Host your Own Event

Hosting a fundraising event in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of York is a great way to get your family, friends, colleagues, and community involved in making a BIG difference in the lives of children and youth in York Region.

Your event is what you make it, so have fun with it! Here are some ideas to consider:

BBQ                                          Craft Sale/Show
Garage Sale                                Poker Tournament
Run/Walk/Ride                            Wine & Paint Night
Work Department Challenge          Video Game Tournament

More ideas can be found in our “Event Toolkit”.

If you would like to host your own fundraising event or have any questions, please contact Suzanne Boucher at 905-726-2149 ext 305 or


Tickets and Other In-Kind Donations

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and agencies across the country rely greatly on in-kind contributions from our partners.  If you are considering an in-kind donation, please contact us.

Examples of in-kind donations can include:

  • Business services (marketing, administrative, technology, consulting)
  • Event tickets (local tickets should deal directly with the community agency)
  • Gift certificates to restaurants and retail chains
  • Other prizes or auction items for one of out fundraising events
  • Supplies for our In-School and Group Mentoring Programs


Corporate Support

Our ability to innovate and collaborate and our history of demonstrated success with some of the most recognized brands in Corporate Canada makes us an ideal charitable partner for companies interested in pursuing large-scale, comprehensive cause-related marketing campaigns as well as those simply exploring a budding interest in community investment or sponsorship.

For those who are new to corporate social responsibility programs, we can help you achieve tangible business benefits:

  • enhanced brand perception by associating with our organization
  • increased awareness by leveraging our reach
  • influencing consumer choice and increased sales/profits by differentiating your product/company
  • increased productivity and employee satisfaction through employee engagement

Event Sponsorships

Companies and products find it increasingly difficult to differentiate themselves from competitors and to align their brand values with the values of their consumers. Supporting a cause that matters to your customers is a great way to achieve those business objectives.

In recent surveys:

  • 92% of consumers consider it important for corporations to contribute to non-profits
  • 76% of consumers have taken part in at least one cause-related marketing campaign
  • 90% of millennials said they would switch to a brand affiliated with a good cause, if price and quality were equal.


Employee Engagement

A 2017 report by Aon Hewitt suggests that employee engagement is falling. Our own research shows that employees who are given the opportunity to give back to their community through their employer are more productive, feel more positive about the company that they work for, and are more engaged.

We have numerous employee engagement opportunities including team participation in a fundraising event such as Bowl for Kids Sake or giving employees a couple of hours a week to volunteer as a mentor in our In-School mentoring program. We are always open to discussing creative opportunities to meet your unique employee engagement challenges.


Employer Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs. Employees of matching gift companies can donate to our agency and have their donation impact doubled. Please check with your company’s HR or charitable giving departments for clarification of any policies.

For more information on how you can support BBBS, please contact us.


Planned Giving

The most common type of planned gift is a charitable bequest in a person’s Will. However, more Canadians are realizing the benefits of giving through:

  • Life insurance policies;
  • Charitable remainder trusts;
  • Gift plus annuities;
  • Gifts of securities and mutual funds;
  • Gifts of residual interest;
  • Real estate

If you would like, we can talk with you and your advisors to ensure your planned gift fits your desires, financial objectives, family needs and your tax situation. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions about our programs and services. Please be assured that any discussion is confidential and will not obligate you to make a gift.

Give us a call. We would be happy to hear from you!


Other Ways to Support Us

Party or Wedding favours
Many people are replacing once traditional favours with a meaningful message on a card or tag that lets their guest know a donation to a charitable organization has been made in their name.

Donation in Lieu of Gifts
Ask your friends and family to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of York this year instead of buying you birthday presents.

Donate A Vehicle

Donate A Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of York.  We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Big Brothers Big Sisters of York through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your charity to benefit. After your Vehicle Donation is complete, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York will send you a tax receipt within 45 days!