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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Athletes vs. Epilepsy for Epilepsy Foundation?

Athletes vs. Epilepsy is for those who would like to participate in an athletic event or activity while raising money and spreading awareness on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation. Whether you want to share your yoga practice with friends and family, summit Mt. Everest or run your first 5k, there are plenty of ways to get active and fundraise for the over 3.4 million Americans living with epilepsy. When you join Athletes vs. Epilepsy you are responsible for registering for or creating your own athletic event, as well as any costs associated with your fundraiser. We provide resources, such as fundraising tips and best practices, to help lead you to a successful fundraiser while you train for your athletic feat! 

Athletes vs. Epilepsy is an opportunity for us to come together across the nation and work towards one common mission - a world free from epilepsy and free from fear of the next seizure. 

Who can join Athletes vs. Epilepsy?


How can the Epilepsy Foundation help?

We are happy to help you brainstorm ideas for hosting a fundraiser, provide images and logos and give advice to help you make the biggest impact possible! However, we are not able to offer help with logistical planning (venues, catering, etc.), sponsorship or funding for events, access to our contact lists, or marketing/promotion of your fundraiser and/or event. 

Do I have to create an online fundraising page to join Athletes vs. Epilepsy?

You do not have to create an online fundraising page, however we highly recommend it. Creating your own fundraising page is a great addition to any event, and allows you to securely accept online donations. By creating a fundraising page, it makes it simple and easy for your network to donate to your fundraiser and you can also view all donations and personally thank anyone who donates to your fundraiser.

What if I receive cash or checks for donations?

We accept all donations! You can mail check donations to the below address:

Epilepsy Foundation
Athletes vs. Epilepsy c/o [EVENT NAME]
3540 Crain Highway Ste 675
Bowie, MD 20716

We do not recommend sending cash donations through the mail. The best way to handle cash donations would be to deposit them in your own bank and make an online donation through your fundraising page or sending a check to the above address if possible. 

Please note, if they would like to receive an IRS tax-deductible letter for any donation, checks must be written out to the Epilepsy Foundation. 

Is there a registration fee to join Athletes vs. Epilepsy?

There is not registration fee to sign-up for Athletes vs. Epilepsy. 

How is the money from my fundraiser being used?

The funds raised support our mission to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. With a Four Star Charity Navigator Rating, $.83 of every dollar we raise is used both locally and nationwide to fund research into new therapies, education and awareness, and advocacy efforts. See this page for further information.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, The Epilepsy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization so all gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.


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