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Ride For Cancer and Info On Non Profit.....Important(3 posts)

Ride For Cancer and Info On Non Profit.....ImportantCARBON110
Feb 18, 2003 5:49 AM
Hey guys one of my buddies is 19 and has cancer. My local club is a non profit organization. I was think about eiher using them to head a local 70 miles ride like the " hilly hillcious " or maybe a metric century and or noral century in his name. Or I was thinking of starting a new non-profit organization and doing this on my own.Any suggestions on how to approach this? I want to do it late this summer. Usually about 2-300 people show up for these things so Im willing to spend whatever it takes to get the permits, food, support etc to get it done. Any informatin would be great....should I cantact the local cancer foundation..I want the funds to go to help out this kids family. Thanks in advance
re: Ride For Cancer and Info On Non Profit.....Importantjtolleson
Feb 18, 2003 8:28 AM
I don't want to be a nay-sayer but your timeline is not realistic. You need to shoot for NEXT summer.

Several things. For folks contributions to be tax deductible, you'll need to acquire your own 501(c)(3) status (and incorporate) or get a local 501(c)(3) to be your fiscal agent. However, most 501(c)(3)s won't allow a targeted passthrough to a set beneficiary.

Insurance and permitting for a road ride is not fast, and not cheap. Most counties will require you to have a certain amount of off-duty cops (at your expense) in dicey intersections, and will require you to have an insurance policy.

To offer any kind of decent support, you'll need to get a lot of donated food (most companies set their corporate donations up to a year in advance) and volunteers.

Many small independent charity rides are actually folding because it simply isn't a good money maker unless you are HUGE and established.

I don't mean to rain on your parade, because your intentions are great, but you need to understand the many, many obstacles facing this goal.

Better to organize a "team" to ride an established event in your friends name, and have each "team" member raise $100 (or whatever) in pledges for the family. Even then, you'll have some hurdles in getting those contributions to be tax deductible and getting them to the family.
Agree. . .js5280
Feb 19, 2003 4:22 PM
Arranging a charity event is very time consuming, a good friend of mine did a golf tourament for her late husband and it took a lot of time and energy. Originally she was thinking of doing it every year but decided against it after that first year. If you feel that passionate about this, then definately do it but realize it does take a lot of effort and time to arrange.

You mentioned the benefit is for the family, are they having to pick up the medical bills or something? If they aren't in dire need for funds I'd consider raising funds for a organziation that researches that area instead. There are lots of organziations out there that are already established. If the family definately could use the help, they consider a putting in "change jars" for donations at local establishments and/or start an account at a local bank. You might consider contacting the local media for support as well. We had a young immigrant boy with brain cancer here in Denver and the community raised well over $100K for his surgery. Widespread media coverage played a huge part in that success.

You mentioned it was bone cancer, is it leukemia? I think it's actually a blood cancer but it manifest itself in the bone marrow and also it is a more common cancer for younger males (e.g. Mario Lemieux). If so, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society( http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org ) Team in Training could be an ideal opportunity for you.