Fundraise for us

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.

Members can help us by hosting their own fundraisers to increase awareness of what we do among their family and friends, while raising much-needed funds for our programs!

Another great way you can fundraise for us is through Folo, a free web browser extension that allows you to make a donation to YWCA Canberra while you shop online, at no cost to you.

Below are some guidelines and frequently asked questions to help you plan your fundraising activity. If you get stuck, contact us at volunteer@ywca-canberra.org.au.

What can I fundraise for?

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 include:

YWCA Canberra Clubhouse – a centre of innovation and opportunity for young people in Tuggeranong

 

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The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is a creative and collaborative out-of-school learning environment open to young people aged 10-18 in the Tuggeranong region, which provides free access to cutting edge technology and career development opportunities.

Through the Clubhouse, our members have the opportunity to learn about coding and programming, photography, 3D modelling, robotics, video production and more. Through the Clubhouse members are mentored by professionals from our local ICT sector, guiding and supporting them to pursue their passions.

 

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Lanyon Food Hub – purchasing quality, healthy food for young people and their families in Tuggeranong

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The need for emergency food relief for vulnerable families in Canberra is increasingly critical. At our Lanyon Food Hub, we provide a pantry-like system where young people and their families can access free, nutritious food in times of need.

Recently, this valuable service has been hit hard with government funding cuts. This year, our funding for the Food Hub dropped by 17 percent, but demand for the service is increasing every year.

But it’s not just about providing food. Often when people visit the Food Hub they find that they are eligible for other services or support such as discounts on energy bills and employment programs, and this really helps them get their lives back on track.

Without our Food Hub, it would be much less likely those connections would be made. Even with the smallest donation, we can achieve great things for the families accessing this vital service.

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Prevention of violence against women – supporting YWCA Canberra’s advocacy work and primary violence prevention programs to end all forms of violence against women in the ACT

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We are committed to creating a world where women and their children are safe from violence, and where a culture of gender equality and fairness exists to protect the rights of all people.

Sadly, violence against women is all too common in our community – current research paints a disturbing picture.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported in 2006 that one in three women over the age of 15 have experienced physical violence and one in five have experienced sexual violence. In 2005, ABS statistics revealed over 350,000 women experienced physical violence and over 125,000 women experienced sexual violence. But these numbers are considered conservative.

Research tells us that an integral part of reducing violence against women and children is primary prevention. By targeting school-aged children, we can enact a cultural change that will lead to an overall reduction of violence against women and children in the long-term.

So in response, we’ve developed two evidence-based primary violence prevention programs:

  • Respect, Communicate, Choose (RCC) is our program aimed at young people aged 9-12. It is a comprehensive eight-week program delivered in primary schools, which builds skills and capacity in young people to recognise and behave with respect, and to be active bystanders when aware of disrespectful behaviour.
  • Relationship Things (RT) builds on RCC and is aimed at young people ages 14-18. The program is designed to be facilitated to small groups of young people, and covers topics including consent, safe sex, violence against women, gender equality, communication and more.

Our goal is to make these programs and resources as widely available as possible, across the ACT.

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What are some ways I can fundraise?

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:

  • Set yourself a challenge and get your friends and family to sponsor you! For example, in 2014, one of our members fundraised by getting his friends to vote for or against him shaving his iconic beard – he raised over $2,700 for the Food Hub!
  • Host a special event, and donate entry fees
  • Have a morning tea at work and get your colleagues to contribute
  • Put together a team for an upcoming fun-run or event, and get people to sponsor your efforts!
  • Host a crowdfunding campaign

Should I contact YWCA Canberra before organising my fundraising activity?

We always like to know when our members and community are fundraising for us – you can let us know by emailing volunteer@ywca-canberra.org.au.

Will YWCA Canberra approve my fundraising activity?

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.

What are the legal requirements?

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 Office of Regulatory Services has lots of helpful information you can access online.

Can I use the YWCA Canberra logo for my fundraising activity?

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 volunteer@ywca-canberra.org.au and we’ll consider your request.

Will YWCA Canberra help promote my activity?

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 Joanna Le, Director of Communications, Advocacy and Fundraising at Joanna.Le@ywca-canberra.org.au.

How should I collect donations?

There are a few ways you can collect donations, and it really depends on the type of activity you’re running.

If you’re asking people to sponsor you, the best thing to do is to use Everyday Hero to create a ‘supporter’ page for YWCA Canberra.

This means that people can make their donations online, and the funds will be sent to us automatically. Everyday Hero also send receipts to donors on behalf of YWCA Canberra.

You can also ask people to make donations to us directly through our online donations page.

Or, you can collect cash and deliver it to us yourself.

How can I deliver funds to YWCA Canberra?

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.

Can donors have a tax deductible receipt?

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.

Everyday Hero will also send a tax receipt to donors for donations made through their portal.

 

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