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QUESTIONS ABOUT MAKING A GIFT

Q: How can supporters make a gift if they don't want to do it online?
A: Supporters can write a check payable to the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, which you then submit according to the process described in the "Fundraising" section of the FAQs.

Q: How do my supporters get a receipt of their gift to use for tax purposes?
A: If your supporters make online gifts, he/she will receive an acknowledgment letter and payment confirmation via email. We mail acknowledgements to supporters who send contributions of $50 or more via check. Although we appreciate gifts of any amount, due to the high volume of contributions we receive, we are unable to send acknowledgements for offline gifts of less than $50. For offline gifts of less than $50, your supporters can use a copy of his/her check as proof of their gift.

Q: How do my supporters make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?
A: For online gifts, your supporters have the opportunity to enter the name of the person whom he/she is honoring after submitting the gift amount and credit card information. The honoree's name will appear on the Honor Roll on your personal fundraising page. If your supporters would like an acknowledgment letter sent to a loved one, a family member, or a friend, please have them follow the link in his/her confirmation email and provide appropriate information.

Each supporter who makes an offline contribution can include a brief note with an honoree's name, and the names and addresses of any desired acknowledgment recipients.


Q: How do my supporters submit a matching gift?
A: Companies each have their own policies and procedures to determine a particular charity's eligibility to receive a matching gift. Your supporters' Human Resources departments will have more information about how to have a gift matched or you can search for your company to see if they provide matching gifts to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

If the original gift is made online, please have your supporter print out the email confirmation he/she received upon making the gift and mail it with the matching gift form to:

Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
P.O. Box 3595
Boston, MA 02241-3595

Alternatively, if a supporter makes a gift online, and his/her company has an electronic gift submission program, please ask them to email the confirmations of both their gift and matching gift submission to JimmyFundWalk@dfci.harvard.edu.

If a supporter would like to match a gift he/she made by check, please have him/her mail the matching gift form along with the gift to the address above.

Many employers' matching gift forms require the following information:
  • Tax ID Number: 042263040
  • Contact: Donor Services
  • Email: AskCS@dfci.harvard.edu
  • Address: Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
  • 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor
  • Brookline, MA 02445-7226
Q: Do matching gifts count toward the fundraising minimum?
A: Yes. Once we receive the eligible matching gift form and are able to verify the original gift, the match will be added to your fundraising total.

Please note: Due to the high volume of matching gifts, please allow a few weeks for your matching gift to be verified and appear on your personal fundraising page.


Q: Can my supporters make gifts of stock/securities to support my Jimmy Fund Walk? What about gifts made through Donor Advised Funds?
A: Yes. Your supporters can give gifts of stock or securities and we also accept gifts from Donor Advised Funds! To make a gift via an existing Donor Advised Fund, donors should reach out to their Donor Advised Fund contact to make the gift. Donors should always be sure to note the gift designation (e.g. event name/participant name). Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund's Tax ID Number is 042263040.

Q: Is the Jimmy Fund Walk website secure?
A: Yes. All information submitted online is subject to the Jimmy Fund Privacy Policy. Please read the Jimmy Fund Privacy Policy before submitting any personal information.
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