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Old 02-13-20, 08:48 AM
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Tour de Cure fundraising minimum

Tour de Cure was my first organized cycling event and finding discussion of it here is why I signed up for it. This year, somebody decided that it was time to raise the fundraising minimum by $75.00 for our local event and the response has been unfavorable. Our club's team has gone from 40+ members for the last several years, raising over $15K for the last three years to....5 members raising $4K. The event is a little over a month away, this time last year we had raised over $15K and finished with over $20K. This year we have almost $4K in donations and I will be astonished if we make it to $5K. Bigger problem is, those totals include the club's $3K donation. We're already committed to this year, but there's no way the club can justify a $3K donation for a ride that 5 people take advantage of.

TLDR: At what fundraising level is a charity ride too costly?
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You left out a crucial piece of information: What is the minimum a participant must raise?
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If you are talking about the Lake Nona Tour de Cure, it went up by $50, not $75. Last year the minimum was $200, and this year it is $250. Fortunately it has not had an effect on my team. We doubled the size of our team this year from 15 to 31 and have almost doubled our fundraising dollars. I must admit that I put far more work into recruiting this year than in previous years. I do think (although it hasn't been mentioned) that the increase caused two people to drop out.

I wasn't happy with the increase, but some of the cancer rides require well over $1,000 to ride.
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This is easy, don't ride it. I quit doing pay for charity rides with a minimum long ago. I never had an issue writing a check for a nice donation but when they start to say you need to make us XXX amount of dollars to ride that I wasn't willing to pay myself I just stopped participating. We had the same issue with our local MS ride. They raised the minimum one year by a very large amount, over $100 and that year the numbers dropped in 1/2. After that it was never organized again. I think that's what they wanted in the end however. Anyways just don't. I hated the notion of begging people for money so if I wanted to ride it I paid.

A club supporting its riders is AWESOME but I suggest you support an appropriate amount per rider instead of a bulk donation of X dollars.
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A local charity ride switched from about $40-$50 to (I think) about $200-$300.
A lot fewer riders, but they actually raised more money. It'll be interesting to see if they raise similar amounts in following years.
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I am sure one of the organizers has an Excel sheet with "What If" functions trying to figure out the optimum amount of riders/fundraisers vs overhead.

I have a loved one who is disabled, any extra monies I have goes to her. I too never felt comfortable asking for donations knowing that people are often living paycheck to paycheck.
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In 2013 I rode my first organized cycling event, Tour de Cure Long Beach, Ca. The fundraising minimum then was $250 plus the rider had to pay $40 also.

I hated asking others to donate to my ride so I've never again ridden a ride that required fund raising

$290 to ride a fairly local ride with a questionable route I now feel was too much.
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that is just it. If its well organized, planned and supported I will pay to ride (out of my own pocket). It really just depends.

Example: one I love to do is the St. Paul Classic. Not very much under $100, great support, food, entertainment AND the 60 miles is the longest rout but is all CAR FREE on streets. Yep they close all roads its awesome. Riding on a interstate like road for a short stretch with no cars is pretty fun just to say you did it. LOTS of great food and local bands.....
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I quit riding the Tour de Cure when they changed to a regional tour. I used to ride their Spokane, WA tour, but last time I registered for that venue the website didn't have the information that Spokane was cancelled and for WA the tour was in Seattle, and in OR the tour was in Portland/Hillsborough.

I did like the way they were organized, and didn't mind the cost, but I have found more local rides that cost way less in which to participate.
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I agree with @tunavic that the long beach Tour de Cure was not worth it. There was only one perk and that was getting to ride over the Gerald Desmond bridge and take photos. They had awful pit stops with grapefruit (which I understand is a no-no with diabetes meds). Plus the route went thru LB with stop signs every block. Ugh. I won't pay to ride local route.

I do participate in AIDS/Lifecycle as I have a personal connection to the cause. I donated half the minimum and got it matched so I met minimum to ride all on my own. I worked with Pedal Industries and had gear bags designed with ALC artwork. They are donating 20% of each bag sale by sending me the funds via PayPal and I get donated and matched increasing donation to 40% of each bag sold. Obviously I am open to someone donating toward my efforts and those donations are greatly appreciated...I decided to find ways to fundraise that wasn't just straight up asking people for money.
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