As a not-for-profit organisation, YWCA Canberra welcomes donations and fundraising to allow us to continue to provide valuable services to the Canberra community.
You can help us by hosting your own fundraisers to increase awareness of what we do among your workmates, family and friends, while raising much-needed funds for our programs!
You can choose to raise money, goods or services, depending on which of our programs you are fundraising for. Our Lanyon Food Hub is often in need of additional food items and we work with GIVIT to organise necessary household goods for clients in our housing programs.
We recommend contacting us first to see if your fundraising goals meet the needs of the program.
Below are some guidelines and frequently asked questions to help you plan your fundraising activity. If you get stuck, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YWCA Canberra runs a number of programs that support vulnerable members of our community in different ways. Some of the key programs that we’d love you to support are:
We encourage our members, corporate partners and friends to be as creative as they want with their fundraising endeavours. But we also know it can be hard to know where to start!
Some ideas for how you can fundraise are:
Yes please! We always like to know when our members and community are fundraising for us. You can let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Your fundraising activity will not be an official YWCA Canberra activity, so we don’t need to approve it. While we can provide some general guidance as to what sorts of activities are appropriate, we cannot formally authorise you to act on behalf of YWCA Canberra, and we will hold no responsibility for the management of your activity.
Remember to think about things like insurance requirements, how you will collect donations, and any legal requirements. You will not be covered by YWCA Canberra’s insurance.
Every state and territory has unique laws that govern fundraising and charitable collections. Make sure to research and ensure that your activity meets all requirements. In the ACT, the Access Canberra has lots of helpful information you can access online.
Unfortunately, you can’t use our logo as your activity isn’t an official YWCA Canberra activity. However, you can acknowledge us by stating that funds raised through your event/activity will be donated to YWCA Canberra.
If you have a special reason why you’d like to use our logo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider your request.
We assess fundraising initiatives on a case-by-case basis, and may be able to offer some support in terms of marketing your activity through our social media channels.
Any requests for marketing and promotion support should be made to Zoya Patel, Executive Director of Communications, Advocacy and Fundraising.
If your donations are made online, you don’t need to do anything further, although you might like to send us an email to let us know how much you raised: we’d love to give you a shout-out and say thank you publicly!
If you collected cash, you can drop it off to our offices in Civic, or mail a bank cheque. Please do not deposit funds raised into your own bank account, as there are different laws across the country that dictate under what conditions this is permitted.
YWCA Canberra is a Deductible Gift Recipient, which means that donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. If donations are made online, we will send a tax receipt to the donor.