I have learned a little about local attitudes toward giving and fundraising engagement. It exists. But it doesn't sound like the runs/walks/drives are common here. I'm not certain, but it doesn't sound like corporate fundraising teams exist here. While a little can be fun and build a sense of community and shared purpose, it can also become so pervasive that people get sick of the "cause of the week" in the U.S.
The non-profits I've met here struggle to find funding like everywhere else though, and the trend toward unchecked capitalism is invading non-profits just as it is in the U.S., so it will be interesting to see how the culture of giving progresses - will non-profits copy the U.S. model, or find their own path?