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, a cure.

Building team spirit for your cancer fundraiser

Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money to fight cancer. Donations can be raised for a personal fundraiser, or you can start a fundraiser to raise awareness of 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. For instance, a team member with a big social media following can be in charge of creating buzz about your fundraiser. A crafty team member can design the team logo and shirts. Play to your team’s strengths.

  • 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.

Seven ideas for every step of your fight against cancer

  • 1. A cancer-fighting team name

    Whether it’s just you raising money or a large team of people banding together, use a cancer-fighting team name to set your crowdfunding 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.
    • For team name ideas, check out these funny cancer fundraising team names.
  • 2. Race to the finish

    With the help of team members, promote and host a race as a fundraising event. Events help spread awareness and raise funds in a different way than social media can—and it also gives you a story to tell on social media. Races come in all shapes and sizes.

    • Your team will need to answer some key questions: will people be walking, hiking, or biking? Will it happen in a park, on a track, or on a mountain? Will your race have an additional theme?
    • Race participants can donate to your fundraiser as the price of entry, or raise funds of their own by securing pledges for every mile they complete.

  • 3. Pre-race ideas
3. Pre-race ideas

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

    • Gather your teammates to brainstorm.
    • One suggestion is to purchase wooden chairs from a thrift store and have each team member decorate a chair.
    • Auction them (or raffle them off) via your fundraiser page.

  • 4. Tips for during the race

    Teammates who don’t participate in the race can help raise money at the start or finish line.

    • Set up a photo-op for selfies. Use a big piece of cardboard to design and decorate a frame.
    • Add the name of your fundraiser, team name, and hashtag.
    • When people share their selfies, their friends will see your information.
    • You can also ask for donations in exchange for prints of race finishers’ photos.
  • 5. A splash of color

    Not up for a race? Or want to do more? There are several fundraising ideas that work best with many helping hands. For instance, your teammates can get together and make tie-dyed t-shirts, bracelets, or hats to sell for your cause.

  • 6. Beating the cancer bug

    Here’s a high-concept event idea:

    • Acquire a junked VW Bug, place it in an open space, and invite people to grab a bat and “beat the cancer bug.”
    • Help your community relieve stress while reiterating the message of your fundraiser: to (figuratively) beat cancer.

    • One benefit of working in a team is being able to pool money to make up-front investments in fundraising events like this one.
  • 7. A different route

    Have each team member choose a mode of transportation—walking, running, biking, rollerblading—then find sponsors to pledge a donation amount for each day you commute to work or school using that method. With team members each bringing in their own funds, donations can start piling up.

Teaming up against cancer

Whether you decide to raise funds on your own or work with a team, we’ve got fundraiser ideas that can help you raise more money to fight cancer and fund research. It’s easy to set up your cancer fundraiser, and even easier to collect donations online or in person at your event.

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Fundraising ideas for breast cancer

According to, one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Luckily, research is advancing and new treatments are giving patients hope. If you want to help out a loved one fighting breast cancer or raise funds to further research, consider crowdfunding.

Finding ways to support breast cancer patients

Breast cancer is incredibly common, but the good news is how many researchers, nonprofits, and ordinary women and men are working to raise money for a cure, or to support those they love who are battling the disease. Here are some ways GoFundMe makes it easy to raise money to fight breast cancer.

  • You can raise money quickly and safely online, and funds can be deposited directly into the beneficiary’s bank account.
  • It’s easy to share news about your fundraiser and events via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
  • You can raise money to help a loved one, or to support an organization that fights breast cancer.

Six breast cancer fundraising ideas

  • 1. Race or walkathon

    This is likely the most popular type of breast cancer fundraising event. Hosting a race or walkathon is a very effective way to gather members of your community for a wonderful cause, and a good excuse to support healthy activity.

