Athletes for Equality




Can I collect pledges after completing the event?

A. Absolutely. Your fundraising page will be active for two weeks after your event to give you the opportunity to collect donations from outstanding and post-event supporters. However, we encourage your friends and family to donate before your event to ensure you meet your goal.

I would like to raise some big bucks for HRC, but have never done fundraising before. What do you suggest?

A. We can definitely help here and we offer exciting fundraising premiums as you reach your fundraising goals. Consider the following ideas:

Reach out to your friends, colleagues and family. When you register, we provide you with a sample fundraising letter that you can tailor to tell your story about being an Athlete for Equality. Be personal and specific about your motivation for fundraising. Don't forget to include photos to engage your readers. Then compile a list of email addresses for all of your friends, family, colleagues, contacts on Facebook, etc., to share the news about your race! Many athletes reach their fundraising goals just by sending emails to everyone in their address book. Your email will need to include a link to your personal fundraising page. Don't forget to keep this updated as you progress with your training.

Plan a fundraising party. A simple night in with drinks and snacks can turn into a fundraising success, with the help of our HRC video that you can show to your guests. Get creative. Plan yard sales, car washes and bake sales.

Don't worry, we'll be following up with some fundraising messages and tips once you register.

Can my sponsors pay by check?

A. Yes! Please ask them to make the check payable to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and address it to the following:

Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Athletes for Equality
1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Can my sponsors pay by cash?

A. We try to encourage all donors to pay by credit card, check or money order to avoid a risk of loss. If you receive cash, please never mail it! When collecting cash donations, write a personal check to HRC Foundation or get a money order, then please send the check or money order to us.

Will my sponsors receive a receipt?

A. Yes, they will receive an acknowledgment of their contribution.

Will HRC guide me through my training program?

A. No. This program is open to all athletic events. HRC cannot take any responsibility for organizing your training, though there may be exceptions for events where HRC has purchased registration slots. We encourage you to enter into training only after consulting with your physician. If you've never done an event of this type before, please consult with someone knowledgeable in this field of athletics.

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

A. We ask that all athletes be at least 18 years old. If you're under 18 years old and interested in participating, please contact us at

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