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Fundraising is one of the best ways to raise money and bring people together to support a magical cause. Whether you’re an individual, employee, organization or community, every bit of support goes a long way to grant wishes.


Browse the many ways you can fundraise below.


Donor Events

This is a unique and effective way to support Make-A-Wish. Fundraising events are planned from outside parties who then give the proceeds to Make-A-Wish that help support our mission. The options are endless but here are just some of the great ideas that have been used by organizations and individuals to help fundraise on our behalf: 

  • Gala dinners
  • Walk-a-thons
  • Golf tournaments
  • Sports tournaments
  • Gift with donation
  • Silent auctions
  • BBQs
  • Bake sales
  • Pizza lunches
  • Dessert promotions
  • Customer appreciation days
  • Casual days
  • Garage sales
  • Car washes

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What It Is

Fundraising events that are planned from outside parties, who in turn, give the proceeds to help support Make-A-Wish.


How It Works

Before any event is promoted to the public, Make-A-Wish must approve your third party event. Please read our Fundraising Policy and fill out the Fundraising Application and send it to the attention of Bryan Swain. Once you get the green light, you’re good to start making those wishes come true! We will work in collaboration with you to help ensure the success of your event.

We have many tools and resources available and will happily help promote your event via our social media platform and website.


How You Can Get Involved

This is your chance to be really creative in encouraging others to support our cause. You can have walk-a-thons, bowling parties, garage sales, fashion shows, car washes and much more. When you support wishes, the sky’s the limit!

If you would like to host a Donor Event in your community, please contact Vanessa Wilson, Development Coordinator at 613-656-0490 or vanessa.wilson@makeawish.ca.




When you give $10,000 or more through the Adopt-A-Wish program, you’re able to follow the journey of one special child as they receive your support in making their magical wish come true.

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What It Is

The Adopt-A-Wish program offers you the opportunity to invest in a experience that can alter the course of a wish child's life, forever. Individuals, companies or groups of individuals can raise money through a variety of ways to support a wish. You’ll follow the personal journey of a wish child as his or her wish is fulfilled.


How It Works

After making your gift to Make-A-Wish, we will dedicate a specific wish to you, your organization, group or company. Your funds will turn that child's wish into a reality. You will receive information about one of our special wish children, including their medical condition, hobbies and their wish. You will then follow along on their wish journey, hearing updates, seeing photos and learning the ways your gift impacted the wish family. 


How You Can Get Involved

This is a very flexible program. Sponsors can be as creative as they want to donate or raise funds. Whether you’re an individual or a group, you can make a donation, plan an event, collect donations on behalf of members, honour clients by making a donation and much more. If you would like to Adopt-A-Wish in your community, please contact Vanessa Wilson at Vanessa.Wilson@makeawish.ca or 613-656-0490.



Employee Giving

Our careers are huge parts of our lives. It's time to use your career to make a difference in your community. Make-A-Wish makes it easy. Since Make-A-Wish receives no government funding, we rely on generous and loyal individuals and corporations to help fulfill the wishes of our wish children. The money raised helps to grant wishes to children in our local communities across the country. 

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There are a variety of ways your company can financially support Make-A-Wish and help grant wishes. Constructing your campaign can be simple and you can customize each option to meet your company's needs. As a Make-A-Wish supporter, corporate partnerships, whether individual or collective, help to raise funds that work towards granting wishes in our local communities. 

How It Works

There are many ways Make-A-Wish receives support from employees. Opportunities include wish granting funds, in-kind resources, employee engagement/volunteerism, matching gifts, networking on behalf of Make-A-Wish and much more.

How You Can Get Involved

We are always excited to welcome new corporate partners to our Make-A-Wish team. If you are a part of a corporation looking to make a difference in the lives of children, then we’ve answered your wish too.

Contact your human resources department to see if Make-A-Wish can be incorporated in your company's existing employee giving campaign and matching gifts program. Corporate-matched gifts are a great opportunity to increase the collective contributions from employee giving or the funds raised at a special event.

If you would like to coordinate a new employee giving program in your workplace, please contact Vanessa Wilson, at Vanessa.Wilson@makeawish.ca or 613-656-0490.




