Fundraising Tools & Resources

PanCAN PurpleStride is the #1 way PanCAN raises money to fight pancreatic cancer. Because of you, PanCAN can make progress toward its mission to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer.

Use the resources and tips on this page to boost your fundraising and reach (or exceed!) your goal. Every dollar you raise makes a difference.

If you're a PurpleStride Team Captain, make sure to check out the great tools and resources we created just for you to help you build and coach your team.


Kick off your fundraising efforts with proven best practices for successful fundraising:

  1. Set your fundraising goal. We recommend a minimum goal of $200 but encourage you to reach for the stars! If you raise $1,000 or more, you'll join our Grand Club and receive an extra-special incentive!
  2. Make a personal donation toward your own fundraising goal.
  3. Personalize your fundraising page with your story and pictures. Participants who do this raise 3x as much as those who don't.
  4. Send emails through My Strider Central or the PurpleStride app, which is available on the iTunes Store and Google Play Store. Those who do this raise twice as much as those who don't!
  5. Connect your personal fundraising page on My Strider Central to Facebook. Fundraising on Facebook easily broadens your outreach — raising on average 5x as much than those who don't use Facebook fundraising.
  6. Take it further: Check out the tools in this section and determine which will help you reach your goals between now and event day.


  • Get 8 people to "sponsor" you for $25 each.
  • Ask 10 coworkers to contribute at least $10 and ask your employer to match their donations.
  • Post on Facebook challenging 40 people (or more!) to give up their coffee drink for a day and instead donate $5 to pancreatic cancer research.


There are lots of ways to raise funds for the fight against pancreatic cancer. Here are a few of our favorite ones — they are tried and true and other PurpleStride fundraisers have had success reaching their goals using them! The sky is the limit though — you may want to get even more creative. Have fun and let us know what you did on social media using the hashtag #PurpleStride.

  • Ask friends to donate to your PurpleStride fundraising goal instead of giving you a birthday or holiday gift.
  • Do you knit scarves, sew pillows, paint or make candles in your downtime? Sell your crafts on sites like Etsy and donate the income. Or use your skills to teach your friends something new. Host a class and ask for a $10 donation to participate.
  • Host a game night, chili cook-off, ice cream social, lemonade stand or bake sale. Charge an entry fee if you're doing a contest, or just charge for the treats!
  • Hide treats in your community and send friends on a scavenger hunt adventure — charge a $5 fee for entry.
  • From dodgeball to volleyball to golf, consider hosting a sports tourney with a fee for participating teams.
  • Host an exercise class challenge. Include your yoga, Zumba or spin class in your efforts.
  • Host a talent show or dance marathon and show off your skills in exchange for donations.


  • Match employees' fundraising dollars.
  • Give prizes to the individual and/or team that raises the most money.
  • Recognize team captains and top fundraisers online and in the office. Provide space for team meetings.
  • Ask your employer to offer casual dress or a half-day off for employees who join your team or donate.
  • Ask company leadership to participate with employees great for visibility and morale!
  • Promote the event on company bulletin boards and in newsletters.



Looking for more fundraising ideas? Use this toolkit for detailed information on tips and tricks.

4 Easy Fundraising Tips

Looking for quick and easy ways to reach your goals? Check out these four easy tips.



Connect your My Strider Central fundraising page to your Facebook account for fast and easy fundraising. Once connected to Facebook, invite friends, share updates, track progress and collect donations. Those who connect their fundraising to Facebook raise an average of 5x more than those who don't. Watch the video below to find out how or learn more here.

Facebook Frame

Share your PurpleStride pride! Let your friends and family know you're participating in PurpleStride to support #pancreaticcancer patients by updating your profile picture with our frame.

Take these easy steps and wear your support for PanCAN like a virtual badge of honor:

  1. Go to your profile picture and click "Update."
  2. Select "Add frame."
  3. Type "Pancreatic Cancer Action Network" in the search bar and select your frame.
  4. Click "Use as profile picture."
facebook frame sample

Shareable Graphics

Download and post social graphics to raise awareness about PurpleStride and show your friends how their donation makes a difference.


Use any (or all!) of these sample posts on your social media channels to let your friends know how their donation makes a big impact. Follow and tag @PanCAN and use the hashtag #PurpleStride. Don't forget to add photos!

