The Fundraising Network had the opportunity to speak with a very unique fundraising provider recently. Dr. Neil Quinn and his daughter, Michele Hannemann, head up an organization named “CharityMania,” a unique sweepstakes fundraiser based on the excitement of professional and college sports. They help schools, churches, sports teams and other organizations across the U.S. raise the funds that they need.
Dr. Quinn’s history leading to this endeavor is an interesting one that we will leave to another day. For now, we want to share the information we learned when we talked with Dr. Quinn and Mrs. Hannemann. (We have included links to supporting information as well.)
You describe your fundraiser using words such as “great,” “unique,” and “new.” Why these words?
CharityMania provides unique sweepstakes fundraisers based on the excitement of professional and college sports. The organization sells CharityMania Tickets to raise money and keeps 70% as profit (no matter how many tickets they sell!). Selling is typically easy because of the prizes. Ticket holders receive a great collection of digital music and 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.
It’s perfectly suited for organizations who are tired of selling the same old stuff. CharityMania’s flagship event is the FootballMania fundraiser but we have other unique fundraisers as well.
What type of organizations use CharityMania fundraisers?
CharityMania started running their FootballMania fundraiser for several churches and catholic schools about 20 years ago. Today they work with hundreds of catholic schools and churches across the country, and their customers also include sports teams and leagues, booster clubs, police and fire departments, cheerleading teams, cancer research groups… you name it. CharityMania fundraisers work well for ANY size organization.
What makes a CharityMania sweepstakes fundraiser so unique and different?
You make 70% profit for every CharityMania Ticket you sell. This makes CharityMania fundraisers great for any size organization. Sell 10 tickets, or 10,000 tickets… you make 70% profit on every sale!
If you’re tired of expensive and time intensive fundraisers like cookie dough, scented candles, and gift wrap, CharityMania is the answer. There is no inventory to manage or orders to fulfill, and everyone enjoys playing along with their sweepstakes game cards each week of the fundraiser.
It will expand your fundraising reach
Everyone loves music, sports and the chance to win prize money, all of which are key elements of a CharityMania fundraiser. As a result, people whom you never thought would support your organization are now interested in participating and supporting your cause.
How does it work?
It’s probably easiest to use CharityMania’s most popular FootballMania fundraiser as an example. Your organization sells CharityMania Tickets for $20, and you keep $14 profit on each and every ticket you sell. Ticket holders receive a great collection of digital music along with a sweepstakes game card where they get to play along for all 17 weeks of the professional football season and win cash prizes each week depending on how the teams printed on their game card perform. Any tickets you don’t sell can simply be thrown away after the start of the fundraiser! CharityMania will let you know each week of the season which game cards won and CharityMania will cover all the prize money. You can see a ticket and read about it on our web site at https://www.charitymania.com/ticketexample.aspx
You talk about the prizes – digital music and cash prizes. Can you explain more about that?
Everyone loves prizes. It’s part of what makes the cards easy to sell. Participants receive digital music from CharityStudio. Each CharityMania ticket typically has an “access code” located in the top right corner. To access the CharityStudio and download music, the ticket owner simply enters a valid CharityStudio “access code.” As far as how the cash prizes work, our YouTube video makes it very easy to understand.
(Note from TFN: CharityMania has their own YouTube Channel where you can get all sorts of info. Go to https://www.youtube.com/user/charitymania/videos In addition, you can learn more about CharityStudio at: https://www.charitymania.com/ClubLogin.aspx )
Is it just for football?
No. We have a number of different CharityMania fundraisers based on sports throughout the year. There are three for FootballMania (including pro and college ball), FootballMania Supermatch (based on the “Big Game”), two for BaseballMania, HoopsMania using college basketball, HockeyMania, RacingMania and even GolfMania.
Given the number of sports we have, we are expecting that if groups haven’t heard of us yet, they will soon!
Is it complicated to manage?
No! CharityMania prides itself on how easy it is to run one of their fundraisers.
How much money can my organization raise?
Holy Family School in Illinois raised over $69,000. Wilson Park Youth Baseball in Wisconsin raised over $61,000. Washington Township Parks & Rec Programs in New Jersey raised almost $40,000. How much you raise depends on how many people you have selling CharityMania tickets. Most organizations give each person 10 to 20 tickets to sell. At $14 profit for each ticket sold, you’ll find that a CharityMania fundraiser will get you to your goal much faster and easier than other fundraisers.
What about organizations who live in areas that can’t afford a $20 price point?
Depending on the time of year and which CharityMania fundraiser a group wants to do, we have some that cost less. The lower cost cards don’t provide as much profit, but the group still has the potential to raise significant sums of money.
When are these fundraisers available?
Sports are available throughout the year, so CharityMania fundraisers run all throughout the year as well. No matter what time of year you are needing to fundraise, CharityMania is sure to have a fundraiser for you.
A Final Thought from The Fundraising Network
After learning more about CharityMania from Dr. Quinn, Mrs. Hanneman and from reading their web sites, we were impressed by the profit potential of the CharityMania fundraiser and the widespread appeal given the love for sports shared by many people. In a nutshell, if you want to raise money – possibly large sums — using a very unique and new fundraiser, this just might be the perfect fundraiser for your group.