Events

We've been running fundraising events for over 15 years - what we've learned can help you.

A signature peer-to-peer fundraising event can help you gather your community and raise a lot of money - as long as you know what to do (and what not to do) and have the leadership, cash-flow, and capacity to pull it off.

Coldest Night of the Year

Canada's National Walk for Homelessness

The Coldest Night of the Year began in 2011. Since then, more than 145 charities have used CNOY to raise more than $21.7 million.


The Coldest Night is an excellent fundraising option for social service charities looking for a successful, proven signature fundraising event:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Non-competitive, family-friendly 2, 5, and 10 km walk
  • A winter event held in late February annually
  • Focused on charities who serve hungry, homeless, and hurting communities across Canada
  • Payouts increase from 65% to 80% as you raise more


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  • Learn more about our event cause

Once approved, CNOY location partners promote and operate the event like a franchise might. You'll work with our team of event managers to map out your routes, pick your start/finish, manage volunteers, and operate the event safely. We'll help you create a winning campaign plan, supported by friendly staff and our online events portal. We worry about all the costly and extra work required to establish and maintain the event, so you can be free to focus on promoting and recruiting.


The more you recruit, the more you'll fundraise. The more you fundraise, the higher your payout will at the end of the event. Average payouts range between 65% and 80%. In 2018, the average CNOY location raised $40,495, while the average first-year CNOY location raised $25,235.


The 2019 Coldest Night of the Year will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, in an expected 130 Canadian locations.

Ride for Refuge

Whether riding or walking, every mile matters!

The Ride for Refuge began in 2004, and has worked with over 500 charity leaders to help raise more than $12 million.


The RIDE is a great fundraising option for social service charities looking for a successful, proven signature fundraising event:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Non-competitive, family-friendly cycling or walking options (5km walking, 10, 25 + 50km riding)
  • Fall event - held annually the Saturday before Canadian Thanksgiving
  • Focused on charities serving displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people
  • Payouts increase from 65% to 80% as you raise more


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  • How to join our RIDE charity family

Once approved, charity partners don't worry about all the costly and extra work required to establish and maintain their own event. We do all that for you, working closely with generous, big-hearted Host Charities in each location. You only need to focus on recruiting team captains, who in turn recruit participants who can fundraise on your behalf.


The more you recruit, the more you'll fundraise. The more you fundraise, the higher your 'earned grant' and eventual payout will be at the end of the event. Payouts range between 65% and 80%.


The 2018 Ride for Refuge will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in 29 Canadian locations.

The Grand Parade

The Celebration of a Lifetime

The Grand Parade was piloted in 2018 for the first time. We're ready and ramping up for 2019's freshman year of new location partners!


The Grand Parade is an excellent fundraising option for social service charities looking for a successful, proven signature fundraising event:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Non-competitive, family-friendly 2 and 5 km walk
  • A late spring event held the first Saturday in June
  • Focused on charities who serve and celebrate aging Canadians
  • Payouts increase from 65% to 80% as you fundraise more


Learn More

  • Learn more about our event cause

Once approved, TGP location partners promote and operate the event like a franchise might. You'll work with our team of event managers to map out your routes, pick your start/finish, manage volunteers, and operate the event safely. We'll help you map out a winning campaign plan, supported by friendly staff and our online events portal. We worry about all the costly and extra work required to establish and maintain the event, so you can be free to focus on promoting and recruiting.


The more you recruit, the more you'll fundraise. The more you fundraise, the higher your 'earned grant' and eventual payout will be at the end of the event. Average payouts range between 65% and 80%.


In 2019, The Grand Parade will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in an expected 15 Canadian locations.

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