Fundraise in Your Community

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In addition to our major fundraisers, our supporters rally behind us through individual donations and community fundraisers. We have been fortunate to welcome unique and creative fundraising efforts from supporters across the state doing everything from baking pies to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to help fund our work. Community fundraisers are a wonderful way for you to get involved, make an impact on cancer in Maine, and have fun while doing it. As always, 100% of the money you raise on our behalf stays here in Maine, helping to reduce the burden of cancer on our families, friends, and neighbors.

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What is a Community Fundraising event?

A Community Fundraising Event is a fundraiser organized by members of the community where proceeds benefit MCF. The most important thing to keep in mind when planning an event is how much time, energy, and money you are willing to dedicate. From lemonade stands to formal galas, anything is possible. Start brainstorming, and remember – the sky’s the limit! Below are some fun ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

  • MCF canister coin collection (come grab a donation bucket from us and start collecting donations!)
  • Restaurant partnership nights
  • Bake/craft sale
  • Ice-cream socials, backyard BBQs
  • Garage/yard sale
  • Car wash
  • Church or school fundraiser
  • Pub crawls
  • Partnerships with fitness classes – dance, yoga, spin
  • Golf tournaments
  • Concerts, plays, performances
  • Galas
  • Theme parties
  • “Thons” – dance-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, etc.
  • Sports tournaments
  • Auctions: live or silent

If you want to talk out an idea, or brainstorm with staff, give us a call!

Before starting your own Community Fundraising event, download the Resource Guide and Budget Template for information and tips!

Guidelines

MCF is happy to work with you to identify ways to make your event as successful as possible. Though our staff capacity is limited, we are happy to explore options with you. Depending on the size and scope of your event, we may be able offer various forms of support including:

  • Promotion on the MCF Events Calendar
  • Social Media mentions and links
  • Inclusion in MCF Newsletters
  • Web-enabled fundraising software to assist in donation collection
  • Official letter of endorsement or introduction
  • Usage of the MCF name and logo in promoting your event
  • Speakers, signage, and displays at your event
  • MCF branded promotional items for event attendees

Please Note: We are not able to provide all of these options for every event. Please contact us to determine what we can provide for your event.

 

Percent-of-Sale Promotions

Retail and service businesses often approach us with the offer of a business promotion resulting in the donation of a percent-of-sales to MCF. We are always grateful for this support, but we have firm limitations on our ability to promote a for-profit offer of this type, even when we can benefit.

  • MCF can be listed as the beneficiary of a percent-of-sales promotion, but not as a partner.
  • MCF is not able to​ promote any percent-of-sales product or service.
  • Any percent-of-sales promotion naming Maine Cancer Foundation or our events as the beneficiary must include the transaction percentage to be donated to Maine Cancer Foundation in its promotional messaging.
  • Maine Cancer Foundation can only provide tax-deduction receipts equal to the final amount donated.
  • A popular alternative to a percent-of-sales promotion is becoming a sponsor or vendor at one of our events.

 

Free Offers to Our Supporters

Many businesses offer free products or services to Maine Cancer Foundation directly to help in our fundraising efforts, or to be given to our event participants. We appreciate that generosity, as do our supporters.

  • Offers must be 100% free, with no additional fees or requirements.
  • MCF will promote free offers through our website, event mentions, and social media channels at our discretion.
  • Businesses interested in providing a free offer or donating merchandise directly to the Foundation should contact [email protected].