What to know about #RUDM2021

Why should I get involved with Rutgers University Dance Marathon?

RUDM is the largest student run philanthropic event in the state of New Jersey. Since 1999, RUDM has raised over $9 million for Embrace Kids Foundation. Located in New Brunswick, Embrace Kids Foundation exists to lighten the burden and improve the quality of life for children with cancer, sickle cell and other serious disorders in the New Jersey/New York City metropolitan area.

Will RUDM 2021 be in person or virtual?

As of September 1st, we are awaiting further instruction from the University and will continue to follow guidance from national, state, and local authorities. Pursuant to University regulations, all of our operations in the Fall semester will occur completely virtually. We’re committed to creating a fun and engaging event for our community of students, alumni, families, and donors regardless of the setting. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated with the latest information, stories from our families and organizations, and opportunities to get involved! Universitywide COVID-19 information is available at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/.

Who can participate?

RUDM is open to all Rutgers community members (undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and alumni).

What’s a Champion?

We’ve reimagined our participation tiers for this extraordinary year. Champions are committed to supporting our mission and recognize that our fight against pediatric cancer and blood disorders doesn’t stop because we can’t be together on campus. Any current Rutgers student can become a Champion!

What are Captains, and how do I apply to become one?

Captains are our dedicated community members that assist the Central Planning Team throughout the year with event planning and execution. They are motivated students who are critical to the event’s success. We have info sessions for prospective Captains available throughout the month of September, including a recorded info session if you’re unable to attend the live one. You must either attend a live info session or view the recorded one to receive a Captain application.

I’m an alumni, can I get involved too?

Yes! You can register as an Alumni Champion and get to raising!

My organization does not have a team. Can we form one?

Any recognized on-campus organization can form a team! Please email us at finance@marathon.rutgers.edu with the organization’s name and contact information for the team lead.

I’m not part of an organization. Is there a team for me?

We have a vibrant community of independent Champions called Project FTK. We strive to foster this inclusive and fun community of like-minded students. Anyone can join to get started raising money and awareness For The Kids!

Can I change my team after I register?

Yes, you can change your team at any time either through the TeamRaiser interface or by emailing us at finance@marathon.rutgers.edu.

Have the fundraising minimums changed?

In light of the nation’s economic challenges, we’ve set lower minimums for our participants at all levels. This year, Champions must raise $200, Captains must raise $300, and members of the Central Planning Team must raise $400. We’ve selected these numbers with an eye to our fundraising goals and in consultation with the Embrace Kids Foundation. Our fundraising each year is a significant part of the Embrace Kids Foundation’s operating budget and is critical to the support of our families.

Has the registration fee changed? What do I get for the registration fee?

The registration fee supports RUDM’s year-long operations. In light of our inability to promise an in-person event, we’ve reduced the registration fee to $20 for Champions to correspond with the possibility of a less expensive event. When you register and successfully raise your minimum, you receive a Champion T-shirt. If an in-person event occurs, you will also receive admission to the event, on a first-come, first-served basis based on the time you crossed your minimum threshold.

What happens to the money I raise?

100% of the money raised through TeamRaiser goes directly to the Embrace Kids Foundation to support their mission “to lighten the burden, maintain normalcy and improve the quality of life for families whose children are facing cancer, sickle cell and other serious health challenges.” Learn more about our partnership with the Embrace Kids Foundation and the programming we support.

What resources are available for me to help kickstart my fundraising?

We’ve collected much more information about the TeamRaiser platform and the resources available to Champions into our Fundraising Manual. Make sure to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for fundraising tips, events, and inspiration!

Any additional questions? Send us a note at info@marathon.rutgers.edu.