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Every year, individuals, clubs and businesses across the country get behind us with their own creative ideas and raise funds to improve the lives of Canadians living with kidney disease.  

Community events raise much needed funds to help us support innovative research and deliver critical programs and services when it’s needed most. Not to mention, they are an important way to raise awareness about kidney health and organ donation within your community.

Let us know all about your event, fill in our Community Partnership Application Form

We’re Here to Help

We’re committed to working with you to ensure you have the best possible experience organizing your event. Your fundraiser should reflect your goals, your personality and be a rewarding experience. 

Talk with friends and family members to come up with an idea that’s a good fit for you, your personal network and your schedule. The type of event you choose should fit the size, interests, talents and time available to you and the individuals working with you.  Here are a few ideas to kick off your brainstorming:

  • Sporting Events & Tournaments
    Baseball game, Football game, Soccer tournament, Basketball marathon, Golf tournament, Miniature golf event, Table tennis tournament, Badminton/tennis tournament, Fishing derby, Pool/billiards/darts tournament.
  • “A-thons”
    Walk, Run, Skip, Read, Bike, Dance, Knit, Swim, Bowl, Skate, Aerobics/Yoga/Spin.
  • Galas & Social Gatherings
    Black tie dinner or Gala premiere, Dinner-dance, Costume dinner & dance, Theme party, Concert or Theatre event, Art Show, BBQ , Boat cruise, Food or health fair, Celebrity luncheon, Celebrity waiter/bartender night, Talent show, Fashion show,  Garden tour, Homes tour, Holiday celebration, Wine tasting, Chili cook off, Picnics,  Birthdays or anniversary parties.
  • Auctions, Sales & Raffles
    Silent auction, Live auction, raffles, 50/50 draws, garage sale, bake sale, book sale, loonie/twoonie drive, arts & craft sale, Head shaving, Dress Down Day, Raise a set dollar amount (make principle/boss do something. For example, dress up in costume, make lunch, etc.
  • Services
    Gift wrapping service, House cleaning, Pet care or wash, Car wash, Window washing, Personal shopper, Face painting, Photography .
  • Include us in Your Celebration
    Make your celebration more memorable by including The Kidney Foundation in your next celebration. You can honour or memorialize a loved one with kidney disease or who has received or given the gift of life and feel good knowing that you are donating to a worthy cause. Best of all, your guests will appreciate the gesture! 

    We can provide you with a certificate to display at your celebration, acknowledging the donation. 

    This can be done for just about any occasion such as a wedding, bridal or baby shower, anniversary party, birthday party, a celebration of an organ transplant, bar or bat mitzvah, graduation, communion party, or whatever your heart desires! We look forward to assisting you in making your celebration a special one.  Contact a member of our team for assistance.
  • Mark a Milestone
    Are you the guest of honour at an event and don’t wish to receive gifts?  Consider asking your guests to make an online donation to The Kidney Foundation instead of buying a gift. Create a personal page which you can customize to reflect your celebration.

Tips for organizing a fundraiser

  • Set Goals
    Once you’ve decided they type of event you are going to host, plan a budget to help you identify expenses as well as expected sources of revenue. Keep in mind: the lower your costs, the bigger impact you can make in supporting Canadians living with kidney disease.
  • Upon Approval - Form a Planning Committee
    Once your event has been approved, recruit dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with a variety of skills. More hands make less work!
  • Outline the Event Logistics
    When choosing a date and venue, keep in mind holidays, the time of day, location and other events taking place in the same area. The date should be convenient for those who will be attending the event and the venue should be easily accessible to your guests. It helps to create a timeline or checklist to guarantee that your plans stay on track. Ensure you are constantly updating your budget and critical path.
  • Start Your Event Promotion
    Remember your audience when deciding on how to promote your event. We would be pleased to have your event materials display our name and/or logo, but we must ensure that our brand is represented appropriately. The Kidney Foundation must approve any materials that include our name or logo.
  • Determine the Allocation, Collection & Designation of Funds
    If the funds raised from your fundraiser are to be designated to a certain Kidney Foundation program, or research area, this designation should be confirmed with us in advance. The Kidney Foundation is a registered charity and can issue tax receipts in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.
  • Don't forget to Say Thanks
    Show your appreciation and say thanks to all those who contributed to your event whether they helped on a committee, volunteered or supported your event financially. Let your guests know about the impact of their support and how it is making a difference in the lives of people living with kidney disease.