FAQ, Various, & Sundry
What are the rules?
We're not huge on rules here, but we're happy to give you a few ideas for how to fundraise.
We're raising all this money… where does it go?
So glad you asked! ZERO spends more than 85 cents of every dollar raised on patient support programs, research for better diagnostics, and awareness outreach — no other prostate cancer org puts more of your funds directly into programs. We've got the best possible rating from Charity Navigator, the go-to guys for tracking how responsible non-profits are with your money.
We're 100% U.S.-based, working across the country to attack this disease on all fronts: from direct assistance and patient navigation for the men who already have the disease, to spreading the word about free testing and how early detection can save your life, to getting in front of decision-makers to protect and expand research funding, and more.
Bottom line: tens of thousands of men are alive today because of medical advances that have lowered mortality rates, one-on-one help to make sure they don't lose access to their medicines, and early detection that kept aggressive disease from going off the rails. Your fundraising, generosity, and hard work spreading awareness is the reason why. Let's save more lives!
My beard is a patchy, translucent, scraggly mess. I look like I'm in junior high.
Not really a question, dude. Bottom line: if your beard is turning heads, use that attention to raise some dough! When people notice that middle schooler mustache, tell them that prostate cancer doesn't care if you look like Hugh Jackman. One in nine guys gets the disease, you're doing something to stop it, and they can help by giving a buck or two to fuel research, patient support, early detection, education, and awareness.
Better yet, throw down the gauntlet! Tell them it's time to beard up and do some good, and send them to the website to see whose 'stache can bring in the most cash.
Any pointers on social media?
Talk about your scruff, often. Don't be shy; it usually takes several mentions before your posts or tweets will show up on the feed for everyone in your network. You've got lots to talk about, so make sure folks see it!
Be visual. Snap a selfie at least once or twice a week to show your progress. Throw down with a quick video to spread the word and call folks to action. Use #growandgive to help clue them in about the campaign.
Tag your friends in your posts. Create friendly competition by challenging them to donate, or better yet, participate.
What's the best way to spread the word in my community?
Check out some of the downloadables over on the fundraising ideas page. We've got step-by-step guides, leave-behinds for if you're recruiting local businesses, and guides filled with tips and tricks others have found successful.
I'm old school... How do I make an offline donation?
We can dig it! You can mail your donation to our national headquarters.
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer
Attn: Grow & Give
515 King Street, Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 202-463-9455.