It starts with a great idea – and ends with the reward of making a donation that will enhance education and support local student success.

Each year, enthusiastic individuals and devoted groups work together to raise money for the Ottawa Network for Education by hosting independent community events. We have received proceeds from raffles, golf tournaments, retro dances, diner take-overs, garage sales, and more.

Have an idea? We would be very happy to advise on or support potential fund-raising events or initiatives – we are very grateful to generous and caring community members like you.

Ideas for Events

Make the most of your next social gathering by adding a fundraising component that will raise much-needed funds for the Ottawa Network for Education. Charge a small admission fee, add a 50/50 draw or raffle, or put a few items up for auction. It’s your chance to be creative, have fun, and contribute to the success of local students.

If you’re already planning an event, consider adding a raffle or silent auction that will benefit ONFE. Your contribution will help fund important programs to help local students shine inside and outside the classroom.

Organize a yard sale with proceeds to ONFE. It’s easy to do, and your contribution will help us address critical issues such as, student hunger and inadequate nutrition; literacy and numeracy deficits; learning disabilities; and substance abuse in the middle and high school years.

Is your company bringing back their annual golf tournament that doesn’t have a charitable beneficiary? If so, consider directing the proceeds of your event to ONFE to give every child in Ottawa the chance to succeed in school. Get in touch with us, we’d be glad to help!

Consider organizing a walk or run to benefit ONFE. Gather a team together and track your distance over a certain time period to maximize participation. Or hold the event on one day and encourage friends to get involved from far and wide to support students in Ottawa!


Featured event: Julianna Banana

Julianna Banana aims to inspire kids and families to get baking, cooking, and creating in the kitchen all while learning about food, having fun, and gaining an appreciation for the importance of community and giving back. 

We are thrilled that a portion of the proceeds for both classes and boxes now support our work at ONFE!

Find out more.


Featured platform: GiveShop

GiveShop is an online marketplace that makes it easy to raise funds for ONFE simply by donating and buying gently used items. The marketplace is similar to Kijiji; however, all sale proceeds from any item sold on the marketplace are donated directly the charity of your choice. With the free GiveShop app, donors can easily post items they wish to donate while buyers can shop and filter by category or charity. Donors receive a tax receipt.

Find out more.

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Featured courses: Ménard’s Safety Courses

Safety is important!

This is why we have partnered with Ménard Safety Courses to provide courses on safe living. For the following three courses, use code ONFE22 to support ONFE with 20% of the proceeds from your registration:

Home Alone workshop (Grades 4 -6)
Safety & Street Proofing workshop (Grades 1 to 3)
Social Media Impact on Teens & Tweens

For the babysitting course, register using our affiliate links below to support ONFE with 30% of the proceeds from your registration:

Babysitting course (EN)
Babysitting course (FR)

Happy safe living!

Get tools and resources to help plan and promote your next event

We have a number of tools to help you plan and promote your event; including fact sheets, a thank you card, event signage with our logo, pledge sheets, videos and more. Please contact Tahseen Ali at 613-366-3085 ext. 265 to request assistance and/or obtain a copy of these resources. Remember to keep us informed of your plans, so we can promote your event on our website and through ONFE’s social media channels.

Here are some of our most popular resources: