Third-Party Events
Third Party Events: Starting Something

Thank you for your interest in supporting Centennial Infant and Child Centre (CICC) by hosting a third party event. Third party events are an important part of our fundraising efforts and we look to our supporters to help us reach out to their networks, work places, and community groups in order to reach our fundraising goals.

It is easy to support CICC by hosting your own third party event, and we are here to help you get started. Every little bit helps and we appreciate your efforts to help us raise money to continue to support the children and youth of Toronto.

Once you have decided what type of event you would like to hold please contact Debra Bond-Gorr at dbondgorr@cicc.on.ca or 416 935 1200 X. 233 or download a copy of our Third Party Event Application Form.

Third Party Event Information Form

Our Third Party Event Toolkit outlines everything you need to know to make your event a success. Download a copy of our Third Party Info Sheet.

What are Third Party Events?

Third Party Events are organized by community groups (e.g. school groups, unions or corporations) to help raise funds necessary for CICC to operate our programs to help ensure that every child who needs our support can receive it.

A Third Party Fundraising Event is any activity by a non-affiliated group or individual where Centennial Infant and Child Centre has no fiduciary responsibility and little or no staff involvement. However, we will support you and your event as much as possible to help it be a success.

Events Ideas

The purpose of this list is to provide your group with guidelines and suggestions only -Be Creative! The event is what you make it!

Matching Gift: Before you organize any event approach your employer to see if they have a matching gift program. A matching gift, is a charitable gift made toward a non-profit organization by a matching donor (e.g., an employer) under the provision that an original donor (e.g., an employee) first makes a gift toward that organization. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. This is a great way to double your fundraising efforts!

Challenge Events: These turn existing high-profile marathons, triathlons, cycling races and mudders into fundraisers for your cause. So when one of your supporters runs in the New York City Marathon, their participation becomes a fundraising opportunity for your organization. Nonprofits using DonorDrive (like Team Doctors Without Borders and Team ASPCA) have created official teams to run in these major events, adding prestige in running for your cause.

Community Events: These are ticketed and registration-based events hosted by a third party to benefit your organization. Whether a locally-exclusive walk, a ticketed wine tasting or an organized event in a city where your organization has no official presence, Community Events give your cause more control over your brand at locally-organized events through your fundraising software, but without you having to devote the organization’s resources.

Personal Campaigns: These give any individual the power to creatively fundraise for your organization their own way and on their own time. While fundraising pages for giving around life events (like weddings, birthdays and memorials funds) really drive in extra revenue, Personal Campaigns are flexible enough to handle a campaign for anything, like a supporter riding their bike across the continent or hosting a bowl game party with all donations going to your cause.

A-thons: Almost any activity can be made into an “A-Thon”. Get participants to raise pledges and sign up for any number of a-thon appropriate activities.

Raffles: Set up prizes or incentives and hold a raffle for a chance to win things like, a day off, company swag or products, free lunch, or any other items. Or, hold a 50/50 draw that can definitely give you the extra push you need to reach your fundraising objective.

Auctions: Host a silent or live auction at your next event, meeting or in your office and have people bid on items in support of CICC. Eg. Donated goods, vacations, art, furniture, handmade goods, quilts, services, catered meals

Other Ideas:
Garage Sale
BBQ
Bake Sale
Head Shaving
Loonie/Twoonie Drive
Car Wash/Pet Wash
Arts and Crafts sale/show
“Dress Down” Day
Automatic paycheck contributions
Raise a set $ amount to make your boss/principal do something: eg., dress up, make lunch for the team, etc.

Tips for Success

The most important way to ensure that your event is successful is to plan carefully. Start with brainstorming event ideas, then develop a work plan and set deadlines for tasks to be accomplished. Also ensure that your budget is realistic and keep detailed records of your expenses. Make sure everyone knows what they are responsible and accountable for.

Don’t forget to promote your event and your fundraising goals! The more people you get involved the more money you can raise.

Helpful Links:

https://blog.fundly.com/fundraising-ideas/