From casual days at the office to head-shaving events to new-sock drives, community members are always finding new ways to raise funds for our kids at YESS. Remember, you don’t have to hold a massive event to make a difference!

We recommend registering your event with us at least one month prior to the event. For an information package with registration forms, email our Community Engagement Coordinator.

For tips on how to get started and some fundraising ideas, check out our Third Party Fundraising Handbook.

Fundraiser FAQ

How do I register my event?

Once you have an idea about what type of event you want to have, fill out our Community Events Form and send it to our Community Engagement Coordinator. This form helps us determine how we can help you achieve your fundraising goals.

What if I don't know what kind of fundraiser to have?

Don’t worry, we can help! We’ve had many unique events held on our behalf and we can suggest a number of fun activities to get your guests interested and engaged to give back. There have been YESS penny drives, lemonade stands, info booths, car washes, fun runs, concerts, talent shows, and much more!

For tips on how to get started and some fundraising ideas, check out our Third Party Fundraising Handbook.

How do I request a YESS ambassador for my event?

Please indicate on our Community Events Form that you would like a YESS speaker and we would be happy to send someone to your event! Although we would love to send a staff member out to each and every event, it isn’t always possible due to limited resources and the number of events we attend each year. Instead, we will often send out a YESS Ambassador. While YESS Ambassadors are not paid staff members, they are dedicated volunteers who have had full training from our agency and are knowledgeable about all of our programs and services.

Any staff members or volunteers will come equipped with YESS materials to hand out to your guests.

How do I get a 50/50 license for my event?

It’s tricky to get the proper paper work on your own and you will likely need the assistance of the charity to register for the right documentation. We would be happy to file the forms on your behalf, with some information from you.

Try not to pick more than three price points, as tickets usually sell better with minimal choices. If you request a YESS representative to attend your event, we will bring the raffle license and tickets needed. If you do not require a YESS representative, you can purchase your own raffle tickets at any dollar store. We only request that you keep the winner(s) full contact information (name, ticket number, address, email address) and the first and last ticket numbers from the batch you sold so that we can file it with AGLC at a later date.

Example: Ticket start number: 0000001   //   Ticket end number: 0000321
(Indicating that 321 total tickets were sold at your event)

You will also need to hold on the to winning raffle ticket and turn it into us at a later date.

Keep in mind that some items will need special licenses if you are doing a raffle for a big ticket item give away at your event! We will fill out all the proper documentation for you if you let us know the items full description and value ahead of time.

How do I get auction items for my event?

Your best resources for auction items are your friends and family! Many of your existing contacts may be able to donate gift cards or items if you let them know you are hosting a fundraiser for a local charity.

Many businesses around Edmonton and area are already great supports of ours and donate towards various fundraisers throughout the year. We would be happy to let you know the names of a few businesses that may be open to donating to your upcoming fundraiser. Then you can send them an email or request a donation in person. Some businesses request our charitable number in order to comply with their company’s donation policy. Our charitable number is 12953-7437RR0001.

If this is your first time getting auction items and you’re a little nervous about approaching businesses, there is a wealth of information available online can help you launch a successful event.

Do you have a form I can use to track incoming donations or pledges from guests?

Yes! Please request a copy from our Community Engagement Coordinator and we will send it to you via email for you to print as many copies as you would like to use.

How do I promote my event?

Two words… social media!

We would be happy to upload your event details to the Community Events calendar on our website. Many local websites also promote charity events on their website for free. Some of the places we use to post our events that we want the public know about are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Kijiji
  • Yelp
  • The Local Good

Have another question you don’t see here? Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator by email or phone 780.468.7070.