Create your own fundraiser
It all starts with your great idea! And with the help of the Mental Health Foundation, creating your own fundraiser will help raise money and awareness for mental health and improved wellbeing for all New Zealanders.
In just minutes you can build and customise your fundraising page, then start sharing the link with your friends and whānau and ask them to make a donation. Every donation is recorded on your page with a message of support from your donors.
Whatever you want to take up, give up, celebrate or host we will be with you every step of the way.
How it works
- Set your own challenge. We've seen our awesome fundraisers growing mullets, shaving their heads, walking the length of the country, donating their birthdays, livestreaming, and even pogo jumping for mental health.
- Set up an online fundraising page to tell the world all about it.
- Enjoy watching the donations roll in, knowing the money is going directly to the Mental Health Foundation. No hassle, no worries!
Donate your birthday
Have you got a birthday coming up? Not sure how to celebrate? Perhaps dedicate your birthday to improving mental health and wellbeing for all New Zealanders by fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation. Share the kindness and ask your friends and whānau to gift you a sponsored donation.
Walk the Te Araroa trail
Do you love tramping? Are you looking for a challenge? Te Araroa is the greatest Aotearoa adventure there is - and should be on every Kiwi's bucket list. The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Check it out, and consider dedicating your journey to improving mental health by fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation.
"I've realised that it doesn't matter who you are, what your background is, whether you're rich or poor. Mental health is something that connects us all. This walk has been a walk of connection."
Ivan Miller, circumnavigated Aotearoa 2019-2020
"For my birthday, instead of well wishes and "gifts in the mail", I wanted to raise money for a good cause... to help support the awesome work of the Mental Health Foundation."
Lisa Morris, donated birthday 2020
“I had been growing the mop for a while now and the time to shave is creeping up, I decided to shave my head to support a cause I really believe in... Mental Health!”
Braden Healy, headshave 2020
Have you got questions about fundraising for mental health? Check out these frequently asked questions or get in touch with the contact form below.
How do I edit my fundraising page?
Once you've set up your online fundraising page it's easy to make it your own by adding your own personal touch. You can add pictures, change the text, add a profile picture, and even change the donation prompts for your supporters. Here are the basic steps to personalise your online fundraising page on a desktop computer.
- Log on. Click on the login icon at the top right of your screen. This will take you to a page to enter your login details. If you've forgotten your password, simply follow the prompts to reset it.
- To add a profile picture of yourself click on the camera icon by the circle image in the header banner.
- To change the existing text on your page click on "Event Page Settings" and scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Update Your Blog" section. Click on the black Edit button. Make your text edits and save.
- To add additional content and photos of your fundraising journey, add a "Blog Post". You can add these as little or as often as you like to keep your supporters informed of your latest updates.
- To change the donation prompt amounts on your page, click "Custom Donation Amounts". Click the switch beside the "Set your own donation amounts" prompt to turn it "on". Enter the donation amounts you'd like to display on your page and save.
- To add livestreaming, click “Edit my page”, select your streaming platform, and enter your username (your Youtube username is the character string at the end of your Youtube channel URL). The ON/OFF switch lets you control when livestreaming is visible on your page. Find out more about charity livestreaming.
- To see how your page is looking now that you've edited it, click on the "View" link in the header banner.
How do I add livestreaming?
Sharing a livestream video of your fundraising event directly on your page is a great way to engage with your supporters. Whether you're planning a head shave, taking part in a fitness challenge, or celebrating your birthday, share the experience with your friends and whānau through a livestream and fundraise at the same time. Visit our Charity Livestreaming page to find out how.
How do I earn badges on my fundraising page?
You'll earn fun badges on your personal fundraising page as you get closer to achieving your goals. There are five badges in total:
- Added profile pic: Upload a profile picture of yourself that will display in the header on your fundraising page. You can do this during the registration process or add it through the page editing function.
- Shared page: Use the social sharing buttons on your fundraising page to share your page link through social media channels or by email. We've added some basic text around it but you can edit that to suit your style.
- First five donations: Once you've received your first five sponsored donations.
- Added blog post: Use the Add Blog button on your fundraising dashboard to share updates and photos with your supporters.
- Reached goal: Congratulations, you've hit your fundraising target!!!
How do I get fundraising supplies?
Head on over to our Fundraising Store where you'll find a range of free downloadable resources to help promote your fundraising event. We also have a small stock of physical resources available on request. Check it out.
How will the fundraising money be spent?
Your donations help support communities care for each other by contributing to all the work the MHF does. This work covers:
- Suicide prevention and bereavement
- Resource and information services
- Positive mental health promotion
- Policy and advocacy
- The MHF website
- Māori Development
Our Key Messages Document provides information on these areas, as well as other key facts and tips on how to talk about fundraising for mental health in a safe and supportive way.