FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off?
The Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off is fun and unforgettable event where participants shave their heads in honor and support of kid's with cancer. Participants ask for donations in exchange for their promise to shave their heads.
2. Why Take Part?
Infants and children who are fighting cancer don't have a choice to lose their hair. By pledging to shave your head, you are demonstrating support for these children and their families while helping to fund vital programs and services that are helping them cope with the many physical, emotional and financial challenges associated with this disease.
3. What is the minimum age requirement for
the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off?
Any person over 18, or those under 18 with permission from their parents, can participate in the event. We welcome men, women and children to become Buzzees.
4. Can I form a team for the Buzz-Off?
Yes, you can and we hope you will! Forming a team creates a great support system and is an excellent way to fundraise. You can form your own team or check to see if there is an existing team you can join. Reminder, a team is made up of 2 or more people.
5. Do I have to raise money when I shave?
Getting sponsored to shave off your hair is the whole point! Don't miss the chance to have fun and help a really important cause at the same time. If you're going to take part, please make sure you ask family and friends to sponsor you. Most people raise more than they expect to, and using our fundraising site to ask for donations makes it really easy. The minimum fundraising requirement is just $300 per person, $150 for kids age 12 and younger. Fundraising minimum must be raised by Oct. 1, 2014. Any balance due at that time will be charged to the credit card submitted during registration.
6. What happens if I cannot shave at the event?
Can I shave on my own?
We would love to have you with us on shave day, to meet the other Buzzees and take part in the Buzz-Off festivities, but we understand if your schedule has a conflict. Click here to register as a virtual Buzzee
7. What is the cancellation policy?
If you register for the event and then cancel by (April 20, 2014-AT&T Stadium) or (May 25, 2014-Gillette Stadium), you will not be obligated to submit the fundraising minimum. All donations are non-refundable. The money you raise will go to work helping to ease the physical, emotional, and financial toll of childhood cancer on patients and their families. The registration fee of $35 is also non-refundable. After this date, you will be responsible for raising the fundraising minimum of $300 ($150 for participants age 12 or younger) by Oct. 1, 2014 whether or not you shave on the event day.
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ON THE EVENT
1. What happens the day of the event?
Buzzees will check-in based on their designated registration times and shave. Designated registration times will be emailed to Buzzees 5-7 days prior to the event. Upon shaving, Buzzees will enjoy a Post-Shave Bash where they can celebrate their accomplishments and mingle with other Buzzees. Our post-event celebration is a great way to meet new people and share inspirational stories.
2. Can I bring a guest to the event?
Each Buzzee is allowed to bring 3 guests to the event to support them, share in their accomplishment and take part in this incredible experience.
3. What if I am late for check in?
If you are late for check in you may be bumped to a later shave group.
4. Do I have to shave off all my hair off?
Your hair will be buzzed down with a #1 clipper.
5. Will hair be donated to Locks of Love?
Yes, all shaved hair that meets eligibility requirements will be donated to Locks of Love.
6. What ways can I get involved other than shaving?
There are many ways you can get involved with the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off other than shaving. These include:
- Making a donation in support of a Buzzee or Team
- Making a general donation in support of the event
- Become an event sponsor or make an in-kind donation of a product or service. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer your time and talents to help One Mission make the Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off a success. Email email@example.com to learn about the many areas where volunteers are needed.
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1. How much money do I have to raise in order to
participate in the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off?
Each participant commits to raising a minimum of $300 ($150 for children age 12 or younger) by October 1st, 2014. The fundraising goal you choose when registering is NOT the amount you are responsible for raising. All Buzzees are only responsible for raising the $300 minimum.
2. What happens if I can't raise $300 fundraising minimum? Do I have to
donate the money myself?
In the event that you don't reach the $300 minimum by October 1, 2014 ($150 for children age 12 or younger); One Mission will charge your credit card for the outstanding amount. For example, if you have only raised $200 as of Oct. 1, 2014, your credit card will be charged $100 to reach the required $300 minimum.
3. Does my $35 Registration Fee counted towards my minimum donation?
No, the $35 Registration Fee does not count towards the fundraising minimum. The non-refundable Registration Fee covers the costs associated with processing your registration. The Registration Fee is not tax-deductible.
