Fundraisers (Do What You Want)What is Do What You Want? Why did St. Baldrick’s start Do What You Want? Can I still shave my head? What kind of activities can I do for Do What You Want? Can I really do anything I want? Even juggle knives? How do I raise money with this new program? What happens to the money I raise?
Do What You Want – or DWYW for short – is a new companion fundraising program that enables volunteers to come up with unique fundraising ideas to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation realizes head-shaving might not be for everyone and wants to give volunteers an additional fundraising program that allows them to be creative and dream up any way they would like to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Definitely! Our signature head-shaving events aren’t going anywhere; we have just added DWYW as a companion fundraising opportunity. With the addition of this new program, volunteers have the option to sign up for a DWYW fundraiser, sign up to shave their head, or even sign up for both!
It begins with the idea – dream up a creative fundraiser as unique as you are! Want to see how much pizza you can eat in an hour? Do it. Think you can beat your friends in a hula hoop contest? We think you can, too! Whether giving up your birthday, planning a bake sale, or organizing a pancake breakfast, the sky is the limit for creating a DWYW fundraiser.
While the idea of DWYW is for volunteers to be able to truly do whatever fundraiser they want, St. Baldrick’s does not condone dangerous activities; we don’t want to see our volunteers get injured in any way. Unless you are a professional, juggling knives might be a little too close to the danger zone, and will probably not be allowed.
DWYW fundraisers have a webpage just like head-shaving participants, so you can collect donations before, during, and after your unique fundraiser.
The money raised through DWYW is no different than money raised through head-shaving events: it all funds lifesaving childhood cancer research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $178.4 million to support lifesaving research, making the St. Baldrick’s Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world – including the first Pediatric Cancer Dream Team – and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers working in developing countries. You can learn more about our grants by visiting our Grants page.