Where To Start

You’re helping us in the fight against cancer, and we’re here to help you meet and exceed your fundraising goals. In addition to your registration fee, you’ll need to meet the minimum fundraising commitment in order to participate.

Start With The Basics!

Share Your Story

Whether your ride is a personal challenge or you’ve been affected by cancer in some way, share your reasons for riding. Those you ask will be more inclined to give when they know this ride means something important to you.

Email Still Rules

Email is still the most effective way to fundraise. More donations are made via email than any other channel. So email everyone in your address book — even those you don’t expect to give. You’ll be surprised who donates to your ride.

Invest in Your Adventure

Make a self-donation to show how invested you are in the fight against cancer and then ask others to match it. This is a great way to get the ball rolling toward your fundraising goal.

Personalize Your Fundraising Dashboard

When you register for the Empire State Ride, you’re automatically given a personal fundraising webpage. You can update your webpage with a photo or video and share your story. You can also send emails and make social media posts.

Get Social

Spread the word about your fundraising mission on all your social media platforms. You can also create a Facebook Fundraiser and link it directly to your fundraising dashboard! This allows your friends and family to support you without having to leave Facebook.

Mobile App

Download our mobile app for Apple and Android to easily access your fundraising accounts!

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are a great way to double your donation. Many employers offer programs that match employee’s charitable donations dollar for dollar so make sure to find out if your company has a matching gift program and ask your donors to check as well.

To find out if a company has a matching gifts program, review our Matching Gifts page.

If you don’t find your employer’s name using the search function, contact your HR department to see if your company offers a matching gifts program.

If your company does participate, request a matching gift form, fill it out and mail it to:

Empire State Ride
Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

Your matching contribution will be credited towards your fundraising goal once it has been received. Matching gifts can sometimes take three to four months to be processed by your employer.

Cash & Check Donations

While making a donation online is the quickest way for donations to be credited towards your fundraising goal we realize that not all of your donors will want to make an online donation. If you receive cash or check donations we can credit those to your fundraising goal as well.

Check donations can be made out to the “Empire State Ride” and please make sure that your donor includes your name in the memo line so we know to credit your fundraising efforts. Checks can be mailed to:

Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
P.O. Box 644
Buffalo, NY 14240-0644

Please do not send cash in the mail. If you live in the Buffalo, NY area you can turn in cash or check donations at the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation main office located at 901 Washington Street (on the corner of Washington and Carlton Streets) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Click here for directions.

If you are out of town or can’t stop by our offices, please deposit the cash and send in a check or money order. Just make sure you include your donor’s name and contact information if they would like credit for their donation. You can use this pledge sheet to collect the information we would need to send a donation acknowledgement letter.

Please allow 10 business days after receipt for mailed donations to be processed and posted to your fundraising page. Donations made online will be processed and posted immediately. Please note: mailed donations must be received by the Empire State Ride office at least 10 days prior to your ride to be included with your ride day total. After that, it’s best to hang on to them and turn them in at ride check-in.