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What is Omaze?

I’ll try to explain as well as I can my thinking and how I’ve come to my conclusion on this page, so you can make your own mind up and maybe I can even convince you for a better alternative. Note I’m still working on the page, so there might be things that change and the flow of content necessarily doesn’t make full sense. Hope you find the page helpful, and as it’s a piece of entertainment – entertaining as well. ;)

If you search Omaze and get the rich snippet ‘Wiki Result’ – you’ll learn that the ‘purpose’ of Omaze is fundraising. But as we’ll go through a few points and facts about Omaze, it means raising some funds more so into their own pockets. Which is fair enough; it’s their business and their business model. Just don’t be fooled into thinking that you are making big donations to the charities.

While that may be a bold statement right from the start, I’m basing it on the fact that I can’t find any hard evidence or facts about the donations they have done. There is some information available, but that is more so a part of their own marketing communications – more on that later.

Omaze Scam - Fundraising

Omaze – How much goes to charity? (Or how little)

If you were like me, you have found yourself wondering like many others; how much does actually go to charity? Which is a very legitimate question and concern since they claim to be for the purpose of fundraising. Google Search rich snippet says that Omaze is a “for-profit company” – which is basically what it is. Not a real fundraising & charity business – but a for-profit company.

And if you really still try to find out how much they give to charity? That is really difficult! There is no other way of putting it: There is some deception and careful content-planning going on that you have to get around, in order to find the answer to how much actually goes to charity (an answer provided by Omaze – so make of that what you will).

Their About Us page is constructed in such a clever way, that most people just trying to quickly find out how much actually goes to the charities would think that the percentage is 60%, when it’s actually 15% if playing for any other prize than Celebrity Experiences according to their About Us page: https://www.omaze.com/pages/about-us

Omaze Scam - How much goes to charity?

Omaze’s “About Us” page doesn’t tell you clearly anything. But what’s clear is that they try to present the 60% going to charity as their most prominent figure of what goes to charity. For example in the section “We believe in impact over percentages” the only graph about the portion that goes to the charity is using of course the 60% portion of the donation.

I’ve added for fair measure what 15% of $500,000 looks like:

Omaze Scam - Impact Fixed

So as in their example above: If you were to donate $100,000 directly to the charity, and $90,000 would go to them in the end. But if we’re using the 15% rather than the 60% of the $500,000 they use; only $75,000 goes to the charity! So a lot less goes to charity from basically 5 times the ‘donation’. But this graph is of course there to mislead the people who try to quickly just skim through the page and find out how much goes to charity if you ‘donate’ via Omaze.

And a whopping $425,000 goes where exactly? Mostly into Omaze’s pocket. They state that Omaze takes 15% cut of the donation, but I can bet you anything a lot of the ‘marketing budget’ and other ‘operational costs’ goes right into the pocket of Omaze but they just call them a bit differently like salaries and bonuses and other fees.

I completely understand that all companies need money to run, and they can run their company as they like – BUT it’s a bit rich to call it fundraising if $75,000 of $500,000 actually goes to a good cause when talking about non-celebrity prizes.

Omaze Winners

On their website they have a “Who won?” Section, which will give you access to this years’ (2020) and last year’s (2019) winners. But there are no earlier winners shown, which is slightly weird to me – as if you wanted to be perceived as a legitimate gambling-and-tax-law-dodging-money-making-machine, surely you would showcase the real people a bit better? Considering you have run your fundra… Nay, money-grab-raffle since 2012? Who won before?

Omaze – Advertising Examples

The biggest reason why I wanted to find out what Omaze actually is and how they operate, is because I have been targeted numerous times by their adverts. Since they seem to have great prizes they are promoting, and they are heavily using celebrities to promote them too.

Here are some screenshots I have taken from my personal Facebook News Feed:

Got to Spend Money to Make Money!

One thing that is clear from these A-list celebrity endorsements and very expensive prizes – they are making money and using a lot of the ‘donations’ given on getting these celebrities on board and further pushing more ads to us. It’s like the more you donate, the more they can advertise and keep making money themselves and – afford even more adverts! This concept seems like an exponentially faster & well-oiled money-making-machine. And my guess is that one reason they get these celebrities on board is also the fact that celebrities like to pat themselves on the back – and nothing is better than being paid for an advert that is for a ‘good cause’! (But it’s probably the money too)

Omaze – Good Things Come to Those Who… Get Given Good Things?
(Money to Omaze in this case)

Just to sum this all up: I think the facepalm on their landing page with the message “Good things come to those who give.” wraps it all nicely together really, it almost seems like there’s a bit of irony there! I.e. They’re almost having a laugh at you for thinking you’re actually giving money to charity!

