Fundraising Tools

As we practise physical distancing, our methods of fundraising may have changed — but our community is stronger than ever. We’re here to help our Relay For Life supporters with tools and resources to create an online cancer fundraiser, so you can maximize your success and reach your fundraising goal.

We encourage you to be mindful when connecting with your networks and make appropriate asks during this challenging time, but don’t forget: people are still looking for ways to help those in their community. Now more than ever, we know that people with cancer need our support.



As we stay home during COVID-19, personalized emails and phone calls are great ways to continue online fundraising. When approaching people for online donations, consider asking those beyond your closest friends and family. With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, people would appreciate the opportunity to get involved and offer whatever they can to help ensure no one faces cancer alone.

Here’s how you can encourage people to support your fundraising:

  • Recommend different amounts for people to donate.
    People often appreciate some direction — especially if they haven’t donated before.
  • Be enthusiastic!
    In addition to funding groundbreaking research, tell people about the Canadian Cancer Society’s support services for people with cancer. Remind people about our online and phone-based support programs, which more Canadians have been relying on during this challenging time.
  • Follow up.
    Life gets busy, and more often than not, people could just use the reminder to donate.

Want more fundraising tips? Download our Fundraising Toolkit for more online fundraising ideas.


All Relay For Life participants receive access to their own Fundraising Centre. Get to know its tools and features so you can make the most of your fundraising!


Monitor your progress

Use the central dashboard to keep track of the progress you’ve made towards your fundraising goal.


Personalize your page

Add a photo and share why joining Relay is close to your heart. Teams & individuals who personalize their pages often raise more money and are more successful in reaching their goal.


Make a self-donation

Your Fundraising Centre lets you kick-start your fundraising with a self-donation to your team or individual page, which shows potential donors your commitment to the cause.


Send out your page

Use the Fundraising Centre’s share link button in the central dashboard to text or email your page to potential donors — they can donate to you from there.


Share on social

Our social sharing buttons will share your page on your social platforms with a customizable message asking for donations. Update your friends and family on your progress using the hashtag #RelayForLife.


Send emails

Send out pre-written emails to friends and family that discuss why you’re fundraising and include an opportunity to donate. And don’t worry — you’re able to edit these emails however you’d like!


Say thanks

Show your gratitude with a selection of pre-written emails and messages that you can customize for your donors.

Online Fundraising Ideas

You can use many platforms to stream or pre-record an online cancer fundraiser for Relay For Life. Many organizers use social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram Live to broadcast online fundraisers in real time.

Virtual game night

Virtual game night

Rally your friends and family for a virtual game night! Download games online to share, or create your own trivia questions.


Fitness challenge

Challenge friends, virtually, with challenges such as push ups, chin ups or sit ups. Collect online donations as you reach your goal!


Host a virtual live concert

Dust off those musical talents and stage a live online concert for friends and family and ask for donations.

Want more fundraising ideas?

Download our Fundraising Toolkit for more examples of online cancer fundraisers and tips to maximize your success!


Did you know that top Relay For Life fundraisers will receive fundraising awards? Learn more about our individual and team awards and how to qualify.



This year, we’re excited to offer Relay Rewards to participants who hit specific fundraising milestones. Discover our exciting awards at each milestone.


Ready to Fundraise?

Fundraising for Relay For Life helps us make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with cancer. Keep online fundraising so we can support all Canadians who have been affected by this disease.


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