Participant Toolkit

Download our complete Fundraising Guide below for sample posts and ideas to help you ask for support from your networks and reach your goal.

Fundraising Guide

Advocating for young people in need

All participants and their supporters are part of the bigger Sleep Out community

Covenant House can't solve youth homelessness alone. We need champions, messengers, and storytellers to help us move our mission forward. Sleep Out is a great way to reach new networks of people and expand our family. You are now a part of our organization's narrative and your outreach on our behalf will bring new attention to Covenant House Vancouver and the work we do for youth in need.

Fundraising: Three steps to success

We know that fundraising can be challenging, especially considering the ambitious goals we ask Sleep Out participants to achieve. Every successful fundraiser we've worked with begins their Sleep Out campaign with the same three steps and you can too.


Step 1: Personalize your fundraising page

Once registered, the default page is generic. Personalize your page with a photo, why you are Sleeping Out, and your connection to our cause.

Step 2: Divide your contacts into groups and customize your messages

  • Group 1: The people closest to you
  • Group 2: Friends, family, and colleagues
  • Group 3: Everyone else on your contact list

Step 3: Ask each group directly for support

Check out our Social Media Content for images you can share, or our Fundraising Guide for copy-and-paste messages.