PS. The reason why all images are pixelated is as follows:
With such a company that is so seemingly shady as Omaze is, I really don’t want to use any of their images or logos to steer clear of any issues even if most if not all would be deemed under ‘Fair Use’.

Slightly paranoid? Probably. Sensible? Definitely. Considering the millions and millions they give to cha… Oops almost got myself there. Right. Considering the millions and millions they give to celebrities and the sheer quantity of marketing they can afford – I’m sure they can afford and are quite willing to try and take down anything and anyone who might have an opinion that might harm their business.

The Small Print

By clicking on the Small Print accordion tab below you can find the current small print from the Win a McLaren page for reference. There is no need for you to read it because I will tell gladly what I think about it right here and right now – but you can if you like.

Point 1 – Chances of Winning Omaze: The small print says contributing doesn’t increase your chances of winning. This is clearly a legal thing. But… Why give the option of buying more entries if contributing doesn’t increase the chances of winning? Am I reading this correctly? Are they essentially fooling everyone by giving an impression of having a greater chance of winning if you just throw more money at them? I mean, of course they would. That’s how they get more money.

Point 2 – How Much Goes to Charity: After the subheader “Transparency” they claim they are “not about percentages” but impact…. But that’s again something they like to say because the percentages don’t look too good. It states again in this small print that 15% only goes to the charity.

Point 3 – How Much Goes to Omaze: I have to give Kudos to the writer of these because they are really downplaying the amount that they get in every possible way. They say 70% of the of the donations TYPICALLY (vague – not factual!) is used to get the prize, process payments and then mentioned last but by no means least advertising to “awesome people like you”. I’ll bet you anything the biggest portion of that usage is in advertising – and THEN after that 15% goes to Omaze directly.

So if you were to truthfully explain how much goes to Omaze, you might as well say 85% of your kind donation thank you very much.

“NO PURCHASE, PAYMENT, OR CONTRIBUTION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited.


At Blabla, we believe fundraising should be about impact, not percentages. Our model allows us, in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation America (we call them CAFA), to really make a difference and disrupt the way society traditionally thinks about charitable giving.

Here’s how it works: Blabla and CAFA work together to offer incredible prizes and experiences that anyone can potentially win. You don’t have to donate to enter, but if you do, your donation to CAFA is then used to make a charitable grant to a great cause, which we love. Blabla pays for everything that’s needed to run the sweepstakes, which means the only ones taking a chance are the entrants (you!)—not the charity. The nonprofit can spend less time worrying about raising funds, and instead focus their energy on doing awesome work.

*Blabla also invests in securing the prizes for the typical Blabla Owned campaign, so for these, from every dollar you donate, 15 cents is retained by CAFA, all of which is then used by Blabla to make a grant to the associated charity. If there are multiple charities, then grants of equal share are made to each charity. 70 cents is typically used to actually get the prize, process payments and advertise to awesome people like you (Blabla Owned campaigns require more significant marketing efforts by Blabla and do not rely (or rely to a much smaller degree) on the work and name of celebrities to help raise awareness and promote the campaign). The remaining 15 cents of your dollar goes to Blabla —it’s used to cover the cost of providing and maintaining the technology and team that makes this all happen.

The result? Causes get a guaranteed grant with no risk and no overhead or investment, our lucky winners get awesome prizes, and everyone else gets to help a great cause and spread joy!”

What’s the Alternative Then?

I have three very simple suggestions for you.

Option 1 – If you want to donate to charities and good causes

Then just find the charity you want, and go directly to their website. Most charities typically give you means of how to directly donate to them. And most charities or causes show their financial reports on how the money is spent as well, unlike Omaze.

Option 2 – If you want to donate to charities but still want to win a price

Then, donate whatever amount you feel comfortable donating (knowing it will mostly go to the charity), and you can still enter Omaze’s prize draws for free with the ‘Free Entry’ mechanism that is provided on all the pages. Will you ever win with this free entry? Probably not. Are the chances much different than if you were to donate to them? Probably not.

Option 3 – If you want to donate to charities, but also want to have a real chance of winning a price such as a brand new car & cash

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Is Omaze legit then?

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