Kids for Wish Kids®

At Make-A-Wish, children are everything. And Kids For Wish Kids is a program that truly empowers them because kids manage it. Through responsibility and big hearts, they increase awareness for our mission and help many other children in turn.

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What It Is

Through fundraising managed by kids, Kids For Wish Kids helps to increase awareness of what Make-A-Wish does. But most of all, it gives kids hands-on experience in fundraising, volunteer work and empowers them to help other children in need. 


How It Works

Kids for Wish Kids is managed by kids. Kids are responsible for the program - from brainstorming fundraising ideas and developing action plans, to seeing the ideas come to fruition. Children form a committee, come up with fundraising ideas and ensure they are carried out. While teachers and parents sometimes serve as advisors, the kids are the ones who run the show! They can organize almost anything from a bake sale, to a dance marathon, a car wash and much more. 


How You Can Get Involved

If your students or children's group would like to raise awareness about Make-A-Wish and help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, contact Sharon Forbes to find out how to you can get started by contacting Sharon.Forbes@makeawish.ca





Students for Wishes

Through Students for Wishes, university and college students rally together to plan and coordinate fundraising campaigns to help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The Students For Wishes program raises awareness and funds through dedicated student volunteers within their post-secondary institute. These funds then go directly towards granting wishes of children within that community.

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What It Is

Join Students for Wishes, a fundraising program designed for college/university organizations, such as student governments, athletic teams and sororities/fraternities, interested in contributing some of their time and energy to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. 


How It Works

We work with a dedicated student volunteer executive that raises awareness and funds for our cause. Usually, they’re set up as an on-campus club and help to offer students an opportunity to give back to their community through various events and fundraising campaigns.

Students for Wishes allows college-age students to help those closest to them: former classmates or other kids in their community. Local students do it all - organize, raise funds and manage their program. This hands-on experience allows them to see first-hand how they can impact a child's life by helping grant a wish. 

here's your chance to have tons of fun by helping make wishes come true for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. As a Students for Wishes volunteer, you can partner with Make-A-Wish and cooridnate a fundraiser at your school to help sponsor wishes for wish kids in your community. 


How You Can Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about organizing a Students for Wishes fundraiser or club on campus, please contact 613-234-3555 or Sharon.Forbes@makeawish.ca


If you would like to learn more about Students for Wishes activities in our community, please visit:


Students for Wishes - Queens University
Facebook Page


Students for Wishes - Carleton University
(details to come)


Students for Wishes - Ottawa University





Celebrations Giving

When you give through our Celebration Giving program, you’re adding another meaningful element to your special day.

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What It Is

Whether celebrating a Wedding, Birthday, Baptism or Bar/Bat Mitzvah, your celebration is a special time for you and your family.  To help make your day a success, Make-A-Wish is pleased to provide a variety of recognition items customized to fit your day perfectly.


How It Works

There are a variety of recognition materials that Make-A-Wish can create to enhance your special day such as donation cards, place cards, thank you cards, a certificate or a poster acknowledging your generous donation to Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.   


How You Can Get Involved

To find out how to include your event in our Celebration Giving program, please contact Sharon Forbes at sharon.forbes@makeawish.ca

Click here for more information about fundraising at your wedding.




Fundraising Forms

We ask that you complete a fundraising agreement form before embarking on any fundraising event using the Make-A-Wish® name.


This agreement will help us determine how we may be able to provide support to help you promote your fundraising effort.


To request a fundraising form, please contact vanessa.wilson@makeawish.ca.



Make-A-Wish® makes ongoing efforts to ensure that we are always doing what we can to make wishes come true. You can support us through one of our seasonal campaigns or annual events. Discover the many ways you can help.

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Fundraising is one of the best ways to raise money and bring people together. Whether you’re an individual, employee, organization or community, every bit of support goes a long way to grant wishes to children throughout the National Capital Region.


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Ways to Give

By donating to Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario, you transform lives. You give children with life-threatening medical conditions a reason to hope for a brighter future. And most of all, you help make their magical wishes come true.

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Volunteers give the most valuable gift of all – their time. Their hard work, passion and commitment to giving children a magical wish experience make them the heart and soul of our organiztion. As a volunteer, you’ll change the lives of many children – and your own.

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