- What is Race to Cure Blindness?
- What is the Foundation Fighting Blindness?
- Who can participate?
- What qualifies for the Race to Cure Blindness program?
- How do I begin?
- What are my financial goals?
- How does the Foundation Fighting Blindness help me reach my fundraising goal?
- What can be included on my Race to Cure Blindness web page?
- How can people donate?
- Can you help me publicize my event?
- When I register with Race to Cure Blindness do I automatically get a spot in a race?
- How much of the money raised by the Race to Cure Blindness and the Foundation Fighting Blindness goes towards finding a cure?
- How can I learn more about the Foundation Fighting Blindness?
- I would like more information about the Race to Cure Blindness, who should I call?
1. What is the Race to Cure Blindness?
The Race to Cure Blindness is a fundraising program where participants utilize a marathon, triathlon, bike race, or other racing event as a platform to raise money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
2. What is the Foundation Fighting Blindness?
The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Over nine million Americans of every age and race suffer vision loss from these blinding diseases.
The Foundation has funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions worldwide. The Foundation funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies
3. Who can participate?
The Race to Cure Blindness is open to both first-time racers and experienced competitors. No experience is necessary. All you need is the commitment to raise vital funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
4. What qualifies for the Race to Cure Blindness program?
Races can be established marathons, triathlons, bike races, or other competitive races. You can also fundraise through other types of fun events, such as stroller-a-thons and dance-a-thons. Contact your regional office and say that you are interested in raising money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness through the Race to Cure Blindness program.
5. How do I begin?
Participating in the Race to Cure Blindness program is as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Register for a race/competition via their official race website.
Step 2: Click on any of the registration button options to join Team Race to Cure Blindness. From there, you will be directed through the registration process and upon completion, you will arrive at your personal fundraising page which ready to be customized for you to begin your fundraising effort. Should you have any questions, please contact the Foundation Fighting Blindness at (800) 683-5555 or Webmaster@FightBlindness.org.
Step 3: To get started in your fundraising, download our Starter Packet which will help you create your personal fundraising page. Set a financial goal and make an online donation to your page so you can be your own first sponsor! We suggest that you set a goal of $500 as our past participants have had great success fundraising at that level and beyond.
Collect donations on behalf of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and keep track of your progress by using our easy online fundraising tools:
- Create your own webpage
- Tell your personal story and upload a photo
- Email it to everyone you know
Watch the money pour in and the fundraising thermometer on your personal website rise!
6. What are my financial goals?
It is recommended that an individual participant set a minimum fundraising goal of $500. Teams will set higher goals depending upon the number of participants (a minimum goal of $500 per participant is recommended.)
7. How does the Foundation Fighting Blindness help me reach my fundraising goal?
We want to ensure that your experience is rewarding and that the Foundation Fighting Blindness provides the tools you will need to facilitate your fundraising efforts. You will receive a personal page within the Race to Cure Blindness website. You can use your page to share your story, track fundraising, and keep contacts. Friends, family, and colleagues can visit your site and donate to your race. We will work in partnership with you and will give you fundraising tips to help you reach and exceed your goal. We will give you a fundraising letter template and will assist you in sending out fundraising letters/emails. You will be provided with “cheat sheets” that tell you how to register, how to upload your contact list, and how to send emails.
8. What can be included on my Race to Cure Blindness web page?
We encourage you to share your story and personalize your webpage - the more your friends, family, and colleagues know about your involvement, the more likely they will be to support you. We will work with you to personalize your webpage. There will be generic text already on the site and we encourage you to personalize it with your story and photos.
9. How can people donate?
There are several ways to donate. We will give you a fundraising letter template and will assist you in sending out fundraising emails or in creating a letter writing campaign. Friends, family, and colleagues can visit your personal webpage to make a secure online donation by credit card. Alternatively, checks can be made out to the Foundation Fighting Blindness and mailed to your Regional office. Please ask donors to write your team name and racing event on each check in order to ensure that you are credited for their gift.
10. Can you help me publicize my event?
We have a lot of experience in pitching news stories and would be happy to advise you on how to raise public awareness of your event. We can provide a stock press release for you with information about the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Race to Cure Blindness program.
11. When I register with the Race to Cure Blindness do I automatically get a spot in a race?
You must qualify for your racing event on your own. The Foundation Fighting Blindness does not secure participation in any races other than those select few we have secured charity slots for. Check out our homepage for any races we have secured slots for that you may use.
12. How much of the money raised by the Race to Cure Blindness and the Foundation Fighting Blindness goes towards finding a cure?
More funds are being invested in treatments and cures in fiscal year 2012 thanks to accelerated progress in clinical and translational research. Approximately 70 percent fo our revenue budget for fiscal year 2012 is dedicated to research and public awareness.
13. How can I learn more about the Foundation Fighting Blindness?
For more information, please contact the Foundation at:
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
800-683-5555 800-683-5551 TDD
14. I would like more information about the Race to Cure Blindness, who should I call?
For more information about the Race to Cure Blindness, please contact Noell Rembert at (212) 244-1470 and NRembert@FightBlindness.org.