Support Us

If you would like to raise your hand and get involved, we would be sincerely grateful to you for your support and generosity.   There are 3 ways you can get involved in the Raise village:


Time – Become a mentor. If you have time to give, all it takes is 2 hours a week for 6-12 months to become one of our mentors and work directly with a young person, and more information is available here.


Treasure – Partner with us and support the cost of matching young mentees with their mentors.  If you have treasure to give, engagement is at the heart of what we do so you can find out more about building a valued partnership with us.  Alternatively if you would prefer to make a donation directly you can do so by clicking on the link below. A gift to the value of $2,000 sponsors a mentor and a mentee to be a part of our program for a whole year, but smaller amounts are also very valuable to Raise, as well as large ongoing partnerships.  If you would like more information about partnering with raise, more information is available here.


Talent – There are other ways you can support us. If you have a talent to share, we’d love you to give us anything from a day to a week towards a special project of your choice.  If you would like to find out more about our in-kind projects and wish list, more information is available here.


Being a smaller non profit organisation means that any help you can provide to Raise Foundation will actually make a very real and tangible impact on our ability to reach the young people who really need help.  Your contribution will not get lost like in a big organisation, it will be highly valued and sincerely appreciated.  It takes a village to raise a child, and we would love you to become an important part of our village.





Partner with us

We are sincerely grateful to our current partners who support us in our endeavours to impact the lives of young people in our community who are looking for inspiration.  We cannot exist without the support of these organisations, and we are extremely humbled by their overwhelming generosity.

Whilst we are very proud of our achievements to date, we recognise that we are still only impacting a small percentage of youth in need of support.  In order to expand our impact Raise prefers to build partnerships rather than just ask for sponsorship and donations and we therefore look to organisations that operate in our communities, share our vision of improving outcomes for young people, and value the benefits employees can derive through engagement with Raise.


Employee Engagement

We strongly support our partner organisations to encourage their employees to mentor.  Mentoring opportunities range from weekly commitments over six months to one-day workshops conducted on your organisation’s premises.

The experience of mentor training and becoming a mentor with Raise can deliver positive outcomes for employees by increasing their confidence and skill as a mentor within the workplace, supporting positive personal relationships, enhancing connection and collaboration between colleagues and across different teams through shared giving, and pride in fostering a positive long term relationship between their organisation and the local community with which they are connecting first hand.

87% of our mentors say that things are different for them because of mentoring with Raise and 99% of our mentors would recommend being a Raise Mentor to friends.


Types of Partnerships

We offer a number of valuable partnership opportunities including Principal Partnerships and Major Partnerships.  Please contact if you would like to find out more about these partnership opportunities.

Following are some of the other ways your organisation could partner with Raise:

  • Sponsor a Raise mentoring program for 10-15 mentoring matches
  • Sponsor an employee engagement partnership with Raise where your employees would mentor either in one of our six-month community programs or in one of our one-day, in-office programs and receive comprehensive mentor training in the office for your staff team
  • Become a sustaining partner in one of our key areas for growth which might be Technology, Process, People, Marketing

Being a smaller non profit organisation means that any help you can provide will make a very real and tangible impact on our ability to reach young people.


Your Treasure and Talent

If however, sharing your treasure or talent is your preferred way of partnering, we would love to hear about how you might be able to contribute to Raise and our initiatives.

Some organisations are able to give in the form of experiences or prizes for us to raffle or auction, meeting room space or conference facilities, and others have talents that they can share with us such as marketing, information technology, managing databases and the like.  All of these are sincerely appreciated at Raise and they do make a very big difference for us.

Click here if you would like to find out more about our in-kind wish list or contact for more information.



We like our partners to enjoy reciprocal benefits for supporting Raise which is why we encourage mentoring opportunities with all our partners be they corporate, philanthropic or community based.  In this way we can support their employees to feel connected to their workplace and know they are making a valuable contribution to their community through their employment.

We are also committed to reporting on the impact of our partners’ contributions including program updates and summaries as well as statistically robust evaluation and impact measurement.  We invite our major partners to connect with members of our Raise village and gain first hand experience of the joys and challenges of delivering best practice youth mentoring programs.

