Dr. Stephen Nimer, director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,
at a fundraising event for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

Don’t Be Shy About The Ask – It’s About Fighting Cancer Together

Asking for money is not easy, but consider this: by asking for a donation, you are inviting your family and friends to join the fight against cancer by supporting Sylvester’s innovative cancer research. Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another, so the mission of DCC, and your commitment to supporting it, will resonate with everyone that you ask.

Here’s why everyone’s donation – whether small or large – will boost the collective impact we can make to tackle cancer right here in our own community:

  • Every dollar raised through DCC supports groundbreaking cancer research at Sylvester and life-changing discoveries that lead to more individualized treatments, better outcomes, and more hope for patients.
  • In the coming years, Florida will have the fourth highest incidence of cancer in the nation; the urgency to expand Sylvester’s research and patient care facilities to serve a growing community of individuals in need has never been greater.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Make A Kickoff Gift

Kick-start the fundraising momentum by donating to your own team! Lead by example and encourage others to donate.

Aim High and Be Specific

Ask for a specific and larger amount from those who you know can make bigger gifts. Don’t forget to specify that 100% of every dollar you raise is donated to cancer research at Sylvester.

Expand Your Reach – Use Social Media

Tag your friends and use hash tags, including:

  • #TeamHurricanes
  • #CanesAgainstCancer
  • #DCC
  • #TackleCancer
  • #CancerFighter

Send Emails, then Follow Up

Send emails to your network of potential donors directly from haku on the DCC website or draft your own message from your preferred email account and include a link to your personal fundraising page. Sending periodic emails to your donor base is a great way to update them on your fundraising progress and also to remind them to make a contribution if they have not done so already.

Include Fundraising Links In Your Email Signature

In your personal and/or work emails, include links to your personal fundraising page. Also consider including links to the websites of DCC ( and Sylvester ( for those who want to learn more about both organizations.

Ask About Matching Gifts

Ask your donors if their employers offer a matching gift program for an easy way to double the impact of their donation and strengthen the fight against cancer.

Host A Fundraising Brunch or Dinner

Invite your friends and family to a brunch or dinner at your favorite local restaurant. Tell them why you are riding/running/walking in DCC and ask them to support you by making a donation. And while you’re there, ask the restaurant to make a contribution as well!

Make A Video

Make a short video explaining what inspired you to DCC or train for the big day and upload it to your team page.

Meet in Person

Catch up with your potential donors in person. They will appreciate the time you take to meet with them and your conversation will go a long way in motivating them to make a donation.

Thank Your Donors

Express gratitude to each of your donors with a personalized email or handwritten note. The simple act will go a long way and will not be forgotten.

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