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General FAQs

  • What is a Susan G. Komen fundraiser?
  • You can create your own personal fundraiser to support Susan G. Komen. You can fundraiser however you want! When you register, you will receive a custom page, breast health information and much more. To create a fundraiser, please visit komen.org/fundraise.
  • Is my donation tax-deductible?
  • Contributions to Susan G. Komen may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.
  • Can Susan G. Komen® donate any wristbands or giveaways for my fundraising event?
  • Unfortunately we are not able to donate wristbands or giveaways for fundraising events. People who register a fundraising event on the fundraising project website receive a variety of support materials, including a fundraising webpage.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions?
  • If you have technical questions about creating a fundraiser, you can call us at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636 option #6) or email fundraise@komen.org
  • Who participates in Susan G. Komen fundraisers?
  • Anyone can create a fundraiser! We’ve seen activities at offices and schools, in homes and community centers, even outdoors.
  • When can I create a fundraising project?
  • You can create a fundraising project any time of the year - pick a day, a week, a month… whatever works best for you.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions?
  • If you have technical questions about creating a fundraiser, you can call us at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636 option #6) or email fundraise@komen.org.
  • What are the guidelines for fundraisers that include door prizes, raffles drawings and/or sweepstakes?
  • Federal and state laws prohibit and/or restrict certain gaming activities such as door prizes, raffles, drawings, etc. These laws vary from state to state and in different jurisdictions. Before conducting such activities as a form of fundraiser, please consult with a local attorney and tax professional to ensure compliance.
  • *Please be advised that Susan G. Komen cannot provide legal or tax advise to individual fundraisers for these reasons.

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REGISTRATION

  • I created a fundraiser in the past. Do I need to register again?
  • Yes, please register for a new fundraiser every year. We update our materials and resources annually and want to make sure you have the latest and greatest resources. Please register at komen.org/fundraise
  • How do I change my contact information once I’ve registered?
  • To change your contact information, event date or any other information, please send an e-mail to fundraise@komen.org and be sure to reference your Constituent ID.
  • Is there a registration fee?
  • There is no registration fee to create a fundraiser.

DONATIONS

  • How will the funds raised through my fundraiser be used?
  • Susan G. Komen® is extremely proud of the financial stewardship we offer for the donations our supporters give. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. Donations help support breast cancer research initiatives, treatment, education and community health programs.
  • Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
  • Susan G. Komen issues receipts for any donation of $10 or more received by check through the mail. Please do not send cash. If your donation is in cash form, you will not get a tax receipt. Receipts should arrive by mail approximately four to six weeks from the date it was deposited. If you make an online donation using a credit or debit card, you’ll receive an immediate acknowledgement. To ensure you receive a tax receipt, please donate with a credit or debit card or write a check to “Susan G. Komen”. Donation reply forms, including the Susan G. Komen mailing address, are available to download from the fundraising project website. Don’t forget to include your Constituent ID!
  • Is my donation tax-deductible?
  • Contributions to Susan G. Komen may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.
  • If a business donates items (like food or auction items) for my fundraising project, can I get a tax receipt for that donation?
  • Susan G. Komen can only accept in-kind donations pursuant to a written agreement between you and Komen.
  • What do I do with the donations I collect from my fundraising project?
  • First, ensure that all checks are made out to “Susan G. Komen” and reference your Constituent ID. If you want these donations reflected on the fundraising thermometer on your fundraising webpage, log in to your Participant Center and report these gifts on the Progress Page. Please do not send cash - convert any cash donations to a check or money order. Then, mail the donations to Susan G. Komen - DIY, Dept.#41829 PO Box 801889, Dallas, TX 75380. Be sure to include your Constituent ID on all checks. A donation reply form can also be downloaded here.
  • When are the donations due?
  • Donations should be submitted within 90 days of the completion of your fundraising activities, but no later than 1 year after registering for your fundraising project. However, we encourage you to send in donations as soon as they are collected.
  • Can donations be made online?
  • We encourage online donations! Donors can search for an individual or team on the fundraising projects website to find a specific fundraising page. Online credit or debit card transactions are secure, and online donors receive an immediate electronic acknowledgement.
  • How do I know if Komen has received mailed donations?
  • Komen sends gift acknowledgements/tax receipts to the name/address as it appears on the donation check or money order. Donors should receive these acknowledgements through the mail4 to 6 weeks after the check has been deposited.
  • How should checks be made out?
  • Please make checks payable to “Susan G. Komen” and include your Constituent ID on all checks. Checks should be accompanied by a completed Donation Reply Form and mailed to:

    Susan G. Komen, Dept.#41829
    PO Box 801889
    Dallas, TX 75380.
  • How do I keep track of the individual donations I’ve received for my fundraiser?
  • We strongly recommend that all fundraiser participants keep records of the individual donations they receive and enter them in their Participant Center
  • Can my gift be matched?
  • Many companies offer matching gift programs for charitable donations, and each matching gift program is different. Ask your HR department if your company has a matching gift program, then ask if Susan G. Komen is eligible for your company’s program. If both answers are yes, then your HR department should be able to provide you with the necessary forms and instructions.
  • Do I need a W-9 form, 501(c)(3) form or additional paperwork to complete my donation?
  • If you need additional information in order to make a donation to Susan G. Komen, please e-mail us at fundraise@komen.org.
  • What is my Constituent ID and why is it so important?
  • Every participant is assigned a Constituent ID at the time of registration. It also appears in your participant center and helps us ensure your event’s donations are tracked accurately. If you forgot your Constituent ID and cannot access your Participant Center, please call 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636 option #4) or send an email to fundraise@komen.org.
  • How do I update my online fundraising thermometer to reflect current donations?
  • Online credit or debit card donations through your fundraising page are automatically reflected on your fundraising thermometer. However, you must manually enter cash or check donations to be reflected on the thermometer. To record cash/check donations on your fundraising thermometer, go to your Participant Center. Click on the Progress Page and click on "Enter a New Gift." You can enter the dollar amount only or include the donors’ names.

MATERIALS & MERCHANDISE

  • Can Susan G. Komen® donate any wristbands or giveaways for my fundraising event?
  • While we cannot provide giveaways, people who register a fundraising event on the fundraising project website receive a variety of support materials, including a fundraising webpage and the option to purchase multiple fundraising kits, which are a great way to thank donors.
  • May we create and sell our own fundraising project items?
  • Registered fundraising project participants may NOT create or sell items with the Susan G. Komen logo or the Running Ribbon. For more information please email us at fundraise@komen.org.
  • Can I use the Susan G. Komen® logo on my event materials?
  • Registered fundraising project participants may NOT use the Susan G. Komen logo or the Running Ribbon on event materials other than those provided to you by Komen, which may not be altered or modified in any way. For more information please email us at fundraise@komen.org.

SUSAN G. KOMEN®

  • Is Susan G. Komen a nonprofit organization?
  • Susan G. Komen is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.