Where anonymity is not preferred, we offer substantial presence in our marketing materials, fundraising initiatives, and community events as well as assisting in raising your community profile and providing exposure to other partners in return for your generosity.

Being a Deductible Gift Recipient and a Tax Concession Charity means that a portion of your donation is a tax deduction for you.

Please contact us to discuss partnering opportunities further by emailing at any time convenient to you.  We would be very happy to come and speak to your staff or Board about potential ways we can work together.

In Kind Help

You may not be able to commit to a full year of mentoring in one of our weekly or monthly programs, but we have several other volunteer opportunities that you might like to get involved in.

  • Join our fun loving Events Team
  • Become our official photographer and/or videographer at monthly events
  • Coordinate special events with local organisations
  • Host a fundraising event on our behalf like a Raise High Tea, movie night, quiz night
  • Run a marathon and choose us as your preferred charity
  • Give the sponsorship of one of our matches as a birthday or wedding gift

Or whatever other ideas you might have ….  If you would like to talk to us further about any of these ideas, please contact us on as we always sincerely appreciate any help that you can provide for us.  Being a smaller non profit organisation, means that any help you can provide will make a very real and tangible impact on our ability to reach young people.

Raise Wish List

The following is our wish list of ways in which our community might be able to contribute to our organisation and support the needs of the young people with whom we work. Please contact us if you might be able to help out with any of the following.

  • Donation of 60 laptops or Ipads for our staff team so we don’t have to bring our own device
  • A Graphic Designer willing to design our Annual Report for us
  • Providing morning teas or lunches for one of our weekly or monthly programs
  • Auction prizes for our fundraising events – such as our Sparkle Ball or Raise High Tea
  • People prepared to gather a group and enter the Upstream Walk in Melbourne in November



Please help us raise the funding we need to run our mentoring programs for struggling young Australians.  We have made over 3,400 mentoring matches since our inception, including almost 1,000 matches in 2017 alone, but we need your help to raise the $2,000 per match it costs us to run the programs.


Easy ways to make a donation – Secure donations, which are fully tax deductible, as we have Tier 1 DGR Status, can be made in any of the following ways:


Secure Credit Card

PDF Donation Form


DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT : Account Westpac Bank | BSB 032 097 | Acct No 278 223


Young people in Australia are facing what industry experts are calling an epidemic in mental health issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self harm. They are drinking and taking drugs more often and at an earlier age than previous generations. Their exposure to sexualisation happens when they are extremely young.

Without positive role models in their lives to really talk to, and be heard by, our young people can become lost. Without learning the skills they need to make a healthy and happy life for themselves, more young people are facing crisis.  You can help to engage and inspire our young people towards resilience, coping strategies, confidence, positive relationships, setting and achieving goals and engaging with education and employment.

We appreciate any donation of any amount that you can manage to make.  No donation is too small in an organisation like Raise, it all makes a significant impact.  Please note we are endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Taxation Office so your donations are all tax deductible, just let us know if you would like a receipt.

Thank you very much for your support. Your generous contribution really makes a huge tangible difference in an organisation like Raise Foundation and goes directly to providing neutral positive role models for struggling young Australians.


How your donation helps

Please remember:
$50 as a one off donation pays for catering at Ismo for a month
$125 as a one off donation pays for babysitting at one of our Bump workshops so the girls can study
$165 per month supports 1 mentoring match for a whole year in a Raise program
$2,000 supports a mentoring match for a whole year in a Raise program


Raise Events are always fun and fabulous, so look out for what’s coming up…


Patron’s Corporate Lunch

The extraordinary David Gonski AC, the ultimate mentor and also our Patron, hosts our annual corporate lunch where we share insights from inspiring guest speakers who are difficult to gain access to.  Past speakers have included Alison Watkins (Coca Cola Amatil), Shemara Wikramanayake (Macquarie), Mark Carneghie, the NSW Waratahs and David himself.  This event sells out each year, and we will be hosting it again on 16 May 2018, so contact to reserve your table now!   Our guests also have an opportunity to chat with our major corporate partners at this annual event, who can outline how involvement with our corporate social responsibility initiative will benefit your organisation.  This is a great event to bring your clients and customers to – inspiring and energising, this is one not to miss!


