Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fundraiser?
Who can plan a fundraiser?
Is there an age limit for who can plan and hold a fundraiser?
What kind of event can I host?
How much money does my event have to raise?
How much does it cost to hold an event?
Will the Prevent Cancer Foundation give me money to buy supplies for my event?
How do I get the Media Toolkit and Fundraiser Toolkit?
How can the Prevent Cancer Foundation help promote my event?
Should I send Prevent Cancer Foundation pictures of my event?
Why do I have to fill out an agreement form?
What is the money I raise going toward?
To whom should donors make the checks?
My event is over. What do I do with the money I raised?
Is the money my event raises tax-deductible?
I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

What is a fundraiser?
A fundraiser is a planned event that raises money for a good cause. It can be as small and simple as a bake sale or as upscale as a gala. The main goal of a Prevent Cancer Foundation fundraiser is to raise money in support of cancer prevention and early detection.

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Who can plan a fundraiser?
Anyone! People from all ages and backgrounds all over the world can hold a successful event.

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Is there an age limit for who can plan and hold a fundraiser?
No. The Prevent Cancer Foundation has received money raised by people of all ages, including younger kids. We suggest adult supervision of children’s fundraisers.

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What kind of event can I host?
One great aspect about fundraisers is that you can be creative. The possibilities for events are virtually endless! Check out our ideas page for inspiration. Have a new idea? Tell us about it!

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How much money does my event have to raise?
We accept donations of all sizes (from $5.00 to $100,000 and more!) and appreciate every penny that is raised. No amount is too big or too small!

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How much does it cost to hold an event?
The Prevent Cancer Foundation does not charge a fee to hold a fundraiser on our behalf. A fundraiser can be completely free to host, depending on what type of event you choose. Fundraising events such as babysitting, time and talent auctions, and yard sales don’t cost anything. Events likelemonade stands andcarwashes require certain supplies (lemonade, sponges, soap), but you can use items you already have at home or ask local businesses to donate items. To read about past creative, successful, and free events, check out our highlighted fundraisers.

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Will the Prevent Cancer Foundation give me money to buy supplies for my event?
The Prevent Cancer Foundation does not provide funding for any fundraising events. However, we do provide Prevent Cancer Foundation banners and materials at no cost to display and hand out at your event.  Materials requests can be found in the Fundraiser Toolkit.

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How do I get the Media Toolkit and Fundraiser Toolkit?
The Prevent Cancer Foundation will email you both Toolkits upon receipt of your agreement form.

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How can the Prevent Cancer Foundation help promote my event?
The Foundation will market your event via social media venues, which include Twitter, Facebook, and fundraising calendar on our website. Depending on the fundraiser, we may choose to highlight your event in a Prevent Cancer Foundation blog post or on our Host a Fundraiser website. Upon submission and receipt of your agreement form, we will email you a Media Toolkit that provides ideas for how you can market your event in your community.

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Should I send Prevent Cancer Foundation pictures of my event? Yes.  When possible, we love to include pictures on our website and on blog posts.  We request that the photographs meet the following qualifications:  JPG and are emailed to Jessie.Edington@preventcancer.org.  You should let event participants know that event photographs will be sent to the Prevent Cancer Foundation for inclusion in promotional materials or on our website.  Give them the option of not having their photograph taken.

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Why do I have to fill out an agreement form?
Any event affiliated with the Prevent Cancer Foundation should support our mission of saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection. The agreement allows Foundation staff to ensure that the proposed event upholds the beliefs and reputation of the Foundation. For example, we would not support a fundraiser that involves tobacco use or indoor/outdoor tanning. Please contact Jessie.Edington@preventcancer.org for more information.

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What is the money I raise going toward?
All of the proceeds you raise directly benefit communities nationwide by supporting the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s mission of cancer prevention and early detection by funding early career researchers, cancer prevention education, advocacy and community outreach initiatives.

To put things in perspective, here is how your dollars are put to work at the Prevent Cancer Foundation:

  • $10 - 5 pedometers given out to screening patients to encourage regular exercise
  • $24 - Materials for 1 Champions against Breast Cancer (lay health worker) training
  • $50 - 1 woman screened and educated for cervical cancer
  • $150 - Educational brochures for cancer prevention at 2 State Fairs
  • $250 - 2 mammogram screenings at ¡Celebremos la Vida!
  • $500 - 2 months’ worth of medical supplies for breast and cervical cancer screenings for 80 women
  • $2,500  – 1 day of mammogram screenings on the Mammovan™ for 20 underserved women in the community
  • $5,000 - 1 community-level colorectal cancer screening and awareness grant awarded through the annual National Challenge
  • $10,000 - 1 Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ stop to an underserved community

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To whom should donors make the checks?
Checks should be made payable to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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My event is over. What do I do with the money I raised?
If you collected cash:
We do not recommend sending cash through the mail. Instead, you may purchase a cashier’s check from a local bank or money order from a local store and forward to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. You can also deposit the cash into your checking account and either write us a check for that amount, or make your donation online via our Donate Now page.  Don’t forget to check the box for “Yes, this is a donation from a fundraiser!” and enter your contact information.

If you collected checks:
Put them in a well-sealed envelope and mail them to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, referencing the name of your hosted event in an enclosed note or check memo lines. This will allow the Foundation to properly acknowledge your generous support. Checks must be made out to the Prevent Cancer Foundation in order to be processed.

Checks and/or money orders can be sent to:
Prevent Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 34885
Alexandria, VA 22334-0885

Be sure to include a note with your donation that includes your name, address, phone number, and email address in case we need to contact you with any questions about the event or donation.

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Is the money my event raises tax-deductible?
Yes. However, the Prevent Cancer Foundation can only send a tax-deductible receipt to donors who make payment directly to the Foundation and not through a third party. Individuals who write checks to the Foundation will receive a letter with IRS tax information from the Foundation acknowledging their gift. If you send one check that consists of multiple donations, please send us or email us completed Donor Information Forms, which are included in the Fundraiser Toolkit. While we are unable to provide a tax-deductible receipt to these donors, we can still send them an acknowledgement letter thanking them for their gift. If you make your donation online via our Donate Now page, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt upon submitting your electronic donation.

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I still have questions. Who can I talk to?
You can email Development and Event Coordinator Jessie Edington or call her at (703) 519-2119.

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