For Celebrations

Wondering how to fundraise during celebrations? Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, a graduation, an anniversary, a retirement party, you can help raise money to support refugees.

Photo: © UNHCR/Felipe Irnaldo

Asking for donations instead of gifts is a generous and inspirational way to mark a special occasion. Here are a few ways that you can celebrate and help support refugees:

A couple kissing at their wedding


By asking your guests to donate to UNHCR Canada instead of giving a wedding gift, you can give refugees living in some of the world’s toughest places a reason to celebrate.

Donations In Lieu of Wedding Favours

You can also donate to UNHCR Canada in lieu of providing wedding favours. You can download our fillable place cards below to display at your wedding venue. Please note: Before printing on card stock, ask your printing house to add a fold in the middle in order to avoid creasing when the card is folded in half.


Support UNHCR Canada in celebration of your birthday. Instead of gifts, ask friends and family to make a donation with a birthday fundraiser!

For children’s birthday parties, check out UNHCR Canada on ECHOage.

children at a birthday party
A baby shower

Other Celebrations

From retirements and baby showers to graduations, there are so many occasions that offer the chance to raise money for UNHCR Canada. Check out our fundraising toolkit for more information.

Looking for a perfect gift?

At UNHCR Canada’s gift shop, you can give vital gifts to those most in need. With no idea if or when they’ll be able to return home, refugee families are forced to flee with few to no belongings. Your gift can help provide refugee families with essential life-saving support.

children at a birthday party

We’re Here to Help
If you need more information or advice, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us at 416-926-7965 or

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