Walk Your Way and Fundraise 

Click here for a PDF version of this toolkit. 

Choose Your Own Experience: Pledge, Hike, Host a Community Walk and Make a Difference! You create the challenge, timeline, and fundraising goals. Pledge to walk a certain number of miles in a month and ask your network to donate. Host your own walk by inviting your friends, family, co-workers, and local community to join you on a specific day and time! 

The first step is to Register to Become a Fundraiser.  

Once registered you can create your walk event page

Once you’re registered and happy with your homepage, select “Start a Walk” from the menu on the left.


In the drop-down menu, select Hike/Walkor DIY Walk.”

Enter your walk details, include the goal,  and personalize the description.
Check out the additional personalizing inspirations below:   

  • “We’re walking 5 miles in honor of Jonathan who has battled Crohn’s disease for 5 years!”
  • “We’re walking for Dad! Join us and help end IBD!”   

Complete the rest of the walk details, click save, and you’re ready to start fundraising!

NOTE: If you are asking people to join you on your walk/hike, check “Allow people to register for this event online.” and select your suggested or required donation amount. If you are not charging people to attend, select “Don’t ask for a donation.”

Walk Guide &Checklist

Utilize this guide and checklist for support if you plan to host a walk at a specific site in the community and are inviting others to join you on a specific day and time.


Pick a Location

  • Explore locations without site fees, opportunities to get space donated, or negotiate a reduced rate.
  • Does this location offer a weather contingency option? 

Determine a date and time

  • We recommend planning a minimum of 3 months in advance.
  • Try picking a date that would work for you annually to help attendees mark their calendar year after year.

Permits (usually for larger events involving the public) and insurance

  • Visit your local municipality building to determine timelines and who you should be working with. Consider what city, park, or street permits you may need.
  • If insurance is required, organizers must purchase an insurance policy at their sole expense, or use donations made directly to the third-party event. To purchase one-day insurance, we suggest K&K Insurance, www.kandkinsurance.com (800-637-4757), or a similar insurance company.

Set a Goal & Prepare a Budget

How many teams or individual walkers do you anticipate?

  • Will you require a registration fee or have a suggested donation?

Determine possible expenses and estimate costs.

Consider reaching out to businesses for in-support or a corporate donation.

  • To ensure your corporate donations are applied to your fundraiser gifts can be made online directly through your event page or via check utilizing our Corporate Donation form.
  • Ask for in-kind donations to offset expenses and/or add to your event experience?
    • For example, food, beverage, sound system, T-shirts, decorations, etc.

Registration & Fundraising

If you are not requiring a registration fee consider how else you will encourage donations. 

Committee & Volunteers

Recruit your crew to help you organize, plan, and execute your walk.

Delegate tasks and check in regularly to monitor the group’s progress.


How will people find out about your walk?

  • Make a list of your network and potential supports
  • Email, call, text and share your event on social media. Access our social media toolkit here.
  • Create a flyer utilizing our customizable templates, Green or White versions, to help promote your walk.

Canva.com is another great resource for creating promotional materials.

Refer to the “Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Brand Guidelines” when creating promotional materials.

Day of the Walk

Schedule a day of run-through, meet with your volunteers, and ensure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities.

Create a checklist of the day’s schedule, including a list of contact information of vendors and volunteers, etc.

Have fun and greet attendees to communicate the walk’s schedule.

Post Event

Be sure to thank attendees, volunteers, and supporters through an email or personal note.

Ensure any donations made via cash or check are attributed to your walk by mailing them to the Foundation along with our Offline Donation Form.

Congratulations on a successful walk!

For additional support reach out to our DIY team at DIY@crohnscolitisfoundation.org