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About CIBC Run for the Cure

2020 has been a year like no other. And as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re making sure your experience at the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure will be safe, fun and memorable.

At CCS, our commitment to creating a future where no one fears breast cancer hasn’t changed. We’re still committed to community and connection. And we’re still committed to an energetic, interactive and engaging Run Day, but this year it will be different.

Physical distancing is the reality for the foreseeable future, and so we are reimagining the Run. As October 4 approaches, we are developing an exciting virtual experience. Our plans include all the best things about Run Day: Connecting with your teammates, an inspirational opening ceremony, a high-energy warm-up and a few surprises. We’ll organize the fun online and you have the option to bring together a small group of family and friends to run or walk as part of your at-home celebration.

Watch this space for exciting details about our new way of gathering. Being physically apart won’t stop us from coming together. Please sign up, fundraise and join us on Run Day because together, we are a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is a 5k or 1k walk or run that raises funds for Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). It is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada in support of the breast cancer cause.

Physical distancing is the reality for the foreseeable future, and so we are reimagining the Run. As October 4 approaches, we are developing an exciting virtual experience. Our plans include all the best things about Run Day: Connecting with your teammates, an inspirational opening ceremony, a high-energy warm-up and a few surprises. We’ll organize the fun online and you have the option to bring together a small group of family and friends to run or walk as part of your at-home celebration.

The event takes place on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Physical distancing is the reality for the foreseeable future, and so we are reimagining the Run. As October 4 approaches, we are developing an exciting virtual experience. To participate, please register and fundraise in your community. We’ll organize the fun online and you’ll have the option to bring together a small group of family and friends to run or walk around your neighbourhood as part of your at-home celebration. Sign up in your community here.

If you don’t see your community listed, you can still be part of the CIBC Run for the Cure by choosing My Run. Any Time. Any Way.

The CIBC Run for the Cure is organized and executed by staff and volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society. The generous support of volunteers helps to keep costs down, which directs more money to the Canadian Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, compassionate support services, trusted cancer information and advocacy on behalf of all Canadians.

No. The CIBC Run for the Cure prides itself on its broad accessibility. As a family-oriented event, adults and children of all ages are invited to run or walk in their communities. If running or walking isn't for you, you could walk your dog, go for a bike ride or do yoga on October 4 in your community instead. You would still register as a participant but would have the flexibility to do your own thing.

Find a Run in your community here. If you don’t see your community listed, you can still be part of the CIBC Run for the Cure by choosing My Run. Any Time. Any Way.

Yes, in order to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure, you must register as an adult or youth participant. Sign up in your community here.

We encourage anyone who wants to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure to register as a participant online.

If you don’t fundraise a minimum of $150, you will be asked to donate the personal minimum donation of $45, which is tax receiptable.

If you are having difficulty reaching your fundraising goal, please contact your local Fundraising Coordinator who can support you in your fundraising efforts. You can find their contact information on your location’s Run location page.

The Canadian Cancer Society invests the funds raised into breast cancer research, support services, health education and advocacy programs. Over the past 20 years, CCS and the former CBCF have invested over $360 million in breast cancer research; funding more than 1,400 scientific and community grants. With the help of our donors, we hope to reduce the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, reduce mortality for those who develop the disease, and improve the quality of life for those affected.

Yes. The Canadian Cancer Society’s charitable number is 118829803 RR 0001. When you donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, you will receive a tax receipt.

For more information about national sponsorship opportunities, or to interact with participants on Run day, please call 1-888-939-3333 or email corporate@cancer.ca.

The Canadian Cancer Society in conjunction with the CIBC Run for the Cure does not canvass door-to-door. Nor, does CCS encourage volunteer participants to solicit funds by door-to-door canvassing.

ADVISORY RE: DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASSING

In our experience, some individuals elect to canvass neighbours in their communities as part of their fundraising efforts for events like the CIBC Run for the Cure.

