Fundraising Tips & Tools

Get Your Fundraising Off to a Running Start!

Your commitment to participate in the Race to Beat Cancer 5K race in Washington, DC is the first step toward making a difference in cancer research that will have a long-lasting impact! It is an opportunity to be active and support Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center with treatments, trials, and research to #BeatCancer.

Tips for getting the most out of your experience:

Step 1 – Establish a fundraising goal and a deadline for reaching that goal. Your goal can be an individual goal, a team goal, or a combination of both. This is an exciting way to challenge yourself, family, and friends while partaking in friendly competition with other teams. 

Step 2 – Make a list of everyone in your network (friends, family, co-workers, social circles, etc.). The number one reason people don't donate is because no one asks them – so, don't be shy!

Step 3 – Tell everyone in your network that you're participating in the Race to Beat Cancer 5K and give them some compelling reasons and options to support you.

  • SHARE information about the event and why it is important to you!
  • SHARE stories, videos, stats, and photos from the event website, so they understand the impact 
  • GIVE them options to support you: Ask for a $25 donation, join your team, LIKE the Facebook page, sign-up for the newsletter, register to volunteer, become an in-kind donor or sponsor, etc.   

Step 4 – Say 'Thank You' and follow-up with people! We'll take care of acknowledging your donors with tax receipts, but a personal thank you from you goes a long way. Keep them up to date on your fundraising and training progress and let them know that their donation matters. 

Tap Into All Your Networks:

  • Personalize your team page and share it through email and Facebook. Sending a link to your team page makes it easy for anyone to donate directly to the cause. This also allows donations to be made with a credit card and keeps money management simple for participants and ensure they get their tax receipt from the Washington Cancer Institute. Online donations are automatically added and tallied toward the goal.
  • Talk to friends, family, and co-workers face to face and ask for a donation.
  • Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program. Many companies will match donations made by employees. This is a way for companies to support charitable contributions, plus it is tax deductible.
  • Use social media to keep people up to date on your fundraising and training progress.
  • Host a fundraising event for your team by having a cookout, party, yard sale, or bake sale. This is the creative part. The possibilities are endless.
  • Be sure you thank every donor. If possible, send a handwritten note of appreciation.

Individual Fundraising Benchmarks*

In partnership with our sponsors, we’re excited to offer our top fundraisers these exciting recognition benchmarks:

  • Platinum Fundraiser – $1,000 Race to Beat Cancer 5K Sweatshirt 
  • Gold Fundraiser – $750 Race to Beat Cancer 5K Water Bottle
  • Silver Fundraiser – $500 Race to Beat Cancer 5K Visor
  • Bronze Fundraiser – $250 Race to Beat Cancer 5K Bag

*To be eligible for these exciting benchmarks, all fundraising money must be received by September 1, 2018. This includes all offline donations.

Tools to Use: 

2015 Race to Beat Cancer 5K Photo 3