Raise Funds With Friends

Raise Funds With Friends

If you would like to find a way to be involved that best suits you, then this page should answer all your questions! Medical research is costly and we need your help – the cost for the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank of collecting and processing cells from a single blood sample is $80. If everyone can get 8 sponsors to give just $10, this will make a huge impact on what we can achieve.But you are free to find others ways to support our scientists, read on for more ideas.

 Community Fundraising

1.    What is the Schizophrenia Research Institute and what does it do?
The Schizophrenia Research Institute is the only national medical research institute solely focused on discovering ways to understand, better treat, prevent and cure schizophrenia. The Schizophrenia Research Institute works with some of the leading minds in the field of schizophrenia research to allow them to work towards their goal of curing this often debilitating disease.

2.    What does the Schizophrenia Research Institute need?
The Schizophrenia Research Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and, as such, requires assistance in the form of fundraising and donations in order to continue the search for a cure for schizophrenia.

3.    What can I do to help?
The Schizophrenia Research Institute is appreciative of any kind of contribution, big or small. You could choose to assist the institute by making a donation to the cause or, alternatively, hosting a fundraising event of your own to raise money for schizophrenia research.

4.    What are some things I could do to help raise money for the Schizophrenia Research Institute?
There are a whole host of different things that you could do to help raise money for the Schizophrenia Research Institute. A list of potential fundraising ideas has been included below:
•    Themed dinner party
•    Trivia night
•    Film night
•    Push up challenge
•    Pop up shop
•    Sausage sizzle
•    Cake stall
•    Competitive board game night
•    Casino night
•    Dance marathon
•    Black tie ball/masquerade ball
•    Car wash
•    Cycling event
•    Small music concert
•    Raffle
•    Swear Jar in the office/ home

Fundraising Guidelines

The NSW Government has put in place a variety of guidelines for anyone seeking to take part in any fundraising activities. These guidelines, in conjunction with the guidelines that the Schizophrenia Research Institute, apply to any associated fundraising events summarised below:

1.    Will the Schizophrenia Research Institute approve of my fundraising event?
The Schizophrenia Research Institute holds no liability for any event that you choose to host. Any event that you host, while greatly appreciated, will not be considered an official Schizophrenia Research Institute event and, as such, we are not responsible for any management or planning of the event including any insurance costs.

2.    What laws should I consider before hosting my event?
There are a variety of laws in regards to charitable fundraising as outlined by the NSW Government that should be considered. All of these laws and guidelines can be found on the NSW Government Trade and Investment page (http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/charitable_forms.asp). If you live outside of NSW, please check your local ordinances.

3.    How can I show people what organisation the proceeds are going to?
You are more than welcome to use the Schizophrenia Research Institute name to inform people of where their contributions are going. If you choose to use images at any point to promote your event you must ensure that the source of the image is recognised and clearly state that the images that you have used have not been endorsed by the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

4.    How should I go about advertising?
Advertising for your event is completely up to your discretion. It is important to note, though, that all advertisements for the event should clearly state the purpose of the event, including the fact that the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Schizophrenia Research Institute. There should also be an inclusion of what percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Institute.
Please note that there may also be other legal requirements for event advertisements as outlined by the NSW government, so it is important that you read all guidelines for charitable fundraising events thoroughly.

5.    Can donors be provided with a tax deductible receipt?
As any event you choose to host is not an official Schizophrenia Research Institute event we cannot provide you with tax deductable receipts for your donors. If donors wish to make tax deductible donations, these donations must be made directly to the Schizophrenia Research Institute via the website.

6.    How should donations be collected?
We advise you to consider donation collection options carefully. While cash is considered the easiest option it should also be noted that there are several risks involved with collecting cash for donations at an event. Instead, we recommend that you direct all donations straight to the Schizophrenia Research Institute’s website or, alternatively you may choose to accept cheques.

If you would like to talk further about community fundraising please contact:

Phone (02) 9399 1010
Email contact@schizophreniaresearch.org.au

Page last updated: 16:15  22 July 2015