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What is Touchdowns Against Cancer?
Touchdowns Against Cancer is a national program created in partnership between MaxPreps, Pledge It and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this first-of-its-kind high school football program aims to unify teams across the country for a common cause: defeating childhood cancer. Every touchdown scored in the month of September will directly benefit St. Jude and the fight against childhood cancer.
Varsity high school football teams can participate in this unique opportunity by finding their team’s page and joining. Fans can pledge a donation toward every touchdown their team scores during the month of September. Teams, conferences, and states will compete to see whose touchdowns raise the most in the fight against childhood cancer!
How does Touchdowns Against Cancer work?
Touchdowns Against Cancer empowers high school football teams to raise money to fight childhood cancer, by simply playing the game! Varsity teams can participate in three easy steps:
Who can participate in Touchdowns Against Cancer?
Everyone – there are multiple ways to participate! Parents and coaches can join their team’s campaign as a captain to help lead the campaign, students and student-athletes can sign-up to be an individual fundraiser for their team and family, friends and fans can donate to their favorite team. Go to touchdownsagainstcancer.com to see how you can get involved.
I am a high school coach. How can I sign up?
Coaches can join their team’s campaign by going to touchdownsagainstcancer.com and clicking on the “Join as a Captain” button.
I am a high school football player. How can I get involved?
Student-athletes can join their team’s campaign by going to touchdownsagainstcancer.com and clicking on the “Get Involved as a Student” button.
I am a parent. How does my school's team get involved?
You can join your team’s campaign by going to touchdownsagainstcancer.com and clicking on the “Join as a Captain” button.
When does Touchdowns Against Cancer start?
Touchdowns Against Cancer runs during the month of September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You can join the program at any time by visiting touchdownsagainstcancer.com and you can begin collecting pledges immediately. We recommended starting to promote your campaign to your school and community in mid-August (two weeks before your program’s first game). All games played in the month of September will count toward your Touchdowns Against Cancer campaign total.
How do I promote my team's Touchdowns Against Cancer campaign?
Go to the Resource Center for more information on how to promote your team’s fundraising campaign. We understand fundraising is difficult. The fundraising tips and best practices we’ve compiled will help keep you focused and will provide a list of things that you can do. Be sure to set aside time to read each section.
How do I enter my team's touchdowns scored to our campaign?
Pledge It will proactively send you an email after each game is over with instructions to record the number of touchdowns scored. You will simply receive an email, click on the “Finalize Results” button, and then enter the number of touchdowns.
Will I be penalized if my campaign doesn't reach its fundraising goal?
No. You will never be penalized for not reaching your fundraising goal. St. Jude will receive all of the money you raise during your fundraising campaign, regardless if you hit your fundraising goal.
Who is receiving the funds raised through Touchdowns Against Cancer?
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, is the beneficiary of all funds raised through the Touchdowns Against Cancer program. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
To learn more, visit St. Jude.
How much of my donation will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital?
Pledge It is free to everyone, which means 100% of every donation will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (minus the 2.9% + $0.30 payment processing fee). All online fundraising requires a third-party payment processor to allow money to be safely collected and transferred online.
Pledge It is proud to be free because we understand that when you’re trying to make a difference, every dollar counts. To learn more, visit Why Pledge It Is Free.
Is my donation tax-deductible and will I receive a receipt?
Yes. Your gift to St. Jude is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for your donation. Receipts are emailed immediately after your debit or credit card is charged. The receipt contains IRS tax compliant language that can be used for tax purposes. If you are unable to find your email receipt, contact Pledge It customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 847-9854.
Can I make a one-time flat donation instead of a pledge per touchdown?
Yes. Every campaign gives supporters to option to either make a one-time flat donation or a pledge per touchdown.
When will my debit or credit card be charged?
For pledges per touchdown, your card will be charged once at the end of the Touchdowns Against Cancer program. You will receive an invoice via email 48 hours prior to your card being charged, which summarizes the touchdowns scored by your team and your total donation amount.
For one-time flat donations, your card will be charged immediately upon your payment confirmation.
How do I cancel my pledge?
To cancel your pledge, follow the instructions below:
Pledge amounts can be changed or canceled any time prior to your card being charged. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Touchdowns Against Cancer is operated in partnership by MaxPreps, Pledge It and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please contact Pledge It if you have any additional questions about the program or your campaign. You can contact Pledge It at firstname.lastname@example.org or (888) 847-9854. We have a team of Fundraising Coaches standing by to answer your questions.