Fundraise for us

Thank you for thinking of supporting St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI)!

Our world-class researchers are working hard to tackle some of science’s biggest medical research mysteries about some of Australia’s most common, chronic diseases. Diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

You are joining a committed group of individuals, and community and advocacy groups who have chosen to support our researchers in their quest to better understand these common, chronic diseases.

And they all share the same wish that you have; which is “to do something” that could potentially save lives. We can’t all be medical researchers, but we don’t need to be – if you can focus on the fundraising, they can focus on the science.

We can guarantee that every cent you give to SVI will help support our scientists in their areas of highest priority; be it to keep their research going as they inch closer to making that life-changing discovery, recruiting staff or students who have the drive needed to find the answers to their latest research challenges, or practical needs such as buying new equipment or materials.

Before you fundraise for us

Please read our (very short) guidelines document. It covers:

  • Authority to fundraise – by law, a fundraiser must have an Authority to Fundraise letter from us.
  • Promotion and marketing. This section covers topics such as how to refer to SVI, and how to use our logo.
  • Legalities and insurance, and
  • Financial management.

Once you have reviewed the document and determined that you are able to meet our guidelines, please fill out our online Fundraising registration form. We will review it and if you have “ticked all the boxes” we will send you an Authority to Fundraise letter.

Go forth and fundraise!

Once you have received the Authority to Fundraise letter, you are ready to go forth and fundraise. Here are a few social media tips to help you spread the word:

  • If you already have a Facebook page, set up an Event and invite all of your followers to attend. You can also create a personal Facebook fundraiser for SVI.
  • Set up a separate Facebook page specifically focusing on your event and invite all of your followers to follow that page.
  • Tag any other people or organisations you know in any social media posts and ask them to share the posts. Don’t forget to tag SVI in your posts as well – we can help to promote your event to all of our followers.
  • Post about your event to your social media page regularly, and don’t just repost old posts.

In keeping with our fundraising guidelines, please ensure you run any event or fundraising pages past us first so that we can approve SVI logo use and messaging.


If you have read all of the above information and attachments and still have questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Thank you

On behalf of our researchers and the people who will benefit from your fundraising, thank you for supporting our quest to make discoveries today that could change a life tomorrow.

More information

For more information about fundraising laws in Victoria, visit this page.