Donation FAQ  

                                               1.  How to Make a Donation

    •    Use this link to search for a participant’s personal fundraising webpage to make a donation. You don't have to enter the entire name; to see more results, try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name. Once you get to the participant's fundraising webpage, click the pink "Donate to [Participant Name]" button.
    •    Or call 651-209-8387 to donate over the phone.
    •   Double, or even triple, your donation and help your participant reach her/his goal even faster by seeing if your employer has a matching gift program.  You fill out your portion, mail it to us and we'll fill out our part and return it to your employer.

2.  Who should I make the check out to?  Breast Cancer Ride.

3.  Is it safe to donate online?  Yes.  And it's quick and easy and will allow you to show your support to you friends or family who are participating even sooner!

4.  Where should I mail my offline donation form(s) to? 
     Breast Cancer Ride
     Attn:  Donations
     P.O. Box 464
     Rosemount, MN 55068

5.  Are donations tax-deductible?  All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Donations that are under $250, you can use a canceled check or credit card statement as proof of donation.  For donations over $250, we will provide you with a personal letter of receipt.  If you do not receive a letter of receipt please request one from us.  Please include as much information that you know:  donors name, donation amount, who you donated on behalf of, etc.  Email your request to info@breastcancerride.org

6.  What is the tax ID number (or EIN number)?  The Hartford Breast Cancer Ride is created and produced by the nonprofit "Charity Events of Minnesota".  The #20-8160744.  Note that participants cannot use the EIN number to secure donated space or in-kind donations.

7.  Can I get a 501(c)3 letter?  The 501(c)(3) letter is proof that Charity Events of Minnesota (CEoM) is recognized as a non-profit organization by the federal government. Since the Breast Cancer Ride is created and produced by CEoM, this letter is also used as proof of the Breast Cancer Ride’s non-profit status. Please contact us if you would like a copy of this letter.

8.  If a participant drop out of the event, what happens to the donations that they have raised?  All donations submitted to the Breast Cancer Ride are non-transferable and non-refundable. If a participant drops out of the event, their donations cannot be refunded nor can they be transferred to another participant.

9.  Can I mail cash with a donation form?  No, we do not accept cash.  If you are a participant and received cash from a donor, please deposit the cash into your personal checking account and mail us a donation form with the actual donors information along with your check.

10.  I am supporting several friends.  Do I need to complete a donation form for each person?  Yes.  Please follow the 1-to-1 rule;  one donation form for one donation (check or credit card).

11.  Do donors receive a receipt?  Anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt as long as they have given us a working email address.  Anyone who donates by mail will receive a receipt for donations over $250.  By law, any donation under $250 can be verified by canceled check or a credit card statement.

12.  Can you bill me for a donation?  No, we do not bill donors.  You can, however, make a monthly donation online or using our offline donation form. Monthly donations are to be made via credit card and cannot exceed 5 months with a minimum transaction amount of $25. 

13.  Do you accept matching gifts?  Yes!  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.  To find out if your company offers matching gifts please contact your human resources department.  The impact of your gift to our organization may be doubled or possibly tripled!  If your donation is eligible to be matched, please request a matching gift form from your company and follow the instructions on the form.  Send the completed and signed form to the Breast Cancer Ride office and we'll do the rest.  Mail to: Breast Cancer Ride, Attn: Matching Gifts, PO Box 464, Rosemount, MN 55068.

14. Do matching gifts count towards my fundraising minimum?  Yes, however the donation (matching gift) doesn't count until the check arrives in our office or we receive a letter of confirmation from the actual company (which would need to be requested by the participant.)  Not all matching gift forms are actually approved by the company because of their matching guidelines/rules (for instance some companies do not support special events, or they only support educational institutions, etc).  If you are relying on a matching gift to reach your fundraising minimum please make sure to follow up on the matching gift form with your human resources department ASAP.

15.  What if I don't raise my required fundraising minimum?  Your entire fundraising minimum is due by the Ride.  If you have not raised your entire amount you are able to self-donate or use our Delayed Self Pledge Form (DSPF).  The DSPF allows you to buy yourself 4 more weeks to fundraise.  If at the end of 4 weeks you are still below your required fundraising minimum, we will charge your credit card.  Most people do not have to use this option but we like to make it available.  Should you not want to do either of those options you can join our Crew (provided there are still spots) or back out of the Ride (donations and registration fees are non-refundable but still go to help the cause).

16.  When do you stop collecting donations for the 2011 Ride?  Did you receive additional donations after the event?  Please mail any and all donations by August 15 to allow us to enter them before the end of our fiscal year (August 31).

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