Where does the fundraising money go?
The money raised through the Jimmy Fund Walk directly supports cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. Find out more about how your support helps!
How do I request gifts online?
You can advise your donors to give to your Jimmy Fund Walk online by sharing a link to your personal fundraising page via email, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
How do I find my personal fundraising page link? If I am a Team Captain, how do I find my team page link?
Your personal fundraising page link can be viewed and edited in your Participant Center:
If you are a Team Captain, your team’s fundraising page link can be viewed and edited in your Participant Center:
How do I submit checks or money orders?
You or your donors can mail checks or money orders to:
Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
P.O. Box 3595
Boston, MA 02241-3595
Checks should be made out to Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk and should include your Participant ID in the memo line. Please note: we cannot accept cash.
Please note: Due to the high volume of gifts, it may take up to two weeks for your gift to be processed and appear on your personal fundraising page.
Where can I find my Participant ID number?
Your Participant ID is included in the confirmation email you receive upon registration. It can also be found by:
If I set my fundraising goal higher than the minimum, will I be held responsible for the extra money?
No. Participants are required to raise $325 (or $125 for participants 12 years old or younger on Walk day) which includes the registration fee. However, increasing your fundraising goal is a great way to motivate your donors to continue their support. Many participants set their goal at $1,500 (Star Pacesetter level).
What do I do if people make a check out to me instead of to the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk?
Endorse the check by writing "Pay to the order of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk" and signing your name on the back of the check.
If my supporters give me cash gifts, how do I submit them?
Except for Walk weekend, the Jimmy Fund Walk cannot accept cash gifts. If your supporters give you cash, your options for submitting the gifts are:
Can I move money from one participant to another?
Once a gift is made, it can only be moved from one participant to another in totality. We are not able to be split gifts among participants once made. If you receive a check gift, we can split it and apply to multiple participants, but you must send the check directly to the Walk staff at the address below and not the P.O Box.
Jimmy Fund Walk Staff
10 Brookline Place, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445
For gifts made to the general team fund, the Team Captain must request the whole transfer to one team member. Please contact the Walk staff to move funds.
Do matching gifts count toward the fundraising minimum?
Yes. Once we receive the eligible matching gift form and are able to verify the original gift, the match will be added to your fundraising total.
Please note: Due to the high volume of matching gifts, please allow a few weeks for your matching gift to be verified and appear on your personal fundraising page.
How do I change my fundraising goal?
To change your fundraising goal:
How do I customize my personal fundraising page?
To edit the text, picture, or video on your personal page:
How can I link my personal page to Facebook?
You can share your personal fundraising page link on Facebook by copying the link into your Facebook status–be sure to include a note about why you participate. If you cannot remember your personal fundraising page URL, you can log in to your Participant Center to view it on the home screen.
How can I send emails from my Participant Center to contacts in my own email address book?
You can upload your email address book into your Participant Center by following these steps:
Where can I find a list of people who have made contributions to my Walk?
To access a list of your current year donors and to see the donation amount:
To view additional contact information for your donors:
What is the relationship between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & the Jimmy Fund?
The Jimmy Fund solely supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) by raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer research and patient care to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events. Learn more about the Jimmy Fund here. Learn more about DFCI here.
I just made a donation. What will appear on my bank statement?
Your online donation will appear on your credit card statement as: DANAFARBERJIMMYFND. If the transaction is pending, you may see PENDINGBB appear, which is normal. Should you have any questions regarding what appears on your statement, please email our Donor Services team at askCS@dfci.harvard.edu. We can also be reached by phone at 800-525-4669 or 617-632-2903.
What if I need to make a change to the donation I just made?
Please email the Jimmy Fund Walk team at JimmyFundWalk@dfci.harvard.edu or call 866-531-9255 immediately.
I just made a donation online but did not receive my email confirmation. Can this be re-sent to me?
Yes. Please email our Donor Services team at askCS@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-2903 to request an email acknowledgement.
How can supporters make a donation if they don't want to do it online?
Supporters can write a check payable to the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, which you then submit according to the process described in the "Fundraising" section of the FAQs.
How do my supporters get a receipt of their donation to use for tax purposes?
If your supporters make online donations, they will receive an acknowledgment letter and payment confirmation via email. We mail acknowledgements to supporters who send contributions of $15 or more via check. Although we appreciate donations of any amount, due to the high volume of contributions we receive, we are unable to send acknowledgements for offline donations of less than $15. For offline donations of less than $15, your supporters can use a copy of his/her check as proof of their donation.
How do my supporters make a donation in honor or in memory of someone?
