Can Michael J. Fox make an appearance at my event?
Michael is deeply grateful for the efforts of our Team Fox fundraisers and wishes he could be part of every event raising funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research. Despite of his larger-than-life image, Michael is just a person (with a family, an extremely busy schedule and an overwhelming number of requests for his time). For this reason, we are unable to fulfill requests for Michael to personally attend Team Fox events. Team Fox members are not permitted to reach out directly to Michael's management team, publicists or family. These requests are outside of their scope and will come back to MJFF staff. Thank you for your understanding.
Can I solicit members of MJFF's Boards, Councils and staff?
All representatives of MJFF appreciate the hard work of our Team Fox members. They believe so strongly in Team Fox that many of our Board, Council and staff members are also a part of Team Fox, and contribute financially to their own events. Many also make financial contributions directly to MJFF each year. For these reasons, we request that you please do not solicit any representatives of MJFF. However, we understand you may have a personal relationship with a Board, Council or staff member. If so, please notify Team Fox staff before soliciting them for your event so we are aware.
Can I create items (shirts, hats, etc.) with the Team Fox logo?
Yes, as long as the logo is not redrawn or modified in any way and as long as the items are not being sold. The Team Fox staff can provide you a color logo or black and white version. We must review and approve items before they are made public.
Can I use the Michael J. Fox Foundation logo on my materials?
Members are not allowed to use the MJFF logo on their materials. The Foundation holds several large-scale events each year that are organized by Foundation staff, and does not want the public to perceive the hundreds of Team Fox events taking place to be Foundation-sponsored. By using the Team Fox logo instead of the Foundation's logo, it is clear that the member is a part of Team Fox, supporting the Foundation, but that the event is not a Foundation-sponsored event.
Can I invite a celebrity to my event or have a celebrity chair my event?
All members must notify the Team Fox staff before making requests for a celebrity's involvement. If people ask why, please explain that because Michael J. Fox is a celebrity, we do not want other celebrities confused, thinking the request is coming directly from Michael. And, because the Foundation hosts its own events and has its own celebrity relationships, we don't want the celebrity to think that they are being asked to a Foundation-sponsored event. This is especially important when it comes to celebrities that the Foundation or Michael have worked with or plan to in the future.
Can I sell items with the Team Fox Logo?
The logo may not be used on any item that is to be sold.
What materials can Team Fox provide me with for my event?
Team Fox can send you the following items for use at your event:
Team Fox banners Team Fox stickers Team Fox and/or MJFF flyers MJFF newsletters Team Fox Donation Envelopes
How do I receive sponsorship or donations from businesses for my event?
Team Fox members have had great success asking local companies and the local branch of larger corporations for support. Think about what local companies, stores, restaurants, gyms, etc. would benefit from getting their name out in support of a local philanthropic effort. If you are planning an event, think about the supplies you need and approach a vendor for in-kind donations to use at your event. You can often request support from companies in exchange for advertising on your flyers, brochures, letters, t-shirts and other event materials. Note that because in-kind donations to your event do not directly benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation, we cannot provide tax receipts for these contributions.
Can a Michael J. Fox Foundation representative attend my event?
Team Fox and Michael J. Fox Foundation staff members love being at Team Fox events and try their best to attend when possible, but given travel costs and schedules it is impossible for us to have a representative at every event. If Team Fox members request our presence and let us know details of their event at least six weeks in advance we will do our best to try to get a representative to attend, though we can never make any promises.
I would like to donate a portion of proceeds from sales of my [book, CD, art, jewelry, etc.] to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. How does this work?
Portion of proceed sales are great Team Fox fundraisers. While the Foundation is not set up to help promote the sales of such items, we are greatly appreciative to be the beneficiary of your sale. In all materials related to the sale, please note the exact percent of proceeds (or dollar amount per item) that is going to the Foundation.
How do I make it clear that this event is supporting the Foundation while using Team Fox language?
Please indicate on all materials that this is a Team Fox event whose proceeds will benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. For written materials, we suggest using the following sentence: "[Insert name of event] is a Team Fox event to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation."
Team Fox members also have the opportunity to request a formal letter of support, which the Team Fox staff can provide. This document is often helpful for members approaching potential sponsors who want to confirm the association between the Team Fox member and the Foundation. The Team Fox staff can prepare an Acknowledgment Letter to use for these solicitations. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I be reimbursed for my fundraising expenses?
