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250K Challenge

Raise Your Voice

Our annual giving challenge has grown out of an identified need to further close the gap in resources made available to adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors.

 

Campaign Progress

$106,998 / 250,000

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About the Raise Your Voice 250K Challenge

Get involved for your chance to win a private Andrew McMahon living room concert for you and 10 friends

Whether this is your first challenge or your 7th, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Dear Jack Foundation. Because of you, we are able to bring  joy and guidance into the lives of young adult cancer patients and survivors through our Breathe Now and LifeList programs.

Together, we have raised $1,300,000 over past challenges! Help us achieve our annual challenge goal of raising $250,000 by 11/14/21. 

Prize Incentives: 

Grand Prize: Private Living Room Concert by Andrew McMahon for up to 10 people.

Runner Up Prize: Up to 10 tickets to an AMITW headlining show of your choice in 2021 plus autographed posters for up to 10 people (one ticket and poster per team member).

Midway Prize: The team who raises the most money by the campaign mid-point will receive a thank you/shout out video from Andrew McMahon for their team (one video for team).

Teams or individual fundraisers who raise $1,500 or more by October 15th, 2021 will be invited to an exclusive fundraising community meet-up during the weekend of the annual benefit show, PLUS a private Zoom concert in early 2022. Date & location TBD. 

    • Must be a registered team member or individual fundraiser on DJF’s 250K Fundraising platform, Classy, and have raised $1,500 by October 15th, 2021.

 

Note: Dear Jack will have “surprise” incentives throughout the campaign. These will be communicated via email and/or our social media platforms, so make sure you like, follow, and subscribe!

Challenge Official Rules

Have Questions? Please reach out to Brett Gnadt at brett@dearjackfoundation.org

Every Dollar Counts

$250,000 will provide hope to 100 new LifeList participants and offer guidance to young adult survivor couples at Breathe Now wellness retreats in 2022, and help sustain our programs well into the future. 

$100

Supplies one welcome bag containing care items for a LifeList program participant

$500

Supplies yoga mats for one Breathe Now Retreat

$2,000

Fully funds one LifeList program participant

$4,000

Fully funds one couple to attend a Breathe Now Retreat

Fundraising Resources

The key to successful fundraising is to START EARLY! We’ve created some materials to help get you started.

Campaign Guide   Editable Event Poster  Additional Fundraising Resources

Merchandise

DJF Merchandise Items Available

In need of some Dear Jack Merch for your campaign? Purchase your DJF gear via Bonfire. 100% of the proceeds will go towards the 250K Challenge!

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Our Community

Connect with Other Fundraisers on Facebook!

Fundraising for Dear Jack during the Raise Your Voice annual challenge? Join our private Facebook group for support and to get to know your fundraising peers!

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DoDitty Campaign

Surf with Andrew McMahon

Donate today and enter to win some unique prizes, including a Southern California Getaway that will include a surf lesson with Andrew, tickets + a meet & greet to one of his shows, and so much more! Donations will go towards the annual Dear Jack 250K Challenge in support of young adult cancer patients and survivors.

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Partnership with Bonfire

Sell Your Designs to Fundraise!

Fundraisers now have the opportunity to use our 250K Challenge merchandise template or create their own design to fundraise on behalf of Dear Jack!

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LWP X DJF

Little Words Project Bracelets

We’ve partnered with the original inspirational word bracelet to continue bringing hope and resilience to young adults battling cancer. With four different word options- Dear Jack, Hope, Resilient and Breathe, a portion of net proceeds from this collection will directly benefit Dear Jack.

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Fundraising FAQs

When is the Raise Your Voice Challenge fundraising deadline?

All donations must be received by 11/14/2021 at 11:59 PM MST

Do you accept check donations for my fundraiser?

Yes. Please have all checks made payable to Dear Jack Foundation.

Checks should be mailed to:
Dear Jack Foundation
1840B W. Littleton Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80120

Please include a note with your check with your name and fundraising page name. We will apply the check amount to your fundraiser total.

What is the fundraising requirement to qualify for the Raise Your Voice Challenge grand prize and runner up drawing?

To qualify for the grand or runner up prizes, each team must raise a minimum of $2,500. For each additional $1,000 you raise above $2,500, you’ll earn one additional entry into the drawing.

How many people can be on my fundraising team for the Raise Your Voice Challenge?