For online donations, your supporters have the opportunity to enter the name of the person whom they are honoring while making the donation in the "Donation Information" section of the donation form. You may enter the honoree's name in the "Display Name and Information" box and that will appear on your personal fundraising page. If your supporters would like an acknowledgment letter sent to a loved one, family member, or friend, please have them follow the link in their confirmation email and provide appropriate information.
Each supporter who makes an offline contribution can include a brief note with an honoree's name, and the names and addresses of any desired acknowledgment recipients.
How do my supporters submit a matching donation?
Every company has their own policies and procedures to determine a particular charity's eligibility to receive a matching donation. Your donors’ Human Resources department will have more information about how to have a donation matched or you can search for your company to see if they provide matching donations to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
If the original donation is made online, please have your supporter print out the email confirmation they received upon making the donation and mail it with the matching donation form to:
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445-7226
Alternatively, if a supporter makes a donation online, and his/her company has an electronic donation submission program, please ask them to email the confirmations of both their donation and matching donation submission to JimmyFundWalk@dfci.harvard.edu.
If a supporter would like to match a donation they made by check, please have them mail the matching donation form along with the donation to the address above.
Many employers' matching donation forms require the following information:
Tax ID Number: 042263040
Contact: Donor Services
Address: Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445-7226
Do matching donations count toward the fundraising minimum?
Yes. Once we receive the eligible matching donation form and are able to verify the original donation, the match will be added to your fundraising total.
Please note: Due to the high volume of matching donations, please allow 4-6 weeks for your matching donation to be verified and appear on your personal fundraising page.
Can my supporters make donations of stock/securities to support my Jimmy Fund Walk? What about donations made through Donor Advised Funds?
Yes. Your supporters can give donations of stock or securities and we also accept donations from Donor Advised Funds. To make a donation via an existing Donor Advised Fund, donors should utilize the Donor Advised Fund link on the "Give" page and reach out to their Donor Advised Fund contact to confirm. Donors should always be sure to note the donation designation (e.g. Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk/participant name). To donate stocks and securities, please reference stock transfer instructions here. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund's Tax ID Number is 042263040.
I have a question about giving from my Donor Advised Fund using DAF Direct. Who do I contact?
Follow the instructions after clicking to give via DAF Direct. You may email our Donor Services team at askCS@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-2903 if you have any further questions. Our team may direct you to speak with your DAF.
Is the Jimmy Fund Walk website secure?
How do I opt out of communications?
If you wish to opt out of receiving fundraising mailings from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, please call 800-525-4669 or visit JimmyFund.org/Opt-Out. If you wish to opt out of email communications, you may also click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any Jimmy Fund Walk email.
Do you have to be registered to participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk?
Yes. Everyone who walks must be registered, pay the registration fee, and commit to the fundraising minimum, except children under the age of 2 years old. For the safety of all walkers, emergency contact information must be provided for each walker. An accurate count of walkers also ensures adequate volunteer support, first aid, water, and snacks along the route. Each registered participant receives a T-shirt, bib number, commemorative Walk medal, and has access to the finish line area.
What is the fundraising agreement for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk?
Your registration information cannot be processed unless you agree to the following policy:
I, the "Participant", wish to participate in the 2019 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk occurring on September 22, 2019 (the "Event"). I agree to collect the fundraising minimum (registration fee included) of $325 ($125 for participants 12 years of age or younger ("Youth Participants") on Event day) for the benefit of DFCI and to be personally responsible for the difference if I fail to collect the required funds. The deadline for receipt of the full fundraising minimum ($325, or $125 for Youth Participants) is October 31, 2019. I understand that the outstanding balance towards the minimum fundraising requirement will be charged to my credit card if I have not met this requirement by the deadline.
What are the route options?
You can register for one of four different routes, all taking place along the Boston Marathon® course; and concluding at the Copley Square Finish Line in Boston:
Can I use the same username and password from last year's Walk to register online?
Yes. You may use your username and password from your 2018 registration. If you did not participate in 2018, you will need to register as a new user.
What is a Virtual Walker?
Virtual Walkers are participants who cannot attend Jimmy Fund Walk day, and still want to participate as fundraisers. Virtual Walkers are required to raise $100 (or $25 is 12 years old or younger on Walk day), which includes a $5 registration fee. Any Virtual Walker who raises $325 or more (or $125 if 12 years old or younger on Walk day) will be mailed a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt and medal. To register as a Virtual Walker, choose "Virtual Walker" as your route option on the registration form.
