I am looking at this now and wondered if anyone had experience.
The benefit I see is that the costs aren’t outrageous and if you pick a good destination the appeal could be broad. I don’t know how many will pay for a chance at a free vacation however.
My target was a family Disney vacation (possibly a Star Wars one to theme with this year or just Orlando parks). I think it could be appealing to families and we have people in the elementary schools that might help us get word out.
I think I’d want to raise about $15k for a $7.5k trip. I also don’t think I could sell much more than 200 tickets, so that puts me around $75 per ticket. Locally, I think there are ~1000 families, but we can also look to sell further around the area, especially up in the city where there are more people with a little more spending money. My fear is of course that we will struggle to actually sell tickets, or that to do so would take a long time. I would hope to draw a winner within 2-3 months of starting the raffle.
I haven’t figured out how to make the prize part work yet. I have seen a number of consignment travel companies that offer travel packages for non-profits to auction. I got an email from Mitch-Stuart that I may try to inquire more with. If you have experience either with some company that does that (and know who was good/bad) or you have put together your own travel packages (seems hard), I’d be interested to learn more.
Anyways, it is an idea that I hadn’t seen show up here too much. It might raise $6-8k for a smaller team, if done well, which easily covers a local regional. So I thought that was interesting.