Children’s Cancer Research Fund: DIY Fundraising

Project Description

Children’s Cancer Research Fund was looking to reimagine and reposition their existing do-it-yourself (DIY) program to capitalize on the explosive growth being realized across the not-for-profit sector for this type of peer-to-peer fundraising program. Although the program was of a healthy size, the organization wanted to determine if this program could become a significant (seven-figure) revenue stream over the next three to five years. They also wanted to understand the impact on the organization, for example, resourcing requirements to support a program of this size. It was important that the base program should be turn-key to implement, as well as scalable over time, to ensure a high return on their initial investment.

Charity Dynamics was engaged to take a 360-degree view of the program and, if required, rebuild it from the ground up to meet the above objective. The result was a multiphased approach including a deep strategy phase (including a Fundraising Platform Audit), resulting in a completely new user experience (UX) providing greater flexibility and personalization to their fundraisers. Marketing and resourcing/support recommendations, designed to increase both acquisition and retention.

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Project Details

Client Children’s Cancer Research Fund
Skills Strategy, Fundraising, UX Design, Technology, Support


  • The organization had limited staff and resources, so they needed needed a solution that was turn-key and scalable over time.
  • The vast majority of DIY programs serve participants raising between $1 and $500, however, this program had organically attracted a large volume of high value fundraisers. The needs of this audience were not being met by the current solution.
  • The current set-up was unable to provide the level of personalization their fundraisers desired, nor could it accommodate the complexity and variety of event types (team-based events, ticketed events, community events, etc.).
  • As an acquisition channel, the program needed a “hook” to be able to break through the noise of competing programs and marketing campaigns.


  • Charity Dynamics started the engagement with an audit of the current program and deep discovery of the organization to uncover the opportunities and possible barriers to achieving their goals.
  • A comprehensive strategy was developed that addressed the program leadership and management, the digital solution (from platform recommendations to UX design), audience targeting, branding and creative, marketing (acquisition, retention and stewardship), as well as participant support.


  • We developed an end-to-end program that supports every touch point with current and potential DIY fundraisers (and their donors).
  • The program transitioned from a single DIY experience to a hub model allowing for greater flexibility and customizations that can accommodate a variety of event types.
  • Evident in participant feedback, the new site was well-received by users. The customized and personalized event experience the digital platform provided a welcomed change.
  • Revenue for the program is forecasting to be 112% of plan, positioning them well on their way to reach their seven-figure revenue goal ahead of schedule.

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