Please note: Virtual Walkers are not eligible to participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk on Walk day. If you would like to switch from a Virtual Walker to a Walk day participant, please contact us.
Can I register a group or family at the same time?
Yes, to register multiple walkers, you need to complete a separate registration for each person and process each registration payment as a separate transaction. Please keep in mind that if you use your credit card to register other walkers, your card will be charged if they do not meet the fundraising minimum by the October 31, 2019 deadline.
Once I have registered, can I change any of my registration information?
Yes. After you register, you can update your personal or contact information, change route selection, switch teams, join a team, or even start a new team by following these steps:
If any other changes need to be made, please contact us.
When is the deadline for registration?
Online registration will close at midnight on Thursday, September 19, 2019. You can also register at any of the starting locations on Walk day or at Early Check-In. Please note: the registration fee on Walk weekend is $40.
What is the cancellation policy?
You must cancel before noon on September 19, 2019 in order to be released from the fundraising minimum requirement of $325 (or $125 if 12 years old or younger). If you do not cancel by September 19, then you are responsible for the fundraising minimum whether you participate on Walk day or not. The registration fee is non-refundable. If the date for the event is postponed, this policy will also apply to the event on the rescheduled date. Please note: Each walker is required to agree to the cancellation policy at the time of registration.
What do you receive as a registered walker?
All walkers receive a Walk day T-shirt, hat, medal, a personal fundraising webpage, as well as access to fundraising materials and resources.
Participants who raise $1,500 or more will also receive additional perks for becoming a Pacesetter.
How do I start a team?
Follow our step by step Team Captain Manual to get your team going!
Is there a limit or minimum to how many people can be on a team?
Teams can be as few as two people or as many as you can recruit! Please note: in order to be considered for certain Extra Mile Brunch team recognition, your team must consist of at least five members.
Does each member of my team have to raise the fundraising minimum?
Yes. Each team member participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk is responsible for their personal fundraising minimum of $325, and children 12 years old or younger on Walk day are responsible for $125. Please note that the fundraising minimum must be on each individual’s fundraising page and not on the team page.
Are we obligated to reach whatever fundraising goal we set for our team?
No. The team fundraising goal is a tool to motivate your team and supporters. Each member of the team is responsible for the fundraising minimum of $325, or $125 for members 12 years old or younger on Walk day.
Can a team have more than one captain?
Teams can have Co-Captains. There is no limit to the number of Co-Captains a team can have.
To designate a Co-captain, the Team Captain must:
Can I join or start a team if I’m already registered?
Yes! If you are registered as an individual, but want to join a team:
If you are registered as an individual, but want to start a team, contact the Jimmy Fund Walk staff at 866-531-9255 or JimmyFundWalk@dfci.harvard.edu and we will make the change.
Can general team gifts be split among team members?
No. When a donation is made to the team, it can only be moved from the general team fund to one team member. Donations cannot be split among team members. Team Captains will need to contact us to request the transfer of funds.
Can a donor make a general gift to my team?
Yes. Donors can give to the general team page by searching for the team’s name or directly from the team’s fundraising page.
Do all walkers on my team have to walk the same route?
No. Team members may walk any of the four routes on Walk day, or some members may be Virtual Walkers and not attend Walk day at all, or some members participate as volunteers. Team members starting at Wellesley who would like to meet up with teammates who started in Hopkinton are encouraged to do so at Refueling Station #7, which is the first stop for 13.1-mile walkers.
Why should I form a team?
Teams can be formed in honor or memory of a friend or loved one, or to represent a company, organization, group, or family. Teams are a great way to show unity and make fundraising and walking more fun.
Is participating on a team mandatory?
No. You can walk individually or with a team.
What are my responsibilities as a Team Captain?
The main role of a Team Captain is to recruit team members and encourage the team's fundraising efforts. In addition, you will have online access to customize your team's fundraising page, communicate important information to your members, and be a general resource for basic questions. Check out our Team Captain Manual for helpful info and tips to get you started.
How will people know I am a Team Captain?
Your name will be listed first on your team's fundraising page, with any Co-Captains listed after you. You will both have a "C" next to your names as well.
Can we make our own team T-shirts or decorate the official Walk T-shirts?
You can do either! Some teams choose to create their own team T-shirts and others personalize the official Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirts. Here is a list of suggested T-shirt and screen printing vendors. Please note: if a Walk T-shirt is customized, you may not exchange for a different size.
If you choose to create your own shirts, please contact us for logos and approval of logo usage.
Are there any special resources available for teams?
