Gratitude Raffle

by FieryTree on December 22, 2010 · 5 comments

Edit: This article originally appeared on my first website which I’ve since closed.


With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, here is a small raffle to celebrate charity. I will be collecting no money, instead just honoring your generosity. The raffle is to benefit *any* registered non-profit that you love…ok, and Kiva (your money comes back to you!).

The goal is to reward you for your generous donation to a non-profit and spread the word, encouraging others to do the same. To that end, I am raffling off some lovely prizes on 12/27/10. Think of it as an extra unexpected holiday gift!


The lovely prizes – scroll down to see prize descriptions

  • First prize – $15 iTunes Gift Card
  • Second prize – 24″ necklace and earrings
  • Third prize – New Year Earrings
  • Fourth prize – Holiday Earrings

How the raffle works –

12/24 RULES UPDATE to include Facebook users –
You will get a raffle ticket for every five dollars donated to ANY registered non-profit, this holiday season.

TWITTER USER – You will alert me to this fact by following my Twitter account: FieryGivingTree and tweeting the following status, customized to your donation:

My generosity of $[dollar value] to [nonprofit name] [website] earned me a raffle ticket at – get one too!

For example – “My generosity of $15 to Heifer Project earned me a raffle ticket at – get one too!”

OR FACEBOOK USER – You will alert me to this fact by “Liking” my Facebook page: Fiery Giving Tree and posting the following status on my page, customized to your donation:

My generosity of $[dollar value] to [nonprofit name] [website] earned me a raffle ticket at Fiery Giving Tree get one too!

For example – “My generosity of $15 to Heifer Project earned me a raffle ticket at Fiery Giving Tree – get one too!”

[See “Fine Print” below for additional details.]

Not sure who to donate to?

Think locally – what local agencies would you like to benefit with a donation? How have they touched your life?
A Hospice?
An Animal Shelter?
Food Pantry?
Free Clinic?

Want to act more globally? Here are a few examples to pick from:

  • Heifer Project International – how many other sites allow you to donate a Llama, Camel or Water Buffalo on behalf of someone? Not even Frontierville, I’ll have you know!
  • Smile – donate a beautiful smile to this world
  • – let your dollars serve the cause of fighting global poverty
  • Doctors Without – give to provide medical assistance to those in places of need
  • Charity: – donate to provide clean water to developing nations
  • – give a micro loan to a specific person or group throughout the world. The goal of the site is to alleviate poverty in these nations.

None of these grabbing you?

My goal is to reward you for giving and get you spreading the word!

Fine print and reminders –

Again, no dinero comes to me, send your donation to your desired nonprofit. If you have donated to a nonprofit this holiday season, tweet to the world. Show off your generosity and get a potential prize to boot!
To play:

1) Follow one of my accounts. (If you follow both, thank  you. Your entries will be counted twice though.)

2) Alert the world to your generous donation, in the format above.

3) Donations made anytime during this holiday season are applicable.

4) I will add one raffle ticket for every $5 donation made. Donate $25? Five raffle tickets for you!

5) I will capture these submissions until 11:59:59 pm PST 12/26/10.

6) I will draw winners on the 27th and award prizes in order drawn. Winners will be posted on this website, tweeted and posted on Facebook.  The winner will need to direct message me their mailing address to receive their prize. Response must be received by 1/5/11.

7) Winners will have their package in the mail, ASAP through the USPS.


First Prize – $15 gift certificate to iTunes – seen one gift card, you’ve seen them all.

Second prize – Black and silver necklace with matching earrings –

  • Necklace and earrings composed of glass beads with Swarovski crystals
  • Necklace is currently 24″ long. If you would like this to be shortened, please alert me to your desired length.
  • Earring hoops are silver.

Third prize – New Year Earrings

  • They are shiny! Combination of glass beads and Swarovski crystals. Hoops are silver.

Fourth prize – Holiday Earrings

  • Combination of glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and pearls. Hoops are silver.

Good luck and thank you for your generosity!!!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James Schipper December 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I have some things you can give away as prizes for the next one.

Thanks for doing this!


2 Michelle Egelhoff December 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm

What a beautiful idea! Thanks so much for your generosity!


3 Maria December 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Thank you Michelle! It is my pleasure!


4 Jane December 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I am so proud to be your friend. You are amazing and I hope you continue to do this when you can. I will be happy to contribute some of my handywork for the next one. You rock!


5 Maria December 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Thank you Jane! I would be excessively proud to raffle some of your amazing art.


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