There are so many ways you can support a cause you’re passionate about: giving money, volunteering your time, or donating gently used goods. But have you considered becoming a fundraiser for your favourite charity to raise money and spread the word? You don’t need to be a professional and you don’t need to wait for an occasion. With CanadaHelps’ Fundraising Pages, it’s easy to turn every day into a unique fundraising opportunity.
Don’t need another toaster or gift card? Do your kids get more gifts than they know what to do with on their birthdays? Or maybe you’re having your third child and don’t need any new baby gifts? Events like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, and even graduations are ideal occasions to fundraise because friends and family like to mark the occasion by giving.
Our Fundraising Pages work much like a gift registry. You select the charities to support based on your interests and passions, and your loved ones can make donations in lieu of gifts. However, unlike a gift registry, there are no pre-determined gift prices so your guests can give whatever amount they feel most comfortable with. And since they’ll receive a tax receipt, they may be able to give more.
By making a personal sacrifice or overcoming a challenge, you demonstrate your passion for a cause – and passion can be contagious! Shave your head in solidarity with those who have lost their hair from an illness; push your physical limits by climbing a mountain, swimming a lake, or biking across the country; or try to break a world record – there are a lot of them to choose from.
Get your children involved by setting challenges that suit their age and ability. Can they commit to reading a certain number of books in a month to raise money for a literacy organization, or will they pick up garbage in a local park to raise money for an environmental group?
The flexibility of a Fundraising Page allows you to use your strengths – whatever they may be – to encourage giving back within your community.
These are traditional fundraising opportunities, but you don’t have to take part in a large marathon to help a charity you love. The power of any sporting event can be harnessed to support a cause you care about. Play on an office softball team? Choose a charity for the whole team to support, and get friends and family members to pledge donations. You could also talk to your local community centre about using space to hold a dance-a-thon, or rent out the local bowling alley and collect pledges for pins knocked down. Whatever your sport, there’s an opportunity to turn your passion for the game into passion for a charity that needs support.
In Honour of a Loved One
Many people are awakened to the amazing work that charities do when they are faced with a difficult life event like an illness or the loss of a loved one. Raising money and awareness for a charity or cause can be a fulfilling way to honour someone, and to recognize the work a charity has done to help an individual or family. You can also celebrate a loved one’s life by supporting a cause he or she was passionate about.
There are endless opportunities to turn every day events into opportunities to give back. Like the great Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Turn your event into a fundraiser today with a CanadaHelps Fundraising Page.