If you are approached by a canvasser who states that he or she is raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society, please follow this advice:

  • If you know and trust the canvasser and you want to make a donation, please donate by giving the canvasser a cheque made out to the Canadian Cancer Society. Do not give cash.
  • If a canvasser is unknown to you and you want to support the Canadian Cancer Society, please visit the CCS website at www.cancer.ca for donation options.
  • If you are suspicious of a canvasser, please take note of his or her appearance and contact your local police department.

No. The Canadian Cancer Society will not share your information with any outside agencies/organizations or individuals without prior consent or, if the disclosure is permitted or required by law. For more information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

If you don’t see your community listed, you can still be part of the CIBC Run for the Cure by registering, fundraising, and running or walking in your own community on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Choose My Run. Any Time. Any Way as your Run location when registering.

Or, if running isn’t for you, why not walk your dog, go for a bike ride, do yoga, or even stay home and make a big dinner for your loved ones? Whatever your passion may be, you can recruit friends and family to join you in supporting the cause and making a difference.

You will still be eligible for tax receipts, fundraising rewards and a Run t-shirt!

Registration

Click here to recover your username and/or password, or contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333.

Yes, you can register offline by downloading a participation form from your Run site page or, by requesting a participation form at your nearest CIBC banking centre (forms are available in July). Please mail your completed participant form to:

ATTN: Gift Processing Department
Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 2Y7

Yes, you can. We encourage you to use the same username and password from the last time you participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Teams

A fast and easy way to register a team is by registering online. Choose your Run community from our homepage drop down menu or by selecting "Find your Run Community" in the top navigation. Once you have selected your Run community, click on the Register button. From here you will be able to select the ‘Start a Team' option and proceed with the registration process.

Choose your Run community from our homepage drop down menu or by selecting “Find your Run Community” in the top navigation. Once you have selected your Run community, click on the Register button. From here you will be able to select ‘Join/Restart a Team' option to join an existing team or you can restart a team from last year that you were a member of. Another option is to contact the team captain who can register you on the team.

No. You can have as many or as few members as you would like to form a team.

Yes! Teams can register at anytime including on the day of the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Multi-site teams are teams that are registered in two (2) or more locations. Multi-site teams must also register in one of the five categories (Corporate, Friends and Family, School, Women’s, or Post-Secondary Challenge).

Yes, any contribution made to the CIBC Run for the Cure is tax receiptable.

If a donor mistakenly donates to your team and would like to transfer the donation to an individual participant, the donor must contact our Donor Care department by October 31, 2020. After the October 31 date, team donations are non-transferable as the fundraising component of this program has closed.

CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE DONOR CARE
Tel.: 1-888-939-3333
E-mail: connect@cancer.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.

T-shirt

Participants who meet the following criteria will receive a CIBC Run for the Cure t-shirt*.

  • Adults who raise $150 or more
  • Youth (under 18 years) who raise $60 or more

Physical distancing is the reality for the foreseeable future, and so we are reimagining the Run. This year, eligible participants will be mailed their CIBC Run for the Cure shirt following the Run.

Participants who reach the minimum fundraising amount by September 1, 2020 will receive their shirt by Run day to wear proudly during the virtual experience. Participants who reach the fundraising minimum between September 2 and October 4 will still receive a t-shirt but we cannot guarantee that it will arrive before Run day.

*You must be opted in to receive Run rewards and must raise the minimum amount ($150 for adults and $60 for youth under 18 years) by 11:59 p.m. PST on October 4, 2020 to qualify. We will accept bank forms stamped, dated up to and including October 4, 2020. All forms need to be mailed in and received by October 18, 2020, this is to account for the time needed to enter offline donations into participants fundraising centres. Forms can be mailed in or scanned to connect@cancer.ca. Product available while supplies last.

Physical distancing is the reality for the foreseeable future, and so we are reimagining the Run. This year, eligible participants will be mailed their CIBC Run for the Cure shirt following the Run.

