School Fundraising

There are many ways your school can get involved and significantly impact the lives of homeless youth.

Sleep Out

If you would like to make a real impact, engage your community and learn about your homeless peers, consider having a Sleep Out event in your school.

Sleep Out is an exciting initiative where students can have fun while raising money and awareness for homeless teens.

Students, Grades 6 to 12, supervised by a teacher, spend time after school in their school gym, library, parking lot or other approved space, to learn more about the plight of homeless youth and raise funds to help.

We’ve put kits together to help make the planning easy. Please contact Chelsea at or (416) 204-7038 to let us know about your plans to host a Sleep Out at your school.

Other ways to fundraise

You can also help youth at Covenant House by organizing a fundraising event at your school.

We are very grateful to the more than 200 schools across South Central Ontario that raise funds, with great ideas like these:

  • Bubble Gum Day
  • Dance-A-Thon
  • Freezies Sale
  • Pizza Lunch
  • Cupcake/Bake Sale
  • Gift Basket Raffle
  • Popcorn Sale
  • TTC Token Drive
  • New Socks/Underwear Drive
  • Pancake Breakfast Sale
  • Silent Auction of Re-Gifts
  • Civies “Dress Down” Day
  • Spare Change for Change Drive
  • No Electronic Devices for a Day
  • Musical/Theatre Performance

Issuing Tax Receipts

We often get inquiries about issuing tax receipts for the supporters of your event. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulates tax receipting procedures.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Donations you receive in support of your Sleep Out event are eligible to receive a tax receipt.
  • Donors can receive a tax receipt for gifts of $15 or more.
  • We require first and last name of the donor, full mailing address and donation amount to issue a receipt to the donor.
  • Tax receipts can be issued only to individuals and organizations that make a donation without receiving something in return. Tax receipts cannot be issued for any of the ideas listed under the ‘Other ways to Fundraise’ section above.
  • Contact us at the email below if you have any questions about tax receipting.

Host a food drive

Did you know that Covenant House has a food bank? Each year, hundreds of kids rely on our food bank to get them through the month. These kids are often former residents who have moved on to independent living but struggle to earn enough money each month to pay for food on top of rent, utilities, transportation, toiletries and clothes. This is especially true if they are still in school.

When you donate non-perishable food to Covenant House, you are helping a teen on their path to independence.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative – Toskan Casale Foundation

Many students support our youth by getting involved with the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) program through the Toskan Casale Foundation. Visit for more.

Students in Grades 9 and 10 have a unique opportunity to fundraise for our youth. The Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is a Toskan Casale Foundation program designed to empower youth to participate in the development of their communities and engage them as dedicated problem solvers and volunteers. Covenant House is a grateful grant recipient of this program.

We welcome students raising funds for our organization. Please contact Chelsea at the information below to schedule a date and time to meet and answer questions.

Contact us

For information about school fundraising or the YPI program, contact:

Chelsea Riddell
Events Coordinator
Covenant House Toronto
(416) 204-7038

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