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Host an event for DSA
Fundraising can be a fun and rewarding way for community groups, schools, workplaces, clubs and individuals to a make a difference.
Hold a fashion parade for your friends, run a raffle, hold a garage sale, host a charity ball and more. The possibilities are endless, so put on your thinking caps and start raising funds for DSA.
Here are ideas on choosing a suitable fundraising activity or event to help you to get started:
Suggestions to help you get started
  • The most important thing is to have fun. Think of social or sporting activities that appeal to your family, friends, colleagues and to you, and try and incorporate them into your fundraiser. Such as a fair day, golf tournament, dinner party or sponsored activities like a walk or bike ride. Anything that you like to do a lot of! 
  • Successful fundraising takes preparation. Start slowly and build up your fundraising as you gain confidence and experience. Start with something simple that you feel able to achieve and remember to enjoy the process.
  • Stress the importance of a donation, no matter how big or small.
  • Remind people that cash donations are fully tax-deductible.
  • Plan to raise the most amount of money in the most efficient and enjoyable way possible!
  • Start fundraising early and ask everyone. Utilise your existing networks such as friends, family and your local sporting group.
  • Set yourself a challenge, but keep a realistic fundraising goal. Publicise your goal widely!
  • Call the local paper to let them know of your event.
  • Conduct an email campaign.
  • Get existing community networks involved e.g. local CWA, fishing club, RSL.
  • Lower your event costs as much as possible i.e. get goods, services, prizes and venues donated.
  • Approach sponsors to cover costs such as printing, promotions and venue.
  • Delegate event tasks to people you can rely on and ask for help when you need it.
  • Do ‘extra' fundraising at your event e.g. lucky door prizes, sell decorations at the end, ask everyone to bring a prize that can be raffled/auctioned.
  • Start talking about your fundraising activity to family and friends. Gage their level of support and interest. Did they volunteer to help? Did they say they’d like to attend? Did they say it is a great idea? Gaining support and commitment of your idea at the beginning will help support you throughout the fundraising activity/event.
  • Keep your donation record sheet on you at all times so you never miss an opportunity to secure a pledge / donation.
  • Make sure you thank everyone for attending the event and helping you to raise funds for DSA.
  • Take lots of photos and send them in to us so we can use them in our newsletters and website to promote fundraising to others.
Decide on your fundraising activity/event
There are many different types of fundraising activities to choose from or you can come up with something new. Fundraising can be as simple as hosting a party or as detailed as organising a large charity auction. All events require a level of commitment and time. Select one that best fits your capabilities and/or the capabilities of your fundraising team or business.
Here are some popular fundraising ideas and the estimated level of commitment or investment required:
‘Do-It-Yourself’ Fundraiser
  • Hold a garage sale or market stall
  • Host a dinner party at home
  • Hold a movie night at home
  • Organise a sports competition with friends
  • Setup an online fundraising page and email friends
  • Organise a casual day at work
  • Request Birthday gift donations
‘Small Group’ Fundraiser
  • Hold a movie night at a local cinema
  • Run a raffle
  • Hold a small dinner event at a local restaurant
  • Arrange a sports carnival fundraising day for the local community (i.e. friends, family, local businesses and the general public)
‘Big Event’ Fundraiser
  • Complete your own personal challenge e.g. bike ride
  • Hold a  Fashion Parade
  • Arrange a large charity auction
  • Run a festival, fete or market
  • Run a charity ball, large dinner or luncheon
  • Arrange an advance movie screening at your local cinema
A – Z of Fundraising Ideas!
One of the best things about fundraising is that you can be as imaginative as you like!
Try doing something that has never been done before or think up a new idea for an old fundraising activity. The key is to have fun!
Below is our A-Z of fundraising ideas if you require even more ideas to get started.
If you need further help in deciding, please contact the Community Fundraising Co-ordinator on (02) 8709 0920 so we can help steer you in the right direction of the right fundraising activity or event for you.
A – Art exhibitions – Auction               B – Bowling night – Bike ride – Birthday
C – Cricket day – Clothing swap party                     D – Dog show – Diet challenge
E – Email requests for donations - Expo        F – Fashion parade – Facebook – Film night
G – Golf Day – Guessing competition          H – Halloween – Head Shave
I – Ice Skating – Ice-cream fun – Indian Cooking       J – Jazz Night – Juggling challenge – Juice day
K – Karaoke night – Kitchen tea party               L – Luncheons – Ladies night in
M – Massage – Marathon                    N – Novelty parties – Naming day
O – Open garden party – Opening Night Gala         P – Party – Picnic – Pet parade
Q – Quiz night – Quit a bad habit                      R – Raffle – Race day – Rubber duck race
S – Silent Auction –  Scrabble tournament       T – Teddy Bears Picnic – Trivia night
U – United day                         V – Valentines Day – Vegetarian dinner
W – Walkathon  – Wild West day            X – Xmas party
Y – Yoga in the Park – Yummy food day            Z – Zodiac evening – Zany day
How to get started

