FAQs

FUNDRAISING

Is there a fundraising minimum?

No, but we encourage all participants to set competitive goals for themselves and for their team to help us raise critical funds for the cancer community. Don’t worry if you have never done peer-to-peer fundraising – we can help!

What will my fundraising support?

The net proceeds from this event will benefit innovative cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as support ongoing financial assistance, education, and advocacy through our Samfund programs.

Can I increase my goal on my fundraising website if I am crushing it?

Yes!

How is my fundraising page created?

Once you register on the website, you will automatically receive a personal fundraising page. Team captains will create Team pages

I'm on a team. Can donations be made to my Team's page or my page?

Donations can be made to both. If a donation is made on your individual page, it is credited to you and your team. If a donation is made on your team's page, the donor will have the option to credit the donation to a specific individual. If the donor does not select an individual, the donation will go to the team, without individual credit.

Will Expect Miracles Foundation help me with fundraising tips?

Yes! Check out our website for some helpful tips on how to maximize your fundraising. 

For starters, here are our four best practices: 

  1. Personalize your page
  2. Share on social media
  3. Email your contacts
  4. Rule of 3 reminders – people appreciate reminders!

Can someone support my fundraising by donating through another avenue besides credit card?

Yes! Donors may contribute by sending a check or donate through their Donor Advised Fund, as well as through payroll deductions, stock, United Way or company matches. Please make checks out to Expect Miracles Foundation and send donations to: Expect Miracles Foundation 89 South Street, Suite 701 Boston, MA 02111 Expect Miracles Foundation (tax ID: 20-4127495) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by applicable tax laws.

How can I get offline donations (anything not made via credit card) added to my fundraising page so that they go towards meeting my fundraising goal?

There will be an “offline” donation button option on the website where donors or participants can enter offline donations.

Is my fundraising based on my mileage?

No, but it can be! While most participants ask for donations to support their participation in the Distance Challenge, you may ask people to pledge a certain amount for each mile you complete (i.e. $5/mile). You will need to personally keep track of your pledges so that you can follow up with those supporters after you finish the Distance Challenge.

TEAMS

What is the difference between a "CORPORATE TEAM" and a "FRIENDS & FAMILY TEAM"

It's exactly as it sounds. If your team is started by a company or made up mostly of employees of a company, you should select Corporate Team.

Whereas, if the team is made up of mostly friends & family, please select that team type.

The leaderboards will be sorted by Corporate / Friends & Family and we will present awards in each category. The reason for the two options is to help keep the categories fair and equal.

I know I’m going to be on a team. Do I have to wait for my Team Captain to register our team before I register as an individual and join the team?

Yes!

What are the parameters of a team?

Anyone of any age can participate! Do keep in mind, however, that there are two types of teams: a Corporate Team and a Friends & Family team. A Corporate Team should mainly include employees of that company.

Can there be more than one Team Captain?

Teams are welcome to name more than one captain to help rally, lead, and motivate their team to reach their fundraising and mileage goals. However, due to restrictions on the website, only one person can technically register and be listed as a Team Captain on the fundraising page. If you do have more than one captain, feel free to mention so on your fundraising page & contact us to let us know: (DistanceChallenge@expectmiraclesfoundation.org). 

Is it better to have one big team or multiple teams from my company?

Every company is different. If you want to create friendly competition between your office locations or business groups, having multiple teams is a great strategy. Or, if you’d like to have just one large company team, that’s fine too!  

New this year, when an individual registers they will select an “organization.” So even if your employees are on different teams, you will be able to see an aggregate fundraising and mileage leaderboard based on teams and organizations.

I'm on a team. Can donations be made to my Team's page or my page?

Donations can be made to both. If a donation is made on your individual page, it is credited to you and your team. If a donation is made on your team's page, the donor will have the option to credit the donation to a specific individual. If the donor does not select an individual, the donation will go to the team, without individual credit.

How do I create a page for a child?

You will follow the normal registration process, by clicking "Register" on the homepage. You will begin by registering for yourself and then you will reach a step in the process where you can add children's information.

If you do not wish to participate, and JUST wanted to register your child. You can put $0 fundraising goal and 0 mileage goal for yourself and use promo code "Parent" during checkout.  

How to I manage a child's page after registering the child?

When you are logged into the system, toggle to the top right corner of the website where your name should be. Click on your name, then click switch accounts. There you can see any child pages linked to your account.

MILEAGE

How do I log my miles and get credit for them?

Logging miles will begin on May 16. New this year, there is an option to track your mileage through linking FitBit, Strava, MapMyFitness, and Garmin. A "Fitness Tracking" section will appear on the backend of your fundraising page on May 16, where you will find instructions for linking apps. Additionaly, we will email instructions for how to connect wearbles. You can also self-submit your mileage on our website. 

What if I selected "other" activity?

That's great! We are excited to hear you will be doing something that gets you moving for the Distance Challenge. You are welcome to swim, dance, rollerblade, etc! If you would like to submit your distance in the fitness tracker on the backend of the website, you are welcome to, but please note the leaderboards will only display biking & run/walk. You will still be seen on the fundraising leaderboard! 

Does speed count for the Distance Challenge?

No, just mileage. 

How will I know how I am doing and my team is doing compared to others?

During the week of May 16-22, you can view leaderboards on our website and track organization, team, and individual; fundraising & mileage.

Can I run, walk or bike, multiple times a day?

Yes, each participant may run, walk or bike as many times as they would like during the day / week.

What if I just want to complete a set number of miles?

That is perfectly fine!

What types of mileage is eligible to be counted?

For running and walking: Participants can run or walk outdoors, run or walk on a treadmill, or use an elliptical to log miles.

For biking: Participants can bike outdoors or track via a stationary bike. 

For a miscellaneous activity: You can track your activity by time. Unfortunately, we will not have a leaderboard for miscellaneous activities but your fundraising will be shown on the fundraising leaderboards!

I read the FAQs but I still have questions. Who can I contact?

For questions, please contact us: DistanceChallenge@expectmiraclesfoundation.org