Fundraising Ideas, Duck Races, Night at the Races, Casino Night

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What time of year do you provide duck races?

A: We provide duck races during the spring, summer and fall. We do not provide duck races during the winter; the months of December, January or February.  

Q: What times of day do you provide duck races?

A: We provide duck races on Friday, but not earlier than 7:00 PM, and anytime Saturday. We do not provide duck races on weekdays, or on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter.

Q: Can anyone use gambling events like this to raise money?

A: Only events conducted by a charitable organization that is recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service can utilize wagering to raise money. If you have cause that you need to fund, and you are not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, then you must have a 501(c)(3) sponsor the event on your behalf, and then have them donate the money to your cause.

Q: Where are we permitted to have a Red Barn Duck Race?

A: Events must be conducted on premises owned by the charitable organization, leased from a governmental unit, or on premises that are leased from a veteran’s or fraternal organization.

Q: Do we need any special permits to hold a Red Barn Duck Race?

A: A permit must usually be obtained from the local city hall to have a nonprofit gambling event. There may also be a requirement to hire a policeman or security guard.

Q: What are the keys to having a successful nonprofit fundraising event?

A: There are several, but the most important three are that the members of the group are enthusiastic and motivated to succeed, that they have enough time to sell dinner tickets and sponsorships for the event, and that the banquet hall and dinner is of a high quality.

Q: We have used a Night at the Races in the past, videotaped horse racing. Why should we consider the Red Barn Duck Races instead?

A: Live duck races are exciting to watch, and many people prefer them over videotaped horse racing events.

Q: We have never done anything like this before. How do we know it will work?

A: If you have an enthusiastic group of people selling dinner tickets and sponsorships, and a good cause to support, then the odds are in your favor.

Q: Are there any guarantees?

A: No, but the risk to your organization as far as out of pocket costs are relatively low. One way that some groups reduce their costs is to recruit people to provide food for the event. These people come to bring food and then attend the event itself. This is an effective way to recruit guests and reduce dinner costs at the same time.

Q: Is this something that we can do outside?

A: You can have an outdoor event in the warm spring and summer months, but only if there is protection from the elements for both the Duck Races and the dinner guests. There is a risk in having outdoor events with the potential for bad weather.

Q: Can we have this at the same time as our other fundraising event?

A: You may be able to have this event during another event. One would have to check with city hall to see if there are any restrictions in having an event of this type concurrent with another type of event.

Q: Can you help us get publicity for an event like this?

A: Event planning guides are available from the public library, and these guides provide helpful advice in getting free publicity for events like these.

Q: We are not sure if we want to do this. How do I find out more?

A: Contact us and we will be glad to discuss it with you.



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