Fundraising and events

With your help we can make a difference for Indigenous children in remote Australia. 

Fundraisers are an invaluable part of our organisation, as they help us fund our programs and build awareness of Indigenous literacy issues.

These individuals, groups and businesses take on the challenge of running their own fundraiser. Whether you are hosting a large occasion, competing in a sporting event, donating a percentage of sales, or auctioning goods, you are providing essential support to our Foundation.

You can organise your own fundraising event by simply registering on Everyday Hero or Gofundraise. These two sites make it easy to hold a fundraiser, and share to it with your friends and family however you choose - by email, Twitter or Facebook.. If you choose to raise some money for ILF, donations can be made through your profile, and are directed on to our Foundation. It is completely hassle free fundraising! Simply visit Everyday Hero or Gofundraise and set up a profile.



Do you have a fundraising idea? 

If you have a more involved fundraising idea, such as a large event or donating a percentage of sales, please download and complete our Community Fundraising Form.

Here are some simple suggestions on how you can help our Foundation.

  • Hold a Great Book Swap or secondhand book sale
  • Tell your workplace about us and get us nominated on your charity list for workplace giving
  • Participate in marathons, races, charity drives
  • Organise a charity auction
  • Hold a morning tea with friends, at your workplace or with your bookclub
  • Hold a bake sale
  • Hold a dinner party for your friends, inviting them to donate amount they would usually spend on dinner out to our Foundation



  • Making a donation is simple! After your event, send a cheque or deposit your fundraising amount into our account. Be sure to email the Foundation: and tell us how much you raised.
  • Our Foundation will issue you with a receipt for funds raised.
  • Please note that all monies should be paid to ILF within 14 days of receipt.



In addition to our two core campaigns this year - Indigenous Literacy Day and The Great Book Swap - the ILF has many smaller but just as important events that raise funds and awareness for Indigenous Literacy on our calendar. 

Take flight at Kinokuniya and make a difference

01 June 2016

This June, Kinokuniya bookstore asks you to make a paper plane, and make a difference! Become a paper pilot and fill the bookstore's gallery with origami paper planes. Kinokuniya and Tuttle publishing will collectively donate funds to t... Read more

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Ali Cobby Eckermann at Sydney Writers Festival

Many children of the Stolen Generations are adults now, embedded in the Australian social framework, often told to be grateful for the experience. Sydney Writers Festival invites you to join the voices of three adopted Aboriginal women, with ... Read more

Manly Village Public School participates in the Great Book Swap

Great Book Swap microsite

07 September 2016

The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-need funds to buy books for remote communities. Schools, book clubs and all kids of organisations can host a Great Book Swap. All you need to do is swap one of you... Read more

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Indigenous Literacy Day at Sydney Opera House

02 September 2015

Four students from Milikapiti Remote School on Melville Island, 80 km off the coast of Darwin, will join ILF's formidable team of ambassadors at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate national Indigenous Literacy Day. Indigenous Lit... Read more

Great Book Swap at the MCA

Great Book Swap at the MCA

02 September 2015

The Museum of Contempoary Art Australia is celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day this year by participating in the Great Book Swap Challenge. Hear from special guest Donna Gayford McLaren - author, linguist, and Gamilaraay language teacher, as s... Read more

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DET Graduate Trivia Night!

03 September 2015

Come along to the Graduate Trivia Night, on Thursday 3 September, for a night of trivia, games, food and fun and maybe even a little bit of dress ups! The theme is Books, Books, Books! and there will be a prize for the best dressed table.... Read more


Wednesday 4 Nov ILF Trivia Night

04 November 2015

It's on again! Wednesday November 4 2015, 6.30pm to 9.30pm is our Annual Sydney ILF Trivia Night! Paddington RSL Club have generously agreed to host us again this year with Quizmaster Richard Glover in attendance. There are a fantastic range o... Read more

Geelong Games Logo 2015

Department of Human Services Charity Fundraising

A huge thank you to the Department of Human Services who have raised $20,000 for the ILF! As part of its fundraising efforts for the 2015 DHS Games in Geelong, three casual dress days were held throughout the year with staff making donations. ... Read more

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Christmas comes to Parliament House

23 November 2015

Christmas comes to the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on November 23. By buying a decoration for the Giving Tree from the Parliament House Shop you help spread good cheer. Funds raised will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and bey... Read more

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Great Holiday Book Swap

On Thursday December 17, Knowledge Walk, State Library of Queensland from 10.30. The Children's Book Council of Australia and the SLQ are holding a Great Holiday Book Swap. Bring along a gold coin and a book to swap (or purchase a donated book... Read more