Fundraising Ideas for Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, last year there were 1.6 million new cases of cancer diagnosed in the US. The number of people affected by cancer is far larger, expanding to those living with cancer, survivors, and all those who love them. The community of cancer survivors has learned to lean on one another for support—including raising funds for cancer research and, ultimately, finding a cure.

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Team up against cancer
Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money to help a friend or family member fight cancer. Donations can be raised for a personal fundraiser, or you can start a fundraiser to raise awareness around breast cancer and donate the money you raise to a worthy organization. You can raise money quickly and safely online, and funds can be deposited directly into the beneficiary’s bank account.

With any kind of fundraising, it’s best to assemble a team of people with different and complementary skills, if possible. For instance, a team member that is active on social media can determine the best ways to share your fundraiser on socials. A crafty team member can design a team logo and get shirts printed to spread awareness about your cause. Here are a few other advantages to creating an online fundraiser to raise money in your fight against cancer:

  • Easily share your fundraiser and news about offline fundraising events to social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and email.
  • Crowdfunding lets your team gather all of the funds raised in one place that’s easily managed and accessible.

Three ideas to aid in your team’s fight against cancer

  • 1. Come up with a team name

    If you decide to fundraise with a team of people, use a team name to set your fundraiser apart and inspire connection.

    • A team name can provide much-needed levity for you, the beneficiaries, and everyone you’re asking to help.
    • Donors feel like they’re on the team when they make a donation.
    • If you’re having trouble thinking of a team name, check out Cancer Fundraising Team Names to Help Raise Awareness.
  • 2. Race to the finish


    If team members have the availability and energy, walks and races to fundraise for cancer awareness come in all shapes and sizes. Plus, they allow you to meet with your team in person to collectively come together to spread awareness and raise money for cancer research. Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society both have online resources that make it simple to find an event near you.

    Pre-race ideas


    If you’re participating in a race, walk, or bike against cancer, there are several things you can do to bring in donations before the race.

    • Share your online fundraiser with your social network so that they know you’re prepping for your race. 
    • Ask friends and family to make a donation to support your cause.
    • Share updates on how your training is progressing so that supporters stay involved and invested in your race.

    Tips for during the race



    Teammates who aren’t able to participate in the race can still help raise money at the start or finish line. Here are a few different ways they can get involved:

    • Take and share photos of the event as it progresses to keep donors involved and updated.
    • Add the name of your fundraiser, team name, and hashtag to the photos they share.
    • Wear a team shirt with the URL to your fundraiser printed on the back, encouraging people to make donations.
  • 3. Sell items to bring in more donations

    If you’re not feeling up for a race, there are definitely other ways to bring in donations. Your teammates can get together and make tie-dyed t-shirts, bracelets, or hats to sell for your cause.

 Or, organize a bake sale to help bring in donations. If possible, you could even ask a local restaurant in your community to host a fundraising night where a portion of their proceeds go toward your fundraiser.

Let others help you in your fight

Whether you decide to raise funds on your own or work with a team, we hope that the above fundraiser ideas are able to help you raise more money to fight cancer and fund research. Setting up your fundraiser is free and easy—get started building your online fundraiser whenever you’re ready.

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Fundraising ideas for breast cancer

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According to breastcancer.org, one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. While research is advancing and new treatments are giving patients hope, the fight against breast cancer is something that no one should have to go through alone. If you want to help a loved one fighting breast cancer or raise funds to further research, consider starting a crowdfunding campaign to help support an important cause.

Finding ways to support breast cancer patients

You can join the battle against breast cancer by utilizing crowdfunding and its ability to harness the power of social networks to attract donations. By fundraising for breast cancer, you are helping to improve survival rates and impact the lives of thousands of women fighting the disease. Help ensure that finding a cure for breast cancer remains a vital cause in the public eye and support those you love who are battling the disease. Here are some ways GoFundMe makes it easy to raise money to aid in the fight against breast cancer:

  • You can raise money quickly, safely, and securely online.
  • Funds can be deposited directly into the beneficiary’s bank account so that funds can immediately be used for treatment costs.
  • It’s easy to share updates about the progress of your fundraiser with friends and family via social media and email.

Nine breast cancer fundraising ideas

  • 1. Race or walkathon

    Hosting a race or walkathon is a very effective way to gather members of your community for a very important cause, and it helps promote healthy activity.

    • Schedule the event with enough lead time that participants have an ample amount of time to train, if necessary.
    • Encourage participants to make a donation to your online fundraiser as an optional cost for participating.
    • Ask participants to share your fundraiser with their social networks to further the reach of your fundraiser.
  • 2. Luncheon or tea party

    Host a luncheon or tea party, gathering friends and family to enjoy a luxurious spread of pastries and tea.

    • You could make it a themed event and ask people to arrive in fun attire.
    • Host your tea or luncheon at someone’s house to allow for a more personal environment. 
    • Ask everyone to make a donation to your fundraiser as admission to the event.
  • 3. Haircut party

    Do you have a favorite salon or stylist? Think about asking if they’re willing to put together a salon-based party.

    • The salon could offer flat-rate cuts, color, or other services for a day, with all or a portion of the proceeds going to your breast cancer fundraiser.
    • To increase the number of people participating, ask the salon if you can leave flyers promoting your event.
  • 4. Bake sale

    Everybody loves baked goods, especially if they’re for a good cause. Here are a few tips for your bake sale:

    • Ask friends and family members if they can each bake one treat as a donation to your cause.
    • Set up your stand at a sporting event or local school.
    • Make sure to have a sign or flyer letting people know that proceeds will go towards your breast cancer fundraiser.
  • 5. Host a car wash

    There’s a reason car washes are among the most common types of fundraising events—they’re a great way to get donations!

    • Ask friends and family members to donate their time to come out and help wash cars.
    • Strike up a conversation with people getting their car washed and share your cause with them.
    • Have a phone or tablet on hand so donations can be made directly to your fundraiser.
  • 6. Bowling for breast cancer

    Reach out to see if your local bowling alley would be willing to donate the use of several lanes for you to host a fundraising event.

    • Invite friends, family members, coworkers, and community members to come and bowl to support breast cancer survivors.
    • Challenge participants to donate money that matches their bowling score for the evening.
    • As admission, come up with a suggested donation amount that can be made to your online fundraiser. Ask participants to donate during the event from their mobile device.
  • 7. Pink party

    Host a party that requires guests to wear pink clothing and serve pink food and drinks. 

    • Ask attendees to pay a set admission fee to the party through a donation to your online fundraiser.
    • At the party, have raffles and auctions for items donated by community members and local businesses.
  • 8. Flower fundraiser

    Contact a local florist to see if they would be willing to partner with you to hold a breast cancer awareness fundraiser around a holiday such as Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day.

    • Ask if the florist will donate a percentage of all red or pink roses sold to your fundraiser.
    • In turn, they will receive a free advertisement from you as you spread the word about your fundraiser.
  • 9. Garage sale

    Ask your family, friends, and neighbors to participate by donating items for a garage sale. 

    • Make signs notifying everyone that all proceeds from your garage sale will benefit your breast cancer awareness fundraiser. 
    • Leave a donation jar visible so that people can make additional cash donations.
    • Promote your garage sale on your social media networks and ask your local online paper to run an ad for extra exposure.

Help spread awareness

Whether you want to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from breast cancer or you’re raising money to fund your own medical expenses, you can launch a free cancer fundraiser today. Starting a fundraiser to aid in the fight against breast cancer can have a tremendous impact on the cause. It’s never too early to get started.

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