Raise your hands for Canberra

Let’s raise much needed funds for our local charities & organisations.

Canberra Day Appeal

$691,095 raised

$1,000,000 Goal

$691,095 raised

$1,000,000 Goal

There are so many worthy charities making a difference and changing lives right here in the ACT. They can only do their important work with support from the Canberra community. From now until 6 March, culminating in the Hands Up for Canberra Giving Day, every $1 donated to a local Charity through the Canberra Day Appeal, will be doubled to $2 for the first $2,500 raised for charities with matched funding.

Canberrans are the most generous donors in the country, but many of our donations leave the territory. Through the Canberra Day Appeal every dollar you give will help a local charity provide food, housing, financial assistance, support and protection to Canberrans in need.

With your support, the Canberra Day Appeal will see many of our local charities and organisations access much-needed funds for the essential work they do for Canberrans, such as:


Women over 50 are the fastest-growing group of Canberrans dealing with homelessness


38% of Canberrans living in poverty are in households where they have paid employment


From 2018-2021; self-harm rose from 17 to 21 per 100,000 youth, the highest in the country


Rental stress among low-income private rental households is at 73%, the highest in the country

Statistics from Hands Across Canbera's Canberra Vital Signs 2021.
Read the full report here.

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  • Synergy Group just donated $2500.00
  • Aldermane just donated $1500.00
  • Lids4Kids Fundraising just donated $1551.37
  • MARSS Fundraising just donated $2310.00

Donate to a local
cause that speaks
to your heart

Explore the categories below to donate directly to a cause that’s important to you, or view all charities if you already have a charity in mind:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

Aged care

Children & Families


Disability & Special Needs

Domestic Violence

Education & Employment

Health & Wellbeing


Mental Health

Migrants & Refugees

Poverty & Relief

Social Inclusion & Justice



Sign up to fundraise for the Appeal

Create your own fundraising page for the Canberra Day Appeal and make a real difference for Canberra. Registration is quick and easy!

Register now



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Already donated and have time or a treasure to give?

* VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES: Register with VolunteeringACT to stay up to date with local volunteering opportunities. If you would like to volunteer for the Canberra Day Appeal, please contact Hands Across Canberra.

* DONATE GOODS TO GIVIT:  Browse through GIVIT's list of items needed by the community - you might just know where to get items they have listed or have some hanging around in your storage, like a laptop or a fridge.

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Why should I support Hands Across Canberra?

Our goal is to ensure that local issues remain addressed - supported by the charities and organisations caring for those who need it most; this is why the Canberra Day Appeal is so important.

By donating during the Canberra Day Appeal, you will support your local charities and community organisations through Hands Across Canberra (HAC). HAC is Canberra’s independent community foundation and creates pathways and connections, joining those who have funds and time to donate with those who need assistance.

With your support, HAC can continue to provide essential support to our community through grants.




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