Virtual Fundraising Ideas: Our Top 3 Methods to Support Cancer Research


Virtual Fundraising 101

The fall season is quickly approaching, and Play4TheCure understands it will be a challenge for teams to play and fundraise “normally.” As athletic departments face uncertainty with their upcoming seasons, we hope that individuals and teams will still join Play4TheCure in supporting cancer research at the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR). Scientists are still in dire need of funds for groundbreaking cancer research that will lead to prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer.

For your convenience, Play4TheCure has compiled a comprehensive list of virtual fundraising methods that your team can launch while practicing social distancing and maintaining other public health rules. In addition to our regular sporting initiatives, we encourage teams to participate virtually to support cancer research at NFCR.

For virtual fundraising ideas, download our new virtual fundraising playbook! Here are a few of our favorites tips:

Create TikTok Videos

Use the social media app to promote fundraising while dancing! Host a dance challenge and pledge to record a TikTok dance for anyone who donates to your fundraiser. Or create your own content by having teammates individually film videos in their backyards. Combine them to create one fun team TikTok video that encourages viewers to support the cause. Use Instagram and other social media apps to raise awareness for your fundraiser.

Donate Your Miles

Stay motivated to exercise by pledging your miles. Donating miles will help you to stay active while fundraising for a worthy cause. Ask friends and family to donate $2, $5, $10, $20 or more for every mile you run, walk, bike or hike! Use the PledgeIt platform, GoFundMe Charity, Venmo or Cash App for maximum success.

Host a Netflix Party

Host a Netflix party to raise money for cancer research. Schedule a day and time for people to join your virtual watch party. Select a popular movie or TV show to watch or create a poll to let participants decide. Require viewers to make a small donation for entry. Before, during and after your watch party, share your team’s GoFundMe Charity link and encourage donations from viewers. To further encourage donations, play a “donation” game during your Netflix party. Every time a specific prompt or cue occurs, participants make a donation. Does Jim pull a prank on Dwight? Does Burt Macklin (FBI) make an appearance? Make a donation!

Learn More!

For more information, download our new virtual fundraising playbook! Remember, Play4TheCure is here to help teams make their fundraisers as fun and “normal” as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at As always, thank you for your support!