Yes! The Jimmy Fund Walk provides special tools for teams including Team Newsletter templates, a Team Captains Facebook Group, monthly Team Captain updates, a Team Captain Manual, and more.
What is the Jimmy Fund Walk Hero Program? How can my team get involved?
Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes are adult and pediatric patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who have volunteered to tell the story of why money is being raised to conquer cancer through the Jimmy Fund Walk. Photos of the Heroes serve as mile and half mile markers along the Boston Marathon® route on Jimmy Fund Walk day.
Teams can request to be paired, or matched, with a Hero in the spring prior to the Jimmy Fund Walk, and walk and fundraise in their Hero’s honor. Match teams and Heroes form a unique relationship and celebrate together at the Hero Match Party each summer.
If your team is interested in participating in the Hero Program, please complete the Hero Match Team interest form.
For more information on the Hero Program, please contact:
Jimmy Fund Walk Staff
Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years or older. If you are interested in volunteering but are younger than 18, an adult chaperone must register to volunteer with you for the same shift, location, and position.
What types of jobs do volunteers have?
Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including walker registration and check-in, food and beverage distribution, medal distribution, and bus loading. Volunteers are needed at various locations along the 26.2-mile route throughout the day, as well as at Early Check-In the day before the Jimmy Fund Walk.
If you plan to register as a volunteer for Early Check-in, Walker Bib and T-shirt Pick Up, or Pacesetter Bib and T-shirt Pick Up, you should be comfortable using iPad technology, as you will be using an electronic check-in system.
Can I choose my job on Walk day?
Yes. Please select the opportunity, location, and time that work best for you and fill in basic contact information to register. Positions fill up quickly, so we recommend that you register early!
Can I volunteer for more than one job on Walk day?
We ask that you limit your registration to a single shift to ensure that as many volunteers as possible are able to participate in this very popular event.
Can my class, community service club, religious group, etc. volunteer together?
Of course! It is important that each group member registers individually in order to receive email reminders and updates about event weekend. Please contact Ellen Smith for more information.
Does the Jimmy Fund Walk have opportunities for cheer squads or performance groups to get involved?
Yes! We are actively seeing groups like cheer squads, marching bands, and more. Please contact Ellen Smith for more information.
Are there opportunities for my company/employees to volunteer?
Yes! Volunteering together is a great teambuilding activity for your company. If your company or team is interested in corporate volunteer opportunities, please contact Ellen Smith.
Where do we go on Walk day?
Shortly after you register online, you will receive an email confirmation of your volunteer assignment. Leading up to Walk weekend you will receive additional information regarding your role and what to expect on Walk day from the Walk staff and/or from your volunteer Site Captain. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your assigned shift.
Who can I contact if I am interested in a leadership/Site Captain position?
We are always seeking volunteers who are looking to take on the additional responsibility of being a Site Captain, or lead volunteer. Please contact Ellen Smith for more information.
How do we know who to report to?
The name of your Site Captain and any other important information will be emailed to you prior to the event.
If you are volunteering at a start location or at the Copley Square Finish Line, please report to the volunteer check-in tent/table where you will receive your T-shirt and be directed to your Site Captain.
If you are volunteering at a Refueling Station or other location, your Site Captain will meet you there and will be wearing a Jimmy Fund Walk Site Captain T-shirt.
As a volunteer, am I held to the same fundraising minimum as walkers?
The Jimmy Fund Walk encourages volunteers to go the extra mile and fundraise on behalf of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, however, volunteers do not have a fundraising requirement or registration fee.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions about volunteering?
For more information on volunteering, please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
What should I wear and bring with me on Walk day?
We encourage you to wear the Walk T-shirt provided by the Jimmy Fund. We also recommend that you wear or bring the following items on Walk day:
Please do not bring:
Do you have a list of hotels near each start location?
Please review the list of suggested hotel accommodations for each start location and the Copley Square Finish Line.
Do you provide transportation to the start lines?
Yes! Shuttle buses bring walkers from Boston to the Hopkinton, Wellesley, and Newton starting locations in the morning.
Shuttle buses will also be provided in the afternoon to bring participants back to all starting location parking sites, including Hopkinton, Riverside MBTA Station, Newton, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Please note: buses will not return walkers to Wellesley High School since walkers are not permitted to park at this location.
What time does the Walk start?*
Each start location has a starting period:
*Start times subject to change.
What are the hours of the Copley Square Finish Line?
The finish line area is officially open from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., to make sure that we accommodate all walkers. Those who walk at a more leisurely pace usually finish before 5:00 p.m., so you should have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities in Copley Square before heading home.
Do you have a map of the route?
Yes, please check out the course map.
