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2 By running a fundraiser at your workplace, YOU are a HERO to people in your city experiencing food insecurity. Second Harvest needs the support of heroes like you to meet the growing demand for fresh, healthy food from people facing hunger in our communities. Here are some ways that you make a difference: $500 $1,000 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 provides enough food for over 1,000 fresh, healthy meals provides food for a warm, hearty lunch for 80 at-risk youth for an entire month feeds a family of four for over a year provides breakfast, lunch & dinner for 11 seniors living below the poverty line for over a year provides four classrooms of kids from low-income families with a healthy lunch for an entire school year Rita and her young son attend a meal program at a Second Harvest partner agency a couple times a week. Even though she works full-time she often cannot afford groceries, especially good quality groceries, to last them the whole week. I hope to be able to get back on my feet, and be able to pay for all our household needs myself, but until then the meals we receive here are life savers. I don t know what my son and I would do without them. 2

3 There are endless ways to fundraise for your Second Harvest Hero campaign. The key to a successful fundraiser is to choose an activity your team will love and that you can get excited about. Here are some of our best ideas tried, tested & true by our top fundraising teams. TIP: Combine multiple activities to take your campaign to the next level! HERO DAY: Join hundreds of Heroes across the city on February 15 and 22 to help us raise funds and awareness in TTC and PATH locations (3-7 volunteers per station). Check out for a listing of participating locations. Three hours at a downtown subway station raises an average of $1,200 towards your Hero campaign. RAFFLE TICKET SALES: With over $30,000 worth of prizes and more winners than ever, our annual raffle is a crowd-pleasing and easy way to fundraise. Order your raffle tickets from Second Harvest today! We ll ship them with your toolkit, and you can sell tickets to your colleagues, friends, family, clients, and vendors. Every book of ten tickets sold provides 160 meals. 20 books sold X $80/book = $1,600 raised LUNCH MONEY CHALLENGE: Have you ever thought about how much you spend on ordering or going out for lunch? Challenge your team to bring lunch from home for a week (or a month!) Calculate how much you ve saved & pool this money to help your neighbours in need. $10/day X 5 days X 30 people = $1,500 raised 3

4 DONATION DRIVE: Simple and straightforward. Reach out to friends, family, clients, and vendors, and tell them why you are fighting hunger in our city. Create an online fundraising page at to make giving easy for your donors. 5 donors X average $60 gift = $300 raised/fundraiser 10 fundraisers X $300 = $3,000 raised JEANS DAYS: Wear your favourite jeans and support a great cause! Purchase casual days for $2/day (or $30 per month). Already a casual office? Choose a fun theme instead, such as wearing your favourite hat or sports jersey. $30/team member X 25 people = $750 raised $30/team member X 50 people = $1,500 raised KERNELS POPCORN: The perfect snack year round! Order Kernels popcorn bags for $1 and sell them for $2. Pick a week to run a drive so your coworkers can stock up, or keep them on hand to fundraise year-round. to request a form. 500 bags sold/year (about 40 per month) = $500 raised This is a great stand-alone or add-on to any other fundraiser! POTLUCK CHALLENGE: Challenge your coworkers culinary skills! This competitive twist on the traditional potluck lets you vote on the best dish. The winner receives a prize, and everyone gets to sample the culinary creations with a minimum donation. 30 participants X $20 donation = $600 raised Combine with company match = $1,200 raised OFFICE BINGO: Sell bingo cards and draw a number once a day until someone fills their card! Use a free online card generator to make it easy. $5 per card or 5 cards for $20. Average raised: $500-$700 4

5 PARTY FOR FOOD RESCUE: Host a party at your office or book a local venue. Invite your clients & vendors for a chance to network and showcase your charitable efforts. Add a fun theme your party to kick it up a notch i.e., superheroes, 90 s, Disco, Roaring 20 s, etc. Tickets $25/person X 60 people = $1,500 Silent Auction 10 prizes X average $75 value = $750 On-site 50/50 Raffle $250 Donation Drive $2,500 OFFICE POOL: Simple to organize, with plenty of templates available through a quick online search. Some fun themes: Oscars, your favourite sports tournament, or staff trivia. $20 per entry X 50 participants = $1,000 raised BAKE SALE: A classic fundraiser for a reason it works! Ask the bakers in your office to prepare their favourite recipe, and sell your sweet treats in the lobby of your building to reach even more buyers. Raises $600 - $800. Double or triple your total by hosting once a month, or once a quarter. SKILLS SILENT AUCTION: Everyone donates their time and talent while coworkers bid for a chance to win and learn something new. Example Brian in HR loves hitting the gym and donates a 2 hour boot camp workout session. 20 prizes X average $35 winning bid = $700 raised OFFICE OLYMPICS: Get into teams and compete for a prize. Incorporate a range of fun activities (paper airplane toss, video games, bean bag toss, staff trivia & more). Works great as an interdepartmental challenge! $20/participant X 40 people = $800 raised 5

