Plan a Fundraising Event

From birthday parties and candy guess jars to community dances and hockey tournaments, every fundraising event, small or big, helps raise money for the fight against avoidable blindness!

Our Fundraising Toolkit will provide you with everything you need to plan a successful event to raise much needed funds for Operation Eyesight. To the right, you will find a list of tools and publications that are available for you to use and share.

Follow the checklist below to get started!

1. Choose your event
The possibilities are endless! See the Event/Activity Ideas sheet for suggestions.

2. Set a fundraising goal
Whether you would like your donation to go to areas of highest priority, or have a specific gift in mind, it’s important to set a fundraising goal to work toward. View our Gift Guide for ideas as to what impact your dollars can have.

3. Fill out an Application Form 
Please fill out an Event Application Form for approval a minimum of 30 days prior to your event. We’ll get back to you within approximately seven working days.

4. Create a personal fundraising webpage 
Once your application has been approved, you can create a personal fundraising page. Not sure what category your event falls under? Ask us! More than one personal fundraising page needed? Let us know, we can help!

5. Promote your event
Tell your friends, family, coworkers or neighbours all about your event! Sample invitations and posters are available for you to use. Remember to share the link to your personal fundraising page, too!

6. Prepare for your event
Plan to tell guests/participants about Operation Eyesight and why you support our work. Check out the Fundraising Toolkit on the right for tools and publications to use and share.

7. Hold your event
Have fun and remember to take photos. Sample thank you letters are available for you to use, too.

If you are collecting offline donations in the form of cash or cheque, please keep a typed (not handwritten) list of all donations. Should they be requested, tax receipts can be issued for an individual’s cash contributions over $20 if full names and addresses are provided to Operation Eyesight for each donated amount.

8. Tell us about your event
We’d love to hear all about it!
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