Participants who reach the minimum fundraising amounts by September 1, 2020 will receive their shirt by Run day to wear proudly during the virtual experience. Participants who reach the fundraising minimum between September 2 and October 4 will still receive a t-shirt but we cannot guarantee that it will arrive before Run day.

In an effort to be mindful of expenses and our ability to deliver t-shirts, we will not be printing team t-shirts in 2020.

Fundraising Centre

Your Fundraising Centre contains customizable tools for emailing friends and family, tracking online donations, team status, and much, much more.

It is an online webpage that highlights an individual participant and their fundraising efforts. Participants are able to customize content and images on their Personal Fundraising page from the Fundraising Centre

Over the past six months, we have been working hard to consolidate our fundraising software to eliminate duplication so that we can redirect the funds we’re saving to our mission.

For all returning participants, you may notice the personal story section of your profile on cibcrunforthecure.com has been replaced with default text. This is a result of the consolidation and you will need to manually update your personal story if you choose to.

YYes. If you registered as a Returning Participant with your previous username, all of your donor information will be available under the email contact section of your Fundraising Centre.

If you are manually entering email addresses to your contact list, please do not separate the addresses using a colon (;). Kindly use a comma (,) to separate the addresses.
If the issue persists, please contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or 1-888-939-3333.

If your friends and family are not receiving emails sent from your Fundraising Centre, it's because they’ve opted out of receiving emails from the Canadian Cancer Society or the CIBC Run for the Cure. Consider sending the email from your fundraising centre to your personal email address and forwarding the message from there.

No. Your privacy is important to CCS and therefore staff and volunteers cannot view or access your online information. Your information is confidential and is only accessible by entering your personal username and password, to which CCS does not have access.

Post-Secondary Challenge

Post-secondary institutions are defined as any Canadian university, college, or CEGEP. If you have a question regarding your school, please contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333.
Anyone is eligible to participate in the PSC, including students, faculty, staff, friends, and/or family. In order to win the Post-Secondary Team Challenge Award (presented to the top fundraising PSC team at each location) you need to be registered as a PSC team type and be affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution. All winning teams are awarded with a plaque on Run day.
On www.cibcrunforthecure.com, select your Run site and choose either to create or join a team. After logging in as a Retuning or New participant, select your post-secondary institution from the Multi-Site Team Affiliation / Institution drop down menu.
A PSC award is presented to the top fundraising PSC team in each community.
The Top Institution Award will be presented to the institution whose team(s) achieves the highest fundraising amount across Canada.
If your institution is not listed on the website please contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333.

Offline Donations

If you have registered online, we encourage you to download the pre-populated donation forms with your personal information from your Fundraising Centre.

If you’ve registered offline, you can download blank donation forms from your Run site page.

Cash and cheque donations must be deposited at any CIBC banking centre and you must have your donation form stamped. DO NOT leave your form(s) at the CIBC banking centre, and please make copies of your forms for your records. Please mail your bank stamped form(s) to:

ATTN: Gift Processing Department
Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
M4V 2Y7
(please do not mail cash)

Credit card donations can be processed online or by calling Donor Care at 1-888-939-3333. Please ensure that you are registered online before calling Donor Care to process a credit card donation.

No, CIBC does not process credit card donations.

In-person/offline donations (donations not paid online) will be officially counted as part of your fundraising when they are received by the Canadian Cancer Society. Please bring cash and cheque donations to a CIBC banking centre that accepts cash. The money will be deposited into the account listed on your donation form(s) and CIBC will stamp and return your form(s) to you. Please mail your bank stamped form(s) to:

ATTN: Gift Processing Department
Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
M4V 2Y7
(please do not mail cash)

DO NOT leave your form(s) at the CIBC branch, and please make copies of your forms for your records.

If you are unable to visit a CIBC banking centre, you can mail your completed donation form(s) and donations (cheques only, do not send cash in the mail) to:

ATTN: Gift Processing Department
Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
M4V 2Y7
(please do not mail cash)

Online donations will be reflected automatically once a donation is made and completed.

