ABOUT THE EVENT

On November 21st, senior executives and community leaders will take to the streets with a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, giving up a good night's sleep to raise awareness and money for youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk. Last year's event raised more than $1.1M, with 91% of funds raised going directly to programs supporting the youth at Covenant House Toronto.

Now in our 8th year, Toronto’s senior leaders will again come together to raise a life-changing $1.1M in support of Covenant House youth.

WHAT MAKES OUR EVENT SPECIAL

For bold and confident senior leaders with a passion for giving back, Sleep Out: Executive Edition delivers an exclusive and immersive philanthropic experience.

Prior to taking to the streets to bed down for the night, you will have the opportunity to take part in a meaningful experiential event set in our downtown Toronto location. You as a “sleeper” will have the chance to engage with the youth who are staying at Covenant House and the front line staff delivering 24-7, life-changing care while you enjoy a meal together. 

The youth will share their personal stories: how they came to us, what they’ve endured and where they are now. These stories can be heartbreaking but also heartwarming. You’ll hear first-hand how the dollars you raise go directly to helping Toronto youth.

The evening’s program is designed to give you a glimpse into the hardships our young people face and an opportunity to celebrate their strength, resilience and hope for the future.

As you settle into your sleeping bag on the cold hard ground, you will think of the warm soft bed and familiar surroundings you will go home to soon enough. This knowledge makes the night bearable and at the same time reinforces all that homeless kids go without.

WHY YOU SHOULD SLEEP OUT

You have a proven track record for doing everything you put your mind to and inspiring change in others. Use your leadership and influence to raise funds and awareness for Toronto’s most vulnerable: youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk.

Your presence and support will publicly acknowledge the plight of homeless youth, and be instrumental in helping them move to independence.

Sleepers return year after year because participating in the event is an eye-opening experience that often deepens a commitment to the youth. It is also an opportunity to engage with other professionals in a meaningful way while being a part of a solution.

JOIN AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT

The Executive Edition of Sleep Out is an international movement that happens on the same night at 14 Covenant House sites across North America. Last year, from Anchorage to New Orleans, nearly 1,000 sleepers slept out and raised over $5M in support of their local Covenant House sites.

An opportunity to network with industry leaders you may not get the chance to be across a boardroom table from in an intimate setting over an extended period of time.

SLEEP OUT CHALLENGE

Then… Get ready to brave the cold and hit the streets. At 10pm you will gather your sleeping bag, cardboard and head outside. It will be dark, and at first quiet, but soon it will become startlingly loud as the sounds of Toronto night life fire into action around you.

MEDIA AND PUBLICITY

The event will be highly publicized through public relations activities and social media channels – it will raise awareness with the business community and the general public. Last year, the National Post and Metro featured a list of all participants.

Sleepers return year after year because participating in the event is an eye-opening experience that often deepens a commitment to our youth. It is also an opportunity to engage with other professionals in a meaningful way while being a part of a solution.

PROGRAMMING, K CLUB AND AWARDS CEREMONY

After dinner sleepers are divided into groups for additional programming, this is designed to enhance your understanding of the causes and challenges of youth homelessness and how you can be a part of the solution.

Each year we take time to recognize sleepers who have hit exceptional fundraising milestones. The K Club awards those who have reached goals of 10, 25 and 40K, in support of our kids - challenge yourself to join this elite group.

K-Club Winner 2018
40K Club 2018
25K Club
10 K-Club 2018

FAQs

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A PARTICIPANT?

  • Covenant House asks that you commit to raising a minimum of $5,000. However, most of our participants raise more.  Last year the average sleeper raised just over $15,000!  It is as easy as sending a few e-mails.
  • Fundraising is made easy by way of your personal page on the event website.  This page will be set up for you, and once you are registered a link to your page will be sent directly to your inbox.  We provide detailed user instructions, sample fundraising letters and strategies.
  • You will need to supply a photo and a short bio for the website.
  • Bring a friend - or two!  Recruit someone to take on the challenge with you.
  • On event night show up ready for an experience you will not soon forget.

THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW...

  • What to bring – Please be prepared to dress in layers and don't forget to bring your own toiletries and prescriptions. No alcohol is permitted. We encourage you to bring your own sleeping bags, but will have extra sleeping bags available.  Cardboard will be provided and in the spirit of the event, pillows are not allowed.
  • Security – We will have thorough security monitoring the grounds throughout the night. 
  • Media – There may be media covering the event. We will provide you with information and assistance in case you are approached for an interview
  • Parking – Parking is available close to Covenant House.
  • TTC - Covenant House is located between the Dundas & College Subway stops
  • Additional details will follow closer to the event date.

WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR THE NIGHT?

6:00 pm - Arrival, Registration and Networking Reception
7:00 pm - Dinner served by the youth in our Cooking for Life program
7:30 pm - Speeches including by Covenant House alumni
8:20 pm - Tours and evening programming
10:30 pm - Gather sleeping bags and leave for sleep site.