The Sparkle Ball

Raise Foundation’s annual fundraising event is The Sparkle Ball which is being held on Friday, 31 August 2018 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel.  This is a fabulous black tie event, with a stunning 3 course meal, fine wines all evening and fabulous live music for dancing the night away.  Gather your friends and help us provide mentors for struggling young Australians.  For more information, see the tab to the right for The Sparkle Ball, or email for more information click here.


Raise High Tea

To celebrate National Youth Mentoring Week in October, we host fabulous Raise High Tea events where we share scones and champagne with friends, but we also share guidance and education on how to support the young people around you.  Join our special guest speakers, fabulous hosts and our panel of Raise Program Directors to gain insight and key learnings about looking after young people in today’s challenging environment.  Our most recent High Tea was hosted by the wonderful Jacinta Tynan and our special guest speaker was the fabulous Mia Freedman.  Our Raise High Tea events will be held on 18 October in Melbourne and 25 October in Sydney in 2018, so watch this space as this event always sells out quickly, or email for more information.


Upstream Challenge

Walk Upstream with Raise on the Yarra River Walk being held in November 2018 in Melbourne.  We need your help, so lace up your boots and get walking for Raise!  Register to Walk Upstream with Raise and join the river of Raise t-shirts walking Upstream. Help us make our target of $50,000 in 2018 to change the lives of more young people in Victoria.  The Upstream Challenge is an annual walk (or run!) along the beautiful Yarra River trails of Melbourne. It’s not a race. It is all about having fun and most of all, it’s about raising awareness and funds for several really inspiring projects.  Raise Foundation is thrilled to have been selected as one of the three beneficiary charities by the Upstream Foundation in 2017.

Some details:

  • You have a choice! You can either register for a 50km walk or run from Melbourne to Donvale, or choose the 20km option from Heidelberg to Donvale.
  • You can enter as an individual, join an existing Raise Team or start your own.
  • There is no registration fee, however each participant must commit to collect a minimum of $200 in donations, $50 of which will need to be donated at the time of registration.
  • All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

When you nominate Raise Foundation as your charity, 100% of your donation goes directly to creating new mentoring programs for young people in Victoria.

Not into walking? You can still be part of Upstream!

  1. Help us spread the word, tell your friends, schools, community groups and sporting clubs. Put up posters, hand out postcards, send emails, share on Facebook, or hashtag like a boss with #UpstreamWithRaise
  2. Sponsor a Raise walker or team for any amount you can manage. Every little bit helps a young person.
  3. Connect us with someone who would make a great ambassador, or who can provide us with items for gift bags.
  4. Volunteer to help us out on the day at our checkpoint, email Sarah Doyle on

Visit for full details of the event and helpful hints on fundraising.


The Sparkle Ball

The Sparkle Ball is our major annual fundraising event and is always a fabulous night out.  In 2017, Sparkle was held in the Ivy Ballroom and we were overwhelmed with generosity from our guests who helped us achieve our target to provide accredited mentors for thousands of young people across Australia.  Our awesome Sparkle Committee hits the ball out of the park and elevates this event to incredible new heights every year, so save the date for our next Sparkle Ball being held on Friday 31 August 2018.

Sparkle is not your average boring fundraising night, it is a big night of dancing and fun with your friends with the extra bonus of benefiting a good cause.  After the huge success in previous years, we have fabulous things in store for 2018 so grab your friends, come along, hit the dance floor with our fabulous live band, enjoy the sensational menu, and have a fantastic big night out.  We have fabulous entertainment and we always have an awesome crowd.  Please join in and help us provide accredited mentors for more young Australians who are struggling.

You should come!!  Save the date in your diary for Friday 31 August 2018, and if you would like to donate an auction prize, help with the raffle, or become part of the Sparkle Committee, please email

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