You may have a fundraising team that consists of 1-10 people.

Do I have to use Dear Jack Foundation’s fundraising platform Classy for my Raise Your Voice Challenge fundraiser?

You MUST use Dear Jack Foundation’s peer-to-peer platform, Classy. If not, your fundraiser will not be considered part of the 250k Challenge and you and/or your donors will not be eligible for campaign prizes. Please see instructions in the 250K Challenge Fundraising Manual for setting up your fundraiser.

Can you provide me with posters or collateral for my Raise Your Voice Challenge fundraising?

Glad you asked! We’ve put together an online resource for you that includes a poster print out, as well as some additional information. We love seeing your designs and creative ways of advertising your fundraising!

(If you use the Dear Jack logo, please send us an email – info@dearjackfoundation.org – for a quick approval!)

View all fundraising resources on our Get Involved page.

Can Andrew McMahon attend/perform at my fundraiser?

No. At the discretion of Andrew, his management, and the Dear Jack Foundation, Andrew McMahon will not play or attend your Raise Your Voice Challenge fundraising event. We ask that you kindly respect this policy and refrain from asking him, his management, or the Dear Jack staff to make an exception. Thank you for understanding.

Can you send me Andrew McMahon signed merchandise for my fundraising event?

We have a very limited supply of signed merchandise on hand that we like to save for our patient warriors. There is signed merchandise available for purchase at andrewmcmahon.com.

Make an Impact

Your Support Matters

Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after cancer treatment, especially without resources that specifically address the needs of the young adult cancer population. Your continued support as a member of the donor community allows Dear Jack to grow the programs that make a life-changing difference in the lives of cancer patients and survivors between the ages of 18-39.

"THANK YOU to everyone who has helped make the LifeList program happen. I am very humbled and grateful that I got to be part of it. It is truly an invaluable thing, to give a young adult hope and light during some of their darkest times."

- Alyssa N.
LifeList Participant, 2018

"For me, the best part about attending a Breathe Now Retreat was realizing I am not alone in the way I feel and the fears I still have. And getting to spend quality time on this side of treatment with my husband."

- Krystina
Breathe Now Retreat Participant, 2018

Host A Fundraising Event

To achieve our mission, Dear Jack relies on gifts from a variety of sources. Events planned by individuals, companies, and community groups benefiting Dear Jack provide vital sources of annual operating funds.

Some events require Dear Jack Foundation approval before fundraising. If you are planning an in-person or digital fundraising event on behalf of the foundation, please view Dear Jack’s Third Party Event Policy and fill out the application form.

Third Party Event Policy  Third Party Event Application

Make a Difference

Please join the Dear Jack Foundation in providing hope to many young adult cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Because of your support, Dear Jack is able to create memories, alleviate burdens, and help the young adult cancer patient community focus on what matters – healing.

Donate Now

To learn more about how your gift makes a direct impact, please email emily.nist@dearjackfoundation.org.

Legacy Circle

Leave Your Legacy

Rooted in Dear Jack Foundation's core values, the Legacy Circle fosters and encourages a community of giving. It is your support that drives the Dear Jack Foundation's ability to improve the lives of so many young adult cancer patients, survivors, and their families. 

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250K Challenge

Start Fundraising to Help Dear Jack Raise $250,000

Our annual giving challenge has grown out of an identified need to further close the gap in resources made available to adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors.

Learn More
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DoDitty Campaign

Surf with Andrew McMahon

Donate today and enter to win some unique prizes, including a Southern California Getaway that will include a surf lesson with Andrew, tickets + a meet & greet to one of his shows, and so much more! Donations will go towards the annual Dear Jack 250K Challenge in support of young adult cancer patients and survivors.

Donate to Enter
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LWP X DJF

Little Words Project Bracelets

We’ve partnered with the original inspirational word bracelet to continue bringing hope and resilience to young adults battling cancer. With four different word options- Dear Jack, Hope, Resilient and Breathe, a portion of net proceeds from this collection will directly benefit Dear Jack.

Buy Now
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Ways to Give

Donate Online via Credit Card

Visit dearjackfoundation.org/donate to make an online donation today.

Credit card donations can be made on a monthly or annual recurring basis.

Check via Mail

To make a donation via check, please make checks payable to:

Dear Jack Foundation
1840B W. Littleton Blvd
Littleton, CO 80120

Make a Pledge

Pledged donations can be made via check or credit card payment, if you have questions or want to make an annual pledged gift, please contact Emily Nist.

