Fundraise for Brain Canada

Join our community of inspiring volunteers by planning your own fundraising event in support of brilliant brain research. Whether it’s through a bike ride, local walk or birthday fundraiser, you can make a difference by working with the Brain Canada team to raise funds for big, bold, brain science.

Oscar Blyth, Brain Injury Survivor and Brain Canada Volunteer

Why fundraise for Brain Canada

Support brain research

Brain Canada plays a critical role in advancing brain research. Funds raised support groundbreaking studies aimed at better understanding the brain. 

Make an impact

Neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and mental health conditions, affect millions of people. Contributions to Brain Canada can lead to better treatments and potentially cures, significantly impacting public health and improving quality of life.

A collaborative approach

As the only major funder in Canada dedicated solely to brain research, Brain Canada works with over 100 organizations, strengthening partnerships and fostering collaboration. Through these valuable collaborations, we amplify Canada’s brain research landscape.

Leverage funds

Brain Canada has the unique ability to leverage donations through the Canada Brain Research Fund, a matching program with the federal government. This means every dollar raised can have a multiplied impact.

Personal Connection

Many people have a personal connection to neurological disorders, either through their own experience or that of a loved one. Fundraising for Brain Canada can be a way to honour and support those affected by these conditions.

Ways to fundraise


Combine the joy of a special occasion with the spirit of giving, whether it be for a birthday, wedding, graduation or even a holiday party.

Get active

Incorporate a physical activity with community involvement and plan a fun event such as a run, walk, sports tournament, bike ride or fitness challenge.

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In memory

A heartfelt and meaningful way to honor the legacy of a loved one while supporting a cause important to them and their family.

At work

Engage your colleagues and build team spirit by organizing a workplace fundraiser.

Host a sale

Support through purchases. This can be a bake sale, silent auction, holiday sale or even a garage sale.

Fundraise your way

Have another idea? Create your own fundraising event in support of Brain Canada.

Past fundraising events


On June 5, 2021, 29 year-old Matt Philion embarked on a 24 hour challenge to walk 100 km along the Ottawa River and raise $5,000 for brain research. As a teen, Matt experienced feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression which eventually led to substance use. With 28 minutes to spare Matt made it to his destination.

Patty Davidson

Patty Davidson is a Canadian designer and the founder of Playful Pastimes, a Canadian puzzle manufacturer, with a penchant for giving back. When Ms. Davidson founded her company, she set out to align her work with charitable giving, and selected Brain Canada as her charity of choice for brain research, making quarterly contributions based on the net profits of her puzzle sales.


From 2017 to 2020, the Wener and Adler families have made it their collective mission to fund research on brain disorders, raising a total of $83,000 for brilliant brain research through Brain Canada.

Eric-Pilon-Bignell Project7. Eric climbed seven peaks to fundraise for brain research by climbing seven peaks on seven continents.

Welcome to Project7. Eric Pilon-Bignell to climb seven peaks on seven continents to raise funds for brain research.

FAQ for Fundraising

Planning your own fundraising event with Brain Canada is easy! The first step is to register your account through our DIY fundraising portal, set up your own personal fundraising page and kickstart your event by sharing the link with your network. Our team will work with you throughout the entire process should you need any assistance.

You can search for ongoing fundraising events here. Simply type in the fundraiser’s name and click on their page to make a donation.

No. If you would like to donate to an ongoing fundraising event, but do not want to do an online transaction, please reach out to or call us at  (514) 989-2989 for information on how to mail a cheque.

Yes. All online donations will receive a charitable tax receipt sent directly to the donor’s email address. If you run into any issues, Brain Canada’s team can always help you obtain a copy of the receipt.

Yes! Brain Canada’s Marketing and Communications team will work closely with you as an organizer to feature your efforts to fundraise across our social media channels and in our monthly e-newsletter Brain News.

Yes. Beyond creating your own fundraising event in support of Brain Canada, you can also make a one-time donation, become a monthly donor, give in honour or in memory of a loved one, make a legacy gift, or through an employee giving program. For more information on the different ways to give, click here.

If you are running into any issues, or would like to speak with someone directly, please contact our National Director of Philanthropy, Monica Berger:


How you can help

Brain Canada funds the very best Canadian neuroscience, fostering collaborative research and accelerating the pace of discovery, in order to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians who suffer from brain disorders.