4. How do I fundraise for this event?
Ask your friends, family, work colleagues, company, and local businesses to make donations in exchange for your promise to shave your head. Click here to view our fundraising tips and templates . You can also contact us for help and to ask us specific questions.
5. How do I become a Buzz-Off MVP?
To become a Buzz-Off MVP, you must raise $1,500 or more ($500 for kids age 12 or younger) by April 30, 2014 for our event at AT&T Stadium or June 4, 2014 for our event at Gillette Stadium. All MVPs receive special recognition for their outstanding fundraising efforts.
6. If I don't shave, can my donors get their money back?
All donations are non-refundable. The money you've raised will go to work helping pediatric cancer patients and their families.
7. Will my donors be contacted by One Mission or anyone else?
Donor names and contact information will never be sold or shared by One Mission. Donors may occasionally receive information from One Mission about how their donations are being used in the fight against pediatric cancer. Donors will always have the opportunity to "opt out" of any and all communications.
8. Do you accept donations by check?
The most efficient way to make donations is by credit card online - please encourage sponsors to make online donations. One Mission does accept check donations. Checks should be made payable to “One Mission”.
Very Important: In order to receive proper credit for your offline donations, please record them on the pledge form and remit to:
1881 Worcester Road, Suite 200
Framingham, MA 01701
9. Can you accept checks made payable to anything but One Mission?
If the check is made payable to you or your team, please endorse the check on the back, along with your signature, with "For deposit only payable to "One Mission".
10. Can we submit donations in cash?
No. we cannot accept cash donations. Buzzees who receive donations in cash should write a personal check or money order to submit the donation. Donation should be recorded on the pledge form and be sent into One Mission at the address above. You can issue a receipt to anyone who gives you cash and requests a receipt.
11. Can my donors get tax receipts?
Yes. Online donors will receive a printable, electronic tax receipt. For donations made by check, One Mission will electronically issue tax receipts for donations of $25 or more if the donor’s email address has been provided on the pledge form. Cancelled checks should be used as receipts for all other donations.
12. Where do I get materials such as pledge sheets, cash donation
forms, and sample fundraising letters?
All of these materials, along with some other helpful fundraising resources and ideas are located in the Fundraising section of our website.
13. How long does it take for donations to be posted to my
Personal Fundraising Page?
Online credit card donations made via the fundraising website are posted immediately. We don't accept credit card donations via mail. Offline donations will be reflected in your fundraising page total within 7-10 business days of receipt. You should send your offline donations in with a copy of your Pledge Form frequently.
14. Do matching gifts count toward my minimum
our donors' employers?
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: We cannot control how quickly companies submit matching gifts. It can take anywhere from several weeks to several months for your matching gift to be received by One Mission and appear on your personal fundraising page.
15. How do we get credited for matching gifts from
our donors' employers?
Matching gift forms from the Company should be completed and sent to:
1881 Worcester Road, Suite 200
Framingham, MA 01701
Please make sure the participant's name is noted on the Matching Gift form so we can credit the gift to the appropriate participant.
16. Exactly where does the money go, and who
makes those decisions?
One Mission allocates funding to programs and services that directly benefit children with cancer, their families, and the medical community who compassionately cares for them. Every grant we issue targets a specific initiative that has met our funding criteria and supports our mission. The majority of the programs, services and research initiatives we sponsor rely exclusively on philanthropic support as they are not reimbursable through insurance or eligible for traditional grant funding.
17. What is the One Mission Foundation tax ID number?
The One Mission Foundation tax ID number is 26-3741880
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1. What is One Mission?
One Mission is a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to brightening the road to recovery for pediatric cancer patients and their families. We are a tax exempt public charitable foundation that provides help, hope, care, and support to children and their families touched by cancer. One Mission funds patient and family support services, cutting-edge cancer research, and programs and services that help to ease the physical, emotional financial toll of pediatric cancer on patients and their families.
All of the programs we fund directly benefit children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer, the families who support them, and the medical community who compassionately cares for them. One Mission is a Section 501(c) (3) public charity under the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to One Mission are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Code.
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