Fundraising FAQs

Fundraising for Variety – the Children’s Charity is fun! And you’ll be a real hero to the children we support.

If you already have an idea for a fundraising event or activity, we’re here for you every step of the way. Your event can be big or small – creative or conventional. Whether it’s a small fundraiser at home for five friends or a super-sized event at your school or workplace, your event will make a real difference to children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

You are not limited to hosting events, you can set yourself a challenge or participate in a fun-run and fundraise along the way!

Click here to register your event or activity with us and here to create an online fundraising page. Once you’ve registered your fundraiser, we will contact you to discuss your ideas, and issue you with the all-important Authority to Fundraise document. You can then officially fundraise on behalf of Variety. This process usually takes up to three working days.

If you have questions please get in touch with the Variety office on 07 3907 9300 or [email protected]

To fundraise for any charity within Australia you must hold a Fundraising License issued by a State or Territory Governing Body. By registering your fundraising with us, you are legally authorised to fundraise under our license.

We have tried to make the registration process as easy as possible for you but if you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 07 3907 9300 or [email protected] and we can help you.

No, however if you’re under 16 years old and would like to set up an online fundraising page your parent or guardian will need to create an account on your behalf.

Money you raise will be directed to where it is most urgently needed, and your efforts will achieve the greatest impact if used in this way. You can learn more about how Variety assists sick, disadvantaged or have special needs kids in the ‘how we help’ section of our website.

We can assist you to set up an on-line fundraising page. Contact the Variety office on 07 3907 9300 or at [email protected] or visit here to set one up yourself. If you’re under 16 years old, your parent or guardian will need to do it on your behalf.

Don’t forget to personalise your page with your photo, fundraising goal and what inspired you to get involved in supporting Variety. Most importantly, don’t be shy about being a hero for kids! Tell everyone about your fundraising page through social media, email or in person. You can also keep people updated through social media of your upcoming events and fundraising activities.

Yes, there are rules for fundraisers to protect you, your donors, and Variety.

All fundraising event or activity funds must be remitted to Variety within two weeks of the finish of your event. As the organiser, you are responsible for the financial management of your fundraising activity.

No expenses can be incurred in Variety’s name. Any costs you do need to deduct must be fair and reasonable and only include out of pocket expenses such as catering or venue hire.

Raffles are a great way to raise funds at social or community events. When organising your raffle, we encourage you to have a look at the rules and regulations around conducting raffles here.

While we do everything we can to help make your fundraising event a success, there are some things you’ll need to do yourself.

You will need to manage any ticket sales, soliciting of prizes, booking the venue or even organising celebrities. You will also need to manage your event logistics, keep track of finances and records, including cash.

Don’t feel as though you need to ‘go it alone’. You’d be surprised at just how keen your family and friends will be to help!

We have lots of handy templates, guides and resources to support your efforts. Once you’ve registered your fundraising event/activity with us, we will provide you with our Proudly Supporting logo to use on your promotional materials.

Keep your supporters updated via email and social media. Be sure to engage your school and workplace and approach local media. We can provide you with media advice and a media release template.

Once you’ve registered your fundraising event/activity with us, we will provide you with our Proudly Supporting logo to use on your promotional materials.

When creating promotional material, our preferred wording for you to link your event to the cause is “Proudly supporting Variety – the Children’s Charity.” Please email a copy to [email protected] for approval prior to distributing or publishing.

This depends on what type of fundraising you are doing.

If you are asking people to donate through your online Team Variety fundraising page, the donor automatically receives a receipt and Variety receives the funds. You don’t need to do anything except direct your supporters to your page!

If you raise cash, you can donate it through your online page or deposit it into the Variety Queensland bank account as follows:

Variety Queensland. BSB: 034-072. Account: 201739.

Make sure you email [email protected] to let us know the date, branch and amount so we can confirm receipt with you.

Anyone who donates through your online fundraising page (if you have one) will automatically receive a tax deductible receipt via email.

You should record cash donations (which are tax deductible) separately from money from ticket and raffle sales (which are not). Pass these donation records to [email protected] and we will issue tax-deductible receipts to your donors.

We will do our best to accommodate requests for someone from Variety to attend your event. However please understand we are unable to fulfill all requests (as much as we would love to!). Our Community Fundraising Coordinator will discuss this with you once you’ve registered your event with us.

Contact the Variety office on 07 3907 9300 or at [email protected] via email and a team member will assist you.

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