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is not responsible for the reimbursement of your fundraising expenses. To keep your expenses down, consider asking local businesses for in-kind donations in exchange for advertising on your flyers, brochures, letters, t-shirts and other event materials. Because in-kind donations to your event do not directly benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation, we cannot provide tax receipts for these contributions.
I formed a team and am the captain. Why do I have a personal page as well as a team page? Which one should I use to fundraise?
Every member of a team gets their own personal fundraising page, including the team captain. All fundraising collected on the personal pages will be rolled into the total for the team page.
What is the difference between Team Fox and The Michael J. Fox Foundation?
Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation's grassroots community fundraising program and is part of the Foundation. Team Fox members fundraise through various events and activities to benefit the Foundation; however, Team Fox members themselves are a part of Team Fox, not representatives of the Foundation. Team Fox provides a common brand and identity for people all over the world raising funds and awareness on behalf of the Foundation.
Can I make a donation to a team?
Yes. You can make a donation to a fundraiser on a team or you can make a general team donation.
Where should I mail donation checks?
All donations should be mailed to:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY 10163-4777.
Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Please make sure that in the memo it says Team Fox DIY 2021 and who the donations should be credited to.
How do I find a participant's personal fundraising webpage?
Click on the home page and begin typing the first or last name. Your options will display as you type.
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to a participant's fundraising account?
Any donation made online should post immediately. If an online donation does not post within 5 minutes, please contact us.
What happens if I check the checkbox to "cover processing fees"?
If you check this checkbox, you will be charged the amount indicated next to the checkbox. This amount will also be visible to the non-profit. However, on the fundraising page, your intended - initial donation amount will be displayed.
Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For Canadian donations made online with a credit card, will the amount entered be in U.S. dollars?
Yes. For Canadian donations made online with a credit card, the amount entered in the online donation form will be in U.S. dollars.
Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Any donor who mailed their donation and provided an address will receive a receipt via mail once the donation has been processed. If you made your donation in installments, you will receive a receipt each time a monthly payment is processed.
Do all donors who contribute online receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email.
What is The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research's Tax ID number?
A Tax ID number identifies The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research as a 501(c)(3) non-profit Organization. The The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Tax ID number is 13-4141945
How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant's Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as "From the whole Wolf family" or "in memory of Aunt Cathy."
What can I do if a check is written out to me personally?
If a donation check has been written out to you personally, you may endorse the back of the check and mail it in with a completed donation form to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Can I mail in a cash donation?
It is not a good idea to send a cash donation in the mail. You may drop off the cash at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research along with your information or you can deposit the cash into your checking account and send a personal check from your account.
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to my page?
Any donation made online should post immediately. If your donation does not post within 5 minutes, please contact The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Can I enter a check online?
You can't enter a check online. Please mail all checks to:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777 New York, NY 10163-4777
A donor is requesting a Tax ID number; what is that and how can I get it?
A Tax ID number identifies The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. The The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Tax ID number is 13-4141945.
Not all of my donors are showing up in the Honor Roll. Why?
The system is designed to only show the five most recent donations.
Where can I find a list of the people who have donated to me?
Log in with your email and password to visit your headquarters page. Select 'My Fundraising Report' on the left side. You will then find a list of all of your donors as well as a list of all donors to your team .
How can I send a thank you email to my donors?
To easily send thank-you emails to donors, follow these steps:
Log in to your fundraiser dashboard by clicking the "My HQ" link in the top right
Click "My Fundraising Report" in the left sidebar
Locate the donor/donation you'd like to thank, and click "Send Email" (If the donor didn't submit their email address, this option is unavailable.)
Type the message in the pop-up window, and click "Send Email"
Why am I receiving emails telling me that I've received a donation?
You are receiving these emails because we would like to keep you updated on your fundraising efforts. If you wish to stop receiving these updates, please login to your headquarters and edit your account preferences.
What is my personal page URL?
A personal URL is a shortened link to your team or personal page that you can send to friends and family in emails. A personal URL will look like this https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/tf-2021/ben.
Can a donor add a dedication message that appears in my fundraising honor roll?
When a donor makes a donation online, s/he can enter text to appear on the fundraising honor roll. This may be the donor's name, or it could be something like "From the whole Wolf family" or "In Memory of Aunt Cathy".