You don’t have to look far to find someone who has been touched by cancer. Among the most vulnerable are the children affected by a parent or caregivers diagnosis. The pressure that cancer treatment places on a family and the fears and uncertainties that children feel can leave emotional scars that last a lifetime. The Children’s Treehouse Foundation and its support program CLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) are on a mission to ensure that no child or teen feels helpless or alone in the face of a parent or caregivers’ cancer.
CLIMB For Kids is a chance for gyms and climbers across the country to use their strength and passion to help those in need. Together we can shine. alight on a source of childhood trauma hiding in plain sight while supporting a non-profit organization dedicated to this important mission.
How can our gym participate in CLIMB® for Kids?
You can help out in two critical areas; mission awareness and fundraising. By hanging up posters and signs in the gym and informing staff about the campaign, you can help us connect with your members and patrons. If you have a mailing list we can also provide you with content to inform your members.
With awareness, we can create change. Additionally, a program like CLIMB® might be something that a member of your extended community needs but never knew existed.
Equally important to awareness is our need for fundraising. As a registered 501c3 nonprofit we rely heavily on donors and community partners who share our hope for a better future. You can help us reach our fundraising goals in a variety of ways.
A Pledge: Your gym can pledge to match donations made by members and patrons. You can select a pledge amount that you are comfortable with and then match the total contributions made by your community up to that amount.
If your community raises more than your pledge, awesome, but it doesn’t affect your pledge amount unless you choose to raise it. A pledge is a great way to help get the ball rolling.
A Collection: Your gym simply helps collect donations. This can be done through a “round-up” campaign if your point of sale system allows it, or even just a big jar for cash.
A Raffle: Your gym can sell raffle tickets that go toward things such as gym gift certificates or other prizes you can provide. You can set the price of the raffle tickets according to the value of the prizes. You can arrange multiple raffles with their own corresponding tickets, or have one ticket that enters members for a chance to win various prizes.
What are the incentives for participation?
Prizes and community! When people come together around a good cause, it builds and strengthens bonds. You can feel great about supporting a well-researched cancer support program with 20 years of evidence-based success. CLIMB® makes a difference in the lives of families struggling through a difficult period.
To sweeten the pot, there are prizes, too. The gyms that raise the most money during CLIMB° for Kids will get some great prizes for their amazing support.
When is CLIMB® for Kids?
The inaugural CLIMB® for Kids campaign will run from May 1st until May 31st, 2023.
How can we register our gym?
It’s as easy as visiting the campaign page at www.childrenstreehousefdn.org/climbing and fill out the registration form.
What happens at the end of the campaign?
When May, 31st rolls around, pat yourself on the back for making a difference! Next, you can use the campaign wrap-up form we provide you to let us know how fundraising went, and to give us some feedback. Money that you raise can be sent to the Foundation via check, donated via credit card, or transfered via direct debit. The Children’s Treehouse Foundation is a registered 501 (c)3 (EIN:84-1575701) and donations may be tax deductible for those who made them. Regardless of how much you were able to raise, we will be thrilled that you joined us to raise awareness to a critical issue and to help us build our tribe.
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