6 KICKING OFF YOUR FUNDRAISER Kicking of your fundraiser sets you up for success by communicating the fundraising plan and goal to your team. Kick-off s include: Introduction to Second Harvest Announcement of your fundraising activities/events Announcement of your fundraising goal We are here to support! Second Harvest will gladly provide a representative to deliver your kickoff, or provide a presentation at any time about our organization for your staff team. PRIZE IDEAS Getting prizes for your office pools, bingo, or other fundraiser doesn t have to be difficult or costly. Consider these options: Request a small budget or non-cash prize from your company such as a vacation day, use of a premium parking spot for a week, or lunch with a member of your Senior Leadership Team. Reach out to local businesses to donate a prize. Use the request template provided in the Resources section of our website. Run your fundraiser as a 50/50 (or 60/40, 70/30) draw, with a portion going to your fundraising total and a portion to the winner. CAMPAIGN MATERIALS We ve got you covered! Through Second Harvest, you can order a free toolkit of materials to make your campaign fun & successful, including: Posters Buttons Collection Cans Fundraising Thermometer Hero Masks & Capes Contact Kris-John at x286 to order your materials today. Digital tools are available in the Resources section of our website. 6

7 COMPANY MATCH Check with your Manager or HR Department to see if your company matches employee donations. This is a great way to boost your campaign and motivates people to give more! Ask us for help in approaching your company for a match. ONLINE FUNDRAISING Boost your fundraising & track your progress by creating a fundraising page in minutes at You'll receive a personalized link for your team that you can send to donors. It s easy and secure, and all donations receive an automatic tax receipt. SOCIAL MEDIA Spread the word through your personal and company social media channels. Reach a wider audience & showcase your charitable initiative. Check out our social media toolkit on our resources page @2ndharvestTO 7

8 Our top team will be rewarded with a fully catered luxury suite for 16 people on Tuesday, May 28, 2018 for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game. Courtesy of Aramark Sports & Entertainment. Value: $4,500 Our Top 3 fundraising teams will receive $1,000 USD Delta Air Lines vouchers to use for next year s campaign! Our Top 20 fundraising teams will receive their company name & logo listed on special mention in an e-blast to 22,000 recipients, and a commemorative plaque 8

9 TUESDAY, JANUARY Second Harvest Hero Launch & Networking Event Location: Baro, 485 King Street West, 2 nd Floor. RSVP by January 15 to THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 & THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 HERO DAYS - Second Harvest Hero volunteers will be in TTC & PATH locations across the city collecting donations from commuters and raising awareness. Visit for more information & location listings. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 Last free Purolator pick up before the raffle draw (see Preparing & Submitting Your Donation p. 10) THURSDAY, MARCH Second Harvest Hero Raffle Draw Prize Winners will be contacted and names posted on our website: FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Last date to submit donations in order to be eligible for incentive prizes and Top 20 honours for

10 1. Fill out the Donation Submission Form (enclosed & on the Resources page of secondharvesthero.ca) and return the following to Second Harvest: Donation money Completed Donation Submission Form Tax Receipt Request Form(s) All Raffle Tickets & Money (sold and unsold) *Raffle monies must be returned with sold ticket stubs. Ticket will not be entered into the draw until payments are received. *Please keep raffle money separate from the rest of your donation monies (Keep raffle money in separate envelope) Collection cans and any leftover buttons and capes (please keep your masks) 2. Send your donations to Second Harvest by Purolator, Mail, or Online. a) Purolator: Our Transportation Partner, Purolator, will pick up and deliver your donations and leftover supplies to Second Harvest. Contact Kris-John at x286 or by the following dates: Purolator Pick-Up Dates Thursday, March 1 Thursday, March 22 Monday, March 29 Deadline to Register for Pick-Up Friday, February 24 at 12pm Friday, March 16 at 12pm Tuesday, March 23 at 12pm b) Mail: Make cheques payable to Second Harvest and include Hero on the memo line. Mail to the Second Harvest office at 1450 Lodestar Rd., Unit 18, Toronto, ON, M3J 3C1. Include completed Tax Receipt Request Form(s) for any individuals requiring a tax receipt. c) Online: Using the Manage Cash or Cheque option on your personal/team fundraising page, you can log and pay any donations and group fundraising. Tax receipt Information All financial donations provided by you and your donors are eligible for tax receipts. Please provide the names and information of all individuals requesting a tax receipt, in the enclosed Tax Receipt Request Form. If you have any questions, please call Kris-John at x286. Collections and funds raised through event or other group fundraising are not eligible for tax receipts. Raffle ticket purchases are not eligible for a tax receipt because when you purchase a raffle ticket you have a chance to win a prize. This is per Canada Revenue Agency regulations. Please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to learn more. 10

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