dates provided. If the NHL cancels games and plays fewer than 15 weeks, then we will implement our contingency plan and calculate the winners for any canceled weeks by using the scores from a random week in a prior season. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by any schedule changes. All promised prize money will be paid.

Postponed games – individual teams
If games are postponed due to Coronavirus, the affected teams will earn 0 goals for those postponed games during the current week. This means game cards with the affected teams will have a better chance of winning the low score prizes those weeks. If the affected teams play extra games later in the season to make up for the postponed games, the goals scored by those teams will simply count in the new week in which they are played. All goals scored will count in the weeks in which the games are played.

Teams that do not play for a full week
If a team does not play for an entire week during the HockeyMania game, then we will treat their games as normal postponed games (as described above). Game cards with those teams will have a better chance of winning the low score prizes. If 4 or more total teams do not play in a given week, then there is no way to break ties and calculate low score HockeyMania winners (the math just doesn’t work anymore). Therefore, if 4 or more teams do not play in a week, we will implement a contingency plan. For all affected teams, we will use their scores from the last week in which each team had scores. We will treat the teams as though they had a “bye week”, similar to the way we treat bye weeks in our football fundraisers. This ensures all tickets have an equal and random chance of winning prizes.

GolfMania Coronavirus Update

Professional golf plans to play all 4 majors in 2022, but we realize the schedule can change at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus. CharityMania has contingency plans in place so that all promised prize money will be paid regardless of any schedule changes. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by any schedule changes or postponed or cancelled events. Here are our contingency plans for GolfMania:

Postponed or rescheduled tournaments
If a major tournament is postponed for any reason but played at a later date, we will adjust the GolfMania calendar accordingly and calculate winners and award prize money as normal when the tournament is played. We will update the new dates on our website to match the new tournament dates. GolfMania tickets can be activated up until the new dates before each tournament is played.

Cancelled tournaments
If a major tournament is cancelled, we will implement our contingency plan and use scores from a replacement tournament to calculate winners. We will try to use another (not yet played) major tournament as a replacement. If that is not possible, we will choose an alternate tournament as a replacement and update the website with details. The golfers on the GolfMania game cards that were assigned to the cancelled event will simply be awarded their scores from the replacement tournament. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected.

HoopsMania Coronavirus Update

The 2022 NCAA college basketball national championship tournament is scheduled to begin as normal in March, but we realize that other things can change at any time due to Covid-19. If for any reason the basketball tournament is forced to postpone or cancel games, we have contingency plans in place to ensure that all promised winners and prize money are paid in full. The odds of winning, the amount of prize money awarded, and the overall number of winners will not be affected by any schedule changes or cancelled games.

Rescheduled games
If the NCAA postpones the tournament or reschedules any games, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners after the games are played.

Teams that must forfeit
If an individual team must forfeit a game, then they will receive 0 points for that game and be eliminated from the tournament. Their opponent would be awarded a victory and advance. The winning team will receive points for that game equal to the average number of points that all winning teams in the tournament have scored up through that round. For example, if a team is awarded a victory in Round 4 due to a forfeit, then they would receive the average points that all winning teams have scored through Round 4. If the average points scored by all winning teams through Round 4 was 73 points, then the winning team would get 73 points for that forfeited game.

Tournament stoppage or cancellation
If the tournament begins but is stopped or cancelled before a winner is crowned (i.e. the tournament does not complete all 6 rounds), then we will simply calculate winners based on the total points scored by the teams through the last fully completed round. For example, if the tournament were cancelled sometime during Round 5 (the Final Four), then we would use all the scores accumulated through Round 4 and calculate winners. The odds of winning, the amount of prize money awarded, and the overall number of winners would not be affected.

If the tournament is cancelled before it starts or completes Round 1, then we will calculate the winners by using the teams and scores from a random previous year’s tournament (between 2010 – 2019). To determine the year we will use, we will take the very last digit of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the close of the market on a day after the tournament cancellation is announced (see website for details at that time). The last digit (the hundredths digit, i.e. to the penny) will represent the year we will use. For example, if the Dow Jones closes at 21350.62 then we will use the number “2” and therefore 2012 as our random tournament year.

 

FootballMania game card details

What does an example game card look like?

FootballMania game card holders can win $1000's in prizes based on the points scored by the football teams pre-printed on the back of their sweepstakes game cards. No skill is needed to win prizes. No picking teams or predicting who will win. Each game card has a different set of teams.

