Create Your Own Fundraising Event

Start Your Own Fundraising Event

You’ve probably made a donation to support a friend or family member participating in a special event to raise money for an important cause. Or maybe you’ve run, walked, biked or baked for a cause yourself?

Now you can bring your passion for making a difference and the excitement of a special event to your social network or your workplace, and raise money to help change people’s lives through United Way! It’s as easy as 123!

1 Think of an event concept you’d like to organize.

Do you have a unique and inventive concept for a special event that you think is a real winner? Is there a special event you’ve always wanted to try yourself?

United Way’s customizable, online fundraising software can help you take a new or existing concept and make it an incredible fundraiser.

Here are a few examples of fun, easy and effective fundraising events you could organize:

  • Scavenger Hunt/Amazing Race
  • Truck/Car/Bus Pull
  • Bowling Event
  • Video Game Tournament

2 Fill out the United Way Event Application Form (PDF).

To offer you the best support possible we need to know everything there is to know about your event concept.

We’ve made it easy for you and provided a nifty Event Application Form (PDF) that gathers all of the information we need to get you started fundraising and having fun right away!

3 Start fundraising!

Ask your friends and family to join or support your event and make it an incredible success! Our customizable, online fundraising software allows you to personalize and track your donations, share on Facebook and Twitter, and get your whole social network involved.

Fundraising statisticsThere’s even more you can do…

Our customizable, online fundraising software can offer you your very own personal, club or workplace-branded event site, where your friends and coworkers can register to participate and fundraise by reaching out to their friends and family. It will allow you to:

  • Create a custom event site that profiles you or your workplace/club’s community involvement for everyone to see
  • Automatically and securely handle online credit card donations (with an offline fundraising option available)
  • Track which individuals or teams are fundraising leaders, encouraging fun inter-office (or inter-family!) competition
  • Give participants an easy way fundraise by reaching out to their personal networks and the ability to create customized thank-you messages for their supporters

Get started now!

Planes, perogies & #PullingForThePeg!

Our 2014 Campaign Kickoff & Plane Pull is right around the corner! Set for September 12, this year’s event is filling up quickly and promises to be an exciting start to the annual campaign.

10:30am Team Registration
11:00am Campaign Kickoff
11:15am Lunch and Plane Pull
1:15pm Awards

Location: Red River College – Stevenson Campus (2280 Saskatchewan Ave – West side of airport)
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014

Everyone is welcome to join us as our 2014 Campaign Chair and “Captain” Sandra Oakley kicks off the campaign. After a short program stick around to enjoy a delicious perogy lunch and cheer for your favourite Plane Pull team.

For more information on the event or to register a Plane Pull team, please contact Angela Bishop at 204-924-4266 or

Plane Pull

Assemble a crew of your strongest, most caring employees, co-workers and friends to compete with teams from across Winnipeg to pull a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (90,000lb) or Boeing 727 (191,000lb) across 20 feet of tarmac! It’s a short-haul flight to the finish line for bragging rights and the chance to experience what it means to pull together and change lives in Winnipeg.

Register your team soon to make sure you secure a spot for this sell-out event! A registration fee of $250 will be invoiced to your workplace, and includes lunch for everyone and a chance at some great prizes!

Your team can also fundraise which will provide a mighty boost to your workplace campaign, AND give you a chance at even more amazing prizes…

Team Spirit Prize

Plane Pull is all about doing good and having fun while you’re at it.  The Team Spirit Prize is awarded to the team that best embraces the spirit of the event. So think up a costume and practice your cheer and your team could win one round of free mini golf at the Golf Dome!

Team Steam Prize

Rev your engines and show us that your crew has what it takes to pull our McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (90,000lb) or Boeing 727 (191,000lb) across 20 feet of tarmac the fastest. The team with the fastest pull time will receive 20 bowling passes for one free game at Dakota Bowling (DC-9) or Academy Lanes (727).

Participant Fundraising Prize

Every participant who raises $50+ online by Thursday, August 28 at 9:00 pm will receive a Plane Pull t-shirt.

Top Fundraising Team*

The team with the highest fundraising total will win 20 tickets to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers home game in October. On-field trophy presentation and public recognition as a Community Heroes workplace.

Top Fundraising Individuals*

Available to the top 3 fundraising individuals.**

Choice between one of two $1000 Esso gift cards or a roundtrip for two courtesy of VIA Rail Canada.***

* To be eligible for the Top Fundraising Team or Top Fundraising Individuals prizes, all donations must be submitted online to United Way by Thursday, September 11 at 9:00 pm.
** Highest fundraising total will select first followed by the runner-up and second runner-up.
***Subject to travel conditions.

Thank you to these amazing sponsors!

Sponsorship helps us host great days like our Plane Pull, and we are very grateful to these sponsors.

Thank you to these amazing sponsors!

Ace Burpee’s most delicious foodie fundraiser yet.

Sausage Party Fundraiser.If your stomach was lucky enough to enjoy last year’s mouth-watering Baconfest, you’ll be first in line for tickets to Ace Burpee & Virigin 103.1 FM‘s Sausage Party!

The party’s December 4th, and tickets are available now at Market Burger, 645 Corydon Avenue. Proceeds go to United Way of Winnipeg, your stomach, and a better city for us all.

Ahoy, maties! ‘Tis time for Pirates at the Pier!

Shiver me timbers, it’s time to join the generous hearties at Pony Corral for Pirates at the Pier!

Join us for Pirates at the Pier!

The swashbuckling good time starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 at 1700 Pembina Highway.

Tickets are $15 at the door, with great prizes in support of United Way and prizes for the most piratey costume. Anchors aweigh!

John Coleshaw Sr. ‘Art Giveaway by Donation’: great art for a great city!

Abstract art by John Coleshaw Sr.

Abstract art by John Coleshaw Sr.

John Coleshaw Sr. is a prolific, 80 year-old artist from Regina. His abstract work has been described as a vibrant, colourful expression of “a gentle and generous soul.”

And now some of this lovely work can be yours! All it takes is a donation towards creating opportunities for success in your city.

Mr. Coleshaw’s family – long time donors to United Way of Winnipeg – are hosting an ‘Art Giveaway by Donation’ share-raiser, where you can come select a piece of artwork for the cost of a sealed envelope donation payable to United Way of Winnipeg.

Head on down to Joe Black’s to participate in this creative, generous fundraising effort. Your walls will thank you!*

Monday, April 30th 7 pm at Joe Black Coffee Bar, 2037 Portage Avenue.

*And speaking of thank you: a huge thanks to Mr. Coleshaw & the Coleshaw-Echols family for organizing this fundraiser. May your fundraising creativity be an inspiration!


Ace Burpee's Baconfest.

Ace Burpee has set out to raise $100,000 for the United Way this Fall. Along with HOT103, he presents the first-ever Baconfest in Winnipeg!

Atrium, Richardson College – 599 Portage Avenue

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
7 – 10 PM

The finest chefs and restauranteurs in Winnipeg are coming together to create an evening full of bacon-inspired dishes, great music and awesome bacon-inspired prizes!

All the proceeds from the evening will support the United Way through Ace’s One Man, One Hundred Thousand Dollars Campaign.

Our generous participants include:

Tickets are $75 and are available now at HOT 103 (3-177 Lombard Avenue), Elements (599 Portage Avenue), Bistro 7 1/4 (725 Osborne Street) & Cakeology (85 Arthur Street). Cash or cheques (made to United Way) accepted.