Strengthened by Action: 5 Ways to Fundraise for Cancer Advocacy

October 11, 2017

For our 35th anniversary year, as part of our Fall Cancer Awareness campaign, the Cancer Support Community would like to highlight how to make a difference through fundraising so that you or your loved ones are “strengthened by action!”

Fundraising has been a part of our daily lives since elementary school. We sold cookies for the Girl Scouts, sold chocolates from a catalogue for our school district, and created GoFundMe pages for money for Relay for Life.

We are inundated with so many fundraising requests that we almost forget what the money is going toward.

At the Cancer Support Community 84 cents of every dollar fundraised goes toward providing programs and education resources at no cost to all patients and people impacted by cancer. These programs make a difference in the lives of cancer patients across the country, and here’s how you can get involved.


  1. Set up a personal fundraiser

Personal fundraisers allow you to do something with a purpose. Organize an office dress down day, run a lemonade stand, auction off goods and services or throw a bake sale! Request that your friends and family donate to the Cancer Support Community instead of buying birthday or holiday gifts. CSC will even provide the support and guidelines to make your fundraising efforts a success.


  1. Shop!

Fill your Amazon cart through Amazon Smile to donate a portion of your purchase to CSC without spending any extra money, or splurge on new jewelry and perfume from a CSC charitable affiliate business.

Jewelry designer John Wind designed a line of ombré baroque pearls that holds a special significance to those impacted by breast cancer. This month, John Wind will donate 10% of proceeds from this collection to CSC in honor of those impacted by breast cancer.


  1. Participate in a fundraising event

Create a team to walk in your local Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Cancer events or dance the night away at THON 24-hour dance marathon. You can also start your own Team CSC and fundraise on behalf of Cancer Support Community!

Band together with your neighborhood to make a difference in the cancer community.


  1. Give as a tribute

Honor a loved one impacted by cancer by donating an inscribed bench or memorial stone to the Cancer Support Community Research and Training Institute in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia. These donations serve as a lasting, comforting tribute to those with cancer or those who have supported someone with cancer.


  1. Donate through work

Talk to your company to see if they offer programs that make giving easy. Many employers will even match charitable donations dollar-for-dollar as an effort to promote charitable giving among their employees.

Talk to your company’s Human Resources Department to see how you can contribute to cancer research and advocacy through work.

Federal employees can donate directly to the Cancer Support Community through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by our CFC Campaign #11647 on your pledge card and returning it to your campaign coordinator.

If you are not currently able to financially support cancer research and advocacy organizations, there are still ways to get involved! Make a difference by volunteering your time and talents at a local affiliate near you