How Our Fundraisers Work

CharityMania’s unique sweepstakes fundraisers are based on the excitement of professional and college sports. You sell CharityMania Tickets to raise money and keep 70% as profit. Ticket holders receive a great collection of digital music, and they are entered into a sweepstakes where they can win $1000s in cash prizes based on the results of the sports teams printed on their Sweepstakes Game Cards. Check out our unique sweepstakes fundraisers below that are based on your favorite sports!

Fundraisers in a few simple steps!

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1. Order tickets
Pay only for printing and shipping at this time.
2. Sell tickets – keep 70%
Sell 1 ticket or 10,000. You keep 70% of the money you collect.
3. Pay your invoice – 30%
Pay only for the tickets you sell. If you don’t sell a ticket, you don’t pay for it.

4. Winners get paid $$$!
We calculate the winning game cards and work with you to pay the winners.

CharityMania Ticket and Game Card Details

Any organization can raise between $500 to $50,000 with our wildly profitable, raffle-like fundraisers
based on the excitement of professional and college sports.

Fundraiser finances made super simple

A $20 FootballMania ticket example

Big profits on every ticket you sell!

Determining your profit with FootballMania is easy. To raise money, you sell CharityMania Tickets for $20 and keep 70% of the money you collect. Ticket holders receive $20 worth of premium digital music downloads (read why the music is important for this fundraiser in the next section), and they are entered into the FootballMania sweepstakes. Sell 10 tickets or 10,000 tickets… you make $14 on every ticket. It is really that simple.

CharityStudio Music Downloads

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! Check out all of our unique fundraisers based on your favorite sports.

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.

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.

Managing your fundraiser could not be easier!

Everything you need… all in our intuitive, easy-to-use Fundraiser Manager

CharityMania provides you with a password protected website that allows you to manage every aspect of your fundraiser. Our intuitive tools will help you organize your ticket sellers, track your ticket sales, pay your invoice, and coordinate prize money payments to your winners.

Our customers tell us that CharityMania fundraisers are the simplest, easiest fundraisers they have ever run. You just sell tickets and our helpful web tools will pretty much do everything else for you!

Track your ticket sales with just a click

When you sell your CharityMania tickets, you collect the ticket stubs from your sellers and store the stubs in a safe place. You will then “activate” each sold ticket by simply putting a checkmark next to each sold ticket number in the Fundraiser Manager. This tells us which tickets have been sold and which associated game cards to activate. We use this information to create your invoice and to know which game cards to include in the prize money calculations. You can activate the tickets as you go or all at once before the fundraiser begins. The process is super simple!

Fundraiser finances at your fingertips

With the CharityMania Fundraiser Manager, you have access to all of your fundraiser’s important financial information. You’ll know how much you’ve made and how much you owe. You can view your invoice and pay it electronically for the ultimate in convenience and tracking. Invoices are sent out after the start of the fundraiser. You are not billed until this time. You don’t pay anything until the fundraiser starts!

Throughout the fundraiser, CharityMania will calculate winning game cards and pay you the prize money so you can distribute it to your winning card holders. The Fundraiser Manager allows you to track which of your game cards are winners so you know who will receive prize money.

How the Games Work – 2 Minute Videos

18 Week Game – Our Most Popular!

Learn how our most popular fundraiser, FootballMania, works. This is a great video to learn how the game is played. Complete details

College Game

Is your town wild about college football? Check out our FootballMania College Edition fundraiser. Complete details

BaseballMania – 10 Week Game

Learn how the BaseballMania sweepstakes cards work in this short video. There is also a $10 version of this fundraiser. Complete details

HoopsMania ($10)

Click on this great video to learn how our $10 HoopsMania fundraiser works. Also available at $20 and $5. Complete details

10 Week Game – Especially Great for Schools

Our 10 Week Game is great option for organizations who need more time selling tickets, such as schools. Complete details

SuperMatch $5, Squares Pool-like game

Our super squares pool-like game is based on pro football’s championship game. A fantastic add-on or standalone fundraiser. Complete details

GolfMania

Learn how our GolfMania fundraiser works. This is a great video to learn how the game is played. Complete details

HockeyMania

Hockey fans will love our HockeyMania fundraiser. Watch the video to learn about the game. Complete details

Fundraiser Calendar

Ticket availability and deadlines

Tickets for our fundraisers are available months before the games begin. Make sure to order your tickets early enough so you have time to sell them before the games begin.

Brochures and Fact Sheets

Printable overview documents for your next meeting

CharityMania Fundraiser Information Brochure (PDF)

This is a great document to print out and share at your next meeting to discuss why a CharityMania fundraiser would be right for your organization. It includes all the pertinent information about our fundraiser and how they work. You can also include the Fact Sheets from the next section for the specific fundraisers you are interested in.

Fundraiser Fact Sheets and Example Tickets (PDF)

These one-page sheets are great for organizers who need to discuss the fundraiser with people who are not familiar with CharityMania fundraisers. The fact sheets contains all the important facts about the fundraiser. We recommend that you print out the overall CharityMania brochure, and then the fact sheet and example ticket (below) for every fundraiser that you plan to discuss.

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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.