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Watch this quick, 2 minute overview video for the best explanation of how FootballMania works. Trust us, it will save you lots of time.

FootballMania Video
Overview (2 mins)

FootballMania is an exciting, no-skill necessary sweepstakes based on professional football. All game cards have an equal chance to win prize money based on the performance of the random football teams pre-printed on the back of the cards. Game card holders do not require any skill or knowledge of the sport. You do not pick any of the teams or predict who will win games. All teams are pre-printed on the game cards and have an equal, and random, chance of winning based on the points they score.

FootballMania game cards contain 3 random teams in each of the last 5 weeks of the pro football season (you get 3 new teams each week). A game card's value is equal to the total combined points scored by the 3 teams printed on the card in a given week. Every week, the 65 highest scoring game cards and the 5 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes. There are 4,960 unique game cards in a game, each of which has a minimum 1 in 14.5 chance to win a prize during the season.

If you have a game card, make sure to enter the number on the CharityMania website to see if you are a winner. You do not need to take any action in order to win, but you can play along and have fun tracking your card!

FootballMania Prizes

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FootballMania Prizes

5 weeks to win - 70 prizes each week

Every week, the 65 highest scoring game cards, and the 5 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes… a new chance in each of the 5 weeks of the sweepstakes! There are 4,960 unique game cards, each of which has a minimum 1 in 14.5 chance to win a prize during the season.

Guaranteed Winners Program

If your organization wants more winners, we also offer an optional Guaranteed Winners Program that will award a prize to your organization’s highest scoring card each week.

FootballMania game card details

What does an example game card look like?

FootballMania game card holders can win $1000's in prizes based on the points scored by the football teams pre-printed on the back of their sweepstakes game cards. No skill is needed to win prizes. No picking teams or predicting who will win. Each game card has a different set of teams.

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Watch this quick, 2 minute overview video for the best explanation of how FootballMania works. Trust us, it will save you lots of time.

FootballMania Video
Overview (2 mins)

FootballMania is an exciting, no-skill necessary sweepstakes based on professional football. All game cards have an equal chance to win prize money based on the performance of the random football teams pre-printed on the back of the cards. Game card holders do not require any skill or knowledge of the sport. You do not pick any of the teams or predict who will win games. All teams are pre-printed on the game cards and have an equal, and random, chance of winning based on the points they score.

FootballMania game cards contain 3 random teams in each of the last 10 weeks of the pro football season (you get 3 new teams each week). A game card's value is equal to the total combined points scored by the 3 teams printed on the card in a given week. Every week, the 25 highest scoring game cards and the 5 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes. There are 4,960 unique game cards in a game, each of which has a minimum 1 in 17 chance to win a prize during the season.

If you have a game card, make sure to enter the number on the CharityMania website to see if you are a winner. You do not need to take any action in order to win, but you can play along and have fun tracking your card!

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FootballMania Prizes

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FootballMania Prizes

10 weeks to win - 30 prizes each week

Every week, the 25 highest scoring game cards, and the 5 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes… a new chance in each of the 10 weeks of the sweepstakes! There are 4,960 unique game cards, each of which has a minimum 1 in 17 chance to win a prize during the season.

Guaranteed Winners Program

If your organization wants more winners, we also offer an optional Guaranteed Winners Program that will award a prize to your organization’s highest scoring card each week.

FootballMania game card details

What does an example game card look like?

FootballMania game card holders can win $1000's in prizes based on the points scored by the football teams pre-printed on the back of their sweepstakes game cards. No skill is needed to win prizes. No picking teams or predicting who will win. Each game card has a different set of teams.

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Watch this quick, 2 minute overview video for the best explanation of how FootballMania works. Trust us, it will save you lots of time.

FootballMania Video
Overview (2 mins)

FootballMania is an exciting, no-skill necessary sweepstakes based on professional football. All game cards have an equal chance to win prize money based on the performance of the random football teams pre-printed on the back of the cards. Game card holders do not require any skill or knowledge of the sport. You do not pick any of the teams or predict who will win games. All teams are pre-printed on the game cards and have an equal, and random, chance of winning based on the points they score.

FootballMania game cards contain 3 random teams in each of the 18 weeks of the pro football season (you get 3 new teams each week). A game card's value is equal to the total combined points scored by the 3 teams printed on the card in a given week. Every week, the 15 highest scoring game cards and the 3 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes. There are 4,960 unique game cards in a game, each of which has a minimum 1 in 15.7 chance to win a prize during the season. All of our other fundraisers work similarly, but use different teams from their respective sports.

