Fundraising Tips and Tools

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge charity fundraising ideas

Our creative tips and tools below can help you reach and surpass your fundraising goals, in support of Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. Start by logging in to your Participant Center to update your fundraising page, customize your personal URL, communicate to donors, and more.


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Just registered? Aiming for your next fundraising goal? Share your fundraising page on social media and remember to follow us!

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Email your fundraising page to friends and family and ask for support.

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Show appreciation to your donors by sending an email, writing a note, or sharing a photo on social media.

Fundraising tips


  • Log in to your Participant Center to customize your fundraising page and URL. Telling your story on your page helps increase gifts.
  • Share your personal URL on social media to ask for support. Social media helps broaden your audience.
  • Check out the Tools in your Participant Center for fundraising resources, important dates, and training and other materials.
  • Watch your inbox for emails from our staff with additional guidance to achieve fundraising success.


Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members receive exclusive fundraising tools, including:

  • Sample fundraising letters and emails
  • Fundraising calendars and to-do list
  • “Support My Run” flyers to spread the word
  • Donor reports for stewarding and thanking donors

Check out the Tools in your Participant Center for additional resources.

Fundraising tools


A fundraising project or event is a creative way to supplement fundraising for your run and attract a wide array of potential donors. If you are planning an event or fundraiser, please contact our staff at least four weeks in advance to learn more about our quick and easy approvals process.

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Throw a Party

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Create and Sell

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Host a Bake Sale

Upcoming Events:

Who: Sarkis Chkijian
What: 26.2 Miles. One Important Cause.
Where: Armenian American Social Club, Watertown, MA
Details: Cocktail reception, silent, and live auction to support DFMC 2019 fundraising.
When: April 12, 2019 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Who: Malik Smith
What: Dana-Farber Spin-a-thon
Where: BSC Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA
Details: We are going to have a spin-a-thon at the BSC Downtown Crossing. Instructors and staff are volunteering their time and resources to support Dana-Farber.
When: April 5, 2019 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Who: Caitlin Sebastian
What: Dungeons & Dragons With R.A. Salvatore
Where: Adventure Pub, Arlington, MA
Details: Opportunity Drawing to win a meal with Dungeons & Dragons author, R.A. Salvatore!
When: May 25, 2019

Ongoing Projects:

Who: Sharon Tassini
What: Sale of Running Jewelry
Where: Contact Sharon Tassini at to purchase.
Details: Creation and sale of handmade necklaces and bracelets to runners and others.
When: Throughout the 2019 DFMC season

Who: Bobby Earle O’Brien
What: “This Runner Climbed Heartbreak Hill” Bumper Sticker
Where: Contact Bobby Earle O’Brien at to purchase.
Details: $5 per bumper sticker and discounts offered for volume purchases.
When: Throughout the 2019 DFMC season

Who: Chris Knight
What: Original artwork and Converse shoes opportunity drawings
Where: Contact Chris Knight at to purchase.
Details: Chris will create original artwork on pairs of Converse sneakers to be won through an opportunity drawing! $5 each ticket with 5 tickets for $20.
When: Throughout the 2019 DFMC season