Get Involved! Putting the FUN in Fundraise
Thank you for your interest in raising money for vulnerable children in care and for supporting our Pyjama Angels.
By hosting your own fundraising event, you can brighten a child’s life dramatically.
If you are into personal challenges or are celebrating an occasion, encourage your friends and family to support you and embrace this opportunity to raise funds for children in care.
Through your fundraising efforts, you are helping us achieve our goal of enhancing the lives of Australian children in care through education.
Why your fundraising makes a difference?
With your help, The Pyjama Foundation is able to enhance the Love of Learning Program, an individual program that has been designed to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of children in care, as well as recruit, screen, train and support more volunteer Pyjama Angels – who implement the Love of Learning Program.
So what are you waiting for?
Sign up to start your own fundraising page today!
FUNdraise with Friends!
You can take part in one of the Pyjama Foundation events such as Trivia Nights, National Pyjama Day, Gala Nights – OR – you can host your own event.
Fundraising for the Pyjama Foundation can be fun and extremely rewarding.
To help you host a successful fundraising event and have fun at the same time, we have put together some helpful tips for you.
There’s more than one way to help raise money on National Pyjama Day. Here are just a few:
• Hold a PJ night-in sleepover and donate what you would usually spend on a night out
• Host a PJ morning tea or bake off
• Pyjama Disco at your school
• Have a book sale
• Wear your PJ’s to work – ask your boss to match what you raise
• Join a fun run and raise money
The opportunities are endless!
For more event details or further information contact
Sign up to create a team fundraising page today!
Hosting an Event - Tips and Tricks
1. Get Organised Early
It is helpful to decide the who, what, when and where as soon as possible. Who are you planning to invite? What type of event would you like to host? When are you going to hold your event? And, where will the event be located? Once you have made these decisions, it’s time to register your event with the Pyjama Foundation – just email Deborah@thepyjamafoundation.com. Finally, keep a checklist of what needs to be done. Every time you can check something off your list you will be one step closer to a fantastic event.
2. Prepare a Budget
Knowing how much it may cost you to put together your event will inform many of your decisions along the way. By having a clearly planned budget, you are much more likely to hit your fundraising goal for the event.
3. Set a Goal
It is always a good idea to keep in mind what your overall fundraising target will be. Small or large, any donation that is given to the Pyjama Foundation makes an impact on the future of a child in care. Don’t be afraid to start off small – you can always build on your fundraising as you become more experienced.
4. Promote Your Event
Utilise social networking as well as your community and work networks to advertise your event. Also, tap into your local media to find other outlets to promote your event. And, don’t forget to spread the word to your family and friends.
5. Set up an Online Fundraising Page
Online fundraising is a great way to ask for support from friends and family who will not be able to make it to your event but who would still love to support you. Setting up a page is incredibly quick and easy. For information on how to set up your own fundraising page, email Deborah@thepyjamafoundation.com
6. Try to get as Much Donated as Possible
Your family and friends in the community are likely to help your event by making in-kind donations. Whether it is food, the event space, thank you bags or any other item for your event, it will help your bottom line and allow you to donate more to The Pyjama Foundation.
7. Enlist Friends and Family to Help Organise Your Event
Your friends and family are likely to want to help you be successful and they each carry a specific skill set. If you have a friend who has taken up photography or know someone who dabbles in design, ask them if they would be willing to donate their services for your event.
8. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
You will be surprised by how willing people are to give, if you just ask them. Don’t be shy – people want to help where they can!
9. Educate Yourself
Take some time to learn all you can about the Pyjama Foundation and the work we do, about what it means to be a child in care and the outcomes for them and the difference that having a Pyjama Angel can make to a child’s life! People will be impressed with your amount of knowledge when they attend your event.
10. Say Thank You to Supporters
Make a list of everyone who was involved – whether they donated funds or supported in another way. Any donation over $2 is tax-deductible; ensure any donor to your event has received a receipt if they would like one. Simply make a list of donations made and the name and contact details of the person who made the donation and send the list through to us at the Pyjama Foundation – we will make sure everyone receives a receipt. Lastly, don’t forget to let them all know how much you appreciated their support and efforts – say ‘Thank You’!
Become a regular giver
Donations are crucial in order to maintain our Love of Learning Program for children in foster care. If you would like to support The Pyjama Foundation, but do not have time to volunteer every week, perhaps you could spare a little money each month.
Your donation will go towards giving a foster child his or her own very special Pyjama Angel. While the Pyjama Angels give their time freely, there are unfortunately expenses that the Pyjama Foundation incurs.
Your donation will go towards the screening, training, recruiting and matching of Pyjama Angels with the children. It will also enable us to provide new books, puzzles, educational-based games and iPads for children in care so they can improve their learning outcomes and catch up with their peers.
By making manageable monthly donations (around two coffees per week) you will be helping a foster child to change the direction of their life with learning, life skills and confidence. You will be helping The Pyjama Foundation to continue our life-changing work with children in foster care.
Your monthly donation of:
$10 will help us to buy new books for children in care
$25 will go towards purchasing puzzles
$40 helps us to buy educational board games
$50 will help us screen, train, recruit and match a Pyjama Angel with a child in care
There are a number of ways your company can become involved with The Pyjama Foundation:
- staff engagement;
- volunteering – in-office or at events;
- payroll giving;
- event sponsorship;
- cause related marketing and other co-branding opportunities;
- hosting clients at events e.g. Gala dinner, Pyjama Party.
The opportunities to showcase your commitment to the community are endless. We are always looking for teams to come in and help us in the office with Birthday cards for the children and Christmas present wrapping.
Email Deborah Scott-Ranson for more details.
We absolutely encourage schools, kindergartens and child care centres to get involved!! There are a number of ways your group can help!
Simply register your school to host a Pyjama Day (where the kiddies can wear their PJ’s to school!) and bring a gold coin donation on Friday 21st July 2017. Head to nationalpyjamaday.com to register to receive your free Pyjama Day Kit!
Or, pledge an amount to Fundraise Online, and rally teachers, students and their families and friends to support your school’s efforts to raise vital funds for children in foster care.