What is available at the refueling stations, and where are they located?
Twelve refueling stations are located along the route, and each one has a supply of food, water, restrooms and medical support.
Can I run or skate the route?
No, running or skating the route is not allowed for safety reasons. We are unable to close the roads on Jimmy Fund Walk day, and the sidewalks get very crowded. Participants have an easier time staying within the designated walking area and out of the way of cars if everyone moves at a similar pace. Refueling Stations are scheduled to open based on the time it takes to walk the route.
Can I bring my pet?
With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed on the course.
Jimmy Fund Walk participants may pick up their T-shirts, bibs, and other items at Wellesley High School on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Participants who pick up their items in advance can start walking as soon as they arrive at their start location on Walk day.
Extra Mile Brunch
The Extra Mile Brunch, which takes place annually in March, is a celebration of the Walk community and the success of the event. All Pacesetters, Young Pacesetters, Team Captains whose teams raised $10,000 or more, sponsors, site captains/coordinators, and Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes are invited with a guest.
Anyone who participates in the Jimmy Fund Walk is required to raise a minimum amount: $325, including the $25 registration fee, for participants 13 years or older; $125, including the $25 registration fee, for participants 12 years old or younger on Walk day. Virtual walkers are required to raise $100, including a $5 registration fee, for participants 13 years old or older; $25 including a $5 registration fee for participants 12 years or younger.
Jimmy Fund Walk Hero Program
The Hero Program matches adult and pediatric cancer patients and survivors with teams who fundraise and walk in their honor.
Hundreds of companies make matching gifts to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on behalf of their employees. Increase the impact of your fundraising or volunteer efforts by submitting a matching gift form to your company today!
Download the free Jimmy Fund Walk Mobile App for iOS or Android to update your personal fundraising page, ask for gifts, recruit team members, and thank supporters. Think of it as the Participant Center right on your phone!
The Jimmy Fund Walk offers free items to download and be shipped by mail including Jimmy Fund Walk note cards, Support My Walk flyers, posters, and more. They can be found on the Fundraising Tips and Tools page.
Any Jimmy Fund Walk participant who raises $1,500 or more is a Pacesetter and earns certain rewards and exclusive invitations. A participant who is 12 years old or younger on Walk day and raises $500 is a Young Pacesetter.
Pacesetter Exclusive Event
Throughout the year, the Jimmy Fund Walk invites Pacesetters to attend special events, such as a reception and Red Sox game at Fenway Park, or an exclusive meet and greet with Dana-Farber faculty and staff.
Any Jimmy Fund Walk team that raises $15,000 or more is considered a Pacesetter Team and earns certain rewards and exclusive invitations. The more money that is raised to help conquer cancer, the higher the team can climb up the Pacesetter teams ladder and earn additional rewards!
Your Participant Center is your Jimmy Fund Walk headquarters. Log in with your username and password to update your personal or team fundraising page with your story and a photo, access donor reports, track fundraising progress, view Walk day information, check your to-do list, and send emails to your contacts.
Your participant ID is a unique number assigned to you when you register for the Jimmy Fund Walk. This number can be found in your Participant Center main screen. Please include your participant ID when you mail in checks to support your fundraising efforts.
Making a donation to support your own Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts demonstrates to your donors that you are asking them to give to a cause that you also support.
Personal Fundraising Page
Registered walkers will receive a personal fundraising page. This page can be customized with why you walk, who you walk for, a photo or video, and allows you to see how much you have raised and track your fundraising.
Personal Page URL
Jimmy Fund Walk participants can set up a custom link to their personal fundraising page. This can be set up in your Participant Center by selecting "Create Custom URL" in your next steps.
The Jimmy Fund Walk has 12 refueling stations along the Boston Marathon® course with snacks and beverages, including one refueling station that provides a light lunch.
Team Fundraising Page
Each registered Jimmy Fund Walk team will receive a team fundraising page. This page can be customized with why the team walks, who they walk for, and a photo or video.
Registering as a Virtual Walker is a way to be involved in the Jimmy Fund Walk if you can’t be there on Walk day. Virtual walkers, 13 or older on Walk day, have a fundraising minimum of $100, which includes the $5 registration fee. Those 12 or younger on Walk day have a fundraising minimum of $25, which includes the $5 registration fee. Virtual Walkers receive a personal fundraising page, can join a team, and can fundraise to help conquer cancer. Many Virtual Walkers hold their own walk on a date and location convenient for them.
A Jimmy Fund Walk participant who is 12 years old or younger (as of Walk day) who raises $500 or more.