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Organize an Event

Host an Event

Hosting your own fundraising events are a great way to build awareness, raise funds, and transform the lives of Canadians with arthritis. This is a fun and engaging way to raise critical funds for arthritis research and innovative solutions for people affected by arthritis, and is an opportunity to introduce your friends, family and network to a cause that is important to you.

In Canada today, one in five adults live with the daily pain of arthritis. Without serious attention to this disease and its ramifications, there will be a 50% increase in the number of people affected by arthritis, increasing to 1 in 4 Canadians within 20 years. You can help empower those living with arthritis and help fund a cure. Get started today!

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Not sure where to start? No problem! Here are some fun and easy ideas to raise money and support our work.

Need help? Contact us at 1.800.321.1433 or


Hosting your own event or fundraiser helps the Arthritis Society raise much needed funds for research and programs that support the 6 million Canadians affected by arthritis. We are happy to provide this selection of tools and resources to help you plan your event and fundraising campaign and have fun doing it!

Event Resources

Fundraising Resources

  • I have an event idea but require assistance executing it. Can the Arthritis Society help?

    The Arthritis Society has many tools and resources available to assist in organizing fundraising events. Once you have decided that you wish to host an event in support of the Arthritis Society, we ask that you register your event or fundraising initiative online. If you do not want to register online, please contact us with the details of your event at to receive an event proposal form. When you submit your form, we will review your event and get back to you within 10 business days. Once your fundraising event is approved, we will provide you with all the tools and resources you may require to assist you in putting your event together.

  • What will/won’t the Arthritis Society help with for my event?

    The Arthritis Society can provide the following:

    • An online platform for your personal fundraising or events page that allows you to:
      • send emails to friends and family
      • accept online credit card donations from friends and family
      • recruit event attendees or team members
      • set your fundraising goal
      • track your progress
      • share your story
    • A variety of tools and resources to help you recruit, fundraise, and plan your event
    • Use of the Arthritis Society Host Your Own Event fundraiser logo (the Arthritis Society must approve all public facing materials that host our logo and brand)
    • Tax receipts for your donors online and offline donations, in accordance with our tax receipting guidelines

    The Arthritis Society may be able to have a staff member attend your event, based on availability and resources.

    The Arthritis Society is unable to provide the following:

    • Funding or reimbursement for event expenses
    • Necessary permits, licenses and insurance for an event
    • Donor or sponsor lists
    • Promotion or advertising of your event. 
    • Guaranteed attendance of staff. While we would love to be able to send a representative to your fundraising event, it is important to understand that the volume of requests often exceeds our available resources
    • Recruitment for volunteers at your event
    • Guaranteed attendees/ticket sales for your event
    • Application for gaming licenses i.e. Bingo, raffles, liquor or insurance
    • Prizes, auction items or awards
    • Tax receipts for cash or in-kind goods that were not directly received by the Arthritis Society office
  • Can I use the Arthritis Society database to contact donors to promote my event?

    As per the Privacy Act, the Arthritis Society cannot mail event information or contact our donors about a Host Your Own Event fundraiser.

  • Will you provide insurance for my event?

    The Arthritis Society is not able to provide insurance for any Host Your Own Events. Event organizers are responsible for obtaining the correct insurance for their events. The Arthritis Society cannot be held liable for any part of a Host Your Own Event fundraiser.

  • Can you provide some funds to cover my event expenses?

    The Arthritis Society is not able to contribute funds, financially support your event or reimburse expenses from donated funds. Event organizers are responsible for paying any expenses before making their donation or their donors’ donation to the Arthritis Society.

  • How much should I expect to give back to the Arthritis Society?

    At the Arthritis Society, we try to ensure that the 20/80 rule is utilized. Costs should not be larger than 20 percent of your funds raised. It is our goal that all supporting events will uphold this as a guideline when raising funds in support of the Arthritis Society.

  • Can you apply for a license or permit (lottery, etc.) on our behalf?

    The Arthritis Society cannot apply for any licenses on your behalf. Provincial gaming and lottery links are listed below for your convenience.

    Provincial Gaming Links:

  • Will you provide media support or write a press release to promote my event?

    Due to limited resources at the Arthritis Society we are not able to promote or generate publicity for your event. However, we can provide a pre-approved media advisory release template for you to customize. Be sure to remember to insert your event information into the copy before sending out to any media outlets. 

  • Can we use your logo and branding on our event materials?

    When you register your Host Your Own Event, you can access the Host Your Own Event tools and resources, which includes event logos and customizable templates. Any additional materials containing the Arthritis Society branding or logo must be submitted to us for approval prior to distribution.

  • Can someone from the Arthritis Society attend my event?

    While we would love to be able to send a representative to your fundraising event, it is important to understand that the volume of requests often exceeds our available resources and staff members are generally unable to attend a Host Your Own Event.

  • Can the Arthritis Society help recruit volunteers and attendees for my event?

    Due to the large number of fundraisers and limited resources at the Arthritis Society, we are unable to assist with recruitment of volunteers for your event or guarantee attendees/ticket sales for your event.

  • Can I accept credit card donations?

    Yes, the Arthritis Society can help facilitate the processing of credit card donations both online and offline. If you have registered your event or fundraiser online, your friends and family can donate to your page online using a credit card. Please note, if you collect cash or cheques from donors and make a payment on your credit card instead, ensure you enter the Donor Information as that of the donor, including email address, in order for the receipt to be issued in the donor's name. If you do not have the donor's email address please use [your first and last name] in this field, in order to have the receipt mailed to the donor.

  • Where do I send my offline donations?

    If you have an event set up online you can make a lump sum payment from the event on your credit card. If you would like to hand deliver cash donations, they can be dropped off at your local Arthritis Society office.

    Please Note: It is not safe to mail cash. Please send a cheque payable to the Arthritis Society instead. If you are looking for tax receipts for your donors, please make sure that you include a copy of the donation form filled out in full, with legible writing, in order for the Arthritis Society to process tax receipts.

  • Can tax receipts be issued for my event?

    For an event where the attendees are paying money to receive a benefit, such as a dinner party or concert, we cannot provide a tax receipt for any portion of the attendees payment.

    For a fundraiser, such as a birthday or running a marathon, where you are collecting donations from your peers, any donation made online will automatically be issued a tax receipt. Offline donations (cheques or cash you receive) can also be receipted, once the Arthritis Society receives the donation(s) and completed offline donation form.

  • Can I host multiple events at once?

    Your account can only create or join one “host your own” fundraising event at a time. If you’d like to create or join multiple “host your own” events at once, please log out of your current account, and register again using a different username and password than the one used previously. You may reuse the same email address. If your previous “host your own” event has ended, you can leave the event and join a new one. If you have questions, please contact us at 1.800.321.1433 or


If your event/fundraiser is ending before March 31st 2020, register here
If your event/fundraiser is ending April 1st 2020 or later, register here.

If you have already registered, click here to access your Participant Centre. 
Use your Participant Centre to customize your event and use the tools to help you fundraise.