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Start a fundraiser

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Hosting your own fundraising event is a great way to raise funds and awareness to help end animal cruelty. You’ll be using your passion to move the world to protect animals while having a bit of fun at the same time.

Anyone can do it! Here are three simple steps to get you started.

1. Choose your idea for a fundraising event

Whether you’re an individual, a group or an organisation, there are lots of ways to raise funds for animals in need such as a bake sale or joining a fun run. Check some of the ideas below or if you have an idea already then we would love to hear it! You can also print our Fundraising Guide to discuss with others. 

2. Tell us about your event and get a fundraising application form

Call us on 1300 139 772 or email us to let us know about your event. We’ll send you a simple form to fill in, tips to help you maximise your fundraising and some World Animal Protection newsletters and stickers to hand out.

3. Set up your online fundraising page

One of the easiest ways to collect funds is through your own online fundraising page. It’s simple and convenient to use and you can even add your own photos and blog posts.

Set up your JustGiving fundraising page here.

Once you’ve created your page you can share it with your friends and family and post it on your social media networks as a great start to your fundraising.

If you want to fundraise but are stuck for inspiration, don’t worry - our list of ideas below should help.

Activity events

Are you an active person who’d like to do something outside? Do you want to challenge yourself? Find an organised running or walking event near you, and once you’ve signed up you can create an online fundraising page and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Remember to personalise your page and set yourself a target. 

Or you can create one yourself. How about... Arm wrestle, Bike run, Car wash, Dog walks, Easter Egg Hunts, Fun Run, Kayaking race, Swim race, Treasure hunt or a Yo-Yo competition

Recognise a special event

Ask for donations in lieu of gifts for an upcoming birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement or any other special day you have in mind! 

Ethical bake sale

Bake sales are fun and delicious! Get together with a few friends and family and bake some tasty treats. Or throw a Breakfast Club, a BBQ or a picnic!

Don’t forget to make them vegan or use cage-free eggs. You can also bake treats for your four-legged friends. 

Social event

Ask a local bar or restaurant if you can use a space for free and organise a night out for your colleagues or friends. You can charge a fee for tickets and raise extra money by holding a raffle, silent auction or collection. It’s amazing how generous people feel when they’re enjoying themselves!

You can hold a trivia night at work, at school or at a local bar. Charge an entry fee per person and get people into teams. You can either take a proportion of the entry fees to offer as a prize or see if someone will donate a few bottles of wine as prizes. Trivia questions can be easily found on the internet - you could 
even include an animal round so the questions relate back to the work you’re supporting - check out our quiz section!

Or set up a Karaoke night, Yoga at sunrise, Video night, Xmas fair, Halloween party or a Dress up party

Girls' (or boys’) night in

Invite your girlfriends or your mates around for a fun-filled evening of movies, drinks and nibbles for a good cause. Charge a fee to join and ask everyone to bring something to drink. Just provide some cheap nibbles and entertainment and let the fun begin!

Garage Sale

Get together with your friends and family, clear out your cupboards and bookshelves, and hold a garage sale. If you don’t have space to sell items outside your home, ask your local market if they’ll let you set up a stall for free as the profits will be going to charity.

Guess the weight or number of sweets

Fill a jar with tasty treats and charge a donation to guess its weight correctly. Whoever gets the closest to the weight wins the jar. 

Dress up/dress down day

Whether it’s swapping your uniform for something more casual, or vamping up your usual outfit, this is a great way to raise money. Get permission from your manager or teacher first and then let everyone know the date in advance and ask for a donation to participate. The only difficult part is deciding on a theme. 
Will it be a colour, an era, PJs, pirates, animals? The list is endless! 


We couldn't do it without you 

Each and every dollar you raise will help us to protect animals. Just take a look at the dollar guide below to see how much of a difference you really can make. You can also use it to set yourself a target to aim for and to encourage your friends and family to give a little bit more. 

  • $140 could help fund a video to expose cruelty in the wildlife trade.
  • $250 could help feed a bear for a month at our partner sanctuary in Romania.
  • $500 could help support inspections of illegal bear bile facilities in Vietnam.
  • $1000 could help feed an elephant for 40 days at one of our partner sanctuaries. 

We hope we’ve given you a few ideas to get your fundraising off to a flying start. Remember, we can send you newsletters and stickers to help with your fundraising event - just ask! Call 1300 139 772 or email fundraising@worldanimalprotection.org.au

Thank you and good luck!

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