Frequently Asked Questions

While the official date of Cupcake Day falls on 26th October, you can throw your event on any day throughout October.

You can choose to host a soiree in the office, a bake sale at school or at home. However, and whenever, you get your Cupcake Day on, we bet it’ll be as delicious as it is life changing for the thousands of animals in RSPCA care.

General

What is Cupcake Day?

Cupcake Day is the RSPCA’s sweetest annual fundraising drive, where we encourage supporters to bake for their friends, coworkers and/or schoolmates to raise money for the thousands of animals in our care. The RSPCA relies almost entirely on the generosity of our supporters to do the work that we do, including investigating cruelty, rescuing, treating and rehoming animals, and running our shelters and veterinary hospitals.

It’s thanks to Cupcake Day participants like you that the RSPCA can continue helping animals in communities around Australia.

Cupcake Day isn’t just limited to cupcakes, by the way. Feel free to get creative and put your baking skills to the test. We’re expecting to see your most decadent cookies, brownies, trifles, pies and slices – you name it!

When is Cupcake Day?

The official date of Cupcake Day falls on Monday 26th October. However, there really is no bad time to indulge in sweet treats, so please feel free to have your Cupcake Day event on any day in October that works for you.

How do I take part?

Register here and then get planning, inviting and baking – we can’t wait to see what you create!

Where do the funds raised from Cupcake Day go?

All the money you raise at your Cupcake Day event will go towards helping the animals who turn to the RSPCA for help. That means your money does a number of crucial things, like keeping the doors to our shelters and veterinary hospitals open, keeping our Inspectorate on the road investigating cruelty, providing emergency veterinary care to injured animals, and allowing us to prosecute people who have been cruel to animals.

Your support will also be invested into our community education programs, which work to educate the next generation of animal lovers – helping us move towards a future free from animal cruelty by empowering people with knowledge about proper animal care.

Your Cupcake Day fundraising makes a real and sustained difference on the animals in our care.

I’m having problems registering online. What do I do?

No worries at all! You can contact your state’s Cupcake Day team and let them know what issues you’re experiencing. You can find their contact details here.

If I can’t host a Cupcake Day event, how else can I get involved?

It’s a shame you can’t sign up as a host – but that doesn’t mean your journey with us is over! There are still plenty of ways for you to get involved in Cupcake Day.

Encourage a friend, family member or colleague to host instead, and you can bake up a storm to support them. Or you can make a direct donation to your state’s RSPCA page by clicking on the ‘donate’ button on their website.

Of course, you can always hold a bake sale at any time throughout the year and donate the funds to the RSPCA. However you decide to help is much appreciated!

How do I collect donations?

When you register, you’ll be given access to a personal fundraising page. You can send everyone a link to this page and ask them to make an online donation, either before or after your Cupcake Day event.

You could also sell your sweet treats at a set price, ‘bake sale’-style, or just ask for personal donations. The easiest way for your supporters to donate is with their credit or debit card or via PayPal. Direct them to your personal fundraising page and get them to click ‘Donate now’. As soon as they’ve donated, they’ll be sent a tax-deductible receipt.

If you’re holding your Cupcake Day event in the office, you could even ask your employer to ‘dollar match’. This means that for the amount of funds you raise, they’ll match it dollar for dollar! Pretty neat idea, huh?

How do I get cash donations onto my fundraising page?

If you’re given cash donations, simply click on ‘bank your funds’ and donate via a debit or credit card and then keep the cash you’ve received.

How do I receipt people who have given me cash donations?

Email us and we’ll give you a form to complete with your donors personal details and we’ll send the receipt for you!

I’ve forgotten my username and/or password!

Don’t worry, it’s all sweet! Just click ‘Forgot your username or password’ on the login page and follow the prompts. You’ll be back in no time!

I’m having problems with the website or my personal fundraising page.

Whoopsie! We can fix that up for you. Simply email your state’s Cupcake Day team for assistance via the contact details here.

Does the RSPCA provide tax receipts for donations?

Donations of over $2 are tax deductible. If your pals donate online, they’ll be emailed a tax-deductible receipt.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Donations can be made by debit card, as well as most major credit cards and PayPal. 

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