Planning a community fundraising event is an excellent way to create awareness and support for a cause near to you. Thank you for your commitment! Your event will have a direct impact on our ability to create a better life and a brighter future for Canadians living with Parkinson’s today; and a world without Parkinson’s tomorrow.
Register and collect donations online. This is the easiest and most cost effective way to fundraise. In addition, when your donors enter their information the tax receipt is immediately processed and sent to their email address.
You can also mail your donation (made out to Parkinson Society CNO; referencing the name of the participant you wish to support) to the address below:
Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario
Community Fundraising Campaign
4211 Yonge Street, Suite 321
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
Community Fundraising Kits
We've made some fun tools available to our community fundraisers to help in organizing their events - particularly those that use a physical space (i.e. a concert). Contact us for your custom kit today, which can include:
- Your Community Fundraising Kit Bag
- 4x6 Postcard and 8.5x11 poster display stands
- ‘Thank You’ Magnets
- ‘Thank You for Supporting’ Banners
- Merchandise Bags
- Ticketed Event Wristbands
- Promotional Business Cards
- Promotional Balloons
- Society Literature
- Promotional Posters (‘Proceeds in Support of…)
- Promotional Postcards
- Pledge forms for Cash and cheque donation
- Certificates of Appreciation for Supporters
Taking advantage of our online system
We've created a series of videos pertaining to our Parkinson SuperWalk experience that should help you understand how to best use the fundraising tools at your disposal as well. Including:
Further, this text and image based explanation should help you kick start your campaign and get started by registering.
Set a fundraising goal that works for you
Be realistic, but stretch yourself. Having a tangible goal to work towards is an important part of fundraising and we encourage you to set realistic, achievable goals. All events - whether they raise $50, $500, or $5,000 help us make a difference in the lives of people living with Parkinson's.
Sponsor yourself to get started. When your friends and family see your donation and commitment, they will be more willing to match or surpass your donation amount.
Asking for Donations
Don’t underestimate the power of “word-of-mouth”. Once you get one person interested in your event, who knows who they may inspire to donate!
Ask, ask, ask! There are many ways to ask for donations. Send a letter, make a phone call, send an email or post to your friends on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. Remember to always include the link to your event page.
Try approaching local businesses in your area to see if they will sponsor you. Don’t be shy about asking people you hire for services throughout the year, such as your dentist, dog walker or lawn care company!
Don’t forget to follow up! If someone hasn’t sponsored you, send them a reminder. The Participant Center makes this fast and easy. People are busy and they may have missed your first request.
Always remember to thank your donors! Regularly send emails to people who have supported you or your event to thank them and let them know how much money you raised. This will help keep everyone engaged in your experience and encourage them to do more! After your event has taken place, let them know how much they helped to raise. They’ll be proud to make a difference!
Many companies have matching gifts programs, in which they will match a donation made by an employee, retired employee or even volunteers. Check with your company’s human resource department and ask your friends and family if their employer has a matching gift program as well. It’s an easy way to double your impact!