If you have a game card, make sure to enter the number on the CharityMania website to see if you are a winner. You do not need to take any action in order to win, but you can play along and have fun tracking your card!

FootballMania Prizes

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FootballMania Prizes

18 weeks to win - 18 prizes each week

Every week, the 18 highest scoring game cards, and the 3 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes… a new chance in each of the 18 weeks of the sweepstakes! There are 4,960 unique game cards, each of which has a minimum 1 in 15.7 chance to win a prize during the season.

Guaranteed Winners Program

If your organization wants more winners, we also offer an optional Guaranteed Winners Program that will award a prize to your organization’s highest scoring card each week.

$25 fundraiser profit & costs

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Music Downloads and Sweepstakes Game Cards… a winning combination!

To raise money, you sell CharityMania Tickets (prices between $5 and $25 per ticket) and keep 70% of the money you collect. The CharityMania Ticket (i.e. the stub at the top) contains an access code that allows the buyer to download a fantastic set of digital music from our CharityStudio site. Beneath this ticket, a promotional sweepstakes game card gives the recipient a chance to win $1000s in prize money!

Why sell music downloads? Why not just use the Sweepstakes Game Cards?

There is a legal difference between a sweepstakes and raffle. With a raffle, people pay money for a ticket that gives them a chance to win prizes. Only specific types of organizations can conduct a raffle and most states regulate how the raffles can operate. A sweepstakes is not a raffle. A sweepstakes is a promotion that provides extra incentive for people to buy a product that you are selling. The sweepstakes must have a ‘no purchase necessary’ method of entry. In a CharityMania fundraiser, the Sweepstakes Game Cards are promotion only and are not sold directly. Every time someone buys a CharityMania Ticket, they purchase over $5 to $25 worth of premium music downloads (depending on the price of the CharityMania ticket) from our CharityStudio. The Sweepstakes Game Card is a promotion that provides a great extra incentive for a person to support your cause.

Legally, our Sweepstakes Game Cards work much like the game pieces in the Monopoly sweepstakes® at McDonald’s®. You cannot buy a Monopoly game piece directly. Instead, you purchase things like hamburgers and drinks and receive the game pieces for free. The Monopoly game pieces are promotion.

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All CharityMania sweepstakes are “no purchase necessary”. If someone wants a free Sweepstakes Game Card, they can come to your organization and fill out a request form (provided by CharityMania) to get a free Game Card. They mail their completed request to CharityMania along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and then we will mail the person a Game Card. We do not mail them the music download access code (because they are not paying). This process is very standard for all companies that conduct sweepstakes.

What does an example game card look like?

Participants can win $1000s in prizes based on the points scored by teams pre-printed on the back of their sweepstakes game cards. You do not pick any of the teams or need to predict who will win. There is no skill needed to win prizes.

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Watch this quick, 2 minute overview video for the best explanation of how FootballMania works. Trust us, it will save you lots of time.

FootballMania Video
Overview (2 mins)

CharityMania games are all exciting, no-skill necessary sweepstakes based on sports. All game cards have an equal chance to win prize money based on the performance of the random teams pre-printed on the back of the cards. Game card holders do not require any skill or knowledge of the sport. You do not pick any of the teams or predict who will win games. All teams are pre-printed on the game cards and have an equal, and random, chance of winning based on the points they score.

For example, our popular FootballMania game cards contain 3 random teams in each of the 18 weeks of the pro football season (you get 3 new teams each week). A game card's value is equal to the total combined points scored by the 3 teams printed on the card in a given week. Every week, the 15 highest scoring game cards and the 3 lowest scoring game cards all win prizes. There are 4,960 unique game cards in a game, each of which has a minimum 1 in 15.7 chance to win a prize during the season. All of our other fundraisers work similarly, but use different teams from their respective sports.

If you have a game card, make sure to enter the number on the CharityMania website to see if you are a winner. You do not need to take any action in order to win, but you can play along and have fun tracking your card!

Sell electronic tickets (included - no additional cost)

You can sell paper tickets, electronic tickets, or both at the same time with any CharityMania fundraiser. If you sell electronic tickets only, you do not pay any of the printing costs associated with paper tickets (only a $20 setup fee).

With electronic tickets you can raise money from people that are located outside your geographic area with the personalized web page we create for your organization. There are no additional fees and your profit is the same as if you sell paper tickets. It is super simple!