  • Join me in the fight against #pancreaticcancer! Every dollar makes a difference and moves me closer to my fundraising goal of $XX to support patients and their families! [add link to your fundraising page]
  • Your donation makes a BIG difference for #pancreaticcancer! Support my #PurpleStride participation and at the same time, fund life-changing programs and services for patients and families! [add link to your fundraising page]
  • It's FREE to join my #PurpleStride team! Register as a PurpleStride participant today to help me and @PanCAN raise awareness and funds for #pancreaticcancer! [add link to your fundraising page]
  • I'm striding with @PanCAN to fight #pancreaticcancer! Join my #PurpleStride team for free — then kickstart your own fundraising efforts for this great cause! [add link to your fundraising personal or team page]
  • Raid your piggybank and make a donation to my @PanCAN #PurpleStride team! Every single dollar makes a difference for #pancreaticcancer patients. [add link to your fundraising personal or team page]
  • When you donate to my @PanCAN #PurpleStride team, you fund life-changing support for #pancreaticcancer patients. Make a donation — every dollar makes a difference! [add link to your fundraising personal or team page]


Participants who send fundraising emails raise twice as much as those who don't. You can send emails easily from My Strider Central. Just log in and use one of the email templates — or copy and paste from the templates below — to ask for support. Make it personal by sharing for whom or why you're participating in PurpleStride.

Don’t limit yourself to these messages — turn every email into an opportunity! Log in to My Strider Central, click the GO SOCIAL tab, then the Email Widget link for instructions on how to add our email badge to your personal and work email accounts. Your badge will update recipients about your fundraising progress and inspire them to donate.


Subject: Join me in the fight against pancreatic cancer!

Dear [Name],

As a proud supporter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), I'm participating in their PanCAN PurpleStride [Event Name] to honor [insert name and/or motivation].

The need is as urgent as ever to continue the fight for my [loved one's name] and pancreatic cancer patients everywhere. This disease continues to affect tens of thousands of patients and families every day.

I'm taking action to support PanCAN’s important work to accelerate progress and improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and I want you to join me.

Please visit my personal page today at [insert link to fundraising page] to learn more about why this matters to me and to make a donation. Your unrelenting support is so deeply appreciated.


[Your Name]


Subject: There's still time to join me!

Dear [Name],

I recently sent you an email telling you about my involvement with the Pancreatic Cancer Network's (PanCAN) PurpleStride, where we are taking steps together to end pancreatic cancer. Will you make a donation toward my PurpleStride fundraising goal? I'm working to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer paitents.

Pancreatic cancer is the world's toughest cancer. It's the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., killing more people each year than breast cancer.

Please join me to change the lives of pancreatic cancer patients right now. Your participation and fundraising make all the difference.

Please visit my personal page today at [insert link to fundraising page] to learn more about why this matters to me, and to make a donation. Your unrelenting support is so deeply appreciated.

Thank you!

[Your Name]


Subject: Thank you for supporting me

Dear [Name],

Thank you for supporting my participation in PanCAN PurpleStride with your donation.

Because of you, pancreatic cancer patients can continue to receive free, personal one-on-one support and resources and also know that research progress will continue.

If you're interested in joining me as a PurpleStride participant, please let me know!

Thank you again for your donation! If you'd like to learn more about how PanCAN changes patients' lives, visit

Thank you,

[Your Name]

PanCAN PurpleStride App

To download the app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play, search for “PurpleStride,” and download. Or just click the link below!

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To login, click the app icon on your phone and enter the username and password you used to register for the event.

With the updated app, you can:

  • Update your personal page with your photo and story
  • Create and access your Facebook Fundraiser
  • Ask for donations and thank donors through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, WhatsApp, text and email
  • Schedule posts to Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Earn badges to celebrate the steps you're taking
  • View your fundraising progress
  • Easily increase your fundraising goal

In addition, if you are a Team Captain, you can also:

  • Send messages to recruit friends and family to join your team
  • View your team's fundraising goal and progress
  • Send messages to individuals on your team

...all from the palm of your hand!

For more details on how to use the app, visit the PanCAN PurpleStride Fundraising Toolkit or the PanCAN PurpleStride Team Captain Guide.