TheTop Blokes Foundation is making an urgent call for help after receiving an offer to match any donations made this week dollar-for-dollar.
The Top Blokes Foundation is a youth-led organisation on a mission to encourage young men to be assets in the community.
It tries to empower more than 1000 young males aged between 14 and 24 each year to help them reach their potential and make positive life choices through mentoring, leadership and resilience programs.
So when it heard about a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity at a time when it is taking registrations from schools interested in one of its teenager programs, the foundation put out an immediate call for help.
It prompted managing director Melissa Abu-Gazaleh to do something she had never done before and send out a "please donate" email.
"We don't like asking for money but today, we really need you," she said.
Ms Abu-Gazaleh took the unprecedented step when she heard about the offer to match every donation 100 per cent by South Australian-based social enterprise CBB.
Anyone wanting to contribute can do so at givematcher.com.au/top-blokes-foundation.
"But time is running out," she said. "This opportunity doesn't happen every day. With only a few days left of January, we're asking if people can chip in ... to help us raise at least $1000 [so] we will be able to deliver one more Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program to a school on our waiting list."
Ms Abu-Gazaleh said her team had already enjoyed an exciting start to 2015 with an expansion into Dubbo starting next week and registrations now being taken at topblokes.org.au/junior-top-blokes/ from more high schools interested in the Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program.
Under the program, teenage boys aged between 14 and 17 are mentored by youth workers and explore challenges and issues including mental health, relationships and masculinity.
"We are proud of this program because we use a straight up, no fluffiness, own-your-choices approach," she said.
Ms Abu-Gazaleh has pounced on the opportunity to try to step it up with the help of the community to reach even more boys.
"If you have ever thought about supporting us, this is the moment," she said.
"We need 40 generous individuals to donate at least $25 by January 31 for CBB to match every donation."
CBB the not4profit people was formed in 1995. It evolved from the restructuring of the Spastic Centres of South Australia.
Its vision and mission has been to build the capacity and capability of organisations such as the Top Blokes Foundation which has a passion for providing a positive platform for young men to develop personal qualities including integrity, character and respect for others while becoming positive role model to their peers.
Other programs include Building Blokes, which encourages young men to re-engage, and a suicide prevention program to teach young people how they can help themselves and their peers to be happy and healthy.