No single group can find a cure for SMA alone – it requires collaboration between families, academics, industry, and government. Wherever you fit, Cure SMA Canada offers a variety of ways to get involved.
Our work would not be possible without all the dedicated supporters who raise money
and awareness for Cure SMA Canada. Each year, our families and friends organize and
participate in fundraisers that take the entire SMA community closer to a treatment and cure.
From Walk-n-Rolls and Galas to marathon teams, golf events, and birthday celebrations, fundraisers support our comprehensive research program and allow us to give patients and families the information and resources they need to live active, engaged, and hopeful lives today.
There are many ways for you to fundraise and make a difference for those affected by SMA.
- Plan an event.
Plan a Walk-n-Roll, a Gala, or any event of your choosing. Our team will provide the logistical and fundraising support you need to make it successful and meaningful.
- Join an event.
You don’t have to host your own event to fundraise for Cure SMA Canada. Our community hosts many events that give you, as a participant, the opportunity to set a goal for donations and reach out to your network of family, friends, and coworkers for support. Find a specific event or browse out calendar to see what’s going on near you.
If you are not sure how to get started or which option is right for you, our team is here to help. Reach out to us with any questions.
As an event organizer, you are the key to a successful and meaningful event. And our team will be there every step of the way.
Get started –
Interested in planning an event, or just want to learn more about the process? We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have!
Please email the office for any questions and to discuss your interest. A member of our team will contact you within 3 business days.
Event ideas –
Our team will help you plan any of the following events:
An opportunity to raise funds and to show support for this affected by SMA. Participants often fundraise in teams, each honoring a specific individual or family.
- Evening of Hope.
Whether you are planning a black-tie gala or a backyard BBQ, a dinner – or breakfast, or lunch – event is another way to support our mission of a treatment and cure for SMA.
- Golf Outing.
A golf tournament can turn a favorite activity into an exciting fundraiser.
- Other events.
Our fundraisers vary in size, scope and activities. No idea is too big or too small.
You do not have to host an event to fundraise for Cure SMA Canada. Many individuals and families choose to fundraise by participating in one of our existing events.
These events give you, as a participant, the opportunity to set a goal for donations and reach out to your own network of family, friends and coworkers to help you meet your goal. The proceeds from your fundraising efforts will help fund research and family support programs for those affected by SMA.
You can also support Cure SMA Canada by making a donation on behalf of another event participant or individual fundraiser.
Get Started –
Visit our event calendar, where you can search for a specific event or just browse what’s going on near you. Once you have found your event, you can register and start fundraising!
Making a Fundraising Ask
- Identify the need that you are trying to address.
- Explain why it is important to you.
- Share what you are doing about it.
- Ask your donor to take a specific action.
- Give your donor a chance to think about what they can give.
You might sound something like this: “One in every 10,000 babies is born with SMA. As someone who has a child, I find this scary, depressing, and unacceptable. So I am participating in [name of your event] this year to change that statistic. Will you support me by giving a gift of $50?”
Once you have established your ask, challenge everyone in your social circle to contribute to your cause. Ask everyone. Ask big. Ask confidently.
Using Social Media
When you register for an event, you’ll be given a fundraising page. There, you can add your own story, including a photo or video, sharing why this cause is so important to you. Once you have done this, link it through your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Spread the word!
Many employers will match donations made by their employees. These matching gifts are one of the easiest ways to boost your fundraising total. When you send your personal thank you note to each of your donors, remind them to submit a matching gift form to their employer.
Collecting Change to Grow Your Total
Collecting change is a simple way to help you reach your fundraising goal. A few coins here or there can add up quickly. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Ask a local restaurant or store you frequent to display a coin can.
- Bring a coin can to work and ask your coworkers to support your fundraising efforts in anyway they can.
- Set-up a coin can near your front door. Encourage your family members to empty the change in their pockets everyday when they come in the door.
Our many dedicated fundraisers rely on their family, friends, and co-workers to raise funds to support the mission of Cure SMA Canada.
By supporting a fundraiser, you will help fund research and family support programs for those affected by SMA.
You can make a donation directly to an event, or on behalf of an individual even participant or team. You can also purchase a ticket to an event, or even register for the event yourself!
Get started –
Visit our event calendar, where you can search for a specific event or a specific participant, or just browse what’s going on near you.
You can turn your vehicle donation into generous dollars to support Cure SMA Canada! Working on our behalf, Donate a Car Canada will accept your vehicle for donation — running, or not! Old or new!
There is no cost to you, and the process is incredibly easy! Donate a Car Canada will facilitate all aspects of your car donation from the pick up to the final sale, ensuring that your vehicle will be sold for the highest sale outcome possible. They will then forward the net proceeds on to us here at Cure SMA Canada and we will send you a tax receipt!