We have some exciting news to announce from InstaGiv HQ. We have been working very hard developing our new raffles and lotteries via SMS service. We’ll be launching the amazing new feature very soon.
Following pressure from the Charity Sector and AIME networks, they have introduced a new range of shortcodes. Along with the approval of HMRC, these shortcodes (72xxx) will allow SMS entries for society lotteries and raffles to be vat exempt.
What will raffles and lotteries with InstaGiv mean?
Do you hold a weekly lottery for your charity? Why not use SMS as your donation collection mechanism. We will collect consent, postal addresses and donations – all you have to do is issue the tickets.
We’ll do all the hard work for you. InstaGiv will collect entries and payments via SMS. This will be done in the same way that donations are currently collected on the 70xxx shortcode range.
In addition, we can collect confirmation of eligibility and the player’s address. This will make it easy for the charity (or ELM) to issue each entrant with their lottery ticket and maintain compliance.
All data will be recorded and stored on your InstaGiv dashboard. This will allow you to easily download, pass the data to an ELM or integrate with your current lottery management system. InstaGiv is one of the UK’s leading providers of mobile and digital fundraising solutions. We currently work with over 500 UK charities and we cannot wait for our clients to use this exciting new feature.
How do raffles and lotteries work?
Society lotteries and raffles via SMS work like sending a donation by text, the individual enters the lottery or raffle by texting a keyword to a 72XXX approved shortcode. The five-digit society lottery shortcodes will be used to take payments from mobile phone accounts to pay for Society Lottery or Raffle tickets. We have developed a fully compliant SMS flow to capture all the information required about the supporter.
This is an exciting new development for the charity sector! In the run-up to Christmas, where you can do prize giveaways and collect donations for each entry into your draws, we think it would be a great asset.