Starting Something BIG
Thank you for your interest in supporting Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) 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 BBBST 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 Kate Maynard at bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 416-925-8981 ex. 4122 or download a copy of our Third Party Event Guidelines and Agreement Form.
Third Party Event Toolkit
Our Third Party Event Toolkit outlines everything you need to know to make your event a BIG success. Download a copy of our Third Party Event Toolkit here.
What are Third Party Events?
Party Events are organized by community groups (e.g. school groups,
unions or corporations) to help raise funds necessary for BBBST to
operate our programs to help ensure that every child who needs a mentor
has a mentor.
A Third Party Fundraising Event is any activity
by a non-affiliated group or individual where Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Toronto 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.
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
Holiday Party: Is your office hosting a Holiday
Party this year? Consider making BBBST your charitable partner and
asking employees to make a donation in lieu of a Secret Santa. Or
consider making one larger donation on behalf of your organization
instead of individual gifts this year. Often companies will consider
matching a portion of the donations made so set a Fundraising Goal of
$1000 or more and start a holiday drive. Celebrate your success at your
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.
Eg. Walk, skip, read, bike, dance, knit, swim, bowl, skate, aerobics
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 BBBST.
Eg. Donated goods, vacations, art, furniture, handmade goods, quilts, services, catered meals
Other Galas/Parties: Essentially a ticketed event where proceeds are directed to BBBST.
Eg. Black tie dinner, concert, garden tour, art show, performance of a
play, BBQ beach party, boat cruise, theme party, dress rehearsal
performance, food fair, gala premiere, dance, celebrity luncheon, talent
Sporting Events and Tournaments: Host a sports
game or tournament with an entrance fee, or have participants raise
money to participate. Split the pot or donate it all to Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Toronto!
Eg. Baseball game, football game, golf
tournament, tennis tournament, fishing derby, poker tournament, ping
pong/pool/billiards/darts tournament, soccer tournament.
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
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.