Your fundraising will help save lives. At Gift of Life we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life and we are determined to make it happen.
The Gift of Life Steps for Life is a fun-filled event for the whole family, no matter your level of fitness. Steps for Life brings together communities to help raise awareness of blood cancer. A heroic donor and their recipient will meet for the first time, showing that lives are being saved through your sponsorship and support.
All funds raised at the event are used to underwrite the $60 laboratory cost associated with adding each new donor to the registry. To date, Steps for Life participants have raised more than $2,300,000 and added more than 17,350 new donors to the registry. We have found 578 matches for patients resulting in an incredible 95 patients receiving lifesaving transplants — and new matches are found nearly every week. Those 95 people got a second chance at life thanks to our Steps for Life participants.
Gift of Life is a 501(c)(3) and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither has Gift of Life. Patients in need of life-saving transplants don’t have the luxury of time to wait until donor collections become more accessible or convenient. During this unprecedented time, our operations have continued without interruption. Your support is needed now more than ever before to help ensure we can continue to save lives every day!
The tips below were designed to help you reach your full fundraising potential, which in turn, helps us provide more patients with life-saving transplants. In addition, we’ve included helpful tips to kick off your fundraising campaign. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have FUN with it!
One of the best ways to fundraise is to share the difference every dollar makes. Gift of Life needs supporters to help us achieve our mission to save lives. Let your network know that:
Share on your social media, email your network, talk it up on your ZOOM calls!
Fundraisers who personalize their fundraising efforts tend to raise more money because it creates a personal connection to the organization. Take a few minutes to share reasons why you support Gift of Life's Steps for Life Virtual 5k!
The best way to fundraise is to ask people individually. A personal ask is more meaningful than a mass email and you’re more likely to receive a response. Reach out to all the people in your network. We’ll make it easy for you! You can find sample emails on this site that you can use.
Fundraising takes some persistence. We all forget to respond now and then, so it never hurts to reach back out to people you’ve asked.
The most powerful way to spread the word about your fundraising campaign is to share it on your social media channels! Don’t forget to include photos & videos - they are proven to generate more engagement on social media.
Also be sure to follow Gift of Life on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share our posts!
Have fun and think out of the box to raise some extra dollars!
We know it can be hard to ask your friends and family to give. You don’t know the answer until you ask, and no matter what, they’ll know that you are working to raise funds to help patients in need.
Email our National Events Coordinator, Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org