GO THE EXTRA MILE. You can help raise funds to fight breast cancer by collecting tax-deductible donations from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. If every Race participant asked 10 friends for just $10 and collected $100 we could raise $300,000! As one participant said “I decided just to send ONE email to all of my friends and within 24 hours they had collectively donated more than $500!”
We will provide you the tools you need to be successful. To download our FUNDRAISING TOOL-KIT click here We also provide some special incentives – CLICK HERE to view the fabulous prize rewards that you can win.
When you register for the Race online, you can set up your own personal webpage. You can upload your own photo and tell your own story about why you are participating and raising funds for the Race. You can send emails from your webpage to family, friends, and colleagues asking them to sponsor you by donating with a credit card online. All they have to do is click on the link in your email. What could be easier! Our online tools allow you to support the cause with just a few clicks of the mouse.
For detailed instructions on how to set up your own personal fundraising page CLICK HERE
While we strongly encourage everyone to use the online donation program, some people will prefer to donate by cash or check. We will gladly accept donations in any form; however, if you are trying to compete for a prize/reward incentive, we need your help to ensure that we can track the funds you work so hard to raise.
Donations by check or cash will be considered for individual prize/reward eligibility as long as we receive them in a envelope with an official Fundraising Form. Click here to download the official FUNDRAISING FORM. You may collect your donations and turn them in at one time or, if you collect a large number of donations early in the Race season, go ahead and turn them in either by mailing to the Komen Office (please don't send cash) or in person at the Komen Office - office hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be sure to include the Fundraising Form. We will add your offline donation totals to any online donations to arrive at the total funds you raised.
You can also turn in your donation envelope during packet pickup week or at the Pledge/Donations tent on Race day.
You can also provide your donors with a DONATION FORM that they can fill out and mail in directly with their donation check. Make sure they make their checks out to Komen Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure and put your name in the memo line of their check. Mail to:
Komen Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure
3030 9th St. Suite 2H
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Does your company have a matching gift program?
Check to see if your company or your donors company has a matching gift program. If they do, make sure you take advantage of it to increase the amount you raise. Let others know about this option and have them check with their companies.
If your company has a matching program, obtain the necessary paperwork from them, complete the form and include it with your Fundraising envelope. Komen will submit the form and give you credit for the matching gift. Please be sure that your name is on the Match Form so that you can get the appropriate credit.
Thanking your donors and supporters
It is important that you thank each and every individual that supports your fund raising efforts. Individuals that make a donation online will receive an automatic electronic thank you/acknowledgement message from Komen. You can send a Thank-you message to your online supports directly from your Participant Center. The Affiliate will provide a receipt for cash and will send a thank you letter to be used as an official tax receipt to any donor who makes a gift of $25 or more.