Planned Giving (IRA, DAF)

Additional ways to give besides cash gifts include: planned gifts, IRA, or DAF distributions.

To learn more about how to make a gift through an IRA or DAF distribution grant please contact Emily Nist.

Employer Matching

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees.

Employer matched gifts are a great way to double or even triple the amount of your donation. For more information, reach out to your employer directly.

Every dollar counts

Every dollar you donate provides an opportunity to create hope, guidance, and community for the 89,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer annually.

$100

Supplies one welcome bag containing care items for a LifeList program participant

$500

Supplies yoga mats for one Breathe Now Retreat

$2,000

Fully funds one LifeList program participant

$4,000

Fully funds one couple to attend a Breathe Now Retreat

Donation FAQs

What is Dear Jack's EIN number?

45-2219082.

IRS Letter of Determination is available here.

Are donations tax deductible?

Generally speaking yes. Although we recommend speaking with your CPA.

Where does the money I donate or fundraise go?

The money you raise or donate goes directly to the Dear Jack Foundation’s programs and helps to fund our program partnership with Cancer for College. To learn more about our programs and partnerships, please visit our About and Programs pages.

Can my donation be applied toward a specific patient or program?

We like to spread the love across all of our programs, so not exactly. However, we can promise you that the dollars you raise will go directly to one of our Dear Jack programs or partners.

Does the Dear Jack Foundation accept matching donations from my company?

Yes, we gladly accept company match donations. Companies have varying protocols on how they process matching donations. Please contact your company administrator for more information if you are unclear of your employer’s guidelines or process. Matching donation checks that are received AFTER the fundraising deadline will be accepted BUT NOT APPLIED towards your fundraiser. Please notify the Dear Jack Foundation if we should be expecting a company match on your behalf. It is up to the donor to track if/when matches should be received. Matches will not be applied toward your fundraiser until the Dear Jack Foundation has received the actual payment. Please note that often it takes 30-60 days for employers to process match requests and that your request is not guaranteed by your employer.

Your company should direct match requests to: brett@dearjackfoundation.org or mail to:

Dear Jack Foundation
1840B W. Littleton Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80120

Sending Kindness that Makes a Difference

Letters with Love is an opportunity for volunteers to provide Dear Jack’s LifeList participants with words of hope, encouragement, and love as they are actively going through treatment. All you need is paper and something to write with to participate!

The Letters with Love program runs quarterly – in February, May, August and November. During those times, Dear Jack staff hosts several one-hour, virtual card-making parties where you can hear about current participants and their stories. You may participate in writing notes even if you are unable to attend the virtual get-togethers.

Sign-Up For More Information

 

A list of Q4 LifeList participants will be available in November. 

A few things to remember when writing your letters:

  1. Please send the notes in either no envelope or unsealed envelopes
  2. Please no medical advice or treatment suggestions.
  3. If you write a note to a specific participant, make sure their name is on it
  4. Our program participants come from all backgrounds and are diverse in their genders, ethnicities and beliefs. Please keep your notes supportive of all.

Have questions? Shoot us an email at info@dearjackfoundation.org

Coming Soon!

Card Making Parties

Our next round of virtual card making parties will happen later this fall. Sign-up for our Letters with Love email list to be notified!

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How to Write the Perfect Letter

Your Letters Make a Difference

"I just received all the letters in the mail and I’m so touched!! Thank you and to everyone at the Dear Jack family. I was having a bit of a hard day and when I got home from school they were the first thing I saw so it really cheered me up! It really came at the perfect time. I’ll cherish these, thank you!"

- Anna P.
LifeList Participant, 2020

"I can’t describe how happy these notes and letters made me. I was in amazement of how thoughtful people are to send such kind words. I opened them with my husband and we both had smiles on our faces the whole time. Hand-made cards, silly jokes, stickers, uplifting words of courage...such a beautiful gesture. Please thank those who were kind enough to make these for me. Dear Jack Foundation is amazing. "

- Dionne D.
LifeList Participant, 2020

See You Soon

Dear Jack Foundation hosts benefit events throughout the year to connect with our donor and fan community with the goal to educate about the disparities that directly affect the young adult cancer patient and survivor demographic.

We hope to see you there!

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