Community fundraisers (individuals and groups)

1. Brainstorm your idea
2. Setting up your CanadaHelps fundraising website or Collecting and submitting cheques and cash donations from supporters
3. Spread the word
4. Host your event
5. Submit funds collected (if not using CanadaHelps)
6. Notify us that your fundraiser is complete
7. Thank your donors

1. Brainstorm your idea

Thanks for deciding to raise money to support our work! Over the years, generous individuals like you have held successful individual fundraisers, such as:

  • Birthday parties
  • Pub nights
  • School and other group fundraisers

2. Set up your CanadaHelps website

A CanadaHelps fundraising website accepts credit card donations so you don't have to worry about collecting any other forms.

A. This quick overview will get you up and running quickly:

Quick start guide to community fundraising (PDF)

OR follow these detailed steps:

Fundraising with Canada Helps (PDF)

Here's more help if you need it:

B. Once you've completed your fundraiser, please let us know by emailing . We are not automatically notified by CanadaHelps.

3. Spread the word

  • What made you decide to fundraise for the David Suzuki Foundation? Writing your story down will help you get ready to talk about your event to friends, family and other donors.
  • Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to get the word out to your networks. Even if you don't receive direct donations through social media, online messaging will help keep your fundraiser top of mind.
  • Email your story to people, including direct links for making a donation. Personalize your message as much as possible.
  • Promote your event with posters, school announcements and advertisements.
  • Don't hesitate to mention your fundraiser several times and through different channels. People may not donate the first time they hear about what you're doing, but may eventually decide they want to donate and appreciate the reminder.
  • Edit your email lists so you're not soliciting funds from people who've already donated.

4. Host your event

TIP: Remind people even after your event is over! Sometimes interested donors just forget. They'll appreciate the reminder to participate and be happy to hear how your fundraiser went.

5. Submit funds collected (if not using CanadaHelps)

A. Print out donation collection forms for your event if donors require tax receipts

Cash/Cheque Donation Form

Note: If donors do not require tax receipts, skip this step.

B. Collect cash, and cheque (payable to the David Suzuki Foundation) donations and forms (from step 1, if applicable).

C. Please do not send cash in the mail. Instead, tally the cash and then either

  • Submit a cheque payable to the David Suzuki Foundation for the total
  • Submit a donation for the entire amount by credit card using the

Credit Card Donation Form

Note: It's important to indicate that this cheque or credit card donation is a collection of cash from several people. Please note this on the memo line of the cheque or on the credit card form.

D. Mail all donations and forms together in an envelope with a note indicating your fundraiser details (so we can make sure to correctly attribute the donations to your event!):

David Suzuki Foundation
Attention: Community Fundraising
219-2211 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, B.C. V6K 4S2

6. Notify us that your event is complete

Raising money is challenging and rewarding. Reflect on your achievement — be proud of what you've accomplished! Your successful fundraiser took a great deal of work and dedication. Please contact to let us know you've completed your fundraiser.

7. Thank your donors

It's important to acknowledge your donors and let them know how they've made your fundraiser a success!

  • Respond to donations as soon as possible
  • Send an email or card
  • Take time to craft a personalized response

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