CharityMania’s Frequently Asked Questions

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Is this fundraiser legal?

We have had extensive legal assistance in creating our fundraisers so that they are legal in all 50 states.  Our fundraisers are governed federally by the interstate commerce commission, since they are a sweepstakes promoting our music downloads.  They do not fall under the state gaming commissions, as they are not a game of chance, because of the no purchase necessary to participate.  Since people are really purchasing the music downloads, there is no exchange of funds for the sweepstakes portion of the fundraiser.  The sweepstakes is simply the incentive for people to make the purchase of the music downloads.  Please feel free to visit the legal page on our website for more information.

How do I explain the program to my fundraising committee?

CharityMania fundraisers earn 70% on every sale no matter how much you sell. This is much higher than most fundraisers out there. Your students would sell CharityMania tickets for $10 or $20 dollars. Each CharityMania ticket comes with an access code for music downloads as well as an exciting sweepstakes game card where the ticket holder can win money based on the sports teams listed on their game card. For most of our fundraisers, including FootballMania and BaseballMania, the ticket holder gets to play along for many different weeks from the one time ticket purchase.

Do you need to be a certified non-profit organization to utilize a CharityMania fundraiser?

An organization does not need to be a certified or registered non-profit to use a CharityMania fundraiser, however the organization must fall under what we call a ‘non-profit umbrella’, as is the case with most youth/adult sports, education, academic/sports booster, or religious type organizations.

Can an individual use CharityMania to raise money?

Unfortunately, we do not allow any one individual to use our fundraisers to raise money.  If there was a grouping of individuals from within an organization, with the backing of the organization, that would like to use the fundraiser to raise money, then that would be acceptable.

How do I know this will work for my organization?

CharityMania has worked with hundreds of organizations across the country who have been wildly successful with our fundraisers. They have found that they can raise more money with less work with our unique fundraisers that people actually enjoy. Organizations often tell us that they’re able to reach new audiences who may be sports fans or just want an easy way to support the organization.

What is the cost to get started?

We print tickets in blocks of 100 with 100 tickets being the minimum order.  You will pay upfront for the ticket printing via credit card during the signup process.  The ticket printing charge is $0.19 per ticket + a $10 printer set up fee + the cost of shipping.

What if I don’t sell all my tickets?

One great benefit to our fundraisers is that there is no minimum number of tickets you need to activate/sell in order to conduct the fundraiser.  At the start of the fundraiser is when you will be invoiced the fee for each ticket you have activated on the website.  No money is due prior to that time and you are not charged for any of your unactivated tickets.  Therefore, the only financial risk involved with the fundraiser is just the upfront ticket printing charge.

Can we return and get a refund on our unsold tickets?

For any of our fundraisers, after the final ticket activation deadline, you may simply discard any of your unactivated/unsold tickets.  You do not need to return them to CharityMania.  You also do not get a refund for them, just because they have already been customized with your organization’s name on them and can’t be used again.

How do our sold tickets get activated?

Each seller needs to collect the money and the ticket stubs from each sale they make.  The money and stubs are to be turned into the organizer of the fundraiser.  The organizer of the fundraiser is then responsible for activating the ticket numbers of all the stubs they have received back from their ticket sellers.  They will activate these tickets by logging into their fundraiser management account on the website, putting a simple checkmark next to the ticket numbers they want to activate, and hitting the save button.  That’s it!

Who are we competing against each week?

As is the case with all of our fundraisers, every game card holder that purchases a ticket is competing against all the unique game cards in the fundraiser.  For example, there are 4960 unique cards in our FootballMania fundraisers.  Winners are calculated each week from among all these 4960 unique tickets (so, not just from your organization unless of course you purchased and sold an entire block of 4960 tickets).  Therefore, it doesn’t matter how many tickets your organization (or any organization) purchases from us or sells, every game card holder has the same odds of winning because they are all competing against the same 4960 unique game card combinations in the fundraiser.

What is involved with the management of the fundraiser?

You will be responsible for handing out your tickets to your sellers, collecting the money and sold ticket stubs back from your sellers, activating those ticket numbers on the website and then paying out your winners each week (or at the end) of the fundraiser.  Even for our largest organizations, one or two people have been able to efficiently and effectively manage the fundraiser.

When do we need to have all our sold tickets activated?

The deadline to activate your sold tickets on the website is usually the day before the fundraiser begins.

How and when do we pay for our activated/sold tickets?

At the start of the fundraiser is when you will be invoiced the fee for each ticket you have activated on the website.  Your invoice will be posted to your account on the website and you can pay this with an electronic or paper check.  No money is due prior to that time.

How do winners get paid?

We pay all our organizations directly for any prize money associated with their winning activated game cards each week of the fundraiser (or at the end of certain fundraisers), and they will in turn pay their winning game card holders directly.  We will electronically credit whatever account an organization has on file with the prize money and the organization is then responsible for paying out their winning game card holders directly.  We tell organizations what ticket numbers were winners and they will cross reference those numbers to the stubs they maintain and keep on file so they know whom to pay.

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!

$10 fundraiser profit & costs

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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.

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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.