Offline donations will be entered as received leading up to the Run and weekly starting after the Run. Offline donations made through CIBC banking centre locations are processed once the bank stamped donation forms are received by the Canadian Cancer Society. Therefore, you must retain your stamped form(s) from CIBC and mail to:

ATTN: Gift Processing Department
Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
M4V 2Y7
(please do not mail cash)

Due to the number of participants partaking in the CIBC Run for the Cure across the country, this process could take until the end of January 2021 to complete, depending on when forms are submitted.

Absolutely. Donate online or at a CIBC banking centre across Canada. To make a donation at CIBC, record your name, address, and donation amount on a donation form. CIBC will accept your donation and a teller will stamp the form and return it to you (note: CIBC does not accept donations by credit card). To get a tax receipt, mail the stamped donation form to:

ATTN: Gift Processing Department
Canadian Cancer Society
55 St Clair Avenue West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON
M4V 2Y7
(please do not mail cash)

Yes. For more information on corporate donations options, please visit our Fundraising Tools page.

Benevity is a corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software that provides employees a platform to donate to causes they care about such as the CIBC Run for the Cure.

Please use the Benevity instructions to make a donation to the CIBC Run for the Cure. You can select the amount of information that you would like shared with CCS. If you do not share this information your donation will remain anonymous.

IMPORTANT: This year donations will not be designated to a specific participant’s fundraising page on the website.

Rewards

All participants in the CIBC Run for the Cure who individually raise $150 or more are eligible for the Fundraising Rewards program. See the Fundraising Rewards program for details on the levels and prizes.

*Participants must be opted in to receive Run rewards and must raise the minimum amounts by 11:59 p.m. PST on October 4, 2020 to qualify. Product available while supplies last. Participants will automatically be opted in to receive zero cost rewards.

We asked participants at registration if they wanted to receive the reward based on achieving the goal of $150, $300, $1000 and $2500. This was a mandatory question. We will use the information from the registration completion to issue rewards and participants will receive an email as they reach each milestone to notify them. All offline participants will receive rewards they qualify for.

Participants who raise at least $150 are required to have all fundraising dollars and forms received by Canadian Cancer Society by October 4, 2020 in order to qualify for the Fundraising Rewards program.

No. The Fundraising Reward level reached individually cannot be transferred to another participant.

No. Team fundraising totals are NOT eligible for Fundraising Rewards, and they do not count towards an individual’s fundraising total.

All donations for rewards must be submitted by midnight October 4, 2020.

The participant can contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333and advise of the change, but only if the reward has not been shipped.

The Participant must contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333 so that they can correct the record.

Please contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333 Please have your confirmation email handy and our representatives will be happy to assist you.

For participants who reach the fundraising milestone by September 1, the reward will arrive by Run day. Rewards for all other participants will be shipped after the Run and depending on the location, may take 3-6 weeks to arrive from the time the Fulfillment Centre receives the notification that a participant qualifies for a reward.

The participant should contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333 arrange a new shipment.

All offline donations will be completed by January 2021.

Tax Receipt

If you donate online to a team, to yourself or another participant you will receive an electronic tax receipt within 24hrs. The Canadian Cancer Society will begin issuing tax receipts for offline donations following the CIBC Run for the Cure. They will be distributed no later than February 28, of the calendar year that follows the year of the donation.

Please contact Donor Care at connect@cancer.ca or phone 1-888-939-3333.

Volunteer

Please click here for more information on how to become a CIBC Run for the Cure volunteer.

No, you do not require previous volunteer experience. However, it is recommended that people in Leadership roles do have previous CIBC Run for the Cure volunteer experience.

Each volunteer role has different time requirements in terms of shift lengths, training, and tasks being performed. Most shifts are 4 hours in length and take place on the day of the event. When you view a position description you will be able to see the length of the shift. Committee roles have a longer time commitment and it can vary. This will be described in the role description.

