Fundraising Events (Ep. 14): The Power of Passion

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In this episode of Fundraising Events, Bryan Jenkins is joined by Oscar Ortiz of SebastianStrong, a nonprofit raising awareness about childhood cancers and funding research for less toxic, more targeted childhood cancer treatments and cures. The foundation was founded in 2017 to honor the life of Oscar’s son, Sebastian, and his courageous 14-month battle with rhabdomyosarcoma.

“We started the foundation with the desire to make change and honor [Sebastian] in some way, but not really knowing what we would be able to do. And here we are four and a half years into it, and we’ve raised close to $3 million for pediatric cancer research.”

Oscar Ortiz, SebastianStrong

Join our conversation as we learn more about SebastianStrong, as well as uncover:

  • What the challenges are of increasing peer-to-peer fundraising
  • How GiveSignup | RunSignup improved the organization’s event experience
  • What the pros and cons are of including team fundraisers
  • And so much more!

“If you make it a fun event, people will associate that with ‘I had a good time” …And of course, we have a moment to address the participants and volunteers, and that’s our job to make an impactful statement, share our story, and hopefully get them to understand that while we appreciate you being a part of this race, we want you to be a part of this movement in trying to help kids facing cancer.”

Oscar Ortiz, SebastianStrong

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The Fundraising Events podcast is your chance to hear from fundraising event experts while you run, walk or clean your house. In each episode, GiveSignup | RunSignup Sales Lead Bryan Jenkins will chat with an influencer in the event industry who’s been instrumental in helping nonprofits raise more funds. Our goal is to help share tips, tricks and stories to help you raise more with your future events.

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