Fundraising Tools & Resources

A world where all patients with pancreatic cancer thrive starts with YOU! Your participation and fundraising keep PanCAN’s vital programs running so patients and their families don’t have to navigate this journey on their own.

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.

PurpleStride Team Captains should check out the Team Tools & Resources page to help you build and coach your team.


Registering for PurpleStride will give you access to PanCAN PurpleStride Dashboard. Your Dashboard is your one-stop-shop for all your PurpleStride fundraising needs. You can get started with these four easy steps:

  1. Customize your personal fundraising page with your photo and your personal story. When family and friends know why you’re taking steps against pancreatic cancer at PanCAN PurpleStride, they’ll be more motivated to support you.
  2. Connect your page to Facebook Fundraiser. Facebook Fundraiser creates a special page on Facebook where you can invite people to follow updates you post and to donate towards your goal. Striders who connect to Facebook Fundraiser raise 5 times more than those who don't!
  3. Download the PurpleStride app. The app is another great way to personalize and send pre-written messages through email, text, and social media. We have messages for you to ask for support, and to thank those who donated.
  4. Make a self-donation. If you haven’t already done so, donate to your own fundraiser. Striders who make a self-donation raise twice as much as those who don’t!

Your PurpleStride Dashboard (and the PurpleStride app) includes prewritten fundraising and thank-you messages you can personalize and send to your family and friends via email and social media. Reach out early and often using these tools!

We make donating to your fundraiser easy! Our forms accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA, PayPal, and ApplePay.

You can also adjust your fundraising goal in the Dashboard or app. 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 the PanCAN PurpleStride Grand Club and receive an exclusive gift!


There are lots of ways to raise funds for the fight against pancreatic cancer. Here are a few ideas other Striders used to reach their goals. The sky's the limit — you may get even more creative! Have fun and let us know what you did on social media using the hashtag #PanCANPurpleStride.

  • 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. Learn more about Matching Gifts.
  • Post on your Facebook Fundraiser, challenging friends to give up their coffee for a day and instead donate $5.
  • Ask friends to donate to your PurpleStride fundraising goal instead of giving you a birthday or holiday gift.


Turn your passion into progress for pancreatic cancer patients by planning a fundraising event in your community, doing something you already enjoy!

Love to bake? Host a bake sale! Love to eat out? Partner with a local restaurant! If you need ideas or tips on how to plan a fundraising event, we’ve got you covered with this resource. The possibilities are endless!


Are you an employer wanting to support PanCAN PurpleStride participants in your company?

  • Provide space for team meetings
  • Give prizes to the individual and/or team that raises the most money
  • Recognize Team Captains and top fundraisers online and in the office
  • Promote the event on company bulletin boards and in newsletters
  • Match employees' fundraising dollars
  • Create a company-wide team!

Are you a staff member wanting your company to support your PurpleStride efforts?

  • Ask your employer to offer casual dress or a half-day off for employees who join your team or donate $10 (or more!)
  • Ask company leadership to participate with employees — great for visibility and morale!
  • Ask your company to provide matching gifts. Learn more about Matching Gifts.



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

4 Easy Fundraising Tips

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



Striders who connect to Facebook Fundraiser through their PanCAN PurpleStride Dashboard raise an average of 5x more than those who don't! Log into your PurpleStride Dashboard and click Connect to Facebook Fundraiser. Once connected, invite friends, share updates, track progress and collect donations. Learn more here.

Shareable Graphics

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

Download for Facebook or Twitter
Download for Instagram
Download for Instagram Stories

Sample Social Media Messaging

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. Don’t forget to add a link to your personal fundraising page, and a photo or one of the graphics above.

  • I'm participating in #PanCANPurpleStride, the ultimate walk to end #pancreaticcancer! Every donation made to my fundraiser supports critical patient programs and lifesaving research through @PanCAN! [add link to your fundraising page]
  • PurpleStride is @PanCAN's biggest fundraising event of the year and it's FREE to join my team. Register today and help me raise awareness and funds for #pancreaticcancer. [add link to your fundraising page]
  • I'm taking steps to end #pancreaticcancer at #PanCANPurpleStride! Join my team for free – then kickstart your own fundraising efforts for this great cause! [add link to your team page!]


Participants who send fundraising emails raise twice as much as those who don't, and we made sending them easy with your PanCAN PurpleStride Dashboard or the PurpleStride app. Just log in, click Send Fundraising Messages to Family & Friends and use one of the email templates to ask for support. Make it personal by sharing why you're participating in PurpleStride.

Don't limit yourself to these messages — turn every email into an opportunity! Log in to your PanCAN PurpleStride Dashboard, click Send Fundraising Messages to Family & Friends, then the Email Signature tab for instructions on how to add a PurpleStride email badge to your personal and work email accounts. Your badge will update your email recipients about your fundraising progress and inspire them to donate.

PanCAN PurpleStride App

Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play, search for “PurpleStride,” and download the app. Or just click the link below from your phone!

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

With the 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.