Sell electronic tickets with your personalized fundraising page

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Supporters buy tickets online and get them via email

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Tickets can be printed at home or tracked online

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Music Downloads and Sweepstakes Game Cards… a winning combination!

To raise money, you sell CharityMania Tickets (prices between $5 and $25 per ticket) and keep 70% of the money you collect. The CharityMania Ticket (i.e. the stub at the top) contains an access code that allows the buyer to download a fantastic set of digital music from our CharityStudio site. Beneath this ticket, a promotional sweepstakes game card gives the recipient a chance to win $1000s in prize money!

Why sell music downloads? Why not just use the Sweepstakes Game Cards?

There is a legal difference between a sweepstakes and raffle. With a raffle, people pay money for a ticket that gives them a chance to win prizes. Only specific types of organizations can conduct a raffle and most states regulate how the raffles can operate. A sweepstakes is not a raffle. A sweepstakes is a promotion that provides extra incentive for people to buy a product that you are selling. The sweepstakes must have a ‘no purchase necessary’ method of entry. In a CharityMania fundraiser, the Sweepstakes Game Cards are promotion only and are not sold directly. Every time someone buys a CharityMania Ticket, they purchase over $5 to $25 worth of premium music downloads (depending on the price of the CharityMania ticket) from our CharityStudio. The Sweepstakes Game Card is a promotion that provides a great extra incentive for a person to support your cause by using a non profit auction.

Legally, our Sweepstakes Game Cards work much like the game pieces in the Monopoly sweepstakes® at McDonald’s®. You cannot buy a Monopoly game piece directly. Instead, you purchase things like hamburgers and drinks and receive the game pieces for free. The Monopoly game pieces are promotion.

No purchase necessary sweepstakes

All CharityMania sweepstakes are “no purchase necessary”. If someone wants a free Sweepstakes Game Card, they can come to your organization and fill out a request form (provided by CharityMania) to get a free Game Card. They mail their completed request to CharityMania along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and then we will mail the person a Game Card. We do not mail them the music download access code (because they are not paying). This process is very standard for all companies that conduct sweepstakes.

$10 fundraiser profit & costs

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Youth Sports Teams and Leagues

Types of teams using CharityMania:

CharityMania fundraisers are especially great for club teams, high school teams, and booster clubs across all sports. Here are some of the most common sports that use CharityMania: baseball, basketball, bowling, cheer, dance, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, martial-arts, misc, rowing, rugby, skeet shooting, skating, soccer, softball, swim, tennis, track, volleyball, waterpolo, and wrestling.

Why our Fundraisers are a great fit:

We have thousands of sports teams across the US who use CharityMania to raise money. Each member of a team typically sells between 10 and 20 tickets and raises a few hundred dollars. The fundraiser is made for a single coach or parent volunteer to manage, so it is great even for small teams.

Catholic Schools and Churches

Types of Catholic organizations using CharityMania:

CharityMania works with all types of Catholic-affiliated organizations, such as Catholic grammar schools, high schools, churches, Knights of Columbus, Catholic high school grad nights, youth groups, and charitable projects funded by a parish.

Why our fundraisers are a great fit:

We have hundres of Catholic-affiliated organizations across the US who use CharityMania to raise money. Parishes and groups typically give each family or memeber around 20 tickets to sell. Each participant can raise a few hundred. The fundraiser is made for a single person to manage, although a couple extra volunteers works best for a parish with hundreds of people that may be selling tickets.

Charitable Service Organizations

Types of charitable service organizations using CharityMania:

CharityMania works with all types of charitable service organizations such as Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodges, Moose Lodges, Masons, Rotary Clubs, American Legion, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Kiwanis Club, and Lions Clubs.

Why our fundraisers are a great fit:

We have been working with charitable organizations such as Knights of Columbus since the very beginning. Our sports based fundraisers are unique and simple to run. Each member can sell around 20 tickets raise a few hundred. The fundraiser is made for a person or volunteer to manage, so it is great even for small organizations.

Non-Profit Groups & Causes

Types of non-profit organizations using CharityMania:

CharityMania works with all types of non-profit groups such as Pap Corps Cancer Research, Boys and Girl Scouts, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, animal rescue, theater groups, band, Children's Miracle Network, and police and firefighter unions.

Why our fundraisers are a great fit:

CharityMania is proud to work with so many great causes, from cancer research to animal rescue, to police and fire fighter unions. Our sports based fundraisers are unique and simple to run. Each member can sell around 20 tickets raise a few hundred. The fundraiser is made for a person or volunteer to manage, so it is great even for small organizations.