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Old 05-12-06, 05:55 AM   #1
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Touring America to raise money for breast cancer

Ok, I am going to tour America to raise money for breast cancer (New York-California) summer 07. So as of now i'm in the planning stages and would love to have input from others on fundraising ideas. I'm thinking of printing abunch of pamphlets and handing them out to all stores/houses ect in the area. Something like 20$ and you get a photo album of my adventures and 200$^ recieve cycling jersey with charity name along with photo album. Is a website deff needed? Anyone with exp on touring for charity, I would love to hear from you. Thanks
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Definitely get a website up and running. The easiest thing to do would be to use a blogger account or the like. Also, it would be helpful if the charity would link to you in order to get legitimacy.

Another thing to consider is are you going to be taking a % of contributions to help cover costs? if so, you either need to set up a 501 (c) 3 organization so that those contributions are tax deductible (important if you try to get foundations or companies behind you) or get the organization to set up a seperate giving page for you so you get credit for the donation. Couple that with a link that to the effect "click here if you would like to help cover the costs of this endeavor"
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www.fundraising.marathonguide.com/PinkTour
Set up my site there, donations go directly to the breast cancer research foundation. I'm covering the cost of the trip. Its something I have wanted to do for awhile so I figure I could help a good cause while i'm at it. Give what you can, there is a cure.
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www.fundraising.marathonguide.com/PinkTour
I'm covering the cost of the trip.
That's great news. I've seen many of these charity tours actually end up being a scam that is used to pay for the person's fun. They will raise $3000 for charity and then $2500 of the money goes for their personal expenses and fun.

I'm glad to see you are using your own funds to fund this trip.

I wish you all the best.
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Looks like you have some extra www's in there. I think your site should read:

http://fundraising.marathonguide.com/PinkTour
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^^ thanks jimmuter
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I'll be sure to make a little contribution come next friday (payday). Best of luck.
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That's great news. I've seen many of these charity tours actually end up being a scam that is used to pay for the person's fun. They will raise $3000 for charity and then $2500 of the money goes for their personal expenses and fun.

I'm glad to see you are using your own funds to fund this trip.

I wish you all the best.
What's wrong with some one taking a small percentage of a contribution to help fund a cross country tour? If you are up front and tell whoever is donating that 10% of the contributions will be used to help fund the tour, do you think that is a problem? I know that is what I'm planning to do, with the charity's blessing. I also plan on giving the option of giving a contribution directly to the charity, through a web page that they will set up, if people are not interested in helping to pay some of the costs associated with organizing a tour.

Based on the fact that I will be leaving work, actively pursuing fundraising, and putting a lot of my own money into the tour, I feel this is perfectly acceptable. Any thoughts?

ps. I agree that taking 95% of contributions to put towards personal fun is a scam. But that's why you set up a 501 c3, since there are rules that govern their fund raising.
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