Organising your own fundraising event is a fun and rewarding challenge that will give you the opportunity to put your planning skills to good use! You’ll also be able to get some friends involved and have a lot of laughs along the way – plus you’ll be helping Garvan continue our pioneering medical research.

Fundraising in six easy steps

1. Read through our Fundraising Guide carefully.

4. Start to plan and publicise your event – we’ll be happy to help.

2. Fill in a ‘proposal to raise funds’ form and send it to us.

5. Hold your event and celebrate its success!

3. If your proposal is approved, we’ll send you an Authority to Fundraise letter and Supporter ID.

6. Thank your supporters and pay in your fundraised money.

To fundraise for a charity in Australia, there are a few requirements under various State laws that you’ll need to be aware of, so be sure to check out our guidelines below before you start.

Click here to set up an online fundraising page.

If you’d prefer to join an organised event rather than set up your own, check out our Take on a challenge page.

‘Suddenly, these events took on a whole new meaning. It was now very real to us’.

In 2010, the Rizzo family raised $2,000 at a breast cancer fundraiser on their back verandah. Sisters Santina, Marina and Grace, and Grace’s daughter Yasmina never imagined that at their next event just two years later they would raise $10,000.

The events took on a new meaning in 2014 when both Grace and their cousin Aurora were diagnosed with breast cancer. So for their 2016 fundraiser, they decided to donate their proceeds to Garvan. And it was bigger than ever – with 500 people and two events, the Rizzo family raised an amazing $43,000.

Useful resources

Fundraising Guide

A handy fundraising guide to help get you started.

Proposal to raise funds

Have an idea for a fundraising event? You’ll need to send us a completed Proposal to Raise Funds form.

Once you have received approval to fundraise Garvan can provide posters, logos, receipt books and media release templates to assist you with your event. Feel free to contact our friendly team on 1300 73 66 77 or email

Stuck for an idea?

There are a whole range of things you can do to raise funds for Garvan – bake sales, coffee mornings, trivia nights and sausage sizzles are always popular. Or how about something a little more unusual? For example, you could organise:

  • A whacky sporting challenge such as a game of barefoot bowls
  • A progressive dinner party
  • A pyjama party
  • A private movie premiere

Have a question about fundraising for Garvan?

Check out our supporter FAQs here. Or contact us using the details below – we’ll be happy to help.

1300 73 66 77

Related links

Take on a challenge
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Supporter events
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Pay in the funds you raise
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