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
  • Additional DFMC items available upon request

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. DFMC staff can help you plan a successful fundraiser by providing resources and materials such as banners, canisters, and more.

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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: Zach Lister
What: Orangetheory Fitness Class
Where: Dedham, MA
Details: Hosting a charity fitness class with Orangetheory fitness class for those who have made a donation of $25 to Zach’s page.
When: December 14 at 2 p.m.

Who: Kathy and Kimberly Newcomb
What: Babysitting for Seasonal Shopping
Where: Exeter High School, Exeter, NH & Winnacunnet HS, Hampton, NH
Details: We will be providing babysitting services with fun activities for children so parents can spend time holiday shopping. Activities include a wrapping station for children to wrap presents for family members, a card making station, a board game area, and a Christmas movie area. Snacks will also be provided. Suggested donation of $25 per person.
When: December 15 at 10 a.m.

Who: Emily Selland, Jen Selland, and Ava Gruchacz
What: Community Variety Show
Where: Needham, MA
Details: This holiday party includes an online and in person opportunity drawing in order to engage the widest amount of participation!
When: December 14, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Ongoing Projects:

Who: Hillary Hall
What: DFMC Team Jackets
Where: Contact Hillary Hall at to purchase.
Details: Sugoi Running Jackets embroidered with DFMC team logo. Sold for $160 each.
When: Throughout the 2020 DFMC season

Who: Kathryn Gantman
What: Intent Bracelet Sale
Where: Contact Kathryn Gantman at to purchase.
Details: MyIntent bracelets with customizable words and colors. This can be replaceable with a keychain if you prefer. Customizable option are $25 each, but a standard DFMC bracelet will be sold for $20.
When: Throughout the 2020 DFMC season

Who: Carryl Roy
What: BibBoards Sale
Where: Contact Carryl Roy at to purchase.
Details: Sale of customized BibBoards. Sold for $15 each.
When: Throughout the 2020 DFMC season