Colour To Conquer


Frequently Asked Questions


Supporting world-leading cancer research

What is Colour To Conquer?

Colour To Conquer is a new online fundraising program which invites Canadians to colour their hair and fundraise to support world-leading cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. It's also a way to show solidarity for the people affected by the disease. We are challenging individuals, groups of friends, schools, companies and communities to join in and do something fun for a serious cause.

When does the campaign run?

Colour To Conquer month kicks off on May 1, 2019 and ends on May 31st. While we encourage Canadians to register before May 1st, we welcome registrations throughout the month of May. Participants are encouraged to reach (or surpass!) their fundraising targets by May 31st, but we will continue to accept donations until July 1st.

Where do the funds go?

The funds you raise through Colour To Conquer will support world-leading cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Fundraising efforts enable discoveries in cancer research, which are also shared around the world. For more information on The Princess Margaret click here.


Can I organize my own hair colouring event?

Yes, of course you can! You can organize events during the week or the weekend. Let us know what you are up to, and we can help you get the word out. Email us at

Where can I go to colour my hair?

This all depends on what look you have decided on. If you want a bold colour that requires bleaching, we recommend you visit your hair stylist. However, not everything has to be permanent. Head to your nearest beauty supply retail store and pick up do-it-yourself products that can be washed out in a day or in a week. Get your friends involved and make it more fun.

Can I be creative with my Colour To Conquer fundraising campaign?

The sky is the limit. You can colour your entire head of hair, do streaks or even an under-colour. Don't forget to make a donation or ask others to donate. Bold, brave actions often get attention and drive up donations.

Is there an age limit - how old do I have to be?

There is no age limit to participate. However if you are under 18, you must get permission from a parent or guardian and send a copy of the consent form via email to

Download the consent form

Who can form a team?

Absolutely everyone! You can form a team with your work colleagues, your community organization, sport teams or with friends and family. Follow the team-based fundraising suggestions available here and let us know you've formed a team.

How do I change our team name, team goal and team page content?

The Team Captain controls the team name, goals and webpage text. They will need to login to their participant portal to update the settings and personalize the web page with a photo and their team's story. If you have any questions call

How can I see who is on my team?

When you log in to your team page you can review all the participants who have signed up and the amounts they have raised. You can also click "Donate Now" at the top of the website and search your team name to find a list of your teammates. If participants have made their profile private, they will not be listed there.

Are there any direct links between hair dye and cancer?

Many studies have looked at hair dyes as a possible risk factor for various types of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its major goal is to identify causes of cancer. IARC has concluded that personal hair dye use to be “not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans,” based on a lack of evidence from studies in people.
For more information click here.


How much money do I need to raise?

There is no minimum fundraising amount, but we suggest that you set an ambitious goal if you're going to undergo a dramatic transformation with a bold colour. People will donate to support your efforts if you explain the reasons for your actions and your connection to the cancer cause.

Planning to do something a bit more subtle? Choose a date in May when you are going to colour your hair, donate to yourself and challenge others by spreading the word about your future new look.

How do I fundraise?

Register, complete the registration requirements and create your personal fundraising page.

If you run into any concerns, please email us at

What is the Participant Centre and how do I use it?

The Participant Centre is the password-protected area of the website available to you once you register. Once registered, log in with your username and password to access some excellent tools that will allow you to monitor your donations, set up or edit your Personal Page, send emails to potential donors and more!

Here's a summary of what's available to you:

  1. Personal Page: Your Personal Page serves as your main communication piece to tell your story to potential donors, appeal to sponsors, and show your fundraising progress. Update your page with photos and videos to let people know why you are participating in Colour To Conquer.
  2. Email Centre: The Email Centre allows you to customize email templates (or create your own) to help support your fundraising efforts.
  3. Edit Profile: Edit Profile allows you to update your user information including: ID, password, contact information and fundraising goal.
  4. Donation History: Donation History allows you to keep your campaign on track by monitoring the funds raised in relation to your goal, view donation details, and, if need be, adjust your fundraising goal.
  5. The Address Book: The Address Book allows you to add or import contacts from other email programs, edit contact information, as well as send, monitor, and track responses relating to your fundraising efforts.
  6. Follow-Ups: Follow-ups helps you track and monitor your campaign communications with handy reminders letting you know who has visited your personal page, who has donated, whom you need to send a "Thank you" email to and much more.

Can I receive cash donations?

Yes, you can absolutely receive cash donations. But, please don't mail the cash to us! We don't want it to get lost in the mail. Instead, write a cheque for the donation amount and mail it in with your donation form. Just be sure to enter the donor's information (all fields) on the donation form. You can also make the donation online using your credit card, just be sure to put the donor's information in the required fields.

Download the offline pledge form

Can I show on my Profile Page what people have pledged before I bank the money?

Our system only displays your fundraising once it's in the bank - so if you want to thank your sponsors, send them a thank you email.


How can I donate online?

It's easy with our secure online credit card process. Click the green "Donate" button at the top of this page then select the participant you want to support or make a general donation to the campaign. You will also be prompted to select the country from which you are donating (limited to Canada and USA). Choose a donation amount and follow the instructions. Donors will receive a tax receipt via email.

Can I donate to the whole team and not just one person on the team?

Yes you can sponsor a team. Search for the team using the team name or the name of the captain. When the team name appears in the list, click the team name and you'll arrive at the team's profile page. Then it's easy to click "Sponsor the Team" and complete your credit card details. A tax deductible receipt and a thank you are sent by email directly to you, and your sponsorship goes towards the team total without sponsoring any specific member of the team.

What is the Easy Give way?

We have found that lots of people just want to give and don't want a tax receipt. Crowdfunding works this way… so we have added an Easy to Give option. This is particularly useful if you want to give a modest amount of support quickly. And Thank you for this, as any amount matters in our fight to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.

How do you keep my information (like my credit card number) safe?

We make every effort to protect your personal information. The software we use for registrations and donations on the website uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the Internet. Our software provider is certified as PCI-DSS compliant by Telus, a qualified Security Assessor. Credit card information is never stored in our database or our software provider's database.

How do I get a receipt?

If you are donating to a participant in Canada or the US, please check the country specific. Unfortunately, if you make a global or 'other country' donation, a tax receipt is not issued.

Can I get a new tax receipt?

If you lost your tax receipt, we can issue a duplicate. Contact Ena Bennett at , or with the details of your donation, and we'll email you a replacement. Note that the duplicate is clearly marked 'duplicate'.

Can my donation be anonymous?

Yes you can request privacy for your name and/or the amount you've sponsored. As you make your donation you'll be asked if you're happy to display your name and the amount on the participant's page. Click the boxes as you wish.

Can I donate by mail?

Yes. Click the green "Donate" button at the top of this page, then download and print the donation form. Mail this form in with your cheque or fill in your credit card information. Mail the form to the attention of Colour To Conquer Cancer using the mailing address on the form. You can also get a form by emailing us at You will receive a receipt by email if your form includes a valid email address, or by mail if not.

What is the Colour To Conquer privacy policy?

We take your privacy very seriously, and we take measures to protect it through our technical and administrative practices. We do not sell, rent, exchange or otherwise share information about donors, stylists or other participants with any other organization or individual. To view our entire privacy policy, please click here.

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