Event day volunteer roles are posted on our website at the beginning of August.

We encourage you to bring your friends!

All friends or group members must complete individual volunteer applications. If you want to volunteer side by side, simply sign up for the same position during the same shift time (provided multiple positions are available and posted at the beginning of August). Although we cannot guarantee that you will be matched with your friend or group, we can certainly try our best.

If you have any questions contact your local Run Volunteer Coordinator whose contact information is located under General Information on your local Run site page.

Yes, of course! After the event, you will be able to download a statement outlining your volunteer hours through the website.

Here’s how:

  1. Log into your volunteer profile at www.MyVolunteerPage.com
  2. Click on the Reports Tab
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Hours and Results Report or Detailed Hours Report section
  4. Change the date range to include the time frame you need
  5. Click View Report to see the report or “Export Report” to create a PDF version you can save and/or print
  6. If no hours appear and you did volunteer, please contact your Run location Volunteer Coordinator. The contact information for your Run location Volunteer Coordinator is located under General Information on your local site page. Volunteer coordinators will also sign any necessary forms onsite upon completion of the shift.

Volunteers must be 14 years and older in order to volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society. There are some positions with further age restrictions (18 or over) and this will be made clear in the position description. If you are under the age of 18 please obtain parental or legal guardian consent before completing the online application. Your parent or guardian must be present to electronically consent to the terms and conditions.

Click here to access your volunteer profile and enter your user name and password. Be sure to update your contact information so we can get in touch with you.

If you completed a paper (offline) volunteer form in the past, please contact your Run location Volunteer Coordinator to confirm whether you were entered into the system and had a username/password created for you. The contact information for your Run Volunteer Coordinator is located under General Information on your local Run location page.

If you filled out an online application last year you do not need to do it again this year. Simply log into your volunteer profile with the user name and password you created. If you do not know what your login and password is please contact your local Run Volunteer Coordinator whose contact information is located under General Information on your local Run site page.

Click here to recover your username or password.

Please refrain from creating a second profile. If you need further assistance, contact your local Run Volunteer Coordinator. The contact information for your local Run Volunteer Coordinator is located under General Information on your local site page.

Click here to log into your volunteer profile to check your schedule. If you have not received confirmation of your position two weeks prior to the event date your local Run Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to help you. Their contact information is located under General Information on your local site page.

Please e-mail your local Run Volunteer Coordinator as soon as you know you are not able to make the shift. It is important to give the Volunteer Coordinator as much time as possible to fill the role with another volunteer. The contact information for your local Run Volunteer Coordinator is located under General Information on your local site page.

Luminate Consolidation

In 2019, CCS completed the consolidation of two online fundraising systems. Previously we had been using two different platforms one from CBCF and one from CCS some of our Run participants may have 2 different online profiles. These profiles will now exist in one fundraising system. If you had multiple online profiles, there are 2 main changes you will notice.

First, your username has been updated to include “_1” at the end. This helps us to differentiate your new, Run account from your existing CCS account(s). This will not impact your password.

Second, some participants may notice the personal story section of your profile on cibcrunforthecure.com has been replaced with default text. This is a result of the consolidation.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact us at connect@cancer.ca or 1-888-939-3333.

Now that we have consolidated our fundraising software for Run participants, stories that existed on personal pages have not been carried over and were replaced by default text. You may update your story with new information by logging into your Fundraising Centre.

Consolidating these pieces of fundraising software has resulted in significant savings for CCS, which enables us to use donor dollars in the most impactful way including investing in important parts of our mission such as breast cancer research, support services and advocacy efforts.

If you participated in 2018 or earlier, but did not create an online fundraising page in 2019, you will need to upload your own picture for your page. You may do this through your Fundraising Centre. We encourage participants to do this once our campaign has launched so that they can see the new campaign imagery before deciding what photo to use.