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Support UNHCR and fundraise to give refugees a chance at a brighter future

When people are forced to flee their homes because of violence or persecution, they turn to UNHCR for help. You can join us in helping the world’s most vulnerable people. Whether you are looking to host your own event or join one in your local community, fundraising is a great way to connect with friends, family and your community and support a cause near and dear to your heart.

From car washes to concerts, no event is too big or too small. Every dollar raised will go towards providing vital resources to refugees and to finding lasting solutions to their plight. UNHCR can help by providing you with the tools and support you need to have your event go off without a hitch.

For tips, tricks and fundraising ideas, download our fundraising guide. Need inspiration? Browse past events to see what’s been successful in the past (coming soon).

Most importantly, have fun and tell everyone about your upcoming event! Creating a hashtag for your event is a great way to generate buzz and connect with your extended network. Don’t forget to tag us in your upcoming posts on Twitter and Facebook. We love sharing all the hard work our donors are doing to help support refugees worldwide.

Step 1: Register your event

Register your event today to get access to a wealth of resources, like logos, images, letter of support, donation forms and more! Register your event at

Step 2: Create your personal page

Customize your own online fundraising page, set a personal goal and send a unique URL to your friends, family and extended network. Don’t forget to register before creating your page! Set up your page here.

Step 3: Review our fundraising toolkit

Review our toolkit to get tips and tricks on:

  • How to get started
  • Event ideas
  • Step by step checklist
  • How we can help you
  • Post-event follow up

Questions? Contact us


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Karen School - Spring Movie Night
Karen School - Watch a hero and be a hero!

Fundraising Spotlight

Calgary students raise funds for earthquake relief

“Watch a hero and be a hero!” That was the slogan that Sunalta Elementary students used on their colourful posters to advertise a movie night showing of Big Hero 6, an event to raise funds for UNHCR’s earthquake relief in Nepal.

Karen Anderson, who is a grade 6 teacher at the Calgary school, is coordinator of “We Act,” the school’s community service club, which organized the event. The club, which started three years ago with just a handful of grade 6 students, has now grown to over 60 kids from grades 4, 5 and 6. Sunalta, with about 300 pupils from kindergarten to grade 6, is one of Calgary’s oldest schools and has a strong focus on social responsibility.

This year the club had been working to raise funds to build a school on behalf of the Free the Children organization, successfully meeting its goal. But they still had one remaining fundraising event previously scheduled. “There was lots of news coverage about the earthquake in Nepal,” says Karen, “So the children talked about it and we were very excited to help the people of Nepal through our last movie night.”

A date was picked, posters were created and UNHCR was chosen to receive the funds. Karen did some research on UNHCR’s website and was pleased to see that 86 per cent of all donations raised go to people in need. “I also realized how much shelter was needed and how that’s UNHCR’s specialty,” she says. In the end Karen was buoyed by the fact that the $740 that the 150 students who attended the event raised—about half the school!—would go a long way to providing shelter for quake survivors.

“I’m really proud of the kids and the support we received from the staff, parents and community,” Karen says.

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