1. Confirm Fundraising Activity/Event Details

Once you have chosen your community fundraising activity/event it is time to think about all the other details….

2. When?

Pick a date that will give you enough time to organise your fundraising activity/event but also consider key dates e.g. long weekends, public holidays, other local fundraisers or events which may be held in your area. You want a date where people would be available to attend, so be careful it doesn’t clash with other events or holidays.

3. Where?

Decide on a location, check if it is available and whether you can get it free of charge or at least at a discount.
Then consider:
·        Is the venue an appropriate size (not too big or too small)?
·        Is it accessible e.g. can it be reached by public transport, does it have parking, can it be accessed by people who have a disability, etc?
·        Does it have the appropriate facilities e.g. catering facilities, audio-visual equipment/requirements, etc?
·        What are the risks, if any e.g. if outside consider wet weather, toilet facilities, etc?
Once you have decided on a venue, book it well in advance so you don’t miss out and then confirm the reservation closer to the activity/event.

4. Who?

You will most like require help from a team of people, so consider forming a team of people who are passionate and committed and experienced in fundraising and have good contacts. Most importantly they should be able to dedicate time and effort.
Think about who will attend or who you will invite to your fundraising activity/event. Make sure you give them lots of notice and to tell them what you are doing and why you are raising money for Disability Services Australia. Consider how you will promote your fundraising activity/event.
Also consider who you may ask to sponsor your activity/event and look into who may be able to donate items e.g. food or drinks or even raffle/auction prizes.

5. Set Your Fundraising Target

Draw up a realistic budget. Set a challenging but realistic fundraising target and create a plan on how you will achieve it. Distribute this event plan to everyone involved in the fundraising activity/event as this will help keep everyone motivated and let them know what you are working towards.
Next consider how much it will cost to run the fundraising activity/event and look at how you can reduce costs e.g. by getting businesses to support your or donate goods or services e.g. catering, venue hire or promotional materials.

6. Register Your Fundraising Activity/Event

Once you have decided which fundraising activity/event you wish to conduct, have some of the activity/event details finalised, and have an idea of how much you want to raise at your fundraising activity/event and how much it will cost to run – it is time to register your community fundraising activity/event with Disability Services Australia.
To actively start fundraising approval is first required from Disability Services Australia.
To register your fundraising activity/event please thoroughly read Disability Services Australia’s Community Fundraising Guidelines so you get an idea of what the responsibilities are for individuals, businesses and community groups who wish to conduct a fundraising activity/event to raise funds for Disability Services Australia. If you agree to the guidelines, please complete the Community Fundraising Registration Form to register your fundraising activity/event and return the completed and signed form to Disability Services Australia for approval.
Contact Details
If you have any questions about the information in this guide or require any assistance please contact 1300 372 121 and ask to speak to the Community Fundraising Co-ordinator or email
Thank you for your choosing to support Disability Services Australia
Last Modified: 20/10/2017 9:40 AM