    • Schedule the event with enough lead time that participants have an ample amount of time to train, if necessary.
    • Ask all participants to make a donation to your online fundraiser for their admission.
    • You can also ask those who sign up to raise funds through donations to your fundraiser—perhaps with a pledge for every mile completed.
  • 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 request that everyone dress up or make it a themed event—Victorian or 1920s dress and decorations could be fun.
    • Host your tea or luncheon at someone’s house, or choose a restaurant or teahouse.
    • 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

    Bake sales are always successful ways to raise funds for a cause. Everybody loves baked goods, especially if they’re for a good cause.

    • Ask friends and family members if they can each bake one treat as a donation (though cash donations are appreciated as well).
    • Set up your stand at a sporting event or local school, and complement the treats with iced tea, lemonade, or fruit punch.
    • Make sure to have signs showing how all proceeds will go to your fundraiser.
  • 5. Male allies car wash

    Car washes may be some of the most common fundraising events, but they’re still a great way to get donations.

    • Set your event apart and raise awareness of breast cancer as a disease that affects men as well as women—as both patients and supporters of women with breast cancer.
    • Ask male friends and family members to donate their time to raise money and show solidarity.
    • 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.
    • As admission, come up with a suggested donation amount that can be made to your online fundraiser, or right at the bowling alley on your mobile device.

Make an impact with breast cancer fundraising

We’re on your team: GoFundMe is free for fundraisers. Our giving community is over 50 million strong, and we’ve helped people raise over $5 billion. Use the fundraising ideas above to raise money for cancer research and a cure—start your cancer fundraiser today.

Start a breast cancer fundraiser

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In the US, death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989, according to the American Cancer Society. The decreases are believed to be due to earlier detection through screening, increased awareness, and improved treatment.

Drumming up support for your own breast cancer battle or continuing to raise awareness for breast cancer and help fund the research to improve treatment and find a cure are extremely important.

Crowdfunding for a cause

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. The goal of a breast cancer awareness fundraiser is to encourage women to be screened for breast cancer, rally people to donate money toward breast cancer research, and to help ensure that finding a cure for breast cancer remains a vital cause in the public eye.

Breast cancer awareness fundraising ideas

  • 1. Pink party

    Host a fun party that requires guests to wear pink clothing and serve pink food and drinks. We’re thinking pink cupcakes, cookies, candy, and punch. Have attendees 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.

  • 2. 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 when flower sales are booming. Ask if they will donate a percentage of all red or pink roses sold to your fundraiser, and in turn, they will receive a advertisement from you as you spread the word about your fundraiser.

  • 3. Spare change

    Reach out to your favorite local restaurants, bars, and retail businesses, and ask them to place a few jars out to receive donations from any “spare change” that their customers may have. You can decorate the jars with pink ribbons, glitter, and pictures to spark people’s attention and let them know that their money is going to a great cause. If the jars are placed in the front of the business or wherever they have the most traffic, they’re likely to be filled in no time.

  • 4. Haircut-a-thon

    You might be used to walkathons, jog-a-thons and marathons. How about a haircut-a-thon? Reach out to a local hair salon (or a hair stylist you’re devoted to) and ask if they would be willing to host a day of haircuts at a flat rate price with all proceeds benefiting your fundraiser. Make flyers to promote the event and be sure to spread the word on your fundraiser page and across Facebook and Twitter.

  • 5. Breast cancer booth

    Setting up a table in front of a store or at a large event is a great way to gain exposure for your cause or for the nonprofit for which you are crowdfunding. Make sure to have all the important information about the nonprofit and where donations will go, as well as breast cancer statistics.

  • 6. Garage sale

    Ask your family, friends, and neighbors to participate by donating items for a garage sale. Decorate a booth in pink and make signs notifying everyone that all proceeds from the sale will benefit your breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Add a lemonade stand and some baked goods to sell as well, and leave a donation jar visible. 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

Ready to make a difference in the lives of women suffering from breast cancer or start receiving support for your own medical expenses and treatments? Launch a cancer fundraiser today.

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