Start a Fundraiser

Rally community support with your own unique fundraising effort.

Fundraising is a powerful way to inspire friends, neighbours, and family to show compassion for our community.

The United Way Halifax team can help rally the community around your efforts. Whether you want to host a celebration, start a peer-to-peer fundraiser, or create a cause-marketing initiative at your company, we’re here to help. Our new online platform makes starting a fundraiser easier than ever.

You can get going right now, from wherever you are.

Here are some creative ideas to inspire you….


You could ask friends and family to donate to United Way Halifax as their birthday gift to you, or you could add a fundraising component to your birthday party or Facebook page.

Of course, a special-event fundraiser isn’t limited to birthdays. Weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, religious holidays, and many more occasions are great opportunities, too. A special-event fundraiser spreads local love, while celebrating a special day.

Give a Gift

Our online tribute cards make it easy for you to give the gift of local love, and honour someone special with a donation to United Way Halifax.

Get Moving

Peer-to-peer fundraising is growing in popularity, and a mini-fitness challenge is a great way to get started. You can rally your peers to show their local love by running, walking, or cycling in their own neighbourhoods. Or you could take on a physical challenge all on your own. 

In May, Kharim Schliewinsky did exactly that! This generous and creative eight-year-old ran 10 kilometres in his neighbourhood, raising $1,025 for United Way’s Atlantic Compassion Fund.

Market Your Business

Promoting your business while making a positive difference in the community is a win-win. Known as cause-marketing, these types of partnerships allow companies to offer their customers a creative way to support their business and United Way at the same time. 

Our city’s professional soccer team, the HFX Wanderers, is one example. The team recently paired up with United Way Halifax to produce and sell Wanderers-branded face coverings, with all proceeds going to United Way Halifax’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Face coverings are still available at the ​Wanderers online store.

The United Way Halifax team is available to help you customize your cause-marketing approach. Contact us to learn more.

Fundraise at Events

A raffle fundraiser is an easy, fun, and popular way to engage attendees at any in-person or online event. Raffle off a gift basket of donated goods, a staycation package or your professional services.

Contact us for more information on how to get started.

Be Social

When it comes to using the power of social media for good, the possibilities are endless.

For example, 2b theatre company launched a social-media campaign to promote United Way’s Atlantic Compassion Fund.

They asked participants to post a video showing off the “Most East Coast” thing they could think of. Then, using the hashtag #MostEastCoast, they spread the word and encouraged their social media followers to donate to the Atlantic Compassion Fund.

We’re here to help!

Kate Powe (they/them)
Relationship & Development Officer
(902) 461-3069