Our Signature Events


Our Gear Up for Winter signature event, the Un-Gala®, is a two-part fundraiser celebration. Many children will struggle to stay warm this season in our harsh climate. The Gear Up for Winter initiative brings communities, companies and families together to provide children in need with warm winter essentials.

Un-Gala Family Day offers Family Leadership Circle members an opportunity to model philanthropy in action for their children. Gather with hundreds of other volunteers to sort and pack clothing, shoes, coats, hats, and more  essential items that bring warmth to thousands of children throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

Un-Gala Preview Night is a more grown-up atmosphere with cocktails and a silent auction. Enjoy a fabulous night out for a great cause and help us keep kids warm.

Learn more about Un-Gala® >


Un-like their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families lack basic school supplies that provide them with a real chance to learn and succeed. Ready for School’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings together more than 600 volunteers, primarily corporate, to stuff thousands of backpacks and to enable kids to arrive at school ready and excited to learn. Backpack-A-Thon® is a high-energy corporate event fueled by great spirit and friendly competition.

At this high-energy event, volunteers from various corporate partners stuff backpacks assembly-line style  with friendly competition encouraged! Our Service Partners then pick up the backpacks and distribute them to needy children before the school year starts, getting local children ready and excited to learn.  

Learn more about Backpack-A-Thon® >

Event Calendar

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Family Volunteer Day @ The Giving Factory
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Our Giving Factory in West Conshohocken is one of the few places where entire families, including children as young as age six, can volunteer side-by-side making lasting family memories as they help make a real difference in the lives of others. 

Two shifts are available on Sep 23 for families to volunteer together: 10am – 12noon OR 1pm – 3pm

Space is limited in each and pre-registration is required:

Volunteer In The Giving Factory

Big Give @ Multi-county collection sites
Oct 21 all-day

The BIG GIVE: Our most critical product collection of the year

Details and drop-off locations:

Big Give


Un-Gala Preview Night @ The Giving Factory
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary in style and enjoy a grown-up night out for a great cause with cocktails, music & silent auction.

More info: 10th Anniversary Un-Gala


Un-Gala Family Day @ The Giving Factory
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Un-Gala Family Day, our annual Gear Up for Winter fundraiser, has become a Philadelphia-area tradition for giving back as a family. All ages are welcome to this impactful day of fun and hands-on service followed by a tasty, kid-friendly luncheon.

More info: 10th Anniversary Un-Gala